The CLF’s strength lies in its extremely committed volunteers, people who are passionately devoted to the CLF missions and donate their time and resources to the cause. The CLF is led by an Executive Committee, Advisory Board and three working groups. Its day-to-day operations are led by an Executive Director, Anna Kennedy.
The Executive Committee is co-directed by Dr. Catherine C. McCuaig and Dr. David Keast, in collaboration with Christine Moffatt, Executive Director of the ILF.
Catherine C. McCuaig, MD, FRCPC, is a dermatologist, Associate Professor of Dermatology in Pediatrics at the CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal, Quebec where she is an active member of the vascular anomalies group and spearheads a pediatric lymphedema clinic.
David Keast, MSc, MD, FCFP is Founding President of the Canadian Wound Care Foundation and Centre. He is also the Director of Aging, Rehabilitation and Geriatric Care Research Centre at the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario. He was part of an international working group appointed to produce a white paper for the World Health Organization on the management of lymphedema in countries with scarce resources.
Christine Moffatt, CBE, FRCN, PhD, MA, RGN, DN is professor of Clinical Nursing Research at the University of Nottingham School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy. She is also nurse consultant at the Royal Derby Foundation NHS Trust Lymphoedema service in which she leads a research team as well as undertaking a clinical consultancy role. Christine is currently joint Chair person and Director of the International Lymphoedema Framework. She has undertaken extensive research in lymphedema and wound care running national and international clinical trials.
Kim Avanthay is a founding member and past President of the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba and represents the voice of patient-focused community organizations. Kim has a young child with lymphedema and brings both a parent’s experience and business skills to the team.
The Advisory Board has representatives from across Canada and from multiple stakeholder groups including patients, educators, researchers, nurses, therapists and policy makers. Robert Harris, Cathy McPherson, Martina Reddick, Roanne Thomas, Diane Martin and Casi Shay participate in biannual calls to review and advise on the CLF’s strategic plans, budgets and priorities.
Research Working Group. Chair: Roanne Thomas
The RWG has published a formal statement of priorities, developed through a consensus method of discussion (as described in Summer 2015 issue of Pathways). Another priority of the committee was to compile a repository of lymphedema research projects in Canada and explore dissemination opportunities.
Education Working Group. Co-Chairs: Linda (Koby) Blanchfield and Sandra MacDonald
This group has made it their priority to educate Canadian patients with standardized national resources and to support health care professionals in providing quality, evidence-based and consistent care. It was responsible for developing the CLF’s Consensus Statement on Training Standards, creating the patient education information on this website, as well as the patient pamphlet and booklet.
Partnership Development Working Group. Chair: Bonnie Baker
The Partnership Development Working Group has prioritized its efforts by launching and building industry support for the CLF’s Pathways magazine, which has become a sustainable revenue source to support CLF operations.
Staffing & Support
Anna Kennedy In 2014, the CLF hired its first staff member. Anna is the CLF’s Executive Director and Editor of Pathways, the CLF’s official publication. She spent 30 years in corporate senior management, working in the areas of training and communications for international companies like Thomas Cook and American Express. Her last business role was Vice-President with Indigo-Chapters, before she transitioned to the charitable sector in 2006. Anna was appointed in 2012 to the Board of the International Lymphoedema Framework. She is a cancer survivor and lymphedema patient.
Nicole Boulet is the CLF’s part-time Communications Coordinator. She has returned for her third summer internship with the CLF, made possible with grant funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program. She provides editorial support for the Pathways magazine and is responsible for communications and maintaining the CLF website. Nicole has an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and will be returning to Wilfrid Laurier University in the fall to complete her Masters Degree in Communications.
Rachelle McDonald has provided part-time accounting services for the CLF since its inception in 2009. She takes care of payables, invoicing, processes credit card payments, completes bank reconciliations, follows up on receivables and provides the financial reporting for the CLF.
We could not do our work without the commitment of dedicated volunteers, who generously offer their time, skills and expertise to the CLF. All of the Board and members of the working groups are busy professionals who volunteer their time by leading and participating in project work.