CancerCare Manitoba
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January 10, 2013

Cheers to 50 Years of Volunteers!

CCMB Volunteers Share the Care of Manitobans Facing Cancer

CancerCare Manitoba extends a heartfelt Thank You! and congratulations to the many Manitobans who have volunteered at the provincial cancer agency during the past five decades. Thousands of family members, former patients, students, staff and others have selflessly donated their time and assistance to those facing cancer, since 1963.

"Manitobans have been incredibly generous in donating their time, knowledge and expertise to support our agency, patients and their families," said Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, president and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba. "We offer a sincere thank you for the tremendous dedication that CancerCare Manitoba volunteers bring here, everyday, on behalf of Manitobans facing cancer."

In 2011, CancerCare Manitoba volunteers donated over 23,000 hours of their time. The 400 strong volunteer force assists with a wide variety of tasks at the agency, from governance and fundraising activities, to handing out welcome refreshments (courtesy of the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation), acting as guides for patients and families, sharing information and resources, and providing peer support.

"They are an amazing group of people," said Kathy Harrison, director of Volunteer Services at CancerCare Manitoba. "Our volunteers come from all walks of life, are all ages, and some stay with us for many, many years." CancerCare Manitoba's longest serving volunteer has been with the agency since 1973.

Like many CCMB volunteers, Larry Vilk became involved after his own experience with cancer. "During my time in chemotherapy I was able to see, firsthand, the quality and care provided by all the caregivers and volunteers," said Vilk. "Having been affected by the love and concern shown by these special people, I wanted to be able to provide a smile to others as well. What better way to do this than by volunteering."

To apply to be a volunteer at CancerCare Manitoba, please call (204) 787?2121. Additional information is also available on the CCMB website.

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