Canadian Cancer Society awards exceptional volunteers and donors

28 April 2017

Charlottetown, PE -

During National Volunteer Week, the CCS’s annual Volunteer and Donor Awards Ceremony acknowledged exemplary members of the PEI community. The event took place on April 27, 2017 at the Lieutenant Governor’s House in Charlottetown.

 Award recipient, Dr. Larry Pan, received the Excellence in Medicine and Health Award for advancing the mission of the Society by reducing the burden of cancer in PEI.  Dr. Larry Pan is a Radiation Oncologist at the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre. He is also the Co-Chair of the PEI Strategy for Cancer Control and the lead in the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, on tobacco cessation.

 Islander, Sharon MacNeill received the prestigious National Award – The Medal of Courage. The Medal of Courage is awarded to a Society volunteer who has demonstrated exceptional courage in their personal battle with cancer and has served as an inspiration to others. A survivor herself, Sharon has developed a support group for those living with metastatic breast cancer, advocated at a national level for a Pharmacare program, explored the possibility of an Atlantic Regional Cancer Agency, and plays a role in the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

 The Society is made up of 150,000 volunteers across the country and about 700 staff members. That’s a ratio of about 220 volunteers to each staff person. This holds true in PEI where we have 6 staff members and 1,200 volunteerssays Marlene Mulligan, Executive Director, CCS. “So when we say the Society is a community based organization of volunteers and that we could not do what we do without them, please know that is a fact.”

Other award recipients of the evening included: Rosaleen Mahoney receiving the Della Rowledge Memorial Award, Lisa Jackson with the Outstanding Achievement in Fundraising Award, Olive Beairsto with the Eileen Fulford Memorial Award, Cameron Beach with the Outstanding Donor Award, James Aylward with the Outstanding Service Award, Cavendish Farms ‘Fryin for a Cure’ Relay team with the Relay For Life Community Spirit Award, Emma McDermott with the Leaders of Tomorrow Award, Bruce Donaldson with the Community Champion Award, and Marjorie Matheson with a 10 year recognition pin.

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About the Canadian Cancer Society

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. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society 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 (TTY 1-866-786-3934). During National Volunteer Week, the CCS’s annual Volunteer and Donor Awards Ceremony acknowledged exemplary members of the PEI community. The event took place on April 27, 2017 at the Lieutenant Governor’s House in Charlottetown.

 Margaret Schwartz
Community Engagement Officer
Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division
902-566-1713 ext. 2234