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COVD President’s Message
The COVD board of directors regrets to announce the cancellation of the COVD annual meeting scheduled for April 21-25, 2020 in Toronto, CA. We would like to thank all of those involved in planning what was tracking to be our largest meeting to date. We are not rescheduling this year’s meeting.
This decision was made after careful consideration of all of the available information from organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Our number one concern is for the health and well-being of our COVD family and it would be irresponsible to hold this event in the current environment.
While this decision comes as no surprise, it was a difficult one to come to terms with. The COVD annual meeting has developed a great reputation, not only for excellent education regarding vision therapy and rehabilitation, but for the camaraderie and bonding that is typical of our close knit community.
What Does This Mean for You?
The following options are available for those who have already registered:
Transfer your registration for our 2021 annual meeting in Denver, CO. This option will lock in your registration rate should there be any price increases.
Donate your registration and receive a tax deduction for the total registration amount.
Receive a full refund. We will process refunds as quickly as possible, but please be patient as they may take a few weeks to complete.
The COVD IO is here to assist you with your options. You can let us know which option you prefer at firstname.lastname@example.org, Lauren@covd.org, Katie@covd.org, or PHapp@covd.org. We will respond as quickly as possible. We ask that you please do not call the office with your choice.
EXHIBITORS & SPONSORS
Exhibitors and sponsors have the same options as those listed above. Please contact Mark at Meetings@covd.org with the option you prefer.
TRAVEL AND HOTEL CANCELLATIONS
Travel and hotel arrangements made for the event are your responsibility to cancel. If you received a travel grant and you have already booked your travel arrangements, please contact us at email@example.com to discuss your options.
Further communication regarding this year’s board certification for doctors and therapists will be disseminated in the coming days from the International Examination and Certification Board (IECB).
SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS (INCLUDING POSTER SUBMISSIONS)
Thank you for your commitment to bring excellent education, advancement, and awareness to our attendees. You will receive additional communication about the next steps.
This decision will have significant financial implications for COVD. Our programs and opportunities thrive, in large part, from income received from our Annual Meeting. Because of that, your tax deductible donation* to COVD is meaningful now more than ever. Please join our dedicated past presidents in donating your total meeting registration amount or more to COVD’s General Fund.
I wish you all good health and I look forward to seeing you at the latest in Denver in 2021!
Daniel J. Press, OD, FCOVD
*COVD is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. Donations are tax deductible subject to any limitations that might otherwise apply.
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