2015 was a year of large changes for CASP. Our executive director of eight years retired in March and with that our office home at Klinic in Winnipeg needed to move. We spent many months deciding who and where the new office would be located and decided on moving to Waterloo Region in partnership with the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council with executive director Tana Nash sharing the role for both Waterloo Region and CASP. We also had several board members retire at our annual general meeting in October and have five new members in place.
With those changes now completed, we look forward to a year of growth for CASP. We will continue to consult with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on Bill C-300, A Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention in Canada, which is responsible on providing an update and direction to Canada by December of this year. We also continue to co-lead the National Collaborative for Suicide Prevention (NCSP), a collective of individuals and organizations to provide leadership, resource and information sharing for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention initiatives across Canada, with PHAC and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). CASP has already had an initial meeting with the new Minister of Health and will continue to provide guidance and ideas.
We are currently working on creating on-line accredited training modules for family physicians with the MHCC, are working on a larger more robust toolkit for World Suicide Prevention Day that communities can use in their efforts and are developing a standardized workshop for facilitators of suicide bereavement groups. CASP will continue to promote the more than thirty resources available on their website and share them widely with communities. We will continue to engage with our social media communities and promote resources and tools for individuals to advance suicide prevention efforts.
We are also very excited about hosting our annual conference in Iqaluit, October 27-30. Look for details on registration to come soon.
We are very grateful for the support of Canadians. CASP is 100% funded by donations and would not be able to do the important work we do without your help. This is a journey that we are very passionate about and know you are too.
Renee Ouimet, CASP President
Tana Nash, Executive Director