Semaine nationale

2010 Have your voice heard now

October 29, 2010

Dear CPS Members,

CPC is contacting you with the first ever opportunity to participate in a Canadian grass roots, person with pain driven advocacy initiative directed toward a Federal Parliamentary Committee that has shown interest in knowing the true state of pain in Canada. Harold Albrecht, Conservative co-chair of the House of Commons Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care is interested in receiving email letters from Canadians who would like to share their experiences about pain control.

CPC would appreciate your support for this ground breaking awareness and advocacy opportunity. We ask that you forward the email text below to your patients and/or their families asking them to send an email letter to Mr. Albrecht. CPC would also appreciate you sending this request to colleagues who may not be members of the Canadian Pain Society. The email text below will also be posted on www.canadianpaincoalition.ca. You may choose to write to Mr. Albrecht yourselves to highlight your personal and/or professional experiences relating to pain control. Canadians affected by pain have a willing ear in government. The time to use our collective voice is now. This type of opportunity rarely presents itself.

The text of the email will provide more explanation to you about CPC’s focus for the initiative. The timing of this opportunity is significant as it falls immediately before National Pain Awareness Week (November 7-13, 2010). We anticipate that many letters will be sent during National Pain Awareness Week.

You will be interested to know that on October 19, 2010 Dr. Mary Lynch, CPS President, and I presented the true state of pain in Canada to the Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care. During this meeting the three Committee co-chairs agreed to read an announcement about National Pain Awareness Week in the House of Commons. The CPC will be sending a pain awareness and education package to every Canadian Member of Parliament. The contents of the package, including a co-branded CPC/CPS Canadian Pain Fact Sheet and the introductory brochure about of the CPS/CPC co-hosted Pain Summit (2012), will be posted on www.canadianpaincoalition.ca.

Thank you for your participation in this important opportunity.

Kind regards,

Lynn Cooper
President

Instruction for people with pain to write their letters:

Dear Canadians who are affected by pain,

The Canadian Pain Coalition is writing to you with an important opportunity to make your voice heard and be part of the solution for people living with pain in Canada.

On October 19, 2010, the Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC) had the unique privilege to present to the House of Commons Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care in Ottawa. CPC President Lynn Cooper provided the members with a ‘person with pain’ perspective concerning the state of pain in Canada. She highlighted the serious issues facing the six million Canadians who live with chronic pain and gave recommendations to the committee that support the committee’s case for the basic human right of access to adequate pain control. Ms. Cooper’s presentation and the CPC brief to the Committee are posted on the CPC website www.canadianpaincoalition.ca.

In her presentation, Ms. Cooper outlined CPC’s three advocacy goals:

  • Pain must be recognized as a disease in Canada
  • There must be access to adequate services for people with pain
  • We must have a Canadian Pain Strategy

As a result of this work, Harold Albrecht, the Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, has invited people with pain and their families to send in letters telling of their personal pain control experiences. Those stories will help to engage the federal government aroundour three goals, ideally leading to a Canadian Pain Summit in 2012.

We are asking that you take a moment today to send an e-mail or letter to Harold Albrecht, MP (AlbreH8@parl.gc.ca) outlining your personal pain control story. As part of that, we are also asking that everyone include the following statement at the end of what you forward:

I also support the work of the Canadian Pain Coalition and their three advocacy goals:

  • Pain must be recognized as a disease in Canada
  • There must be access to adequate services for people with pain
  • We must have a Canadian Pain Strategy

We also ask that you copy us on any correspondence that you sent to Mr. Albrecht at office@canadianpaincoalition.ca.

Thank you again for being part of the solution for people living with pain in Canada.

Lynn Cooper
President