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IAH Council Elections 2020: a message from Joanne Thompson, outgoing IAH VP for North America

On 24 years volunteering for IAH…

I was on the executive committee for the IAH Canadian National Chapter for almost 20 years and then served for 4 years on the IAH Council as VP North America. I am often asked why I volunteered to serve the IAH for so many years.  Short answer….it has been very rewarding! Longer answer….it has given me a great opportunity to meet interesting, dedicated and inspiring colleagues from around the world, to have a voice at the table, and to make a real contribution to the success of the IAH.

“we make time for things that matter”

People tell me that making a volunteer commitment to an organization of any kind can seem just too intimidating and time consuming to consider. I understand the concern, because throughout my IAH involvement, I have also had to juggle a busy full-time consulting career, along with children, grandchildren, elder care, and all the ongoing challenges that life seems to throw at us. So how and why did I manage to serve all those years? By just jumping in and doing it. We make time for things that matter. And it has been so worthwhile! I have developed wonderful relationships with all of the committee and council members and had such great opportunities to meet individual members while attending conferences, Congresses and events. The networking has been valuable and I have made some life long friends.

There are two well known expressions that have resonated for me.  One is “I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I am somebody.” The other is “no one can do everything, but everyone can do something”. That something can be bringing your ideas forward and working together with colleagues to better this organization. Please consider participating in the IAH in any way that you can.


We are seeking a strong, diverse range of individuals to help run our Association in this year’s Council elections, and also to help out with our many national chapters and special interest groups. Follow the links below to find out more.

IAH Council Election – call for nominations

Current Council members

Annual Report of the Association, 2018

IAH’s National Chapters, Commissions and Networks

International Partners and Affliliates

IAH’s plans to 2020 and beyond (the “Forward Look” strategic process)

IAH’s Forward Look – Latest Review of Achievements and Priorities

IAH’s history

IAH Rules

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