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November 9, 2018 by admin

NOV. 9, 2018—Canada’s Director General Pan-Africa and Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti Paula Caldwell St-Ogne has joined our council board of directors.   “WGCA has funded and built a clinic in Gonaives, Haiti and screened more than 2,000 women for cervical cancer,” said Founder Dr. Bob Hilgers. “Ambassador Caldwell spent part of her childhood in Port-au-Prince, where her father worked for Royal Bank of Canada, and has a deep understanding of the Haitian culture and compassion for Haitian people. She will be a tremendous resource for WGCA in our next 10 years of building relationships, serving more people and saving more lives.”   “As Canada’s Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, one of my priorities is to continue engaging with the private sector to contribute to the sustainable and long-term development of Haiti,” Ambassador Caldwell said. “WGCA has achieved great success with its clinic in Gonaives and I look forward to this opportunity to improve health standards and impact cancer among the people of Haiti.”   Ambassador Caldwell began her mandate in Haiti in October 2014. In September 2017 she was also named Director General Pan-Africa, Global Affairs Canada.   Her career in Canadian public service began in 1989 and she held environmentally focused positions before becoming Director General of National Programs at Environment Canada.   In 2005, she joined International Trade Canada, serving as Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in São Paulo, Brazil, and then as Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of the Canada in Mexico City. From 2010 to 2014, she was Consul General of Canada in Dallas.   Ambassador Caldwell received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cumbria, UK. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/environment from Queens University, Ontario.

November 5, 2018Welcomed Additions by admin

NOVEMBER 5, 2018—WGCA is proud to welcome Hilda Alcindor and Jim Frey to our Council Board of Directors.   Haiti born and educated, Dean Hilda Alcindor’s career includes service in the United States Air Force and nearly 30 years as a registered nurse. She currently serves as dean of FSIL (Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal School of Nursing of Haiti) School of Nursing, ranked as the top nursing school in Haiti by the Ministry of Public Health.   She graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Infirmieres (National School of Nursing) in Port-au Prince, Haiti, and received a BA in Health Services Administration from Union Institute in Miami, Florida. She holds a Certificate in Managing Quality Health Care Systems from Florida International University. Dean Alcindor also has certifications in Quality Assurance/Discharge Planning/ Utilization Review; Case Management; CPR; Advanced Cardiac Life Support; and as an Educator.   In 2014 Dean Hilda was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, in Washington, DC; has been active in the Haitian-American Nurses Association; and is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Florida Nurses Association. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Creole.   Dean Hilda has been instrumental in mentoring and placing nursing staff in WGCA’s clinic in Gonaives, Haiti. Our former clinic director, Danta Bien-Aime, studied under Dean Hilda at FSIL and is now studying at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar.   Ohio native Jim Frey is Senior Vice President/Acquisitions and Development with Redwood Communities, a regional developer of single- and multi-family housing properties. His 33-year career in finance and real estate includes experience with land acquisition, construction, entitlement and banking and property management.   Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio State University. His early career includes working as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche. Jim’s community service includes seven years on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society.   Jim is well-known to WGCA through his fundraising by bike. He raised $80,000 by biking from Mackinac Island, Michigan to Rochester, New York, a gift that was instrumental in financing development of our clinic in Gonaives, Haiti. In 2017, Jim and his cycling partners in FivesXFive rode 1,700 miles from Minneapolis to New Orleans to raise money in support of WGCA.   To Jim, cancer is personal. He has lost his father, a sister and a brother-in-law to cancer. A brother and another sister are cancer survivors.   WGCA thanks Dean Hilda and Jim for their commitment to saving lives and impacting cancer through their work on our council board.

October 29, 2018Inspired By Sisterhood by admin

OCTOBER 29, 2018—Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.   Award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.   Reading about Henrietta Lacks and her unwitting contribution to medical science is an experience. But participating in a discussion about Henrietta’s story and its applications today was remarkable.   The Louisville Alumna Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority invited WGCA to participate in its Art of Literacy Book Club Health Fair on Oct. 28. WGCA Founder Dr. Bob Hilgers shared the challenges of cancer prevention and care in low-resource countries as well as impoverished areas of the U.S.   Sharing WGCA’s story with an outstanding group of engaged, bright women gives us renewed energy to continue our work. Their concern for and interest in the well-being of women in low-resource countries as well as those in their own communities is inspiring.   Our thanks to the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta for the opportunity to participate with them in this important event.

October 27, 2018Once Is Not Enough by admin

OCT. 27, 2018: Make no mistake about it, these guys like to cycle. Riding 1,600 miles is fun for them, but they gave their epic 17-day pedal-fest from Minneapolis to New Orleans a purpose. They turned it into a fundraiser for WGCA. The FivexFives cyclists, led by Columbus, Ohio-based Jim Frey, are significant contributors to constructing and operating WGCA’s clinic in Haiti. All because they wanted to ride bikes and make a difference. In celebration of our 10th anniversary, WGCA is proud and humbled to recognize their tireless generosity and commitment to impacting cancer in low-resource countries. On behalf of the families we serve in Haiti, our clinic staff and our council board, thanks a million, Jim, Geoff, Dick and Roger!

           

October 26, 2018It’s WGCA10 Day! by admin

OCT. 26, 2018: WGCA is celebrating 10 years of impacting cancer and saving lives. On WGCA 10 Day today, we’re reflecting on the many individuals and organizations that have been part of our accomplishments. To you, we dedicate WGCA10 Day with our gratitude for your support of our mission. Here’s to 10 more years of helping more families in low-resource countries across the globe live healthy lives!

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