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National Impact Awards

The Canadian Cancer Society Impact Awards recognize impact, innovation and excellence. They provide the Society with the chance to celebrate those who are making a difference in the fight against cancer. They are the highest honour we can present to an individual or group. 

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  • Leadership

    These awards are offered annually to volunteers who have made significant contributions as leaders in the fight against cancer.

    Outstanding Youth Leadership Award
    This award recognizes a Canadian Cancer Society youth volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills.

    2016 recipients
    Maike van Niekerk
    Shadi Mousavi-Nia

    Medal of Courage
    The Medal of Courage is presented to a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer who has demonstrated exceptional courage in their personal battle with cancer or as a caregiver to someone who has had cancer. In doing so, they serve as an inspiration and role model to others.

    2016 recipients
    Brock Ramsay
    Delila Chenery
    Mariette Lafrance
    Agnes McCarthy
    Ron Levy
    Teresa Bell
    John Hunt
    Diane Devitt
    Micheline Bélanger

    Transformational Leadership Award
    This award recognizes an individual or a group that has played a part in transformational change within the Canadian Cancer Society through their exceptional contributions and selfless volunteer leadership.

    2016 recipient
    Shelly Norris 

    Leadership in Community Engagement Award
    This award recognizes an individual or a group whose significant and innovative contributions as well as selfless volunteer leadership led to a progressive change within a Canadian Cancer Society program, event or activity. Community can be defined in terms other than geographic.

    2016 recipients
    John Osler
    Margaret Davis

  • Program delivery

    Program in Action Award
    The Program in Action Impact Award is offered annually to an individual, a group or an associated Society program that has made a lasting impact on the Society’s mission.

    2016 recipient
    Miss UV team and Miss UV volunteers

  • Public policy

    Leadership in Public Policy Award
    This award is offered annually to an individual or a group that has made a significant contribution to the fight against cancer within the public policy domain.

    2015 recipient
    Michael Perley

  • Revenue generation

    These awards are offered annually to individuals, corporations or community partners that have made a significant leadership and/or financial contribution to the fight against cancer.

    Golden Corporate Achievement Award
    This award recognizes a corporation/business partner that has provided exceptional leadership and/or financial support for the Canadian Cancer Society. It has embraced the Society’s mission and has become a pillar of support.

    2016 recipient
    Golf Canada

    Corporate Achievement Award
    This award recognizes a corporation/business that has made a significant financial contribution to 3 or more divisions of the Canadian Cancer Society.

    2016 recipient
    Industrial Alliance

    Relay For Life Award of Excellence – Leadership
    This award is given to a committee of volunteers within a community who have made exceptional contributions and demonstrated exemplary leadership in overseeing a Relay For Life event.

    2016 recipient
    Relay For Life Listowel

    Relay For Life Award of Excellence – Team
    This award is given to a team that embodies the spirit of Relay For Life (celebrate, remember, fight back) and serves as a model for other teams in terms of revenue generation, community engagement and mission integration.

    2016 recipients
    L’espoir donne des ailes
    Moms on the Run

    Community Achievement Award
    This award recognizes an independent or third-party group that has initiated or championed a fundraising event in an innovative or unique way resulting in a significant financial contribution and, in the process, has developed a sustainable event.

    2016 recipient
    Colon Cancer Gala

  • Alberta/NWT volunteer awards

    Each year, dozens of outstanding Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division, volunteers are recognized with honours and awards at the national, divisional and local levels.

    We are proud to introduce you to some of our 2014 volunteer award recipients.

    Achievement in Volunteer Leadership
    Patrick Gilhooly
    Donna Lennon
    Dan & Margo Belzile
    Corol Sundberg
    Chantelle Hess

    Award of Courage
    Bretta Maloff
    Heather Halpenny
    Sandra Skrober
    Sharleen Horchuk

    Caregiver Award

    Dan Ethier
    Amy Foggin
    Laura Dryden

    Inspirational Achievement in Volunteer Youth Leadership
    Brandon Christensen

    Distinction in Prevention
    Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta

    Distinction in Support Programs 
    Helen Flagg
    Don Davis
    Lance Krobel
    Larry Allen
    Michael MacGowan
    Douglas Dunn
    George Kenda
    Joseph Hearn
    Don Davis
    Lance Krobel

    Distinction in Public Policy
    Jordan Mulholland

    Community Champion Award
    Alberta Trail Riding Association
    Cross Check Cancer
    Randy Chevrier
    We’re Hair for a Cure

    Corporate Champion Award
    ATCO Employees Participating In Communities (EPIC)

    Leadership in Fundraising-Relay For Life
    Tri-Regional Relay For Life Committee

    Relay For Life Team Spirit Award
    Red Willow Donkeys
    Wally’s Waddlers
    Bright Lights

    Dr.John McEachern Award
    Jason Holowachuk

    Dr. Dan McCharles Leadership Award
    David Dial

    Dr. Peter Geggie Award
    Ron Deyholos

    Gloria Aaron Award
    Danielle Smith

    John H. Hearn Award
    James Riddoch

    Award of Excellence in Communications
    Calgary Herald


    Rock 97.9 & Country 93.3


    Thank you for your contribution in the fight against cancer
    Neil Martens

    Dipankar Goyal



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