Can­cer So­ci­ety hon­ours vol­un­teers

The Glengarry News - - News - - Steven Warburton

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.)

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