After seeing a Canadian Cancer Society call for volunteers in a newspaper, Rosemary knew that this was her opportunity to get started.
After the birth of her 5th child, Rosemary Pedler decided that she wanted to get involved in her community. It was 1997, the year of Princess Diana’s death – an event that prompted Rosemary’s desire to make a difference and leave her own legacy. After seeing a Canadian Cancer Society call for volunteers in a newspaper, Rosemary knew that this was her opportunity to get started.
In the spring of that year, Rosemary signed her family up, including her newborn, as Daffodil Month volunteers. It was their first family volunteer experience but certainly not the last.
“Any opportunity we get to fundraise for the Canadian Cancer Society, you can always count on the Pedlers to be there,” she says. “My family loves raising awareness and funds for an organization that’s doing so much for cancer patients and their families,” she adds.
The family of 8 is no stranger to cancer. Having lost both family and friends to the disease, they understand the impact that it can have.
“Cancer has touched so many people. Getting my family involved with the Canadian Cancer Society was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It brings our family together, and I encourage others to do the same.”
“Volunteering is such a rewarding experience. You hear the most amazing stories, and it really brings the community together. Especially when you meet a cancer fighter, seeing their strength is so inspiring and reminds us why we’re here – it really makes the hundreds of hours of volunteering worth it.”