The Canadian Association for Health Humanities, which will be launched at the Creating Spaces Conference in Halifax, April 27–28, 2018, is seeking nominations for the inaugural Executive Committee. Positions include President, Vice President/President-elect, Treasurer, and Secretary/Communications.


This dynamic executive committee will create policies and direction to foster the growth and development of our new national, health humanities organization. A lot has already been accomplished thanks to the diligent work of our colleagues, students and friends. Over 1000 people have attended our annual Creating Space conference since its inception eight years ago. We have funding for three years from Associated Medical Services, which is being used in part for start-up costs, including administrative support. The CAHH website is also operating and a conditional constitution has been posted for members’ review.

Fulfilling the duties of CAHH Executive Committee members will require an estimated five to ten hours per month. Committee members must also attend the CAHH Annual General Meeting during Creating Space, and assist in curating and promoting this conference. The term is three years. For additional details see the position outlines below.

You are eligible to run for the committee if you have registered for at least one of the eight previous Creating Space conferences and if you emphasize the health humanities in your clinical, academic or creative/artistic work. You do not have to attend this year’s Creating Spaces Conference to run for a position. We encourage senior trainees (residents, doctoral students, post-docs) to run for office.

Completed applications must be received by April 25, noon EST.

To put your name forth as a candidate, kindly complete the following form: click here. You will be asked to provide a brief statement of interest and qualifications, to disclose any potential conflict of interest and to identify a “seconder” who supports your nomination. This information will be shared with Creating Space attendees, who comprise the eligible voters this year.

Voting will take place on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Members and candidates will be informed of the results by April 28, 2018.

Thank you for your support.

CAHH Nominating Committee
Pamela Brett-Maclean PhD
Barbara Sibbald BJ
Allan Peterkin MD

Available Executive Committee Positions

  • President: assisted by the vice-president and other members of the executive committee, responsibilities include identifying strategic priorities, creating meeting agendas, chairing meetings, appointing committees, representing the association in public and official functions, ensuring the executive committee fulfills its responsibilities, communicating quarterly with members, helping to identify and support the organizers of Creating Space, and setting an example of scholarship, character and service.
  • Vice-President (President-elect): responsibilities include assisting the president in all of her/his duties, performing duties delegated by the president, and setting an example of scholarship, character and service.
  • Treasurer: responsibilities include administering the finances of the association including maintaining complete financial records of all income and expenditures, collecting dues and sending reminders, purchasing items or supplies, recruiting potential donors, presenting an annual financial report, and setting an example of scholarship, character and service.
  • Secretary/Communications: assisted by the CAHH administrator and webmaster, responsibilities include taking and disseminating minutes, maintaining the membership list, answering inquiries, monitoring updates to the website, assisting the president communicate with members, seeking candidates for vacant positions, liaising with ARS MEDICA, the official CAHH journal, and setting an example of scholarship, character and service.)

Note: A governing council will be set up after the executive is in place.

The CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR HEALTH HUMANITIES is a learned society based in Canada promoting the development of the medical/health humanities through: an annual conference, council meetings, regional meetings, an associated biannual journal (ARS MEDICA) and a website ( The CAHH promotes understandings of both the human condition and practices of patient care through critical dialogue between medicine/ healthcare across disciplines and the arts/ humanities. It aims to add significant humanistic value to the interdisciplinary cultures of the medical/ health humanities locally, nationally and internationally.