Cancer Society honours volunteers
Five individuals and organizations were honoured by the Canadian Cancer Society of SDG last Thursday evening at the Sandfield Centre in Alexandria.
“These volunteers help to make a difference in the fight for life – including helping fund internationally recognized breakthroughs in cancer research to publishing cancer information that is the most current and credible in the country, to raising public awareness and providing much-needed services and support to individuals living with cancer in our community,” said Allison St-Jean, the society’s Community Fundraising Specialist. Recipients included: - The St-Isidore based MSL Insurance, which won the Community Fundraising Award (recently, MSL hosted a golf tournament that raised over $20,000).
- Cornwall resident and three-time cancer survivor Ivan Labelle, who won the Celebrating Courage award.
- Bernice Patterson of Cornwall, a cancer survivor who is also the coordinator of the organization’s local wig salon.
- The Finch-based Équipe Bazinet, the top fundraising team at the 2018 Relay For Life, who brought in more than $5,700.
- The Stormont County-based Sisters for Life, who won the Celebrating Community Revenue for creating the famous ladies night gala in Finch.
In addition, a number of individuals were honoured for their many years of volunteer service to the organization. One of them was Cornwall resident Cecile Flaro, who received a certificate honouring her for 50 years of service.
Ms. Flaro has been canvassing in Cornwall for the past five decades. It’s a job that’s getting harder, she says, because of a lack of volunteers and homeowners’ growing fatigue with door-to-door canvassers.
Other honourees include Alexandria resident Germaine Lalonde (45 years); Joan Siwik (40 years); Diane Roy, Linda Carruthers, Mary Fife and Sharon MacGregor (35 years); Bobbie Barton, Diane Lebrun, Riky Teplate, and Susan McDonell (30 years); Anneliese Boekhoff and Joyce Keatley (25 years); Andrea Berry, Glenn Martel, and Lucille Lauzon (20 years); Carolyn Dawson, Daniel Thauvette, Evelyn Bernique, Mario Pilon, Raymonde Simoneau, Rita Carriere, Robert Gale, Sharon Bell, and Sylvia Crack (15 years); and Barbara MacDonell, Brad LeClair, Christopher Kupczyk, Gianna Zambon, Jean Marie Morin, Jean Warnock, Judy Poulin, Laurie Archambault, Line Wolfe, Mavis Robertson, Peter Noble, and Skippy (Leonard) Bisson (10 years.)