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About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region’s 2011 Volunteer Awards winners

Voice of the Foundation Award: Cynthia Mulligan
CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan combined her skills as a seasoned broadcaster with her personal breast cancer experience to raise awareness about breast cancer and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Mulligan has a phenomenal ability to engage an audience. Last year, she drew on this talent when sharing her inspiring personal journey with breast cancer at many Foundation-related events and on her blog, Kicking Cancer. She also generously appeared in the Foundation’s “I’m Running” campaign and on-stage at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure Toronto site. A fantastic Voice of the Foundation, Mulligan has gone above and beyond to promote the Foundation and share its message with others.
 
Top Fundraiser – Corporate Supporter: RE/MAX Ontario–Atlantic Canada Inc.
RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc. has donated over $1.5 million to the Foundation in seven years. In addition to presenting sponsor of Yard Sale for the Cure, RE/MAX brokers and agents continue to be the cornerstone of this event’s success, with over 40 broker-hosted Yard Sales each year. Additionally, in 2010, nearly 780 realtors and 61 offices in Ontario participated in Sold on a Cure, RE/MAX’s exclusive program where realtors donate to the Foundation from the sale of every home. Through Yard Sale for the Cure, Sold on a Cure and Run for the Cure, members of RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada raised $359,000 for the Foundation last year.
 
Top Fundraiser – Community Events: One Run
One Run is a community event founded by Theresa Carriere. In June 2010, Carriere – a personal trainer, coach, avid runner, mother and breast cancer survivor – ran 100 kilometres from London to Sarnia, in less than 12 hours. In total, One Run raised over $107,000 for the Foundation, thanks to Carriere and her team of 34 people who promoted the event across Ontario and held many fundraising initiatives, such as selling over 2,300 One Run hats.
 
Top Fundraiser – Leaders for the Cure: Gordon Hicks
As president of BLJC, Gordon Hicks has opened many doors for the Foundation. Hicks is currently a co-Chair of Leaders for the Cure, a program that thrives on the dynamism, organizational skills and networks of senior executives. Each Leader for the Cure commits to donate $1,000 to the Foundation, raise at least $10,000 a year and recruit new Leaders for the Cure through their personal and professional networks. Hicks has recruited seven new Leaders for the Cure – the most of any senior executive in this program. He is also a champion fundraiser. In 2010, BLJC held a Fun Casino that raised over $47,000 for the Foundation. This March, the company’s Fun Casino raised $56,000 for the Foundation.
 
Top Run for the Cure Individual Fundraiser: Amar Tamber
Amar Tamber’s fundraising efforts are a tribute to his wife Tina, who passed away from metastatic breast cancer in 2009. Tamber raised an impressive $25,200 for last year’s Run for the Cure. Tamber has a passionate commitment to the cause and a talent for encouraging others to open their wallets and their hearts to support the Foundation.
 
Top Run for the Cure Friends & Family Fundraiser: Team Tina
Team Tina honours the memory of Tina, a close friend of team co-founder Julie Draper and wife of co-founder Amar Tamber. Tina passed away from metastatic breast cancer in 2009. In 2010, Team Tina’s 71 members raised $68,800. This year, Team Tina plans to raise $150,000. The team has already raised $40,000, thanks to Team Tina’s Caribbean Pink Party in February.
 
Top Run for the Cure School Fundraiser: Elmwood School
The Elmwood School in Ottawa has participated in Run for the Cure for 10 years. In total, the school has raised over $187,500 for the Foundation. In 2010, Elmwood School’s Run for the Cure team had 223 members and raised an extraordinary $43,800 for the Foundation through fundraising events, such as Pink Accessory Day. From junior kindergarten to Grade 12, the young women at the Elmwood School have demonstrated spirit, dedication and commitment to the cause.
 
Top Run for the Cure Women’s Team Fundraiser: Dream Angels Run for the Cure team
Dream Angels has raised over $103,900 for the Foundation since 2003. The first year Dream Angels participated in Run for the Cure, the team had 21 members. Last year, Dream Angels had 118 team members and raised an astonishing $36,900 through fundraising activities such as hosting ice cream nights.
 
Top Run for the Cure Corporate Fundraiser: Dupuis A la Vie
Dupuis A la Vie is a dynamic and enthusiastic Run for the Cure team, whose members work at Dupuis Ford Lincoln in Casselman. Since 2004, this Run for the Cure team has raised over $309,500 for the Foundation, including a remarkable $102,300 last year. The team is famous for its Mustang Poker Run, where drivers pick up poker cards at checkpoints along a 230-kilometre route.
 
Erin McBride Run Leadership Award – New Run Director: Jane Wilson
Jane Wilson first participated in Run for the Cure in 2009. The very next year, she signed up to be co-Run Director of the new Mississauga Run for the Cure site. To ensure the new Run for the Cure site’s success, Wilson reached out to experienced Run Directors and Foundation staff. She fostered a sense of camaraderie among the Run for the Cure committee. Wilson also spoke at many events, inspiring others with her personal story about breast cancer. With Wilson’s help, the first Mississauga Run for the Cure triumphed, raising an incredible $641,000.
 
Erin McBride Run Leadership Award – Returning Run Director: Zina Atkinson
After just one year as Run Director in Brampton, CIBC employee Zina Atkinson agreed to volunteer to become co-Run Director of the inaugural York Region Run for the Cure site. Atkinson rose to the challenge of developing a new Run for the Cure site from scratch. In its first year, the York Region Run for the Cure raised nearly $400,000 for the Foundation. In 2010, it raised nearly $600,000. Atkinson is considered a driving force behind the York Region Run for the Cure’s success.
 
Run Volunteer Award: Shayla Barker
CIBC Branch Manager Shayla Barker first participated in Run for the Cure in 2004. Three years later, Barker joined the Windsor Run for the Cure Committee, which benefited from her hard work and enthusiasm. Barker encouraged CIBC branches in Windsor and the surrounding community to fundraise and participate in Run for the Cure. She also organized fundraising events, such as Art for a Cure and Think Pink Nights, which raised over $10,000 for the Foundation. This year, Barker will be co-Run Director of the Windsor Run for the Cure.
 
Youth Volunteer Award: The Elmwood Eagles
The Elmwood Eagles are students, from junior kindergarten to Grade 12, at Elmwood School in Ottawa. In 2010, the team’s 223 members raised $43,800 for the Foundation through bake sales, a barbeque, and a Pink Accessory Day. The team’s YouTube video won the Foundation’s “Be the Face of the Run” contest. The Elmwood Eagles are a shining example of young people giving back to the community.
 
Outstanding Volunteer Award: Kathy McKenna, Jennifer Nichol and Susan Watts
Kathy McKenna
A Run for the Cure participant for 13 years and organizer of the Breast Party, Kathy McKenna has raised over $40,000 for the Foundation. As a volunteer, McKenna has been instrumental in ensuring the Toronto Run for the Cure goes smoothly. She has chaired the Site Committee and been a team leader for volunteers on Run Day. Known for being proactive, McKenna suggested adding a Lost Children’s Area and Family Tent to the Toronto Run for the Cure site. An advocate for volunteers, she frequently suggests ways to improve the volunteer experience. McKenna has inspired at least 200 of her friends, family members and colleagues to become volunteers, donors and Run for the Cure participants.
 
Jennifer Nichol
Jennifer Nichol is a passionate volunteer who consistently and creatively goes above and beyond the scope of her volunteer roles. Nichol has been co-Run Director for the Collingwood Run for the Cure since 2008. In her first year as co-Run Director, the site increased the funds it raised by an extraordinary 30 per cent, compared to the previous year. The next two years, the funds raised continued to grow. In 2010, Nichol contacted local and international celebrities, asking them to record 30-second video clips to promote the Collingwood Run for the Cure. Celebrities who agreed include One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush and ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey. Nichol also helped plan the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series. And throughout the year, she promotes breast cancer awareness, the Foundation and its supporters on her blog Freshly Squeezed.
 
Susan Watts
Senior Vice-President Worldwide of Chubb Insurance Susan Watts has been a champion of the Foundation. Until recently, Watts was a member of the Ontario Region’s Board of Directors. She volunteered with the Foundation for more than five years. She co-chaired Leaders for the Cure for two terms. And she recruited five new Leaders for the Cure. A skilled fundraiser, in 2008 Watts climbed Kenya’s Mount Kilimanjaro and raised $40,000 for the Foundation. A year later, she climbed to Mount Everest’s base camp, raising over $25,000. Susan has spoken at many Foundation events and shared her story with Ontarians through a Direct Mail appeal, inspiring others with her personal journey with breast cancer.
 
Community Group Award: Canadian Interuniversity Sport Women's Basketball Shoot for the Cure
Canadian Interuniversity Sport Women’s Basketball Shoot for the Cure brings the university athletics community together in support of the Foundation. In 2010, 43 universities across Canada participated in Shoot for the Cure, including 18 Ontario universities. Each university organizes its own fundraising initiatives, from ticket sales to silent auctions. Coordinated by Jeff Speedy, every year more universities participate. Since 2007, Ontario universities involved with Shoot for the Cure have raised more than $90,000 for the Foundation’s Ontario Region. In 2010, participating Ontario universities raised more than $43,000 for the Foundation’s Ontario Region.
 
Corporate Commitment Award: RE/MAX Ontario–Atlantic Canada Inc.
RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc. has donated over $1.5 million to the Foundation in seven years. RE/MAX brokers and agents have embraced the Foundation – as volunteers and fundraisers. For example, in 2010, nearly 40 RE/MAX agents in Ontario hosted Yard Sales for the Cure. The same year, nearly 780 RE/MAX realtors in Ontario participated in Sold on a Cure, RE/MAX’s exclusive program where realtors donate to the Foundation from the sale of every home. Additionally, in 2010, 20 RE/MAX teams – a total of 300 people – participated in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Through Yard Sale for the Cure, Sold on a Cure and Run for the Cure, members of RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada raised $359,000 for the Foundation last year.
 
Cause Leadership Award: Lynn Chappell and Dr. Martin Yaffe
Lynn Chappell
Lynn Chappell is the director of Cancer System Planning and Performance at Erie St. Clair Cancer Services, Windsor Regional Cancer Program. Chappell has volunteered with the Foundation for four years. She began as a grant review panel member, recruited for her over 20 years of experience in community development, breast health and breast cancer awareness. Since then, Chappell has held a variety of volunteer roles, including helping to update the Guiding Women resource booklet and helping to develop the Foundation’s pilot funding program in community-based research. As a grant review panel chair, Chappell emphasized review criteria that ensured Foundation grants build capacity at the community level. Chappell is currently a member of the Ontario Region Board of Directors, which benefits from both her professional knowledge of cancer care and her personal experience as someone touched by breast cancer.
 
Dr. Martin Yaffe
Dr. Martin Yaffe is a world-renowned physicist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre whose research focuses on breast cancer imaging. Dr. Yaffe has been instrumental in the Foundation’s advocacy efforts to lower the age of provincially funded breast cancer screening to 40 for all women in Ontario. Dr. Yaffe was a leader in developing It’s About Time, a consensus conference on earlier detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. His support included suggesting presentation topics and recruiting presenters. He also led the Scientific Advisory committee, which developed a scientific paper on breast cancer screening that became the conference discussion paper. Last fall, Dr. Yaffe helped launch the It’s About Time report and breast cancer screening recommendations. He also attended a dozen meetings with federal and provincial decision-makers and advisors to share breast cancer screening evidence and recommendations. A champion of the cause, Dr. Yaffe continues to be active in the Foundation’s advocacy efforts.
 
Jeannette Hawke Volunteer Recognition Award: Deborah Dubenofsky
Chair of the Ontario Region Board of Directors, Deborah Dubenofsky has been an active, enthusiastic and resourceful volunteer for 10 years. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Dubenofsky has shared her personal story with many Ontario communities, offering hope to people affected by breast cancer. A trusted leader, she has organized an award-winning team for Run for the Cure. She has also served on the Foundation’s Awareness Day committee and the Board’s Revenue Development committee. In addition to her role as Board Chair, Dubenofsky is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s National Board of Directors and a member of the 25th Anniversary Gala committee.
 
The 25th Anniversary Outstanding Commitment Award: CIBC
This year, the Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary. During this milestone year, the Foundation wanted to honour CIBC for promoting tremendous volunteerism among CIBC employees since the Foundation’s early days. CIBC’s voluntary contribution to the Foundation, in Ontario and across Canada, is outstanding, longstanding and exemplary. CIBC has been the title sponsor of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure for 15 years. But even before that, CIBC encouraged employees to get involved and support the Foundation as Run for the Cure volunteers, donors and participants. Recent examples of the spirit of volunteerism that CIBC promotes include: 
  • In 2010, across Canada, more than 13,000 CIBC employees, their families and friends took part in Run for the Cure. 
  • Through fundraising events such as the Think Pink week and sales of the CIBC Pink Collection, Team CIBC raised more than $3 million last year. 
  • Over the past five years, more than 18,000 CIBC employees, friends and family members have volunteered at Ontario Run for the Cure sites, including 300 volunteers in Toronto last year. 
  • CIBC employees have also volunteered at other Foundation events, including Yard Sale for the Cure.

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Volunteer Awards Ceremony 2010

Volunteer Awards Ceremony 2009

Volunteer Opportunities