December 2013 | Issue 8
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With the end of the year just a few page turns away, on behalf of the AHNC team, I would like to wish you, your families, and loved ones a peaceful and happy holiday season. May the New Year ring in much colour, rhythm, and play into your lives.

We also would like to take a moment to express our sincere thanks to Wendy Young, who was on the AHNC board since its early days and until our AGM last month. Wendy contributed much time, effort, thought, and passion into the development of the Networks. Joining our board is Tom Carson. Among his many current and past roles, Tom is Chair of the Manitoba Artists in HealthCare and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Network. He will be AHNC's first board member from outside of BC. 

In the New Year, we will continue the further development of our board to include more representation from across Canada. We also look forward to helping facilitate the development of more local AHNC groups and community partners across the country. Please make sure to check out our two first community partners in the Greater Toronto and Ottawa regions and if you are in Ontario, you might want to consider joining one of these groups. 

We also would like to thank our advisory council members, whose invaluable knowledge, advise, and support continues to help nurture the work and development of the Network, while also helping us identify and explore new opportunities. In addition, during the past year, we have benefited from the wisdom, time, and efforts of a few other dear colleagues from across the country, namely: Nicole ArendsDebora BroadhurstKate CollieSarah de LeeuwTaraneh Erfan-KingIrene GabinetAmanda GibbsTannis HugillLouise LalandeJeff NachtigallAra ParkerZal PressJayson RupertSabine SilberbergSuzanne Valois, Fay Wilkinson and YOU! We thank you for all your contributions in helping us develop and strengthen our community.

My best wishes for an artful and healthy 2014.

Nicki Kahnamoui
Acting Executive Director, Arts Health Network Canada
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