Remembering Our Dear Friend Barb Neilson
HEA mourns the passing of Barbara Neilson, MSW, on January 2, 2020. A social worker who worked with urology patients and their families at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Barb was a speaker and moderator at HEA conferences for many years. Barb was a kind and cheerful person who donated her time and expertise with great generosity, sometimes even skipping Canadian Thanksgiving with her family to attend an HEA conference. In addition to an encyclopedic knowledge of the issues faced by children with conditions such as hypospadias, epispadias, bladder exstrophy, and differences of sex development, she had great empathy and compassion for these children, their parents and siblings, and adults with these conditions. Her warm smile, easygoing manner, and sly sense of humor helped to break the ice at our conferences and make attendees feel comfortable. While Barb is sadly no longer with us, her legacy will live on in our hearts and memories and with the many social workers she trained during her long and successful career.
We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to Barb’s husband, Lionel; her son, Aaron; and the rest of the Neilson-Belman family.
HEA Board Election and Call for Nominations
HEA will have its annual Board of Directors election online from January 15 to 20, 2020. Four seats are available on the seven-member board for two-year terms that begin on February 1, 2020. To nominate yourself or someone else, please write to heainfo1 [at] gmail [dot] com. Nominations must be received by January 8, 2020. If you are nominating someone else, we ask that you kindly send us the nomination in advance so that we can contact the person you are nominating.
You must be a current member of HEA to run for a board seat.
HEA Board of Directors Conference Call
The HEA Board of Directors will have a meeting via conference call at 7:00 PM eastern US time on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. HEA members are welcome to attend, subject to conference call capacity limitations. If you are a member and would like to call in to the board meeting, please write to heainfo1 [at] gmail [dot] com, and we will send you the conference call access information.
HEA Facebook Discussion Group
HEA regretfully closed the online forum on its website in April 2019 because all of the activity on the forum had migrated to HEA’s Facebook discussion group. Please join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HypospadiasEpispadiasHEA/.
Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes of Board of Directors meetings from 2015 to the present are available to HEA members on request. Contact us at heainfo1 [at] gmail [dot] com.