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Spring/Summer 2012

President's MessageSue VanderBent

And the day came
When the risk to remain tight in a bud
Became more painful
Than the risk it took to blossom.
– Anaïs Nin

Our theme for this issue of Connections is "transitions." My prefatory quotation from the poet Anaïs Nin speaks to how hard transitions can be – and yet, how necessary they are too.

Everyone I meet in all parts of health care is talking about transitions. Change is afoot at all levels and throughout nearly every organization, and most health-care leaders are in the midst of managing health-system transitions to ensure better health experiences for Ontarians. Change can be exhilarating, but that doesn't mean it isn't also daunting, or even, as Nin's haiku says, "painful." It will take everyone's collective efforts to undertake this massive transitional process as we move toward true health-system transformation.

SOG transitions

Your IHPME Society of Graduates (SOG) has been working hard on our own set of transitions over the past year. As I mentioned in my Winter 2012 message, the SOG completed its new draft strategic plan and distributed it to members for their review. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and the Executive Team is pleased and will continue to work towards our new key areas of connecting with IHPME students and alumni, and sustaining the Society's ongoing programs.

Leadership transitions

Your SOG will celebrate the personal and professional transition of Louise Lemieux-Charles as she completes her final term as director of IHPME early this summer. We have planned a lovely dinner and evening event for June 27th at the Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto, to honour and thank Louise for her outstanding contributions. Please register early, as many alumni have already done so and space is limited.

On behalf of all SOG members, I also want to extend a hearty welcome to the incoming director of IHPME: Adalsteinn Brown. As most of you know, Steini possesses deep scholarly and applied knowledge of health-services planning and delivery. He also brings a remarkable set of administrative skills. Good luck in your new role, Steini. We are looking forward to your leadership.

Student transitions

Finally, I would like to congratulate all of our new graduates and future alumni, from the MSc, PhD, MHI, and MHSC programs. They are all beginning a wonderful transition of their own from the intensity of academic demands into the equally intense system of health-care planning and service delivery. As the SOG president, I attended the Convocation Lunch and spoke to all of our new graduates, and I was very proud to celebrate with them their achievements and to welcome them as alumni. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet family and friends and share in such a joyful occasion. Sincere congratulations to every one of you.

Warm personal regards to all,

Sue VanderBent
SOG President