We are celebrating National Volunteer Week by highlighting our member organizations who rely on volunteers to sustain their services and programs. Today we celebrate the Canadian Cancer Society.
This blog post was written by the Canadian Cancer Society’s Unit Manager, Dawn Cooper. Thank you!
Canadian Cancer Society: the importance of volunteers.
The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is a community-based volunteer organization, dedicated to the eradication of cancer and to enhancing the quality of life for those living with cancer. Volunteers are vital to the organization, performing so many valuable activities such as:
- Helping with administrative duties at the Ottawa Unit site
- Training other volunteers and providing presentations and displays to various community groups
- Providing Peer Support as cancer survivors on a one-to-one basis for those individuals who are dealing with cancer;
- Driving cancer patients to and from their treatments
- Supporting patients who have come from a distance away and are staying at Maurice Grimes Lodge for the duration of their treatment
- Helping at the two The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) Cancer Care sites in Ottawa at the General and Queensway Carleton locations: both in supporting patients and providing administrative assistance to ease the work of hospital staff
- Hundreds of volunteers help with fund-raising, putting together canvassing kits for the residential campaign and delivering and selling daffodils for our signature Daffodil Days. Hundreds more volunteer to organize the four Relay For Life events that take place in the Ottawa area in May and June, raising well over $1 million for research and for our local programs and services!
- Leadership volunteers lend their personal and professional expertise in advising the staff; providing valuable connections; advocating against harmful substances and activities; and acting as ambassadors for the organization
In recognizing our volunteers, let us also recognize our donors who contribute cash as well as time to help us realize our goal of eliminating cancer – many of our supporters fit into both categories, and both are the lifeblood of the Canadian Cancer Society. I must also recognize at this time the staff at the Ottawa Unit, who work tirelessly to recruit, train and support the volunteers, raise the money, plan the programs and execute the activities – much of it on “volunteer time” themselves!
To all of you who contribute your time, your energy, your ideas and your treasure to the Canadian Cancer Society – please accept our warmest thanks, and recognition as we celebrate National Volunteer Week. Many thanks also to Volunteer Ottawa for your unfailing work in recruiting and encouraging volunteerism in our very generous community!
Want to Volunteer With The Canadian Cancer Society?
To learn more about the CCS and the dozens of amazing opportunities visit the Canadian Cancer Society (Ottawa Unit)’s page on the Volunteer Ottawa website.