In August of this year, the MRG bade a fond farewell
to Ulli Diemer. Ulli, in his role as Administrative Co-ordinator,
had the many and varied responsibilities of keeping the MRG organized
and functioning. Many of our accomplishments over the past 12 years
would not have been possible without his administrative skills.
Ulli has moved on to become General Manager of "Sources",
an independent general reference publication specializing in the
provision of human contacts. In Ulli's words: "I am taking
on some new commitments, a key component of which will be a project
I'm very excited about, to make the ideas and analyses of the left
more widely available through a variety of electronic and print
formats." We wish him continued success.
Janet Maher was hired in August as our new Administrator. In addition
to her data management skills, Janet has been a long-time activist
on women's, social policy and social planning issues. She has not
only written briefs for many voluntary sector advocacy groups over
the years on federal-provincial and municipal legislation, funding
arrangements, and taxation relating to education, health, and social
assistance, and the like, but has worked with a broad range of membership-based
groups to organize educational, media and lobby campaigns on Medicare,
child care, the constitution, pay and employment equity, and community
economic development, to name just a few.
Our new administrator has a wealth of experience with volunteer
boards, having served on several herself, including the Canadian
Health Coalition, and the National Action Committee on the Status
of Women. She also participated on the Women and Tax working group
of the Ontario Fair Tax Commission. Janet continues to be active
as chairperson of her local social planning council.
Janet's fax and e-mail networks are without equal in the progressive
community, and we look forward to working with a very able successor
to Ulli Diemer.
Medical Reform Issue #95 - Volume 15, Number 2 - October 1995