Matt, Jennifer and Laurie will remain active CDTRP members, but wanted to address the community as they leave co-leadership of Theme 1.
“As my time as a co-lead of Theme 1 comes to an end, I would like to thank everyone who helped make this time so rewarding. It would be too long to list them all, so just assume that this blanket thank you is aimed directly at you! CDTRP is a lot of things, but at its core, it’s about relationships. When we know and trust each other, collaborations are easy, and those collaborations make great things happen. I’m not going anywhere, and look forward to continuing on with many fantastic projects under the leadership going forward. It’s going to be amazing.”
– Matt Weiss
“Working with all of you to build a community of ODT researchers in Canada has been a great pleasure from the earliest CNTRP days to today’s CDTRP. I have learned from and benefited greatly from the group. I look forward to continuing on as a member of this inspiring and collegial group!”
– Jennifer Chandler
“As the former Theme 1 Donor Co-lead (2018-2021), I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new Co-Leads: Sonny, Aviva, Marie-Chantal and especially Mary Beaucage, the new Patient Co-Lead. I liaised with Mary in 2019 to prepare a session for CDTRP’s Annual Meeting and was very impressed with her depth of knowledge and lived experience related to transplantation and considerations for conducting research with Indigenous participants.
The past 3 years have been like a certificate program in ODT research methods for me, learning about the challenges and opportunities faced by investigators and witnessing significant progress in some early research projects. Yet I feel we are still just beginning to identify the values, beliefs and behaviours related to ODT that contribute to a culture of trust, offering adequate and equitable opportunities and facilities to prospective donors and recipients. So many varied groups across Canada play an important part within the culture of organ and tissue donation: improving that culture nationally will continue to rely upon many voices and perspectives for years to come. CDTRP is striving to include diversity within those voices and within the projects it funds.
I am happy to have contributed in a small way to the CDTRP community and am grateful that PFD perspectives are valued. The many people I have met have been incredibly welcoming and dedicated to improving the national ODT culture and systems. I would especially like to thank the Theme 1 Academic Co-Leads, Matt Weiss and Jennifer Chandler, and the CDTRP Managers, Katie Bain and Chelsea Patriquin-Stoner.”
– Laurie Blackstock
Please join us in welcoming the new co-leads at our next Theme 1 meeting on Thursday, March 23 at 4 pm EST.