Society recognizes volunteers with inaugural national Impact Awards

06 May 2013

Toronto -

On May 4, the Canadian Cancer Society awarded its first national Impact Awards to honour the Society’s most dedicated, passionate volunteers and recognize their exceptional commitment to fighting against cancer. These awards, to be given annually, are the Society’s highest volunteer honour.

Volunteers are the backbone of the Society’s work in research, support and advocacy across the country. Their enthusiasm and perseverance help the Society fulfill its mission of the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. The Impact Awards go to truly exceptional volunteers who have made significant impact, demonstrated innovation and injected excellence into aspects of the Society’s work.

“Volunteers are critical to our accomplishments, and we wouldn’t be able to support, inform and empower those touched by cancer without them,” said Pamela Fralick, President and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society. “The Society would like to thank all 2013 Impact Awards recipients for their excellence, innovation, leadership and dedication to the eradication of cancer.”

The Society’s National Office recognized 4 recipients on May 4:

Dr David Malkin – Transformational Leadership Award
This award recognizes an individual or a group that has played a part in transformational change within the Canadian Cancer Society through their exceptional contributions and selfless volunteer leadership.

Lori Synes-Taraba – Medal of Courage
The Medal of Courage is presented to a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer who has demonstrated exceptional courage in their personal battle with cancer or as a caregiver to someone who has had cancer. In doing so, they serve as an inspiration and role model to others.  – Program in Action Award
The Program in Action Impact Award is offered annually to an individual, a group or an associated Canadian Cancer Society program that has made a lasting impact on the Society’s mission.

Pantene Canada – Golden Corporate Achievement Award
This award recognizes a corporation/business partner that has provided exceptional leadership and/or financial support for the Canadian Cancer Society. It has embraced the Society’s mission and has become a pillar of support.

Recipients of other Impact Awards will be recognized by the Society’s 10 divisional offices across the country. For detailed descriptions of all awards, visit the Impact Awards page of


For 75 years the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. When you want to know more about cancer, visit or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

For more information, please contact:

Christine Harminc

Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 416 934-5340