Canadian Cancer Society PEI Announces Changes of Executive Director

04 August 2016

Charlottetown, PE -

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Cancer Society PEI is pleased to announce that Marlene Mulligan has been appointed Executive Director of the Society effective today, August 4th. Mulligan replaces Lori Barker who led the organization since 2012 and recently accepted a lead role with Ronald MacDonald House in Halifax.  

“Lori has been a strong leader for the organization and for the community of Prince Edward Island,” explains Charles Keliher, Chair of the Board of Directors for the PEI Division of the Society. “During her time with us Lori was instrumental in prompting the province to roll out a cancer control strategy, establishing the Relay For Life Dream Team and educating thousands of Islanders about the power of prevention. We are sad to see Lori leave, we are grateful for her tremendous efforts and we wish her the very best in this new chapter”.

“The Society is pleased to have been in a position to fill the executive director role from within. Marlene is enthusiastic and shares a deep sense of caring for the Island and the health of Islanders. She brings with her ten- years of experience in community leadership, strategic planning and public relations.” 

Mulligan started with the Society in December 2015 as the Communications and Advocacy Officer for PEI. As an Islander who had been living in Calgary for ten-years, Marlene was thrilled to find this initial role with the Society last year when she was still living in Calgary and wanting to move home. 

Marlene grew up in Kinkora where she graduated high school before completing a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of PEI in 1998. While in Alberta, Marlene’s passion for learning found many outlets. She completed a number of education programs specializing in community leadership, public policy, social return on investment and public relations. 

Prior to joining the Society, Marlene was Director of Development at Propellus (formerly Volunteer Calgary) during which time she was awarded the Outstanding New Fundraising Professional 2015 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Calgary. She also spent a number of years in the role of Community Engagement Adviser for Chevron Canada, a global energy company.

“I am truly honoured and consider myself very fortunate to be given the opportunity to play a leadership role in caring for the health of Islanders,” explains Mulligan. “Since returning to the Island, I have had the chance to meet a number of our volunteers, donors and partners. I’m looking forward to meeting many more and working together to change the impact of cancer on PEI.”


For more information, please contact:
Marlene Mulligan
Executive Director
Canadian Cancer Society PEI
Mobile: 403-703-1059

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.