A Time to Say Farewell

Dearest Friends and Colleagues,

On December 31, 2016, I will be retiring from my position as CAPHC’s President and CEO and Executive Director of the Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC).

As I reflect on my 31 year career with the child and youth healthcare community in Canada, I am overcome by so many wonderful memories and experiences that have resulted in a truly privileged career built on very special partnerships, friendships and national collaboration.

Our paediatric community brings together healthcare professionals from every discipline across the continuum of care. I have been honoured to work with every children’s hospital in Canada, many community hospitals, regional and provincial health authorities, rehabilitation centres and home care provider agencies. My admiration and respect for the dedication and commitment of the child and youth healthcare community in Canada is immeasurable and something that I will always cherish.

To my Canadian Family Advisory Network (CFAN) colleagues and friends; thank you for allowing me to be part of your lives and most valuable work. I encourage you to continue your very strong leadership and advocacy role, as you are making a real difference!

Throughout my career, I have learned from and have been mentored by many colleagues to whom I owe a debt of gratitude. I have been supported and encouraged by the CAPHC Board of Directors and the Paediatric Chairs of Canada and will be retiring with only fond memories and wonderful friendships.

It has been an honour for me to serve on the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health Advisory Board for the past 6 years and I will miss this wonderful collaboration and the many friendships.

To CAPHC’s Liaisons and the many colleagues who volunteer their expertise and countless number of hours to lead and support CAPHC’s Communities of Practice, National Steering Committees, Annual Conferences and so much more; your commitment enables many national initiatives that would simply not be possible without your continued leadership and engagement.

To our many Children’s Hospital Foundations, who so generously support our work, may I say thank you for your continued support and commitment to the health and well-being of our children. We must also continue to work with our many national partners and corporate sponsors to ensure the advancement of quality improvement, patient safety and evidence based practice.

The future is bright and there remains much work to be done to ensure the very best healthcare for Canada’s children and youth. 

Finally, to my colleagues in both the CAPHC and PCC national office; you are the future and the core of our organizations and I am most confident in your strong leadership and collective ability to ensure continued growth and success in the years to come.

I will miss my professional family more than words can express, but it is now time for me to dedicate my love and passion to my husband Brian and our wonderful family.

My heart felt appreciation and gratitude to my many colleagues and friends for allowing me to be a part of your lives for so many years.

My very best wishes to all,


Elaine Orrbine, President & CEO CAPHC;
Executive Director, Paediatric Chairs of Canada
September 15, 2016