National Volunteer Week

Thank you volunteers!
It was volunteers who first sat around the kitchen table in 1982 who began the effort to reach every Canadian affected by a brain tumour with support and information - and to work towards a cure.

Thanks to them, for 37 years, brain tumour patients and families in Canada have been able to find support and information. These efforts have continued thanks to the dedication and determination of volunteers from all across the country.  
 

Support Groups. Brain Tumour Walk events. Governance. National Material Distribution. Fundraising. Awareness-Raising. BrainWAVE. Brain Tumour National Conference. Research. All of these things happen because of more than 700 critical volunteers.

From April 7-13, 2019, Canadian volunteers step into the spotlight as communities across the country celebrate National Volunteer Week. During this week of celebration, we are thrilled to be able to thank each volunteer for being a part of creating tremendous impact. Your time, dedication and passion are why patients, survivors and families facing a brain tumour diagnosis across Canada know they are not alone.

Volunteers are the root of all communities, and the same is true for the brain tumour community! That is why we are celebrating National Volunteer Week.

See our Thank You video from National Volunteer Week 2018:

Here’s what just some of our volunteers have had to say about their experiences:

"Being part of such a supportive, caring, dynamic group of people and being part of something so heartwarming and fulfilling, has brought so much enlightenment and reward to my life." - Diane V

"When it came time for me to start thinking about making some kind of contribution or giving back. Well….it pretty much was a “No brainer” for me!" - Liz G

"Everything from manning registration tables, acquiring sponsorship and developing new ideas – it’s all so important and every little bit counts. Volunteering has given me the ability to make a difference." - Janice L.

“We just really want to offer an interesting way for people to be involved in the cause so that we can raise more money. Before we got involved, I didn’t realize how widespread brain tumours are. The need for research and programs is so great. That’s why we keep doing it.” – Michael L., Bearduary

"Being involved in an event such as Brain Tumour Walk, seeing the personalities, human spirit, and the energy of everyone is very inspiring."- Yaron B.

The Impact of Volunteers 

 

Over the last year, volunteers like you have contributed to programs which are expanding the reach of the organization and making change for so many more people. This includes the following programs:

  • Community Events
  • BrainWAVE
  • Brain Tumour Walk events
  • The post-secondary Youth Education Awards for pediatric brain tumour survivors
  • Research Studentships attracting and involving young researchers in the field of brain tumours
  • Educating government and other influencers about the impact of a brain tumour and required policy changes to improve lives

It is with warmest appreciation, that we thank you for your commitment, your enthusiasm and your voice as we work together to lift the burden of a brain tumour.

 

For further information about becoming a volunteer, please contact:

Courtney McDonnell
Human Relations Associate
cmcdonnell@braintumour.ca
1-800-265-5106 or 519-642-7755, ext. 221   

 

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