Cancer Society recognizes cancer prevention champions, saying more commitment needed to prevent the disease

06 March 2014

Regina -

WHAT: The Canadian Cancer Society in Saskatchewan is recognizing 4 individuals and groups who are striving to make our communities healthier.  The Healthy Living Award is given to people or groups who strive to better their health and their environment by changing an aspect of their lifestyle.

WHY:  “People often feel powerless when it comes to cancer but it is important to remember that about half of cancers can be prevented,” says Donna Ziegler, Director cancer control for the Canadian Cancer Society.  “Being informed and taking meaningful action can make a big difference and that’s what we’re recognizing today.”


Dr. Tanya Dahms (Regina) – Dr. Tanya Dahms is a physical biochemist and professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Regina. She also is a strong advocate against the use of cosmetic pesticides and has proved to be an invaluable partner in the Canadian Cancer Society’s advocacy and education efforts on this issue.

Neil Vandendort (Regina) – Neil Vandendort was the Director of Open Space and Environmental Services. Neil’s extensive knowledge in environmental protection provided the necessary information and direction that would lead the City to reduce its dependency on pesticides.

Fred Clipsham (Regina) – Fred Clipsham was a 6 term City Councilor in Regina from 1994 to 2012. He was also the City’s representative on the Environmental Advisory Committee. Fred’s knowledge and dedication has made him a leader in helping to make Regina a safer place to live, work and play.  Because of his efforts, Regina has 80 parks that are herbicide free and 3 that are pesticide free.

Regina Catholic School Divisions and O’Neill High School (Regina) – For the past 4 years, the RCSD has been focused on healthier lifestyles for students. Canteens have all been redesigned and O’Neill High School has developed a nutrition program that focused on students first.


2014 Healthy Living Award Luncheon

Tuesday, March 11 @ 11:45 – 1 pm

Agra Torchinsky Salon,  MacKenzie Art Gallery

2475 Albert Street


Guest Speaker: Dr. Irina Oroz, Chief Resident of Dermatology, U of S

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The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and advocate to governments for important social change.

Help us make a difference. Call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca today.

For more information, please contact:

Donna Pasiechnik

Manager, Tobacco Control, Media & Government Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Saskatchewan Division

Phone: 306-790-9871