Society Invites BC Youth to Cancer Prevention Forum

13 March 2013

Vancouver -

The forum – designed by youth, for youth – will provide a venue for youth to share their ideas on health and cancer prevention as well as provide suggestions on what changes they would like to see.

“The Canadian Cancer Society is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and this forum provides us with an opportunity to hear from future leaders of change who can set the stage for the next 75 years of cancer prevention,” explains Amber Hay, Cancer Control Coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon.

The forum will also provide an opportunity for youth to learn about cancer prevention and build skills to use within their communities to take action on relevant health and cancer prevention issues, becoming part of a larger movement fighting for a world where no Canadian fears cancer.

“This is a chance for youth from across our province to take part in continuing a 75-year legacy of cancer prevention,” says Hay. “We know that about half of all cancers can be prevented. Youth are a vital part of stopping cancer before it starts and we need their help.”

The forum will take place at the Simon Fraser University, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. Youth who are residents of British Columbia, active or involved in their community and interested in developing leadership skills are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants must also be committed to contributing to action in their home communities after the youth forum concludes. Travel expenses will be covered.

Youth have until March 15th, 2013 to submit applications. Applications are available through Successful applicants will be notified by April 1st, 2013.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Sheila Dong

Manager, Media Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 604-675-7365