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Farquharson takes lead in fight against cancer

16 September 2014

Charlottetown, PE -

Farquharson takes lead in fight against cancer

Jane_FarquharsonPEThe Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I. Division, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Farquharson as interim executive director effective September 15, 2014.

Farquharson assumes the role for one year, replacing Lori Barker who is on maternity leave.

“We are delighted to have someone with Jane’s wealth of experience to carry on the work of the Canadian Cancer Society,” says Ken Hubley, chair of the P.E.I. Division Board of Directors.  “Her senior management skills strongly position her to lead us forward this year.”

Farquharson has over thirty years of experience in health promotion, population health and chronic disease prevention working within government, health care,   academic, and community settings. 

Most recently, she was the C.E.O. of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia and served as acting vice-president of programs and director of   Knowledge Exchange with the Canadian Agency for Drugs Technology & Health (CADTH) in Ottawa.                                     

Farquharson has also volunteered with numerous health charities and served on the board of directors of the Canadian Cancer Society in Nova Scotia.

“I’m pleased to be a part of the team leading the fight against cancer in this province,” says Farquharson.  “Like many on P.E.I., my family has been touched by cancer.  My maternal grandmother died of cervical cancer at age 51 and my mother recovered from breast cancer.”

Farquharson grew up on a dairy farm in Bunbury and moved back home 3 years ago to be her Dad’s primary caregiver. She is married with 2 children, 3 grandchildren and 2 dogs.

“I am delighted to have come full circle, living once again on the family farm, which was established in 1810.  It will be a privilege to participate in the development of a Cancer Control Strategy for this province as well as continuing the critical work of the Canadian Cancer Society over the next year.”

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. It has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.

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For more information, please contact:

Lori Barker

Executive Director

Phone: 902-566-4007