SUPPORT CANADIANS LIVING WITH CANCER
Saskatchewan Division CEO
Keith Karasin was named Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Division of Canadian Cancer Society in April, 2001.
"I have the great fortune to work in a small division, where we all have our hands on the plough," he commented. "Saskatchewan continues to play a vital role in developing and sharing innovative ideas and new services in support of the mission with the entire organization. That is no surprise to any of us in Saskatchewan. We know it's about community, people helping people, neighbour helping neighbour, caring and compassion."
Within the context of the larger organization, Mr. Karasin is as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, a group tasked with pan-Canadian efforts and achieving the mission as a national organization.
For 12 years prior to joining the fight against cancer, Mr. Karasin was the Executive Director of the Regina Open Door Society, helping to settle thousands of refugees and immigrants into Regina. Prior to that, he worked in Elliot Lake, Ontario, as a Child Abuse Investigator for the Children's Aid Society of Algoma.
In addition to teaching in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina — where he has been a sessional lecturer for 22 years — Mr. Karasin serves as Justice of the Peace with jurisdiction for Saskatchewan's Victims of Domestic Violence Act and the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Act.
Mr. Karasin said his committed to maintaining and building on the rural roots at the foundation of this organization and building the essential relationships required for Saskatchewan to have the 'very best' coordinated cancer care, information and support service in Canada.
Establishing a national caregivers strategy
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.