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Summer 2017

Fellow members:

I am honored and humbled beyond words to be elected the 51st President of the Canadian Association of Insurance Women and to follow in the footsteps of the 50 amazing women who have journeyed this path before me. I will do my utmost in the coming year to represent CAIW to the very best of my ability. The elected Executive Board consists of energetic people who will work diligently together to continue making this an Association we can all be proud of.

Thank you to the members of CAIW and the members of my local Association, the Nova Scotia Insurance Women’s Association for placing your trust in me and allowing me to represent such a dynamic group of people. Each and every one of you have been instrumental in making me who I am today and I appreciate all I have accomplished due to your friendship and encouragement.

I would also like to thank Travelers Canada for their support of my journeys through NSIWA and CAIW. The support of our employers is extremely important to allow participation and growth in areas outside the actual work environment. The knowledge and confidence we gain is a great reward to be shared professionally as well as personally.

No local Association stands alone. We are all united together to make one cohesive partnership for the good of all members. In my acceptance speech at the close of the CAIW Annual General Meeting in Montreal, in May of 2017, I spoke about stealing a phrase from a particular person I admire. That phrase is “Together We Are Stronger” and I attribute it to Tamara Higgins of NSIWA. So, while I do not have a particular “Theme” for this term, I do wish for all members to work together to make CAIW stronger and better for all.

As we continue to change and enhance our Association, everyone’s input is valuable to make this a viable, diverse organization – where there is something for everybody.

I leave you with this quote from Professor Dumbledore in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter “The Goblet of Fire”, wherein he states: “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

I hope everybody has a fantastic summer!!

Yours in fellowship,

Deb MacDougall, CIP
CAIW President

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