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Anne Rochon Ford - Executive Director - In her 3+ decades of work as an advocate for women’s health, Anne has worked in varying capacities as a researcher, a writer, a community organizer and a program manager. She was for 10 years the Coordinator of Women and Health Protection (WHP), a national working group that conducted research and advocacy on women and pharmaceuticals. With WHP, she published in 2009 a book entitled, “The Push to Prescribe: Women and Canadian Drug Policy”. Additional areas of her research and publishing work have included:  midwifery, breast cancer, menopause, assisted human reproduction and various facets of women’s prescription drug use.

In addition to being the CWHN’s Executive Director, Anne is a Research Associate at the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH) at York University, where she has been able to pursue one of her stronger passions, women’s health and the environment. She lives and works in Toronto and hopes for a day when she can leave the Big Smoke for a cleaner environment and a slower pace.

Alex Merrill - Writer and Editor - Alex has been working with CWHN for ten years. She keeps the website current with what's hot in women’s health in Canada and the world. She creates Brigit’s Notes/Le Bloc-notes de Brigit, CWHN’s monthly e-newsletter that goes out to approximately 4000 subscribers. In addition, Alex writes and edits for Network, our online magazine, and for other sections of the website. She has many years of experience in – and a great passion for – women’s health and health education.

Ellen Reynolds - Editor, Network magazine - Ellen returned to work part-time with CWHN at the beginning of 2012 as the editor of Network magazine – now in a new online format. She also assists with website maintenance. From 2007 to 2009, Ellen was the Director of Communications at CWHN and is happy to be back working with this dedicated group of women on the issues of women’s health. Ellen’s background in women’s health includes many years working with DES Action Canada, and on various projects related to patient safety, drug policy and the health impacts of endocrine disruption. She is a freelance editor and writer, a research coordinator at UBC, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of Victoria.

Magali Rootham - Social Media Coordinator - Magali has been with the CWHN part-time since early 2012, working both as social media coordinator and in handling publication distribution outreach. By training, she is a Registered Nurse with a B.Sc. in Nursing from McGill University and a Master's in Health Policy and Equity from York University. While she was in Nursing and soon after graduating, she discovered a passion for women's health and social justice issues. She assisted on several projects relating to women's health before joining the CWHN, including the use of pharmaceuticals in pregnancy, migrant maternal health, and various projects in environmental women's health. Magali lives in Toronto.

Rhonda Thompson - Bookkeeper - text to follow 

Susan White - Finance Officer Susan was CWHN’s Assistant Executive Director for thirteen years, calling on more than 30 years experience in NGO management. She is also a trained adult educator and university lecturer in women’s and international development studies as well as having spent almost 40 years as a feminist community educator, researcher and activist in international development, social policy and trade union leadership. Susan’s particular passions are the well-being of newcomers and refugees and anti-racism education.

The CWHN also thanks Léonie Lafontaine, former Administrative Services Coordinator, Polina Rozanov, former Systems Administrator, and Jane Shulman, former Director of Knowledge Exchange and Webinar Producer, who recently left the organization. All have made much-valued contributions to the CWHN in the years they were with us.