Letter from Chair of the Board of Directors, Robert Lawrie
Cancer most often occurs in older people, and our population is aging and facing that higher risk. While medicine continues to make progress detecting and treating cancer, and producing higher survival rates, the Society needs to prepare to provide more services to more Canadians who are facing the disease.
Today, cancer continues to affect us all – patients, families and friends – and the Society will do more to improve all of our journeys caused by this disease. We are working to streamline our operations and improve communications. We have already combined our administration into a single structure reaching from coast to coast. Our donor dollars will go even further as we eliminate duplications and simplify internal processes. With our committed staff, volunteers and donors, we will continue our progress towards our vision of creating a world where no Canadian will fear cancer.
Since 1938, we have kept patients and their families at the heart of our work, by collaborating with all levels of government to shape public policies to protect Canadians from environmental threats and behavior that can cause cancer. Our staff and volunteers continue to reach into communities across the country to educate people about prevention. And the Society continues to be the largest charitable funder of cancer research, advancing understanding of the disease, and discovering treatments and cures.
Our mission is focused on enhancing the lives of patients and their families in any way we can - from support and information services to funding clinical trials, to advocating for better health policies.
A message from our local chair
Some things in life can be accomplished by one person working hard by themselves. Dealing with cancer is not one of those things. It requires hundreds of hard working and dedicated volunteers, supported by a wonderful and caring staff to get the job done. In addition, there are the many donors who generously give of their resources to help the Newfoundland and Labrador Division of the CCS carry on its important work. Our mission can be summed up in few words: the eradication of cancer. A lofty goal? An unrealistic goal? Some might think so. However, this is our goal and our commitment. Through supporting the best research, here at home or across Canada; providing caring, supportive services for those living with cancer during treatment and beyond; and promoting and facilitating a healthier lifestyle for residents of our province, we can accomplish what we have set out to do.
One important emphasis for the Canadian Cancer Society is prevention, an emphasis that can help stop cancer incidence and mortality rates. In NL, and around the world, research continues to show that preventive measures significantly lower the risks of developing many cancers. We are actively involved in several advocacy efforts designed to bring about real and fundamental changes intended to help people be healthier. Our educational programs are also designed to reach as many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians as possible. Our staff doesn't sit in their offices waiting for people to call; they go out into the communities across this province to reach, inform, and motivate people to make meaningful changes to their lives. We are committed to continuing and expanding this most important part of our mission.
And for those dealing with cancer, there is Daffodil Place. Since opening Daffodil Place just a few years ago it has become a place of refuge for those who are dealing with one of the most challenging things in their lives. Both cancer patients and their caregivers are greeted with welcoming arms and assured that they have a safe place within which to carry out their difficult treatments. This home-away-from-home has seen over 2200 guests from some 300 different communities from all parts of NL. It continues to symbolize the spirit of those who fight the fight and the army of support that is behind them. To the many staff and volunteers who make this wonderful place fulfill its role – thank you. It really could not be done without you.
Finally, I would like to thank, once again, the many volunteers and donors who give with no expectation of reward. The staff of CCS-NL, who are committed to this work and put in long hours and creative effort to make sure we get the most done with the resources we have at our disposal. It is appreciated. And to my fellow Board members who give graciously of their time and talents – thank you. Together we can Deter, Defeat, and Defy Cancer.