EUFAMI welcomes new leadership and two new members at 2016 AGM
On May 28, EUFAMI held its 2016 Annual General Meeting and Member Participation Day at Leuven’s Augustinessenklooster. The meetings marked a change of the guards at EUFAMI, welcoming Finland’s Miia Männikkö as new President and Aagje Ieven as Secretary General. It also gave fresh policy inputs, spurring stronger links with members and restating EUFAMI’s vital role in supporting family carers in mental health throughout Europe.
In the morning, the Annual Report 2015 was approved and the other new Officers - Martine Frager Berlet (FR, vice-president), Per Torell (SE, secretary), and Bert Johnson (UK, treasurer) - as well as new staff - Winne Ko (membership and events) and Diego Calligaro (policy and communications) - were presented. Elections were also held to fill the vacancy on the Board of Directors, following Nadine Fossion’s departure. EUFAMI thanked Nadine for her years of service and welcomed Mr André Decraene of Similes Flanders (BE) as its new Board member.
The afternoon offered productive space for members to develop ideas which will shape EUFAMI’s future strategies, including EUFAMI’s development in the East, its work for children in families affected by mental illness, an update of its peer-to-peer training programme Prospect, and new advocacy, campaigning and awareness raising activities.
Last but not least, two new member associations joined: Portuguese association Familiarmente is a newly established organisation for families of persons with mental ill health and became full member. Greek association EDRA provides services to people with social vulnerabilities, including mental health problems, and is now an affiliate member of EUFAMI. Welcome to our growing family!