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
Ken Hubley, of Stanhope, PEI, retired in 2005 following a 35-year career as a corporate manager in the energy sector. Since his retirement, he has lent his experience to several organizations in his community including the municipal council, the board of a watershed management organization and a youth education organization. At the Society’s PEI Division, Ken has served as a member or chair of several committees and is currently the chair of the division’s board. He has also participated as a community representative in the research evaluation panels organized by the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.
“Like many Canadians, I have been personally touched by cancer. I am a cancer survivor and my father died from the disease at a very young age. By giving my time and experience to the Society’s board, I hope to make an impact against this disease.”
What’s the lifetime risk of getting cancer?
The latest Canadian Cancer Statistics report shows about half of Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.