It has been a great privilege to be a part of ONF since its inception as a founding Board member 23 years ago, and for the past 13 years as the Program Director of the Prevention program. I am proud to have played a role in the Foundation’s evolution over the years, advancing from a traditional research funding agency to the knowledge mobilization and implementation driven system ONF has become. This realignment of purpose came about as the Foundation’s Board and staff recognized that while the Foundation was supporting high calibre work, the outcomes of the research were falling short in making a difference in the quality of life for those Ontarians living with a neurotrauma injury and for prevention practices aimed at preventing these injuries in the first place.
It has been an honour to lead the Prevention program and develop knowledge mobilization strategies like Loop, Loop Junior, and the Fall Prevention Month campaign, and to establish implementation science approaches brought to life by the Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative and many other partners.
I am confident that the work we initiated will continue to inform practice and lead to a system-based standardized approach to fall prevention across Ontario. With the support of the Ontario Ministry of Health, I know that you, our committed partners, will strive to fill gaps and ensure this important work will advance in the absence of ONF.
And finally, I want to thank all our partners, researchers, and health practitioners for devoting their time, resources, and passion in making a difference in the fall prevention landscape in Ontario and across Canada.
I hope we will meet again.