Bev Heim-Myers, Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness and CEO of the Huntington Society of Canada (HSC), is recognized for her leadership role in Ending Genetic Discrimination in Canada. The Health Charities Coalition of Canada (HCCC) presented an Award of Distinction to Heim-Myers on April 14, 2015 at their meeting in Toronto, Ontario.
In an interview yesterday, Heim-Myers commended the HSC Board, her staff and partners from Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness (CCGF). “HSC is seen as a leader in the quest to end genetic discrimination in Canada,” says Heim-Myers. “The Huntington Society of Canada Board recognized the importance of protecting genetic information for the Huntington disease community, and all Canadians, years ago. It is their support, the support of the team at the Huntington Society and the CCGF members that have led to this HCCC Award of Distinction. As Chair of CCGF, I am truly honoured to be recognized by my peers for the work done to move Canada closer to being a genetic fair country, like all other G7 countries.”
The Health Charities Coalition of Canada’s Award of Distinction was established in 2008 to recognize distinguished leadership, outstanding contributions and/or meritorious service that have significantly impacted the health of Canadians. The Award of Distinction is comprised of two categories – Outstanding Canadian and Outstanding Employee/Volunteer. Their impacts have made a difference to the mission of HCCC and may include such things as contributions to Boards of Directors, major awards, prominent committees, commissions and/or international work.