Dear NAACCR Members:
This is my first ‘Message from
the President’ and I would like to reiterate how proud and honored I am to be
your President. I promise to do the best I can to uphold the NAACCR principles
and move the organization forward as you have laid out. The NAACCR membership
is a uniquely qualified body of experts in cancer surveillance that continue to
move the field forward in a relevant manner. Collectively, our community’s
knowledge and experience in disease surveillance is unrivalled.
Benjamin Franklin once said “by
failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. I feel NAACCR has never
failed to prepare. The Strategic Management Plan, which was built around
the NAACCR members collective comments/suggestions/ideas, provides us with vertical
agility and horizontal flexibility necessary to address the priority areas,
along with the many cross-cutting issues, we as a community, are dealing with
and will continue to deal with.
In my mind, respect, trust
and collaboration have always been the keys to our success. As the African
proverb says – “If you want to go fast, go alone…… If you want to go far, go
together.” Every member of NAACCR must remember from whence we came. We got
here together through respect, trust and collaboration. To continue to succeed,
we must embrace the future while remembering the past….. and travel the path
I am constantly humbled by the
enormity of the tasks we have collectively conquered over the years and excited
about what lies ahead. In support of our members and through our members,
NAACCR will continue to be proactive in its response to new technology,
ideology and methodology and the cross-cutting issues associated. While the
future may bring what appear to be unrealistic challenges, I feel the NAACCR
community is prepared to address the known and the unknown.
In order for NAACCR to continue
to foster an environment where members’ uniqueness can co-exist and be
celebrated under one umbrella, I will need your support and encouragement. I
look forward to working with each of you during my tenure.
Jill A. MacKinnon, PhD, CTR