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National Volunteer Week | Our Volunteers


Here's why our volunteers support Prostate Cancer Canada!

Lesley Burton
Tilley, AB | Rural Panel, Survivorship

"My dad passed away, but I'm volunteering for Prostate Cancer Canada in the hope that someone else doesn't have to lose theirs."

Lesley Burton is a mother and wife who lost her father to prostate cancer. Her father, Ivan Hodges, was diagnosed in the spring of 2003 with prostate cancer and was later diagnosed with a reoccurence in 2010 when the cancer moved to his bones. He passed away on the 14th of June 2014, one day before Father's Day.

"Volunteering is how both I and my family made something positive out of a negative situation...Prostate Cancer Canada helps keep us connected." Lesley and her family also get involved each year in the Plaid for Dad campaign. "All the efforts I've put in, I have seen come out through the huge developments in research which will make the difference for someone else's father."

Chuck Healy
Saint John, NB | Wake Up Call & PCC Atlantic Plaid Executive Council

Chuck Healy is a member of the Saint John Wake Up Call Leadership Cabinet and actively recruits sponsorships for the annual breakfast. Recently, he joined the PCC Atlantic Plaid for Dad Executive Council. He is very active in his community promoting Prostate Cancer Canada and the importance of early detection.

Like many families prostate cancer hits close to home for Chuck. He has a younger and older brother who both survived prostate cancer are now six years cancer free. In his own words, "It made me want to do what I could do to build and create awareness about early detection -- which was what saved both my brothers. It became not just a volunteer experience, it became a personal obligation."

For Chuck, volunteering with PCC in the Atlantic region has been a very fulfilling experience. He believes that we all should particpate in some type of volunteer role in our communities. He chose PCC because of his family's connection to the disease and the opportunity to help share in the pursuit to overcome the most common cancer in men.

Gary Manocha
Calgary, AB | Step Up Challenge

"I volunteer because it is my way of giving back to the society and make a difference. I also find it very rewarding in many ways. What we do in regular life is something everyone is doing; however going an extra mile and giving back sets you apart from everyone else. I believe that even if 1% of us start giving back in however way we can, this world will be a much better place to live in."

Gary volunteers as a Team Leader at the Calgary Step Up Challenge.

Chantal Marsh
Toronto, ON | Do it For Dads Walk/Run

Chantal's first experience volunteering with Prostate Cancer Canada was at the 2016 Toronto Do it For Dads Walk/Run. Chantal volunteered as a race marshal. She worked with other volunteers cheering on the participants! Chantal said that she had a blast volunteering with us.

In her words, "I really enjoyed connecting with people and learning about their journeys. They were so open and honest about their experiences with prostate cancer."

Darrin Quigley
Halifax, NS | Wake Up Call Breakfast Chair

When Darrin Quigley attended his first Wake Up Call Breakfast in Halifax, he saw the difference Prostate Cancer Canada Atlantic was making in the community. Like so many others he has a number of family members close to him who have been diagnosed. Wanting to do his part, Darrin took on the role of chairing the annual breakfast.

"Knowing you are part of something that is tasked with raising awareness and enabling men to be comfortable in speaking out has been a very humbling and fulfilling experience. By educating those around me; being an advocate and creating awareness that early detection saves lives, I am making a difference."

Katherine Vinokour
Vanouver, BC | Various Events

"If I could help everyone, I would. I'm doing this for fathers, brothers, and for sons."

Katherine Vinokour is currently studying towards her BA in Psychology at UBC. Katherine currently volunteers for a number of organizations including Prostate Cancer Canada. She is also a director at a non-profit fighting homelessness and she is her sorority's VP of Philanthropy.

When she lost an important male figure in her life to prostate cancer, she became interested in volunteering with PCC. Driven by her kind nature and her firm belief in the greater good, she has volunteered in a variety of leadership roles at the Vancouver Step Up Challenge and Wake Up Call Breakfast during the past few years.

"I go to these events and I have so much fun, it doesn't even feel like I'm volunteering," Katherine says, "I feel connected to the people I meet there, we all share a common interest in raising awareness."
Posted: 2017-04-27 1:50:02 PM
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