If you have just renewed your CanSAGE membership, thank you for continuing to support the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Gynecologic Excellence. And if you are a brand new member, welcome to this young but dynamic and growing society.
This year, for the first time, we were able to offer 2 research grants to support the work of members early in their careers. There were 13 outstanding applications for the 2 awards, which had two results. The first was it made the work of the reviewers very difficult and second, it made the Board realize that there is significant interest in MIS research and we would like to help facilitate that work.
The Board would like to form a CanSAGE Foundation which would work independently from the Board and would be responsible for the generation and distribution of financial support for research and other educational pursuits by all our members. There are legal costs to establish such a foundation and as such I would like to ask that you please consider making a contribution to the establishment of the CanSAGE Foundation. Our initial goal is to raise approximately $5000 this year. We would also welcome any interested members to contact me if you would like to be involved with setting up this new initiative. And of course your feedback is always more than welcome.
Again, I thank you for your ongoing support and I hope that you will consider extending your support to this new venture designed to facilitate MIS research and education in Canada.