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Honouring extraordinary volunteers: The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region’s 2011 Volunteer Awards

April 20, 2011

TORONTO, April 18 – The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region is thrilled to announce the winners of its 2011 Volunteer Awards. The awards recognize exceptional volunteers including individuals, teams and organizations that are leading the way and helping the Foundation build a future without breast cancer.

Canada AM co-host and Ontario Region Honorary Chair Beverly Thomson announced the winners on Sunday at a ceremony at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York.

For 25 years, volunteers have been the backbone of the Foundation’s success. And this year, volunteers found many ways to make change happen, including raising funds and breast cancer awareness at ice cream nights, university basketball games, fun casinos, Pink Accessory Days, Yard Sale for the Cure and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.

“On behalf of the Foundation, I want to express how grateful we are to the thousands of volunteers for their extraordinary contributions and commitment to helping us create a future without breast cancer – they are making an impact,” says Sandra Palmaro, CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region. “Thanks to their hard work and dedication, the Foundation was able to raise over $20 million this past year and enable important investments in breast cancer research, fellowships and education; investments that will lead to a future without breast cancer.”

The awards ceremony was followed by high tea. Many guests wore elaborate hats in honour of the theme, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which was a reminder of the Foundation’s earliest days, when Mad Hatter’s Teas were major fundraisers for the Foundation.

Winners of the 2011 Volunteer Awards:

Voice of the Foundation Award: Cynthia Mulligan of CityNews

This award recognizes an outstanding volunteer speaker who represents the Foundation and shares the Foundation’s message with others.

Top Fundraiser – Corporate Supporter: RE/MAX Ontario–Atlantic Canada Inc.

Top Fundraiser – Community Events: One Run

Top Fundraiser – Leaders for the Cure: Gordon Hicks

Top Fundraisers for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure:

Top Run for the Cure Individual Fundraiser: Amar Tamber

Top Run for the Cure Friends & Family Fundraiser: Team Tina

Top Run for the Cure School Fundraiser: The Elmwood School

Top Run for the Cure Women’s Team Fundraiser: Dream Angels

Top Run for the Cure Corporate Fundraiser: Dupuis A la Vie

Erin McBride Run Leadership Award – New Run Director: Jane Wilson

This award honours an outstanding volunteer in their first year as a Run Director who has demonstrated leadership, a willingness to learn and promoted teamwork among their Run for the Cure Committee.

Erin McBride Run Leadership Award – Returning Run Director: Zina Atkinson

This award recognizes a veteran Run Director who demonstrated leadership, vision, a willingness to motivate others and promoted teamwork among their Run for the Cure committee.

Run Volunteer Award: Shayla Barker

This award is given to a Run volunteer in each of the Foundation’s four regions who demonstrated exceptional leadership, support, service excellence, innovation and creativity.

Youth Volunteer Award: The Elmwood Eagles

This award recognizes young volunteers who demonstrate a commitment to creating a future without breast cancer.

Outstanding Volunteer Award: Kathy McKenna, Jennifer Nichol, and Susan Watts

This award is given to a maximum of three volunteers who have shown exceptional commitment to the Foundation’s mission, vision and values.

Community Group Award: Canadian Interuniversity Sport Women’s Basketball Shoot for the Cure

This award recognizes a volunteer community group that has demonstrated how teamwork and community spirit can help create a future without breast cancer.

Corporate Commitment Award: RE/MAX Ontario–Atlantic Canada Inc.

This award recognizes a corporation that has fostered an environment of volunteerism for the benefit of the Foundation.

Cause Leadership Award Lynn Chappell and Dr. Martin Yaffe(from U of T)

This award honours an individual who has greatly advanced the cause-related work of the Foundation through the application of their breast cancer knowledge and expertise.

Jeannette Hawke Volunteer Recognition Award: Deborah Dubenofsky

This award recognizes volunteer excellence and a commitment to advancing the Foundation’s goal of creating a future without breast cancer.

25th Anniversary Outstanding Commitment Award: CIBC

This one-time award honours CIBC for promoting tremendous volunteerism among CIBC staff since the Foundation’s early days.

For details about the winners, click here.

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About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region:

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1986 as the first volunteer-led organization in the country devoted exclusively to breast cancer research, health promotion and advocacy. Our goal is to reduce the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer, and to improve quality of life for those affected.  We direct donor dollars to world-class researchers and clinicians who are making groundbreaking progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 450 grants, supporting research projects and fellowships. For more information, visit: www.cbcf.org/ontario.

To coordinate an interview, contact Naomi Carniol, Communications Coordinator, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region, at 416-815-1313, ext. 208 or email: ncarniol@cbcf.org