France Desharnais, of Montreal, is a member of the Quebec Order of Chartered Accountants and a business development executive with Ernst & Young. Her involvement with the Canadian Cancer Society began in 2007 as a member of the Quebec Division’s performance assurance committee. Since then, France served as treasurer of the division’s board and is now its chair-elect.
“I am passionate about fighting cancer after losing my dad to mesothelioma. As a volunteer, I will do whatever I can to help fight all forms of cancers. The Canadian Cancer Society is my cancer charity of choice and I am pleased to serve on its national board.”
I was in total shock when I heard the diagnosis of cancer. Cancer to me was an adult’s disease. Being a 13-year-old teenager, it certainly wasn’t even on my radar.
Cancer affects all Canadians
Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.