Your gift at work
Since 2005, CMAT had provided vital medical assistance to people affected by disaster in countries around the world. Canadian donors like you helped us deliver care in many of these countries, including:
Visit our Humanitarian Projects section where you will find information on past deployments, recent news, links to our social media sites and our picture archives.
Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) is a Canadian-based grassroots disaster relief organization made up of volunteer health professionals and non-health volunteers who selflessly give their time and resources to assist and provide relief aid to the victims of natural and man-made disasters around the world.
CMAT has been one of the first teams to arrive at the scene of recent global emergencies, and has accumulated a database over one thousand skilled health care professionals from across Canada.
Please consider volunteering or donating to help us help the most vulnerable survivors of disasters.
Unfortunately we hit some technical glitches with Sunday’s online AGM, so the board has come together to deliver our reports in writing. Please find the individual directors’ report to the AGM, as well as the 2013 financial statements. Please don’t hesitate to email email@example.com should you have any questions.
Acting Chair Report – Kathy Harms
Executive Director Report - Valerie Rzepka
Director of Communications Report - Kate Auger
Director of Response Coordination – Rashad Chin
A crucial discussion piece is around the changes to the Not-For-Profit organizational structure, as mandated by the Canadian Government. These changes need to be reviewed and voted upon by registered CMAT members. These proposed changed can be reviewed by clicking the following links:
Only registered members of CMAT would have received a seperate email with a time-sensitive link in order to place their votes online. Voting will remain open until 23:59 on Friday September 12,2014. Please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
Please Save the Date on your calendar to join us for the AGM on 7 Sept, 2014 in the evening:
16:00 hrs PST, 17:00 hrs MT and 19:00 hrs EST.
The AGM will be hosted online.
CMAT AGM viewing instructions
After testing a variety of online conferencing tools, the CMAT Board has chosen to broadcast the September 7, 2014 AGM on Youtube via Google Hangout on Air. Our test run with the tool went very well, and we think it will be the best FREE conferencing solution for this event. Here’s how it will work:
It’s that easy. One detail to note is that there is approximately a 2 minute delay between what is being recorded in Google, and what is being broadcast on Youtube. With this in mind, we are structuring the agenda to include a report or presentation, followed by a question and answer period, before moving on to the next report. Answering questions in the middle of reports or presentations may be a bit choppy and out of sequence with the delay. Feel free to ask questions as soon as you think of them, just be aware we will wait to the end of a report to respond to them.
Our goal is to be as inclusive and interactive as we can. The Google/Youtube platform is the most effective we have found, that doesn’t require each participant to sign up for anything, or download any add-ons or other software. If, for the future, you have suggestions for other FREE video conferencing solutions for this sort of online event, please share them with us!
May 11, 2014 – Toronto, ON.
Earlier today, CMAT Executive Director Valerie Rzepka, and Director of Communications Kate Auger boarded a Philippine Airlines flight bound for Manila. After reviewing a project proposal called Oplan Kalusugan, submitted by a group of volunteers who have run other projects in the region, Valerie and Kate hope to collaborate on two, week-long medical projects in typhoon-affected areas of Leyte and Samar, with the view of potentially developing a longer-term relationship to provide assistance in the region.
The same group organized “Oplan Kabuhayan” and “Oplan Hatid”, which helped to provide livelihood for people in Haiyan-affected areas.
Coordinating with volunteer doctors from the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Manila, the team will be focusing their efforts on Tacbloban City, and Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and their environs.
From our fundraising efforts last fall for typhoon victims, CMAT will contribute $34,000 CAD to for this particular project, which aims to provide free medical, dental and basic surgical services to more than 10,000 people living in areas severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
CMAT wishes to extend our sincerest thanks to Philippine Airlines for its ongoing support of CMAT’s work in the Philippines, and to Innovatek Medical for its donation of point-of-care testing kits for this project!
Follow the progress of these CMAT/ Oplan projects on twitter!