A Word from our President
Dear members, partners, friends and supporters of TVAC,
It is an honor for me to be president of TVAC and I take at heart all the responsibilities and great challenges that comes with this function.
In 2015, we have had the great joy of seeing all the hard work that we and our partners of unparalleled expertise and generosity put in the Right the Wrong campaign pay back, when the Government of Canada announced the creation of the Thalidomide Survivors Contribution Program and the Extraordinary Medical Assistance Fund. This victory was undoubtedly a key moment in the history of TVAC and of Canada. It was a life changing announcement for Canadian thalidomide survivors, from which a great number had been facing tragic premature physical degeneration, precarious living conditions and great vulnerability because of their malformations caused by thalidomide.
That being said, without questioning the merits of the Program, in the years to come, TVAC commits to keep a close eye on it and make sure that it is properly funded and administered with transparency, so that Canadian thalidomide survivors can age in dignity.
Having won this important battle that has been one of TVAC’s main focuses since its creation, we can now put our energies to other uses. Of course, being of service to our members by creating opportunities for them to gather in different events and by showing support when needed is our main preoccupation for the years to come.
Strong from our struggles, experiences and victories, TVAC also wants to use its voice to promote drug safety by making sure that the thalidomide tragedy does not fall into oblivion. We strongly believe that by sharing the story of us, thalidomide survivors, TVAC can contribute to make the world a safer place for children to be born in.