Words from our Executive Director on COVID-19

By: Hamish McPherson Published: 15/04/2020

Dear fellow change-makers,

As the world grapples with the quickly evolving coronavirus, I wanted to reach out on behalf of all of us here at Results Canada and let you know that we hope you, your family and loved ones are safe and healthy. I also wanted to assure you that our work to advocate for those living in extreme poverty continues. Now more than ever, we must come together as a community.

I wanted to share a few key points and changes over the coming weeks:

Working together, virtually

These are not ordinary times. As we adjust to this new reality, we too at Results Canada are adapting. To ensure the safety of our staff and others, we are postponing all gatherings, and staff have started working from home.

In light of the postponement of our National Conference, we’re also working on the possibilities to bring you virtual opportunities to connect, and thinking about longer-term opportunities to influence our advocacy.

I hope that we can challenge ourselves also to think deeply about what these events say – and what they teach us - about our broader objectives in support of health security, equity and rights. In addition, from a tactics point of view, when some of our traditional tools cannot be employed, it forces us to think about how we can rise to the challenge and identify new tools for engagement and impact.  

Immediate opportunities to engage online

Thoughtful reading to reflect upon

  • ‘A ticking time bomb’: Scientists worry about coronavirus spread in Africa
  • Commentary: Coronavirus shows how we need vaccines before, not after, an outbreak – Gavi CEO, Seth Berkley

As global health advocates, we know about the importance of getting the facts and staying informed. The Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization websites are great resources for trusted up-to-date information on COVID-19.

With uncertain times ahead, let’s make sure to stay in touch and be there for one another, whether by email or by following us on social media. Read about our key points and changes over the coming weeks, and we will be sending regular updates including how to forge ahead on some key campaigns. Stay safe everyone.

With hope, Chris Dendys, Executive Director, Results Canada

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