Letters of support

Eva Johnson's words of support for WHEN

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Eva Johnson is an elder in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, located south of Montreal, and is currently Executive Director of the Kahnawake Environment Protection Office. She is a long-time activist for women's and environmental rights.  She appears in WHEN's film, Exposure: Environmental Links to Breast Cancer. As WHEN's Matron of honour, Michele had the following to say about WHEN:

Being involved with cancer prevention for over two decades, the improvement in care, communications and outreach has improved significantly.  This is only made possible through educational and support organizations such as the Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN).  Environmental degradation has recently taken a turn for the worse with the lessening of the Environmental Impact requirements for projects, especially the mega ones that had to perform to a higher standard.  This is a step back in time and certainly all that have the opportunity to read WHEN’s publications will agree that instead of lowering environmental health standards that they require strengthening.
I live in a community of approximately 9000 and I can’t have a conversation without some type of cancer (especially breast), being a topic.  It is of economical proportion and it feels like we’ve just begun our struggle, when in fact, governments supposedly woke up in 1987 and realized that environmental and chemical degradation was devastatingly impacting our health and lives.
We rely on WHEN to keep the fight going and ensure that women and their families can maintain a glimmer of hope that someone is working in their interest.  It can’t be stressed enough the importance that funding makes to assisting organizations continue their struggle to help.  As  a Mohawk Woman and Coordinator of the Kahnawake Environment Protection Office, I implore agencies, governments and individuals to contribute with the thought in mind that some day those innocent daughters and granddaughters that you love so dearly could be helped by your contribution.

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Olivia Chow's words of support for WHEN

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Olivia Chow  is a federal MP representing the downtown Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina, which she has held since 2006, after siting as the long-time Toronto City Councillor for the same area.  Dedicated to the public good, Olivia has been fighting for Toronto as an elected representative for the past thirty years.  She is also a constant defender of environmental and women's rights and supporter of WHEN. As WHEN's Matron of honour, Olivia had the following to say about WHEN:

With statistics suggesting that 40% of Canadian women will develop cancer during their lifetime, the importance of the efforts of the Women's Healthy Environment Network's are clear. The Network provides women with the knowledge and confidence to take ownership of their health and practice primary prevention. Their work in environmental health advocacy and outreach are important and deserve continued recognition and support from the broader community.

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Michele Landsberg’s words of support for WHEN

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Michele Landsberg  is a Canadian journalist,best-selling author, public speaker, feminist and social activist. She is best known for her insightful columns in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and Chatelaine magazine, which served to chronicle the women's movement in Canada during the 1980s and 90s. She was the former Chair of the Women's College Hospital Board of Directors, has been recognized with numerous awards including the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, two National Newspaper Awards during her time at the Toronto Star, and in 2006 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2005, the Canadian Women's Foundation established the Michele Landsberg Award in her honour, to recognize outstanding young women (ages 18–30) and their accomplishments in media and activism.  Michele is a supporter of WHEN.As WHEN's Matron of honour, Michele had the following to say about WHEN:

Long before it was trendy, the women of WHEN were asking the awkward questions and digging for answers: why is there so much cancer? Why is there so little funding to search  for the causes? Why spend so much effort running after a cure when we don’t even try to prevent cancer?
Why doesn’t anyone notice that it’s the huge mega-polluting corporations that dreamed up “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”?
I honour the women of WHEN for their  passion and their  integrity. I thank them for their devotion to the well-being of our planet.

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Elizabeth May’s words of support to WHEN

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Elizabeth Evans May, O.C., M.P., is a Canadian Member of Parliament, environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, and the leader of the Green Party of Canada. On May 2, 2011, she became the first elected Green Party Member of Parliament in Canada. She is also the former executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada.* As WHEN's Matron of honour, Elizabeth wrote:

I am proud to add my testimonial to the work of WHEN - Women’s Healthy Environment Network. Prior to my life in partisan politics, as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada, we frequently worked in coalition with WHEN.  I continue to value the amazing work of WHEN in increasing awareness of the links between women’s health and the environment, and between empowering women and the health of the environment itself.
Over the last nearly two decades, WHEN has provided solid, well-researched information to inform and inspire. I am very pleased to see the latest campaign for the Cancer Prevention Challenge. We see millions donated to finding the cure for Canada, and thousands of us don our pink sneakers to run for the cure.  Meanwhile, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It does not challenge the status quo to seek a cure (and finding one is critical.) Meanwhile, allowing known carcinogens to be used in our food, our cosmetics, and other household products is grossly irresponsible.
Thanks to WHEN for continuing in the forefront.  It is my fervent hope that the philanthropic community will invest in WHEN so that a more balanced perspective on health and the environment can emerge as policy at all levels of government.

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Lynn Marshall’s words of support to WHEN

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Lynn Marshall, MD, FAAEM, FRSM, MCFP, is Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences of Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Lecturer of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of Lakehead University. Lynn is also a member and former Chair of the Environmental Health Committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians, and Past Chair of the Environmental Health Clinic atWomen's College Hospital, Toronto. As WHEN's Matron of honour, Lynn wrote:

WHEN is an important not-for-profit voice bringing knowledge about known or potentially hazardous substances often encountered in everyday life. The information is especially geared to WOMEN, still the most prevalent caregivers of our families and homes and also prominent members of our Canadian workforces. WHEN uses creative methods, such as (among others) Connect Beauty events, producing and showing relevant films, and appearing at Community Environment Days to spread the Wannabe Toxic Free (WTF) campaign. Congratulations and keep up the good work, WHEN!

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