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CEO Report to members – June 2021

Hello and welcome to the  June CCI Connect.  We can certainly feel the change in the air with the brisker mornings of  Winter.

You will notice something different this month… my title change.  Having started with CCI Support in August 2019, I would like to think we have made some real progress in the support CCIS can provide to people living with Chronic Illnesses. As part of this new direction however, I am no longer just running the operational aspects of the organisation.  But with the support of the CCIS Board, I am also providing a new focus and strategic plan to move forward with, so along with a new position description comes a new title for the role too.  I wish to thank the Board, Staff and Members for the support I have received and am really looking forward to the future with CCIS.

In April we introduced the new CCIS Waikato, and we are currently also looking at other areas in New Zealand that we may be able to provide support to. As well as working on (and have funding for) a new Towards Wellness ONLINE programme.  More info will be available on this soon!!!

ME/CFS FM International Awareness day was on the 12th of May. For this each area had their own celebrations during the month.

  • Waikato 13th May – Dr Ros Vallings spoke at the official launch of CCIS Waikato.
  • Rotorua held an online members meeting for CCIS members on May 14th
  • Whakatane had an Info sharing afternoon on the 12th May at the Lyceum Club
  • Tauranga had Dr Trish Zingel speaking on the 26th May
  • We also have the 40th celebration with Dr Ros Vallings, Dr Sarah Dalziel and Emeritus Professor Warren Tate on the 3rd July.

We will also be trialing a ‘New Members’ Meeting in June.  This is a chance for new members to get to know one another, see what CCIS is really about and how we can support you. So, if you are a new member that is one to keep an eye out for.

Other news in the office is we now have a new Fundraising Manager – Jo Morgan.  Jo has a lot of experience in raising funds and we are grateful to have her.  We are thankful for the time Catherine was able to spend with us and wish her well in her new position elsewhere.

We are looking forward to the direction CCIS is taking for the rest of 2021, we feel we are really moving towards our goal of being an organisation that is ‘Empowering People Towards Wellness’.

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