Canadian Cancer Society honours Island volunteers

Lindsay Jones and Shanna Crispo of the Canadian Cancer Society Sudbury and District Unit present Freda Bond with an award for her 10 Years of Service with the Canadian Cancer Society. photos by Robin Burridge

MANITOULIN—The Canadian Cancer Society recognized over 20 volunteers from across Manitoulin at a special event held at the Little Current Royal Canadian Legion last week.

The evening started with an opening prayer from Suzanne Knapp Chandler, followed by welcoming remarks.

“We are very excited to be here tonight,” Cathy Burns, manager of the Sudbury and district community office, began. “We are so honoured and grateful for each and every one of you and what you do.”

Ms. Burns noted how impressed she was with the constant dedication and leadership of the Manitoulin volunteers.

“Whether it is driving, peer support or fundraising—your help ensures that no one faces cancer alone,” said Ms. Burns.

“The work you are doing is making a tremendous difference,” said Julie Datta, Screening Saves Lives manager. “From the bottom of my heart I would like to give a big thank you to each one of you.”

Lindsay Jones, volunteer engagement coordinator, said that Manitoulin has contributed $383,983 in the last 10 years through the volunteer fundraising efforts and the generosity of Island residents.

“That is astronomical for a community your size,” said Ms. Jones. “You should be extremely proud of yourself.”

Cathy Burns presented the Five Year of Service Awards to Anna Aelick, Ginger Wood, Ginger Morison and Chris Lanktree. She also presented the 10 Years of Service Awards, recognizing Molly Ainslie, Freda Bond, Lyna Holmes, Judy Wood, Nancy McDonald and Dale McDougall. The 15 Years of Service Awards were presented to Mary Larouche, Rose Jackson, Judy Laid and Lois Ann Lanktree.

Mona Lewis was recognized for her 25 years as a residential canvasser.

“In conjunction with her team of canvassers, Mona has contributed to over $147,000 in fundraising revenue in the last 10 years for the East Manitoulin District,” said Ms. Burns.

Kelly and Craig Timmermans were awarded a Community Impact Award: Celebrating Impact in Community Revenue for their fundraising efforts in organizing the Relay for Life last year on Manitoulin and the Black Tie PJ Party which together raised $14,100 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Reggie Leach was also recognized with a Community Impact Award for organizing his annual golf tournament while Lois Ann Lanktree received a Community Leadership award.

A number of individuals received the Canadian Cancer Society’s Distinction in Prevention Awards for “their tireless work in education people on the need to get screened for cancer in order to diagnose the illness at earlier stages, significantly increasing survival rates.”

“Canadian Cancer Society Ambassadors are saving lives and bringing our communities together to create a world where nobody has to fear caner,” said Jo-Anne Thibodeau-Audett, coordinator of the Screening Saves Lives program. “It’s an honour to work side-by-side with such committed volunteers.”

The volunteers include Angela Fenton, Lisa Madahbee, Patsy Corbiere, Shirley Corbiere, Stephanie Corbiere, Sandra Pope, Jeanette Corbiere Lavell,  Suzanne Knapp Chandler, Valerie Cooper, Mariah Abotossaway, Nicole Thibodeau Howard, Cathy Kaitting, Tony Audette, Courtnay Peltier, Crystal Young, Cynthia Owl Behm, Lindsay Corbiere, Gail Kiki Pelletier and Tammy Maguire.

The volunteer appreciation event concluded with a draw with 14 prizes donated from Little Current businesses and cake.