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It has been a pleasure and an honour for me to serve as President of the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) over the past year. I have witnessed the growth and consolidation of many CTS activities, and have participated in a number of processes that I believe will have a significant impact on the future of the CTS. In my final President’s Page, I wish to highlight some of the CTS’s key achievements for 2008/2009.
These highlights represent only a few of this year’s achievements. I can assure you that there is much more happening at the CTS! For a broader understanding of CTS achievements in the past year, consult the CTS Annual Report on the ‘About Us’ page at www.lung.ca/cts.
None of the achievements outlined above and in the annual report, would have been possible without the dedication and commitment of all of our volunteer chairs and committee members. On behalf of the CTS executive, kudos and sincere thanks to all.
At this juncture, I am preparing to pass the torch to Dr Denis O’Donnell, who will serve as President in 2009/2010. It is a pleasure for me to do so, because I am confident in his abilities to lead the CTS forward and continue to strengthen its position as a leader in the national respiratory community. His accomplishments in research and proven leadership make him an ideal candidate to take on the presidency of the CTS at this time and bring a strong focus to the enhancement of clinical research within the development of a national research agenda. I am also confident that he will be steadfast in his support of all the CTS’s key activities in research, guidelines and education.
With Dr O’Donnell at the helm, a committed body of expert volunteers and a strong staff team, the CTS will continue to thrive and respiratory health in Canada will be better for it!
Thank you for the privilege of serving as CTS President in 2008/2009.