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Message from the IEHA President
November 30, 2017
Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in!
So things happened that were beyond our control as life always tends to do and now you are stuck
with me for another go-round. While the circumstances are not ideal I promise to continue fighting for
you and the LEHP Act renewal. One positive of this situation is that it won’t take me months to figure
out what I am supposed to be doing or who is responsible for what. Been there and done that. I really
did enjoy my time as President last year and look forward to doing it again. This time with even better
I had mentioned at the AEC that one of the great things of being on the Board of IEHA is the
networking. At conferences in the past I would sit in the back and try not to get noticed. I had a few
colleagues I would chat with but nothing too serious. Now I can look out from the podium in front of
the class and recognize over half the people in the audience. I can walk up to them and ask them how
their kids are and what the latest is with their professional or personal lives. By being involved in the
association I have been able to help myself and my employer by staying on top of trending issues. We
say we are the invisible profession yet some try to avoid interactions that make us uncomfortable.
Well no more. At future conferences you will see more social activities for membership. We will
provide opportunities to “give back” to our communities.
As part of my duties, I will be planning the AEC at Starved Rock on November 5 - 6 of next year. There
will be guided tours of the canyons, a falconry class, a bonfire with s’mores (BYOB), donation boxes
and possibly a blood drive. I tried for a “Feed My Starving Children” type of event but was unable to
make the timing work out. If you have other recommendations feel free to email me at
email@example.com and I will look into making them happen.
P.O. Box 7505
Rockford, Illinois 61126
Phone (815) 977-5884
Fax (866) 760-6873
New Fundraising Initiative
February 15, 2018
I would like to announce a new fundraising initiative.
At our conferences you will have the ability to donate through our 50/50 raffles. This year we will
focus on IEHA member Carl Caneva and his family. If you can't make a conference and want to help
Carl you can donate by clicking on the button below. The following is from Carl:
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This fundraiser will be used to help support IEHA member Carl Caneva and his family. Carl has worked
for the DuPage County Health Department, The City of Park Ridge and The City of Evanston. He began
his career in 1998 after interning at DuPage County and was hired as a Sanitarian. Carl has spent the
last 13 years with the City of Evanston in various roles most recently the Assistant Director of the
Health and Human Services Department.
As an IEHA member, Carl has served as the North Chapter Vice President and the Secretary. He has
presented at Local and National Conferences on the importance of technology in our field.
In September of 2016, Carl was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma after experiencing pain in his leg. He
received a year of chemo and radiation treatments during that time with the hopes of keeping the
cancer at bay. In September 2017, scans revealed the Cancer had spread causing him to take disability
leave from the City of Evanston due to the effect the treatments have on his body. His wife, Kelly and
his ten year-old daughter Isabelle have been very supportive. Carl and his family are grateful for any
contributions and the continued support of IEHA, it's board and all of the members.
Attached is a picture of my family and I after attending my daughter's first band concert this week.