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Natasha-Mercer.jpgNatasha Mercer
St. John's, Newfoundland

In her first year as a St. John’s, NL committee member for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, Natasha Mercer received a Volunteer Award for her outstanding commitment. Described by Susan Evans, the site’s 2011 Co-Run Director, Natasha was “innovative,” “efficient,” and “enthusiastic.”

Contributing in many different ways, Natasha was busy both before the event, and after!  One particularly innovative project that Natasha took on was her contribution to the St. John’s committee’s annual basket raffle. Natasha found a local artist who created a unique piece of art that embodied the spirit of survivors. She then found a local framing business to frame the artwork. Her vision to have something that reflected the determination of survivors and their journey culminated in a successful project that raised nearly $2500.

Natasha described her Run day experience: “I couldn’t have asked for a better feeling than to watch all the smiling faces – even if it was raining and freezing cold – show their support for the [CIBC] Run for the Cure. It really made all the hard work throughout the year 100% worth it.”


Captain-Steve-Crawford.jpgCaptain Steve Crawford
Moncton, New Brunswick


Captain Steve Crawford has always been an enthusiastic committee member for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in Moncton, NB. His innovation and creativity have helped the Moncton team find solutions to challenges over the years and his quiet leadership has inspired many of the volunteers. It’s for this reason that he was awarded the returning committee member award in Atlantic Canada.

Having volunteered on the committee for twelve years Steve and his team have the event down to a fine-tuned system. 

Don “Digger” MacLellan, the committee member who nominated Steve, described him as “one of the key individuals that ensures our Run is successful each year.”

Steve is the Captain at the Moncton Fire Department, and is a first responder. When asked why he volunteers, he responded, “Volunteering is important to me because I have been watching my mother and father volunteer their time to this day! My mom is 83. The feeling you get when you help someone is very comforting. I receive the same joy from my career as a fire fighter."