Dear members,

First and foremost, we hope you and your family are well. If this virus has touched your life or a loved ones’ life, please know our thoughts are with you. Community is the heartbeat of the IFMA Toronto & South Central Ontario Chapter, and as someone who is a valued member of this community, you know how strong FMs are together.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen the human and economic effects of COVID-19 – but we’ve also seen the best of each other. We see it in doctors, nurses, and first responders who are on the front lines helping people directly affected by this situation. And we see it in grocery store clerks, maintenance staff, sanitation workers, and all the essential services on the front line, who are helping to keep us moving forward. Thank you to everyone for doing their part to get us through this challenging time.

We value the safety and well-being of our members, staff and the FM community, and have taken the necessary precautions to prevent further spread of the disease by postponing a few events until further notice, including the annual April Leadership Series. We have carefully considered the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other reputable associations to make informed decisions. These resources along with additional information are available on our website and we encourage you to visit often.

In collaboration with our sponsors and event partners, our programming team is planning for the remainder of 2020.  Ensure to watch out for updates on our e-Newsletter and social platforms.  Lastly, we are working closely with IFMA International on a strategy to offer virtual learning of the FMP, CFM and SFP courses.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we wish everyone health and wellness during these unusual and sometimes challenging times and encourage you all to continue to follow the advice given by our government health agencies.

Warm Regards,

Bernice Lilley, CFM
President, IFMA Greater Toronto & South Central Chapter