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  • 1. fightiNg BACK... O n t A r i O D i v i s i O n i m pA C t r e p O r t 2009 | 2010
  • 2. mAKinG tHe mOst impACt... The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, FiGHtinG BACK... “Fighting back.” Whether describing a mom and her infant son battling a rare form OUR MiSSiON community-based organization of volunteers of deadly leukemia; a new father advocating for tougher laws against cheap, illegal whose mission is the eradication of cancer cigarettes; or groups of women getting together to raise money for women’s cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of every three minutes, research, these two words embody the new spirit that infused the Canadian Cancer people living with cancer. Society in 2009-10. another Canadian is faced Inspired by research involving volunteers, staff and the general public – and with fighting cancer. exemplifying two of our values of being ‘progressive’ and ‘courageous’ – the Society’s edgy new ‘Join the Fight’ branding is re-introducing us to Canadians. that’s why – empowered It boldly declares that we are the number one enemy of cancer. It invites Canadians to engage in frank conversations about cancer, and to join with us in making the by its volunteers and donors most impact in the fight against all cancers. Most of all, it reminds us all that this is a fight for life. – the Canadian Cancer society In the pages of this 2009-10 Impact Report, you’ll discover the facts – and the is working tirelessly to do human stories – behind our fight against cancer here in Ontario. You’ll read about how the Society continues to do everything we can to prevent cancer from everything we can to prevent happening in the first place; how we fund research to outsmart all types of cancer; how we empower, inform, support and improve the lives of those across cancer, save lives and support the province living with cancer; and how we rally Ontarians to take action, in their own personal ways, to make cancer history. people living with cancer. 2 A Message from the Chair It’s thanks to the continuing generosity of our donors that we are able to make CONtENtS and Acting Chief Executive Officer progress in the cancer fight. Through their support, Ontario Division was able to With your support, we are raise $85 million last year. In addition to the support from our donors, one of the 4 Research greatest things about our organization is the partnership between our staff and Prevention and Advocacy making more impact, in more 6-11 our diverse team of 65,000 volunteers located in every corner of the province. 12-17 Support and Information communities, than any other Their shared passion for our mission is truly inspiring. Thanks to all of you for sharing your time, talents and funds with us; we hope that, in return, you felt a Fundraising 18 cancer charity in Canada. sense of pride and accomplishment for your contribution to the cancer fight. 20 Gift Planning But we cannot stop now. There are still many battles to be won before we can declare victory against this formidable foe. 22 Corporate Development thank you for joining the 24 Bequest Gifts Received Last year’s economic downturn was a challenging time for all charities. But thanks fight against cancer. to our judicious financial planning and ‘fight back’ spirit, the Society is emerging 26 Corporate Recognition from the recession in solid shape. We remained true to our mission, improved our 28 Report from the Chair, engagement with volunteers, strengthened our connection with corporate Audit & Finance Committee supporters, and diversified the way supporters could donate. The result? Our donors stayed with us, enabling us to commit $24.7 million to research, and to 29 Financials continue to offer valued services and programs to cancer patients and their families. 30 Provincial Board and Committees
  • 3. tHe FiGHt FOr liFe Transitions on the leadership front also demonstrated the Society’s resilience. We thank Saluting Our Outgoing Volunteer Chair former Ontario Division CEO Peter Goodhand, who moved from Ontario Division to We pay tribute to Marion Kirsh as she concludes her two-year term as Chair of become the Society’s National President and CEO on May 1, 2009, for establishing Ontario Division’s Board of Directors. Over her tenure, Marion’s goal was to fully such a solid foundation for success here in Ontario. To all our volunteers and staff, your embrace two key Society values – “courage” and “progressive” – and this goal unfaltering commitment in this time of uncertainty was – and is – greatly appreciated. was exceeded. The Society achieved key advocacy wins against tobacco, cosmetic pesticides and toxic emissions; a stronger emphasis was placed on Amid 2009-10’s challenges and successes, the Society never strayed from our singular vision of a world where no one fears cancer. We know that 2010-11 will prevention screening for breast and colorectal cancer; PhotoSensitive’s poignant include an economy emerging from recession, the increasingly costly and focused Cancer Connection’s photo exhibition and the new ‘Join the Fight’ branding nature of cancer research, and a continued vigilance on fiscal restraint and financial connected Canadians in new and exciting ways; and despite the economic strength. We look forward to your continued support as we fight back… for life. recession continued financial strength was realized. introducing Our incoming Volunteer Chair As Marion’s term comes to an end, we welcome the familiar face of Stephen Baron to this role on April 23. Here’s a bit of background on Stephen: Society roles: Currently sits on the Society’s Ontario Division Board of Directors, in addition to the Nominating & Governance Committee; past Treasurer and Chair Finance Committee, Ontario Division; active volunteer with the Society at both the provincial and local level. full-time position: Head of Finance, Canadian Wealth stephen Baron, incoming Chair Management, RBC. “This is a truly exciting time to help Other volunteer activities: Recently served in lead Ontario Division in its fight several leadership capacities with his synagogue; served against cancer. I’m inspired marion Kirsh, Chair rick perciante, Acting Chief executive Officer on Board of Directors for children’s summer camps. by the passion and enthusiasm I see throughout our organization, Stephen lives in Thornhill with his wife Karen and and I know we will continue to their three children. make vital progress in defeating cancer and supporting those who battle the disease.” FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 3
  • 4. investing in breakthroughs • There are more than 200 different types thE NEED of cancer and research is key in the fight to eradicate cancer and enhance the lives of those living with cancer. • Every three minutes, another Canadian is faced with fighting cancer. • Childhood cancer, although rare, is the leading cause of death from disease in Canadian children over one month of age, second only to accidents. • The Society’s annual research grant t h E i M PA C t h Ow w E f O U g h t b A C k competition brought together scientific experts from around the world to help outsmart cancer by selecting the ‘best of the best’ projects and pointed out gaps in cancer research and opportunities in the cancer fight. • The Ontario Division of the Society invested $24.7 million in 2009-10 in research in Canada that spanned cancer prevention, early detection, new treatment options and support. • In Ontario, 133 research projects received funding and over 1,000 cancer patients were enrolled into Society-funded clinical trials. • The Society’s investment in research is producing significant victories. For instance, incidence and death rates for most types of cancer have stabilized or declined during the past decade. • Research has also led to considerable progress in cancers that affect the youngest Canadians: • Childhood cancer death rates have OUR fight declined by about 50 per cent since 1985. Lori Taraba (left): Age 46, married with twin boys born in 1997 and one daughter born in 2000, living in Niagara Falls. My son Brock was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was just 10 months old. • The five-year survival rate for childhood Having completed 26 months of treatment, Brock is now a happy, healthy 12-year-old. cancer is now 82 per cent, an 11 per cent Dr. Lillian Sung (right): Society-funded cancer researcher studying the role of infection in children with leukemia. increase over the last 15 years.
  • 5. tHAnKs tO reseArCH, mOre CHilDren Are BeAtinG CAnCer “For the first 10 months of his life, my son assistance. He loves bicycling, elephants, In addition, Dr. Sung chairs a committee Brock – unlike his twin brother Conner – just reading mystery books and playing video with the Children’s Oncology Group – a seemed to keep on getting sick with things games with Conner. When Conner wins, renowned group that includes international like bronchitis or throat infections,” explains “I just challenge him again,” Brock says. hospitals and institutions that lead clinical Lori Taraba. “By August of 1998 however, trials to improve cure rates for childhood Brock was fortunate with regards to the really serious symptoms began to cancers. Their collective goal is to find infection during his treatment; infections appear.” After several days of investigation, better cancer treatments so that more among children during cancer treatment Lori received the diagnosis: high-risk acute children like Brock can survive. are common and can be more deadly than lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). For children the cancer itself. Although he did contract “It feels incredible to work on the leading under a year with ALL, the survival rate is two serious bacterial infections in the early edge of cancer research,” says Dr. Sung. low and the prognosis is poor. After a good phases of his treatment, both were “Having seen the devastating impact cry, Lori remembers thinking: “Now that we successfully treated with intravenous this disease has on children, their family “my son is here because know what it is, we’re ready to fight it with antibiotics and caused no long-lasting members and friends, I feel very everything we’ve got.” ill-effects. Other children with leukemia privileged to be able to make a difference of the researchers who fight Besides Brock’s bouts of chemotherapy are not so lucky. in the fight against cancer.” in the spine every 16 weeks, he also required cancer every day.” Dr. Lillian Sung is an award-winning And that difference means the world to 10 days of double-dose radiation to his researcher at The Hospital for Sick children like Brock and their parents. lori taraba head. “We were advised that Brock could Children in Toronto who, through Canadian “My son is here because of the researchers experience some limitations in terms of Cancer Society research funding, is who fight cancer every day,” says a fine-motor, math and language skills, studying the role of infection in children grateful Lori. “Thanks to research, cancer speech and physical growth due to the with leukemia. “In my research, we’re is no longer a death sentence.” head radiation,” Lori says. “But the doctors looking for genetic markers that will identify also told us that there were things we children who have the highest risk of could do as parents to minimize these developing infections, a serious side-effect consequences.” Once the limitations that can lead to death in some of these began to appear at around age two, Lori’s young patients,” says Dr. Sung. “We’re also remarkable plan to support Brock kicked in. testing different treatments to try and Today, Brock is a healthy, self-sustaining reduce the infection risk – ultimately, we pre-teen who is fully functional with some want to improve cancer survival.” #1 HOW yOu CAn jOiN thE fight: the Canadian Cancer society much progress has been made in the fight against cancer, but more needs to be done. is the largest charitable visit to learn how you can join the fight to help us end cancer. funder of childhood cancer research in Canada. FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 5
  • 6. working for safer workplaces • At present, we simply don’t know enough thE NEED about our exposure to cancer-causing substances in the workplace. There is no reliable data on the number of occupation- related cancers in Ontario, and the connection between cancer and ongoing low-level exposure to many carcinogens is unclear. • We do know that industrial workers are more likely than others to be at risk of exposure to workplace carcinogens, and that 20 to 30 per cent of their cancers might be related to such exposure. • In March 2009, the Society helped launch the h Ow w E f O U g h t b A C k Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) – a world-class facility dedicated to improving knowledge and evidence to identify, prevent and ultimately eliminate exposure to cancer-causing substances in the workplace. The Centre is a joint undertaking funded by the Ontario Division of the Society, Cancer Care Ontario and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and was developed in collaboration with the United Steelworkers. • The Society’s advocacy efforts, in partnership with other health, environmental and labour organizations, led to the introduction of the Toxics Reduction Act in April 2009. After its introduction, the Society continued to advocate for tougher measures to reduce toxic exposures. t h E i M PAC t • With the support of the Society, the OCRC has begun making progress in raising awareness and building a research program that will ultimately lead to safer, healthier My fight workplaces. Fred LeBlanc: Age 43, married, living and working as a firefighter in Kingston. I serve as the elected president of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association. I’m actively involved in the fight to protect the health and safety of Ontario firefighters, including the issue of workplace toxins.
  • 7. FireFiGHters BAttlinG FOr eArlier CAnCer sCreeninG “People have a great fear of fire,” says Fred is getting worse. “Some of today’s new “My profession has me fighting fires while tackling a challenging LeBlanc, a 25-year veteran firefighter and composite materials burn hotter and faster. our Association fights for firefighter safety,” connection with cancer president of the Ontario Professional Fire Although firefighters have better protective Fred concludes. “The OCRC goes a step Although there’s convincing evidence Fighters Association. “They’re afraid of gear, they are still absorbing these toxins further, fighting not only for firefighters but showing a relationship between exposure to harmful substances in the workplace and what it can do, how it damages people and through their skin.” all workers, so that one day, Canadian certain cancers, actually proving a definite, property, how it traumatizes them, and how workplaces will be free of cancer-causing causal relationship is very difficult. That’s The Association is fighting hard to inform it doesn’t stop until we force it to stop or substances.” because cancers can take a long time its membership – and especially the to form, and because it’s hard to isolate until it runs out of fuel. I believe that’s quite medical community – about the need suspected carcinogens from other factors similar to how people feel about cancer,” for earlier cancer screening for high-risk in the workplace. he observes. individuals. It’s also actively promoting the To tackle this challenge and drive progress In 2007, Ontario enacted ‘presumptive benefits of fitness and other healthy lifestyle in the cancer fight, last March the Occupational Cancer Research Centre legislation’ covering full-time firefighters practices to help offset the higher (OCRC) was launched. This joint meaning that eight types of cancer – occupational cancer risk. undertaking was funded by Cancer Care bladder, brain, colorectal, esophageal, “the OCrC goes a step Ontario, the Workplace Safety and Fred is very excited about the new Insurance Board, the Canadian Cancer kidney, leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and ureter – can be presumed to be caused Occupational Cancer Research Centre further, fighting not only for Society, Ontario Division and developed in (OCRC). The founding partners, Cancer collaboration with the United Steelworkers. by workplace exposure unless proven otherwise. “For instance,” Fred explains, Care Ontario, the Canadian Cancer firefighters but all workers, This innovative centre – the first of its kind in Canada – will use its dedicated funding Society, Workers Safety Insurance Board “firefighters who contract brain cancer after so that one day, Canadian to build new knowledge about work-related and the United Steel Workers, are sharing risk factors for cancer by working closely 10 years on the job, or those who contract their expertise to reach a common goal: bladder cancer after 15 years, now qualify workplaces will be free of with stakeholders, and will apply the results to better understand and protect workers in the areas of community action, public for benefits under the Workplace Safety and education, prevention, legislation and Insurance Act.” from occupational cancers. cancer-causing substances.” policy development. “I’m hoping the OCRC will foster greater Fred leBlanc Ultimately, the OCRC’s research findings “Despite being in better physical shape than acceptance of the fact that some cancers should translate into vital breakthroughs most Ontarians, firefighters have an that will lead to tangible actions to help are occupationally caused,” Fred says. increased risk of getting cancer,” Fred eradicate the threat of workplace-induced “Its focus on occupation-related research cancer and enhance the lives of Ontario notes, adding that cancers are now should lead to better prevention and workers and their families. striking firefighters earlier. A major cause, education programs aimed at workers in he says, is that the ‘toxic soup’ of higher-risk occupations, such as firefighters chemicals found in products all around us #2 and other industrial workers.” HOW yOu CAn jOiN thE fight: in north America, Ontario is Help persuade the Ontario government to strengthen the Toxics Reduction Act through second only to texas in the tonnes of toxic chemicals being regulations. visit released into the air and water and going to landfill sites. FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 7
  • 8. Speaking out for change • Although considerable progress has been thE NEED made in provincial legislation supporting cancer prevention, there’s still more work to do. Speaking out is vital in fighting back against cancer throughout the year, so that new policies are implemented to help prevent cancer from ever happening in the first place, and thus build a healthier tomorrow for all Ontarians. • All year long, Society volunteers and staff h Ow w E f O U g h t b A C k actively advocated for healthier public policies at the municipal, provincial and federal level. • On November 24, the Society organized its third MPP Education Day at Queen’s Park in Toronto, where over 65 Society volunteers, staff and Ontario Division board members from across Ontario connected over breakfast with 42 MPPs, including the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, plus legislative staffers. Public Issues Team members also held a dozen individual meetings with MPPs discussing such key issues as access to cancer drugs; contraband tobacco; toxic use reduction; and taking action to restrict youth under 18 from accessing indoor tanning beds and requiring health-risk signage be prominently displayed in tanning salons. • The Society’s influence in the corridors t h E i M PA C t of power is more respected and our ability to achieve legislative change heightened, thanks to the relationships built and nurtured through our advocacy activities at both the community and provincial level. My fight • In just one year, the Society was mentioned Shelley Bresett: Age 42, mother of three children, living in Chatham. 50 times in the Ontario Legislature, Lost my husband Chris in 2006 after his melanoma skin cancer – quite possibly caused by frequent indoor tanning – metastasized into a brain demonstrating the importance and value of tumour. Now I’m a Society volunteer, tirelessly advocating for healthier public policies. this event and our ongoing advocacy efforts with government officials.
  • 9. FiGHtinG FOr inDOOr tAnninG reGulAtiOns Shelley Bresett’s husband Chris did all the and painful battle. “Why did he have to North America’s toughest right things to lead a healthy life: he didn’t suffer this way? Why do we have laws cosmetic pesticide ban smoke, he ate properly and he exercised to protect us from so many other everyday After seven years of grassroots advocacy regularly. Beyond working hard as the dangers, but there aren’t any laws requiring by passionate Canadian Cancer Society director of a call centre and being a loving tanning salons to properly explain all the volunteers and staff – together with other partner and terrific dad to his three kids, risks?” health and environment organizations he pursued his longstanding passion for and thousands of Ontarians – a province- Once she came to terms with Chris’s bodybuilding. “Chris did everything he could wide ban on the sale and use of cosmetic passing, Shelley decided to fight back pesticides took effect on Earth Day, April to copy the well-tanned musclemen he read by volunteering with the Society. She 22, 2009, thus helping reduce the public’s about in the magazines, including, tragically, provides peer support to other caregivers, risk of developing cancer. visiting a tanning salon three or four times a gives talks about cancer prevention, and week,” Shelley recounts. serves on the Society’s Public Issues Team, The Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act – Though it’s hard to believe, nobody ever speaking with MPPs about the dangers of “i have no doubt that the strongest cosmetic pesticide legislation in North America – especially helps told Chris about the dangers of indoor indoor tanning beds. At last November’s tanning. In 1999, Chris was diagnosed with MPP Education Day at Queen’s Park, she indoor tanning led to children, whose rapidly growing and developing bodies make them more metastatic melanoma – the deadliest form met with London-Fanshawe MPP Khalil Chris getting cancer.” vulnerable than adults. of skin cancer – that had spread to Ramal, the proponent of a private members his brain. Despite years of agonizing bill restricting tanning. shelley Bresett Exposure to cosmetic pesticides may surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to increase an individual’s risk of developing Reflecting on her advocacy work, Shelley cancer. The World Health Organization’s fight the cancer that had also spread to says: “By listening to others and speaking International Agency for Research on his lungs, right hip, pancreas, spleen and up to help change the laws, I’m doing Cancer has concluded that some lymph nodes, Chris finally lost his fight on everything I possibly can to prevent substances used in pesticides are known, November 7, 2006. others from needlessly dying from this probable or possible carcinogens, while “I have no doubt that indoor tanning led horrible disease.” the U.S. National Toxicology Program has to Chris getting cancer,” Shelley says. classified a number of active pesticide “Cancer made me a widow at age 38 and ingredients as ‘reasonably anticipated “He was very strong and fought hard for stole my children’s father, but we are all to be a human carcinogen’. almost seven-and-a-half years, but cancer stronger because of our experience,” finally beat him.” says Shelley. “We will never back down.” Naturally, Shelley and her kids were 2,360 devastated to watch Chris’s prolonged HOW yOu CAn jOiN thE fight: total number of letters, e-mails, Help the society advocate for restrictions on the use of indoor tanning beds for youth meetings with government officials under 18. visit and phone calls linked to society advocacy campaigns in 2009-10. FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 9
  • 10. tackling the threat of tobacco • Tobacco is Ontario’s biggest cancer threat, thE NEED accounting for 30 per cent of all cancer deaths. Exposure to second-hand smoke causes lung cancer and other diseases. • After years of decline, smoking rates in Ontario are flattening out. A key reason is the easy availability of cheap and illegal cigarettes (contraband tobacco). • Since the majority of smokers begin before the age of 18, it’s essential to adopt policies that prevent youth from starting. • Due in large part to Society advocacy efforts, h Ow w E f O U g h t b A C k the Ontario Legislature led the way with a law banning candy-flavoured cigarillos in 2008. In October 2009, the federal government passed legislation addressing cigarillos as well as tobacco advertising in magazines and newspapers. • The Canadian Cancer Society’s free and confidential Smokers’ Helpline phone, online and text service provided personalized support, advice and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use. • The Society’s Driven to Quit Challenge motivated Ontarians – with the support of a ‘buddy’ and exciting prizes – to quit smoking for one month. The Challenge receives funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and generous prize support from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Inc. • Cessation programs that help smokers quit, t h E i M PA C t like Smokers’ Helpline, continued to play a role in the fight against tobacco. • Thanks to the 2009 Driven to Quit Challenge, 22,365 Ontario tobacco users were inspired My fight Andrew Noble: Lives in Toronto with his wife and two-year-old son Thomas. to make a quit attempt for the month of March. My father died of lung cancer. As a Society employee, I advocate for changes to laws and policies that enhance tobacco control.
  • 11. ButtinG Out tHe BiGGest CAnCer Killer As a youngster, Andrew Noble loved Society, where he advocates for changes in government sues tobacco playing ball and reading with his father, government policy and legislation to industry to recover health care costs Arnold. Now, Andrew carries on the enhance tobacco control. His hard work tradition by reading and playing ball on has led to restrictions on the use of Society advocacy efforts paid off in March the floor with his own two-year-old flavouring in tobacco products (cigarillos), 2009, when the Ontario government son, Thomas. and he’s currently battling cheap, illegal introduced legislation that allowed the cigarettes, also known as contraband province to sue tobacco companies to Sadly, Thomas never got the chance to recover tobacco-related health care tobacco. meet his grandfather. Arnold was diagnosed costs incurred in Ontario, totaling with an advanced case of lung cancer “It’s frightening to think that 30 per cent $1.6 billion per year. following an emergency hospital visit in of all cancer deaths are due to tobacco. September 2004. The radiation treatment On the other hand, if we succeed in In late September, Queen’s Park filed a $50-billion lawsuit. This legal process will left him very weak, and after being bringing in measures that lower tobacco hold the tobacco industry accountable readmitted to hospital, Arnold Noble, use, we can have a huge impact on “Cancer patients are not for the harm it’s done to the health of age 78, passed away in January 2005. cancer,” Andrew says. statistics; they’re real people Ontarians, and may further restrict the To help understand his father’s cancer Andrew says the battle against cancer industry’s marketing and sales practices. diagnosis and treatment, Andrew touches him on many levels. “As a Society with family and friends.” Through the court process, the public will finally understand that the tobacco industry consulted the Society’s Cancer employee, I’m proud to fight for policies Andrew noble has operated outside the rules of normal Information Service. “My father was a and laws that directly affect the lives of my business. If successful, the cost-recovery non-smoker and we will never know the fellow Ontarians. As a son, I’ve experienced lawsuit could provide funds for other root cause of his lung cancer,” Andrew the devastating impact that cancer has on essential health care services in Ontario says, noting that in the 1970s and 80s, a family. And as a new dad, I’m especially and force the tobacco industry to end its his father’s workplace was filled with motivated to make a difference so that predatory marketing. second-hand smoke. “The company CEO when Thomas is my age, thanks to finally banned smoking in the office, long education and advocacy, preventable British Columbia and New Brunswick have already begun the process of suing tobacco before it was required by law.” cancers will no longer be a threat.” firms, while four other provinces have Today, Andrew is actively involved in the “Cancer patients are not statistics; they’re enacted similar legislation. fight against cancer through his work as a real people with family and friends,” Andrew Senior Coordinator of Public Issues at the says. “If we fight back, we will defeat cancer.” HOW yOu CAn jOiN thE fight: 82,097 total number of unique visitors to Help us influence the Ontario government to eliminate the production and sale of in 2009-10. contraband tobacco. visit FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 11
  • 12. Empowering others through personal stories • People fighting cancer often have concerns thE NEED and questions, and talking with others who have had a similar experience can be a great help. • Those who care for cancer patients also need someone with whom they can share their concerns and who can provide practical suggestions to help them in their fight. • Many patients and caregivers are unaware of the Society’s Peer Support program, or wish they had known about it sooner. More Ontarians need to hear about the program, so other cancer fighters can benefit from it. • Through its free, confidential, accessible h Ow w E f O U g h t b A C k and personalized Peer Support program, the Society continued to connect cancer patients and caregivers with specially trained volunteers who have had a similar cancer experience. • In 2009-10, the Society served over 3,000 patients and caregivers and supported 2,500 one-to-one matches, while its 78 active support group facilitators held more than 230 group Peer Support sessions across the province. • The Society continued to promote its Peer Support program, as well as caregiver recruitment and training, to ensure we’re doing everything we can to help Ontarians fighting cancer. • The program has made a real difference: t h E i M PA C t over 90 per cent of Peer Support users felt more hopeful, less anxious and more informed about what to expect throughout their cancer fight, while 98 per cent would My fight recommend it to a friend. Eva Salib: Age 57, married with one daughter, living in Mississauga. I successfully fought breast cancer for the first time in 2004 (two surgeries plus radiation) and received peer support during my treatment. I’ve provided peer support to 14 patients since 2006, I also volunteer weekly at my local cancer treatment centre.
  • 13. FiGHters suppOrtinG FiGHters “I don’t know why,” says Eva Salib, “but explains. “We discussed practical things like Recalling her own battle with cancer, about 25 years ago, I remember feeling in exercise, diet and treatment procedures, Eva says, “Of course it was difficult and my heart that one day I would get breast plus how I was feeling. I appreciated physically painful at times, but cancer did cancer.” As a young girl in Cairo, she had talking with someone who’d been through not destroy me or scar me. As a result of watched her grandmother undergo very the same thing. She knew the feelings, the my cancer fight, something happened that aggressive radiation treatment for breast fears and the side effects. She was a maybe made me a better person.” cancer. comforting person and a good listener.” Now married and living in Mississauga, Eva attributes much of her recovery to her Eva’s prediction sadly came true in 2004. Christian faith. “God arranged for me to find She underwent a lumpectomy, lymph-node the Canadian Cancer Society and their surgery and then radiation to successfully Peer Support program. From this point, fight the cancer. Early in her treatment, I decided I needed to give back. It was a she happened to visit her local Canadian joy, not an obligation.” “i appreciated talking with Cancer Society office, where she was someone who’d been through She waited the required year after given the Society’s free information kit for completing her own treatment (to heal the same thing. she knew the lumpectomy patients; learned about the physically and emotionally), then began transportation service (that provided three weeks of rides to radiation treatments in peer support training in the summer of feelings, the fears and the side 2005. Her first one-on-one match was in downtown Toronto); and picked up some March 2006. “The first time I was on the effects. she was a comforting brochures. “When I called the Cancer other end of the phone, I was so happy I Information Service number on the back of person and a good listener.” had the chance to help somebody else in a pamphlet, they told me about their Peer their fight against cancer.” eva salib Support program,” Eva remembers. Except during a recurrence of her breast Within a week, Eva was matched with a cancer in 2007-08, Eva has continued woman who provided peer support for the providing individual peer support to two or rest of Eva’s treatment period. “She called even three patients at a time. She is now me once a week, and we would talk for cancer-free, she says proudly. about 15 or 20 minutes at a time,” Eva HOW yOu CAn jOiN thE fight: 635 number of one-to-one Help the society expand its Peer Support program by getting involved as Peer Support volunteers a volunteer. learn more at across Ontario. FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 13
  • 14. helping people one ride at a time • Fighting cancer involves more than battling thE NEED the physical aspects and tackling the raw emotions of a life-threatening illness. Fighters also need to work out practical challenges, like travelling to and from their cancer treatments. • Through its province-wide network of h Ow w E f O U g h t b A C k community offices, the Society’s team of 2,800 dedicated volunteer drivers drove approximately 13 million kilometres, transporting patients from their homes to hospitals or treatment centres and back, which was of particular assistance to those who may not have had family or friends available to drive them. • The Society regularly engages in evaluation of its programs and services to ensure the needs of those living with cancer are being met. The Society’s last user survey for its transportation service showed that 93 per cent of riders reported that the service made them feel supported, indicating that the service meets an emotional as well as practical need. • The cancer fight of more than 16,000 t h E i M PA C t patients was made easier by the Society’s transportation service in 2009-10. • About one in five clients surveyed reported that they would have missed their appointment were it not for the volunteer driver program. My fight Herbert Francis: Age 74, married, grandfather of three girls, now living in Brampton. I’ve been a volunteer driver with the Society for seven years. One day per week, I have the satisfaction of driving patients to and from their cancer treatments.
  • 15. mAKinG tHe CAnCer FiGHt A little less Bumpy Having a strong support system makes a One of the drivers who is dedicated to huge difference when fighting cancer. For fighting cancer from behind the steering Francis Loh, 78, who was diagnosed with wheel is Herbert Francis, 74. Although no pancreatic cancer in the fall of 2008, his one in his family has personally battled greatest support has been Paula, his wife cancer, Herbert – who retired six years ago of more than 50 years who has been at his from a career as a clerk with Canada Post side every step of the way. – chose the Society after exploring different opportunities at the volunteer office in Peel. Following surgery in November, Francis “The chance to transport people fighting began chemotherapy treatments in January cancer to their treatments felt like a that lasted until early last summer. He is meaningful way for me to give back,” presently awaiting word from his doctors on he says. “the volunteer drivers are the next steps in his cancer fight. A major challenge facing Francis and Paula Herbert adds that he’s driven patients very nice and are never late. to nine different hospitals, and that unless was how to get from their home in Thornhill they’re having a long treatment and the it’s truly wonderful how they to the hospital in downtown Toronto for his hospital is close to his home, he waits for weekly chemo treatment. “The Canadian them while they’re inside. “When we’re give so much of their time.” Cancer Society’s transportation service has driving in the car, I can lend a sympathetic Francis loh been invaluable support,” he explains. “I’m ear if patients wish to talk about their retired and on a fixed pension. If I wasn’t able experience,” Herbert says. to rely on the service, I’d be spending about $100 per treatment on taxis, which would “I have the time, and I want to contribute,” bankrupt me. It’s been a life-saver.” says Herbert. “I’m happy to be helping people by making their cancer fight a Francis says that on some trips to the bit easier.” hospital, he and Paula are joined by one or two other patients. “The volunteer drivers are very nice and are never late. It’s truly wonderful how they give so much of their time.” HOW yOu CAn jOiN thE fight: 96,696 total number of roundtrip Help make the cancer fight easier for someone in your community by becoming a rides provided by transportation service volunteer. to learn how, visit society volunteers across Ontario in 2009-10. FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 15
  • 16. the right answers, the right way • Although there’s an abundance of information thE NEED about cancer on the internet and through other sources, its accuracy is often questionable. • Cancer patients, their families and caregivers, as well as healthcare professionals have specific questions about cancer and local support services and are looking for a fast, easy way to obtain reliable answers. • Last year, the Society empowered h Ow w E f O U g h t b A C k Ontarians by providing them with timely and customized information through its Cancer Information Service – a national, toll-free and confidential telephone (1 888 939-3333) and online service. Specially trained information specialists, all with a background in healthcare, handled inquiries about all types of cancers in English, French and 100 other languages through an interpreter. • The online Canadian Cancer EncyclopediaTM was updated with the latest evidence-based information on cancer. • An online community services locator provided instant access to contact information for over 4,000 cancer-related community services and programs across Ontario. • The Society offered a variety of brochures in English, French and a number of other languages. • By providing the very latest and most t h E i M PA C t reliable information about cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and support, we helped Ontarians make the best decisions in their fight against cancer. My fight Catherine Le Borgne: Age 48, one of five children, raised in Copper Cliff, just outside of Sudbury. Lost my father André on January 1, 2010, after he couldn’t defeat the lung cancer that had spread throughout his body. Spoke with Cancer Information Service three times; found the materials they e-mailed me extremely helpful in keeping my siblings informed about Dad’s condition.
  • 17. KnOWleDGe is pOWer, espeCiAlly WHen FiGHtinG CAnCer Being the only daughter living in the same better understanding of what the family Spreading the word about town as her aging parents, it was no could be facing over the coming months.” cancer risks in the Lgbt community surprise that Catherine Le Borgne would André had enough strength to enjoy a play a key role in keeping her four siblings Research shows that smoking rates are Christmas dinner at home with his informed about her father André’s cancer higher in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans family including his only great-grandchild, fight late last year. (LGBT) communities, which may lead to but his condition worsened soon after. higher rates of cancer. In response, the “My dad had been experiencing pain “That’s when his spirit started failing,” Society published a new information and in his ribs and back for some time,” Catherine says. André passed away on awareness resource in May 2009 entitled Catherine says. “In September, the pain New Year’s Day. “It was very painful to ‘Facts about Tobacco for Lesbian, Gay and was so bad he went to emergency. watch my dad slowly lose his cancer battle, Bisexual People: Reasons and Resources Dad was diagnosed with terminal lung but at least we were given a short window for Quitting Smoking’. cancer, which had spread throughout his of time to celebrate his life and say our body. He was given six to 12 months goodbyes.” “the society made it easy for “This brochure plays an important role in raising awareness across the province,” to live. Shortly after that, he began radiation Catherine is grateful to the cancer me to be the ‘information hub’ says Loralee Gillis, the research and policy treatments, solely for pain management, information specialists who helped her coordinator of Rainbow Health Ontario, not to fight the cancer.” that kept everyone in the loop.” a province-wide program working to during her father’s cancer fight. She says improve the health and well-being of “I was very frightened since I knew very little they took the time to find and e-mail her Catherine le Borgne lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people about cancer. I picked up all the different various easy-to-understand materials in Ontario through education, research, Canadian Cancer Society pamphlets I could concerning cancer diagnosis and outreach and policy advocacy. find at the cancer centre to try and make treatments. “It took a big load off my mom, “It is important that we have health sense of it all,” Catherine explains. “Then, too. Rather than having six or seven people promotion materials specifically I saw the toll-free number of the Cancer phoning her all the time to find out how dad targeted to LGBT people, and we are Information Service on the back, called was doing, I could use the information I’d thrilled that the Society has produced them up, and talked for about an hour with received from the service and include it in this groundbreaking resource.” a wonderfully caring information specialist my regular e-mails to all my siblings, clearly The brochure is available in English named Tara. I trusted what she was telling telling them what dad was going through. and French in printed form or online me, and she really helped me get over my The Society made it easy for me to be the at fear and anxiety about what was ahead of ‘information hub’ that kept everyone in us. After that first conversation, I had a the loop.” HOW yOu CAn jOiN thE fight: 23,410 total number of telephone and Know someone who’s currently battling cancer? e-mail inquiries handled by visit to learn more about the society’s Cancer Information Service. information specialists at the Cancer Information Service in FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 17 2009-10 (1 888 939-3333 or
  • 18. the ultimate fight night • The Society relies on the generosity of thE NEED donors to fulfill its mission. Those wishing to join the fight look for meaningful and easy opportunities to contribute to the Society. • Many people touched by cancer lack the opportunity to come together in a welcoming environment where they can celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back to end this disease. • 2009-10 was the 11th year for the Society’s h Ow w E f O U g h t b A C k signature fundraising event, Relay For Life (, in Ontario. The 12-hour overnight event took place in 20 countries around the world, with 474 events being held across Canada. In Ontario, 105 community Relays and 95 youth Relays were held, touching 82,500 participants (25,000 of them students) plus 11,300 volunteers. • Through the Relay For Life website and Facebook application, participants were able to collect pledges online and, using words, pictures and videos, share why they Relay and how they’re fighting back year-round. • Relay empowered participants to learn more about how to prevent cancer, join the Society’s advocacy efforts or become a volunteer. • More than 11,000 cancer survivors proudly walked the Survivors’ Victory Lap while over 130,000 luminaries lit up the night sky. Photo courtesy of Kathy Traynor Photography • The $17.8 million raised through Relay in t h E i M PA C t 2009-10 added punch to the Society’s cancer fight. • The Facebook presence – which raised an additional $200,000 – was just one more My fight way people could fight cancer year-round. Tracy Groombridge: Age 41, widow, mother of 15-year-old son John, living in Peterborough. Through a breast self-exam in October 2008, I discovered a lump. I underwent a radical modified mastectomy followed by chemotherapy • Relay enabled participants and volunteers to and radiation. I did my first Relay For Life in 2009 and am working on other fundraising projects. celebrate, remember and fight back, and make the biggest difference in the fight against cancer.
  • 19. ReLAy empOWers CAnCer FiGHters tO FiGHt BACK Nine days after the first anniversary of her Last spring, three weeks into her Girls Night In: a party husband Jack’s death from Lou Gehrig’s five-week radiation treatment program, with a purpose disease, Tracy Groombridge discovered a Tracy launched her spirited fight back Last July, the Society launched a fun and lump in her right breast. She was soon against cancer by taking part in her local flexible community fundraising program advised she had an aggressive type of Relay For Life. This community-based called Girls Night In to support leading-edge breast cancer, and needed an immediate fundraising program exists to celebrate research into breast, uterine, ovarian and radical modified mastectomy, followed by cancer survivors, remember loved ones cervical cancers. chemotherapy and possibly radiation. lost to cancer, and fight back to find a The host of a Girls Night In event invites a cure for this terrible disease. group of her girlfriends to come over for a “Shortly before my surgery, I hosted a big get-together that might feature dinner and party at my house: the ‘Boob Voyage Party Her team, the Bosom Buddies, raised chick-flicks, a home fashion show, a night of to the Right Sister’,” Tracy recounts. “On over $12,000 and won an award for their “if every single person joins karaoke or a home spa event. Everyone who the day of my surgery, I was brave and fundraising success. Tracy herself proudly attends the event donates money – either the never cried, but it was torture not being walked in the Survivors’ Victory Lap. the fight against cancer, we amount they would’ve spent on a ‘night out on the town’ or a set amount – to the able to be at the rink as team manager for A regular speaker at public Relay events, can help save more lives. to Canadian Cancer Society. my son John’s hockey team. We both cried Tracy delivered a very powerful speech at a not take action… to not fight Last fall, Gillian Seguin of London invited happy tears when he showed me the pink Relay leadership summit last fall. She was about 20 girlfriends to a Girls Night In party ribbon sticker on his helmet that the coach had given to him and all his teammates.” involved in planning ‘Pink in the Rink’ – a back and just let cancer win is at her home where everyone wore their bridal special event this past February in which gowns or favourite bridesmaid dresses. Tracy remembers her mother, when picking players from the Peterborough Petes OHL simply not an option.” “Our Girls Night In was a blast and a great way for our group of friends to get together, share her up for her first treatment, asking why team wore pink hockey jerseys that were tracy Groombridge some laughs and party with a purpose.” she was all dressed-up. “I told her that auctioned off after the game, raising just ‘just because I’m sick doesn’t mean I over $53,000. The website includes everything needed to plan and run have to look sick!’” “If every single person joins the fight against a successful event, including links to Facebook When talking with others who were also cancer, we can help save more lives. To not and Twitter. Hosts can even create their fighting cancer, Tracy continually stressed take action… to not fight back and just let own web page that accepts online donations and can display photos for everyone to the importance of staying positive. “Accept cancer win is simply not an option.” enjoy afterwards! the help and hugs of friends and family, cry when you feel like crying, and talk openly to anyone who will listen. Bottling up your 1,036 emotions will only make things worse.” HOW yOu CAn jOiN thE fight: total number of Girls Night In fans Create your own team, pledge a participant or volunteer at a who currently stay connected and Relay For Life event in your local community. visit exchange fun event ideas through FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 19
  • 20. Celebrating lives, leaving legacies • Many Ontarians are looking for ways to make thE NEED a sizeable financial contribution to the Society that delivers the greatest punch in the fight against cancer while providing them with the maximum tax advantage in their financial or estate planning. • The Society continued to offer individuals h Ow w E f O U g h t b A C k and families a wide range of planned giving options, including naming the Society as a beneficiary in a will or trust, creating an endowment fund, purchasing an insurance policy or annuity, or simply donating securities to the Society. • The Society received significant gifts of cash and securities earmarked specifically for cancer research. These gifts considerably advanced the Society’s mission, particularly supporting the type of groundbreaking research that typically leads to the next major breakthrough. • The Society’s efforts were strengthened by t h E i M PAC t the generosity of hundreds of planned giving supporters, who take immense pride in their contribution to the cancer fight. • Specifically, last year, the Society gratefully received a number of endowment gifts, and gifts of life insurance or annuities. These gifts enhanced the Society’s fight to prevent cancer from happening in the first place, and helped enable programs that improve, empower, inform and support the My fight lives of Canadians living with cancer. Brian Marshall: Widower, living in Ottawa. Luba, my wife of 31 years, died of leiomyosarcoma – a white-muscle cancer on the smooth wall of the uterus – just 16 weeks after being diagnosed. To honour her memory, I established an endowment with the Society that will help fund research into uterine cancers.
  • 21. A GiFt OF HOpe in memOry OF A lOveD One “We had the car all loaded up and were Beyond making an allocation in his will to In Brian’s case, the endowment’s purpose bequest continues to pay headed for the cottage on the Friday of the Society, Brian decided to establish the is two-fold: to fund the best research in dividends in the fight against cancer the 2007 Canada Day long weekend when Luba and Brian Marshall Endowment Fund cancer prevention, diagnosis and we got the call to come in to the hospital to support cancer research. “I chose the treatment in order to save more lives, Half a century ago, hardworking entrepreneur – urgently,” says retired telecom marketing Society because it’s Canadian, it’s not a as well as to support specific projects Harold Hoar decided to support one of his favourite charities by naming the Canadian executive Brian Marshall. government organization, and because of that will improve the quality of life for Cancer Society in his will. As it turns out, its highly effective peer-review process for women battling cancers of the uterus, Harold’s bequest helped fund a momentous For more than a year, Brian’s wife Luba – allocating research dollars.” especially leiomyosarcoma. discovery in cell biology in the 1960s. Since whom he first met when they both worked cancer research is constantly evolving and at Kodak in Toronto – had been undergoing The original capital donation in a Society building on previous discoveries, Harold’s various tests related to uterine bleeding. endowment – today, a minimum of bequest in support of cancer research in He explains that when they arrived at the $100,000 that can be funded over five Ontario continues to pay dividends in the hospital that afternoon, the doctor said to years using cash, securities, paid-up fight against cancer to this day. Luba: “It’s leiomyosarcoma – inoperable insurance policies or other assets – A generation later, Paul Turner reflects on his “i chose the society because and incurable. You’ve got three months.” is preserved in perpetuity. The income stepfather’s willingness to help others. “He had a gleam in his eye whenever he She was admitted to the hospital two generated is then used for a stated it’s Canadian, it’s not a weeks later where she received radiation purpose. was particularly pleased about something. I know he’d be very proud of the impact treatment and chemotherapy. On October government organization, and Brian was so impressed by how the his gift has had in the cancer fight 18, just 16 weeks after the diagnosis, Luba lost her cancer fight. Society selected its research projects because of its highly effective and the lives it has saved.” that he recently became a community Tax-effective bequests often enable donors “Leiomyosarcoma is a very rare cancer. Not representative on a peer review panel. peer-review process for to make a larger gift to the Society than one made during their lifetime. Through their many researchers are working on it around “In the endowment, I named a couple of allocating research dollars.” will, donors can leave the Society a specific the world, and none in Canada,” Brian areas of interest, but it would have been dollar amount or item of personal property, a explains. “We had no kids, and I wanted silly for me to tell the experts where they Brian marshall designated percentage of their estate, or the to do something to keep Luba’s memory should spend money to have the biggest residual value of their estate after providing alive. For me, the endowment was the ideal impact in defeating cancer,” he says. for their loved ones. Finally, bequest donors way to fight back against the disease that have the option of supporting a specific part of robbed me of my wife.” the fight against cancer, such as research or support programs. HOW yOu CAn jOiN thE fight: 62% percentage of people diagnosed A planned gift can increase tax protection within your estate while helping the society fund research that outsmarts cancer for today who will survive their cancer future generations and improve the lives of people currently living with cancer. learn more at fight, thanks to groundbreaking research funded by the society’s FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 21 generous donors.
  • 22. Companies fighting to make the biggest difference • Many companies in Ontario seek ways to thE NEED make a difference that help them connect with their customers and employees and have a positive impact on the broader community. • The Society actively partnered with h Ow w E f O U g h t b A C k hundreds of businesses, helping them boost their corporate image, connect with key markets, differentiate themselves from the competition and build customer loyalty. • In some cases, companies chose to implement ‘turnkey’ Society programs with their employees or customers; in other cases, we worked together as their ‘charity of choice’ on innovative, custom-made programs. • By making a donation to the Society, these companies invested in the future health of their business and are doing their part to make cancer history. • Not including the sponsorship of local t h E i M PA C t events, the Society received over $4.4 million in corporate contributions that boosted the fight against cancer while helping corporate donors achieve their business and philanthropic objectives. OUR fight RBC Foundation contributed $50,000 to support the Society’s Lay Health Educator Program.
  • 23. rBC FOunDAtiOn liFelABs “this program furthered our “Our Relay sponsorship lets us community support in directly fight cancer.” northern Ontario.” “Every human specimen we touch represents RBC made its first donation to the Society a life,” says Norm Berberich, Senior Manager, back in 1946 and has made annual gifts to Communications of LifeLabs, the national the Society since 1960. “RBC Foundation is laboratory testing services business formerly focused on supporting what is important to known as MDS Diagnostic Services. our clients, employees and shareholders,” Currently the National Founding Sponsor, says Gayle Longley, Director, Corporate LifeLabs has been a proud sponsor of the Donations, RBC Foundation. “Cancer is a Society’s signature fundraising event, disease that impacts everyone in some Relay For Life, since 2000. form and since the Society dedicates its “Relay is embedded in our company’s DNA,” resources to fighting all cancers and explains Norm. “The employees in our patient supporting individuals in their fight, it’s a service centres and testing labs are on the natural organization for RBC Foundation front lines of the cancer fight,” Norm says. to support.” “Although they conduct vital cancer screening RBC Foundation’s support takes two forms, tests and often know cancer patients by name, Gayle explains. “There’s our grassroots OUR fight LifeLabs employees made a difference by participating in Relay For Life. they don’t have much opportunity – besides support of employees for their involvement delivering friendly and comforting service – with the Society and its work in their towns DuCA FinAnCiAl “Everyone is affected by cancer,” says Jack to improve the lives of cancer patients. and communities; plus our support of serviCes CreDit Vanderkooy, DUCA’s President and CEO. Participating in Relay gives them a chance “Even though I personally haven’t been programs, which help ensure appropriate uniOn ltD. affected, we have lost some staff members to make a real difference.” services are available for those in need.” “the Society gives us our chance to fight back.” to cancer over the years and right now a “The Relay sponsorship gives us plenty of In 2009, RBC Foundation made its staff member and a director are fighting profile at Relay events, but more importantly, Founded in 1954 in Toronto by a group of largest-ever gift to Ontario Division: a cancer. Helping the Society gives us our it has allowed us to directly fight cancer,” Dutch immigrants, DUCA Financial Services $50,000 contribution to the Society’s Lay chance to fight back.” Norm explains. “For one thing, the $1.6 Credit Union Ltd. today provides full financial Health Educator Program with a focus on million our company has contributed over services to close to 35,000 members with its DUCA has always supported many worthy First Nations communities on Manitoulin the years has helped the Society successfully 12 branches in Southern Ontario. causes, with community health care being Island, in which community volunteers advocate for improved cancer screening, encourage their peers to get screened for Since first donating $1,500 back in 2001, one of them, Jack explains. “We specifically which in turn has led to significant breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. “This the organization has made corporate choose to support the Canadian Cancer advancements in patient outcomes.” program furthered our community support in philanthropic gifts to the Society every Society because it’s a well-respected northern Ontario, while contributing in a way year. In 2009 it donated $3,000, bringing organization that is fighting cancer on a that can help save lives,” Gayle says. its cumulative total to close to $20,000. number of fronts, including funding research and supporting families facing this disease.” $3.7 million HOW yOu CAn jOiN thE fight: Amount contributed by if your company is looking for a powerful way to make a difference in your community, companies through cash we can help. visit sponsorship and gift-in-kind support of Relay For Life events FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 23 across the province in 2009-10.
  • 24. Bequest GiFts Marilyn Margaret Bohan Margaret Isobel Clemens Alexandria Jessie Fennell Doris May Herridge reCeiveD Ena E. Bonner Carolyn Shirley Bouck Kate R. Clifford Helen Ritchie Cole Eleanor Mae Ferguson Gertrude Marguerite Ferguson John Casserly Heydon Ivan Milford Hilborn We wish to express our sincere Faith Bower Doris Mildred Coons Robert Leslie Ferguson Margaret Jean Hilderley thanks and appreciation to the Ellen Bradshaw Cecilia Cotnam Severino (Rino, Reno) Giorgio Fior Charlotte Maude Hill individuals and their families who Iva Irene Braithwaite Lucy Cox Pauline Fisavage Harold Hinton remembered the Society as part of Agnes Irene Bramhill Rita Crispin Mary Elli Fletcher Hazel Eileen Hitchin their personal legacy in 2009-10. Ada Irene Brigham Irene Tessie Cudney Vincent Michael Flood Harold T. Hoar Mae Beatrice Broadbent James Lawrence Cummings Ada Anne Floody John Hoefman Isaac Abbott Catherine Brook Catherine Ruth Cunningham Virginia Foley Vlasta Mary Holecek Iris L. Adamson Curlena Mae Brooker Evelyn Cusson Muriel Annie Elizabeth Forge Margaret F. Horrobin George Agh Richard Dolph Buchanan Jessie Pearl Maude Dales Keora Thelma Fortescue Gertrude Mary Horvath Doris & Louis Philippe Albert Anna Cecelia Bucknell Emma Amelia Dannecker John Douglas Franks Grace Beatrice Hoy Sara Jean Allan Hermine Burakowski Doris E. Davies Murray Russell Fried Philip Humphries Peter Anderson Elmer Wayne Burkhart Nuvart Davitian Andre Gauthier Elizabeth Louise Hunt William Roland Anderson Mary Burns Mildred Irene Dawe Ronald Theodore Gibson Glenna Ruth Hunt Evelyn Isabel Appel Veronica Margaret Busch George Arthur Day Betty Louise Gies James Campbell Hunter Winnifred Rhea Armistead Marjorie Eileen Butler Kathleen Patricia Deakin Edmond Leroux Gill Elizabeth Alice Hutcheson Clarkson E. Armitage Luigi Buttino Mary Helen Deir Harvey Ginsberg Phyllis May Hutchinson Helen Agnes Arthurs Marion Geraldine Cahill Myer Carmen Delduca Charles Goff Doreen Jago Frank Arvay Kathryn Elizabeth Ash Anna Maxine Cairns George William Dell John Henry Stuart Gooderham Lila Jamieson Ann Atamanchuk Florence Margaret Caister Douglas Devall Mary Gora Jean Jeffries Patricia DeVina Ayton Jessie Horner Cameron Maria Donata Di Iorio Gisele Gorg Kenneth Aubrey Johnson Doris Caroline Thomasene Babington Susan May Campbell Bill Dickson Elva Elizabeth Gray Margaret Jean Johnston Elsie Babiuk Gloria Veronica Maria Pasquale Cann Norman J. Dietz Anna Greco Patricia Kachmar Lloyd Frederick Bacon Alberta Carberry Evelyn Caroline Diehl Sarah Greenspoon Margaret Elinor Kells Ruby Bailey Roland Henry Carignan, in memory Frank Currey Dimock Emily E. Grosse Phyllis Agatha Kelly James Baird of his late wife, Gabrielle Carignan Andre Joseph Duclos Lillian J. Gunn Andre Ruth Kennedy Carl Ballantyne Phyllis Alberta Carufel Hazel Jean Dulmage Florence Gutscher Velma May Kent Douglas Banks Helen Marie Caskey Anna Margaret Dunbar Pauline Pilkington Hall Norma Magdeline Keys Harry Barnsley Illingworth Mark Cassel Louisa Agnes Duncan Hazel Bertha Handford Vera Mildred King Marie Jeanne D’Arc Barre Elizabeth Ann Cassidy Marian Rose Duncanson Margaret Harcourt Leslie William Kinnell George Edward Bawden Joanna Catlin Maurice Wilbur Dunn William Arthur Hares Winnifred Grace Kipper Mary Speir Beattie Phyllis Chamberlain Mildred Martha Dunn Margaret Ivy Hargreaves Christine Knickle Dorothy I. Behan Siu Chan Grace Agnes Easterman Mary Virginia Harris Anna Koolen William Maurice Benoit Linda Catherine Ann Chappel Rona Leone Eckert Rhoda Gertrude Harris Edward Joseph Kraemer Jane Mary Bicko Harry Cherry David Peter Elliott Mary T. Harrison Charles Harry Kralec Elizabeth Ann Bishop Mary Doreen Cheshire William J. Endacott Lydia Ruth Hart Ruby Pearl Kustre Kathleen Isabelle Blachford Raymond Sabatino Ciarrocco Hilja Johanna Erickson Charles Broyd Hay Marion Ruth Lachance Leonard Wilson Black Austin Clancy Florence Edith May Farmer Thomas Stewart Hay Albert Abrum Lager Margaret Beatrice Blenkin Iris Ethel May Clark Burleigh David Farrar Juen Elizabeth Heard Rosa Nellie Ann Lahey William Bloom Mary Jane Enlow Clark, in loving memory John James Rex Fee Kenneth Frederick Heddon Marion Isabel Laing Thomas Edward Bocking of her brother, John Stephen Enlow Nancy Irene Feheley Hazel Eleanor Beth Heinbuch Margaret Anita Lambe William Boeddrich Mary Elizabeth Clarke Charles Frederick Fell Matthew Ira Herman Ethel Kathleen Law 24
  • 25. Archibald D. Leitch Dora Miller Margaret Mae Quance Evelyn May Sitzer Neil VanVliet Kathleen Theresa Leonard Mildred Evelyn Milton Elizabeth Hardy Quemby Jeanne Siviter Margaret Troop Vaughan Carman Albert Lewis Egbert Minott Douglas Ross Quigley Edward James Smiley Marion Veinot Vernon Leslie Lindo Lawrence Bert Morgan Keith Allen Rafuse Doris Kathleen Smith Selena Anna Mary Verschingel Roy Carl Lindstrom Charlotte Dale Morrison Andrea Irene Redman Elinor Thomasina Smith Douglas S. Vickery Marguerita (Margaret) Evelyn Linstead Armand Morrow Marie Brickley Reid Elizabeth Ann Smith Barbara Eileen Vincent Alice Lister Esther Moscoe Leida Reimo Marion Margaret Smith John Allen Wakeling Frank Joseph Lloyd Mavis Audry Pamela Mulholland Colin Stewart Ridgway Maurice Vernon Smith Janet Wallace Dora Helen Lord Winnifred Jean Marie Murray Monique Gertrude Riese Catherine Alice Snelling (Snellings) Margaret Elinor Waller Gertrude May Lough Lucienne Rosalie Myers Irene May Rinch May Sonley Leonard Sydney George Ward Margarete Lukaczyk Martha Elizabeth Myerscough Janet MacTavish Ritchie Ethel Jean Southworth Irene Gordon Warnock Evelyn Patricia Lyons Helen Sparling Frederick Keith Warren Richard Harold Newns Audrey Ethel Robbins Marjorie Kathleen MacKay Harold William Spooner Mary Elizabeth Warren John Stanley Norman Cecil Roberts Hampton Albert MacKenzie Kathleen Marie St. Louis Charles Edward Watters Theresa Jean Nowitsky Abigail Rosemary Robertson Annie Macko Helen Allen Stacey Catherine Josephine Webber Selby Frank Thomas O’Brien Douglas Robertson May Steel Marjorie Elizabeth Webster Joanna Marion Askin MacMicking Stella Patricia O’Brien Viola Eileen Robinson Lois Elinor Stevens Lillian Olive Weese Susan Mary MacNabb Lillian Josephine O’Connor Edward Samuel Rogers, in memory of Gladys Isabelle Stevenson Charles Weir Dorothy Allison Mann Dorothy K. O’Heron, in memory of her his mother, Velma Melissa Rogers Graham Esther Barbara Stewart Gladys Rosabel Wharram James Sherman Marks husband, Tim O’Heron Anne Roody Georgina Lillian Stewart Leslie David Wheeler Alfred Francis Marples Gladys Mary O’Ray Harvey Ross Agnes (Nancy) Hunter Stiles Harold Ernest White Alexander Murdock Marshall Adrianna Jean O’Rourke Olivia Roth Hugh Allan Supple Lillian E. White Annie Margaret Marshall Lorna Myrtle Obee Flora Edith Rowlandson John Marshall Swan Paul Sanson White Mary Elizabeth Marshall Arthur Laurence Oborn Vera Eve Rudnicki Minnie Jean Switzer William D. White Vera Mae Mason Ella Ojasson Andre Ruiter Violet Marjorie Sword Alvin Richard Wilkinson John Lewis Mayhew Eugene Oliarnyk Cornelis Ruiter Pauline Margaret Taylor Eileen Nora Williams James Mayne Helen Patricia Oliver Norah Kathleen Rutherford Clifford Thayer Zelda C. Williams-Soobrian Helen Marie McAninch Ruby Openshaw Thomas Tomoya Sagara Robert Wayne Thomas Delora Pearl Wilson Georgina Ann McArthur Michelle L. Ouellet Harold Edwin Sanders Thomas George Thompson Isabel Margaret Wilson Zelda Myra Elizabeth McCaw Francis A. Ouellette Audrey Scatcherd William Thompson Margaret Evelyn Wilson Charlotte McClatchie William H. Owen Edith Joicey Schaus George Samuel Thomson Isobel Blake Winnett Wilfred Whyte McCutcheon Phyllis Mary Parker Faith Ethel Schnarr Florilla Etta Aletha Timpany Edward Leslie Witting Doreen Marguerite McDougall George Domain Parsons Jean Velma Scott Gordon Tough Catherine Alberta Wonnacott Barbara Jean McGregor Mary Bevan Pasis Muriel Verona Searle Douglas Godfrey Townsend Margaret Hancock Wooding-Deane Wellington M. McIlwain Philippa Agnes Pemberton Raymond Alexander Seguin Elizabeth Marjorie Tozer Robert Sidney Woodward Patricia McIntyre Florence Elizabeth Pennington Dorothy Harriet Shannon Harry Alger Tregaskes Orville & Alvera Woolacott Shirley Ann McKelvey Ivan Perschbacher Francis Patrick Shaughnessy Irene Eva Tribble Charles Albert Wright Ethel McKendry Lillian Ethel Norine Pincombe Kenneth George Henry Shellington Sylvia Van Der Hout Charles E. Wright Sarah Jean Opal McMullen Helga Pogue Eleanor L. Sheppard Samuel Van Hulstyn Gertrude Wright Donalda Marian McNaughton Lillian Poland Doreen Patricia (Patricia Doreen) Shortt Wilma Van Huygevoort Jacqueline Yvette Yorke Maggie May McQuade Lula Pearl Porter May Sills Arie Van Rhyn Helen Zamon Shirley Anne Meen William Lyle Preston Jean Simard Mabel Elizabeth Jean Vance Giuseppina Zavarella Margery Penfold Meloche Ina Mable Prier Annie Sutherland Sinclair John Joseph Vangeffen John Mezek Gladys Quaile Antonia Anita Sipos Elizabeth Vanleeuwen FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 25
  • 26. OntAriO impACt repOrt Astral Media Radio Group DMW Electrical Instrumentation Inc. COrpOrAte reCOGnitiOn 2009-2010 Bank of America Dougall Media Barrie Advance E1 Entertainment The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to work with our generous corporate supporters Bay Mazda Energizer Canada in the fight against cancer. In 2009-10, these organizations joined the fight by helping the Society fund research to outsmart cancer and provide services that empower, inform and Bay of Quinte Mutual Insurance Co. Fallsview Casino support Canadians living with cancer. These associations, companies, employee groups, Bayshore Broadcasting Corporation Flamboro Speedway foundations and service clubs comprise the Society’s top contributors this year. Bearskin Airlines Flamborough Review A donation to the Canadian Cancer Society makes good business sense. We have more Bell Aliant Freedom 55 Financial impact against more cancers in more communities than any other cancer charity in Canada. Black & McDonald Limited G.A. Paper International Inc. We are leading the fight against cancer – a disease that impacts employees, members, Blackburn Radio General Motors of Canada customers, friends and family. By donating to the Society these organizations are showing Bowes Publishers Ltd. Geoff Cross Insurance Agency Ltd. their stakeholders that they are taking action and fighting back against cancer. Support of Bruce Power Goldcorp Canada Ltd. the Canadian Cancer Society enhances an organization’s corporate image, adds value to its brand, and helps a company to differentiate itself from the competition. Canadian Hospital Specialties Ltd. Hamilton Community News Canadian Tire Corporation Limited HB Group Insurance Management Ltd. By making a donation to the Society, these organizations are investing in the future health Celestica Homes by DeSantis of their business and doing their part to make cancer history. CHEX Television Honda Canada Inc. Although we appreciate all contributions, only organizations who contributed Chronicle Journal HSBC Financial Corporation Limited $5,000 or more in 2009-10 are listed here. Chudleigh’s Hunter Douglas CHUM Radio Energy 99.7 / Country 105 Hydro One Associations Making A Difference Companies Making A Difference CHUM Radio Kingston Hylands Golf Club 92.3 Jack FM Citicards Canada Ltd. IGA & Foodland and Wholesale, Canadian Forces Base, 22 Wing City of Toronto; Transportation A Division of Sobeys Inc. Gloucester Rangers 93.9 BOB FM Services Division/Parks Forestry Intact Insurance Company of Canada HWDSB (Hamilton Wentworth District 100.5 EZ Rock & Recreation Investors Group School Board) 102.9 K-Lite FM CJCS Radio J+J Shared Services IDI - Independent Distributors Incorporated 104.5 CHUM FM CKDO FM, KX96, The Rock Jeff White Property Maintenance Lorne Park Secondary School 104.7 Heart FM CKLW AM 800 Johnson & Johnson Inc. Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association 105.1 The River CKNX Radio KFC/Taco Bell Ottawa Sindhi Association 105.3 KOOL FM and KFUN 99.5 Classic Hits 95.5 KPMG LLP- Enterprise Group 107.5 KOOL FM Cogeco Cable Canada Inc. St. Anthony’s Soccer Club L(earn)2 820 CHAM Concord Adex The Mason’s of Eastern District LaBarge Weinstein A & B Courier Corus Entertainment The Ontario Produce Marketing Association Lehder Environmental Services Ltd. Aerarium/Northstar CTV Inc. Waterloo Regional Police Association Leon’s Home Furnishings AGF Funds CTV Northern Ontario and Recreation Centre Licks Homeburgers Agway Metals Inc. CTV Ottawa West Ferris Secondary School LifeLabs AM740 Zoomer Radio / Classical 96.3 CTV Southwestern Ontario WICC - Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade London Free Press ArcelorMittal Dofasco, F.H. Sherman Dave Mercer Outdoors Inc. Loyalist College Recreation & Learning Centre Deloitte MacEwen Petroleum 26
  • 27. Mandarin Restaurants Rollins Investments Inc. Toronto Community News Metroland TELUS Corporation Community Manulife Financial and Kente Management Media Group Ltd. Engagement Marketplace Events Rose City Ford - Windsor Toronto Insurance Conference The Co-operator’s Group Ltd. Markham Museum Rosehaven Homes Transamerica Life Canada The Great-West Life Assurance Company Martinrea International Inc. Royal Lighting United Communities Credit Union The PAC Marz Homes Holding Inc. Russell Investments Canada Vac Aero International Inc. Toronto Police Services Mattamy Homes Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. Vanguard Global Services Inc. University of Ottawa Protection Services MBNA Canada Bank, a Bank of America SCA Vision Transportation United Association Local 463 Plumbers, Company Scotiabank Wellington Laboratories Inc. Steamfitters and Welders Union McDonalds Corporation - Georgetown Scotiabank Windsor-Essex Willowgrove foundations Making A Difference McNeil Consumer Healthcare Scotiabank, Kincardine WOLF/KRUZ Radio MDF Mechanical Limited Shimano Workopolis Crane Fund for Widows and Children Metro Toronto Newspaper Shiu Pong Group Ltd. Wyeth Consumer Healthcare Inc. Community Foundation of Ottawa Molson Coors Canada Sims Advertising Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. Edwards Charitable Foundation NAPA Auto Parts Standard Auto Wreckers Zebra Studios Fleming Foundation National Hockey League Standard Freeholder Glengarry Foundation Employee groups Making Nestle Waters Canada Steeplejack Services Intact Foundation A Difference Niagara This Week Sunset Grill Parrott Foundation 3M Canada ECCO Norampac Cascades a division Sutton Group RBC Foundation Bell Canada Employee Giving Program of St. Mary’s TD Bank Financial Services Suncor Energy Foundation BMO Employee Charitable Foundation North Bay Nugget Terrafix Geosynthetics Inc. The Benjamin Foundation OLDIES 1150 CN Employees’ and Pensioners’ The Brampton Fairgrounds The Cares Foundation of Fallsview Community Fund Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan The Brampton Guardian Casino Resort and Casino Niagara DBRS Limited Orlando Corporation The Burlington Post The Catherine and Maxwell Dell Direct Giving Campaign Owasco The Canadian Champion Meighen Foundation Peterborough Examiner Goodyear The Easier to Read Telephone Directory The Cole Foundation Pfizer Canada Inc. H&R Block Canada, Inc. The Economical Insurance Group The Holger and Claudette Kluge Porter Airlines Hydro One - Employee’s and Pensioner’s Family Foundation The Fence People - Jean Drouin Charity Trust Fund Prestressed Systems Inc. The Georgetown Independent The Lawrason Foundation Price Chopper and Free Press IBM Canada Ltd. The Paloma Foundation Protus The Hanover Post IBM Employees Charitable Fund The Staniszewski Foundation Quinte Broadcasting The Lapointe Group Jones Packaging Mazda Canada Inc. Service Clubs Making A Difference R&M Construction Ltd. The Moose FM Radio Record News Communications The Oakville Beaver Ontario Power Generation Employees’ Ancaster Agriculture Society Resale Homes The Ottawa Citizen and Pensioners’ Charity Trust Civitan Clubs of Lanark, Parmalat Leeds and Grenville Rexall The Shield Rheem Canada Ltd. The Waterloo Region Record Peel Regional Police Point Edward Optimist Club Rogers Communications Inc. Tim Hortons Sears Employees Charitable Fund FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 27
  • 28. repOrt FrOm tHe CHAir, ABOut tHe impACt repOrt AuDit & FinAnCe COmmittee As we continue to “fight back” against cancer, I am proud to say that the Canadian The Canadian Cancer Society’s Ontario Division (“Division”) Audited Financial Cancer Society, Ontario Division remained financially strong in 2009-10. Throughout Statements have been summarized to provide the financial information reported in this past year, we maintained a wide donor base and gained support from both new this Impact Report and have been prepared in accordance with Canadian generally and old donors to ensure that we can continue to make more impact, against more accepted accounting principles. cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity. iNtEgRity AND ACCOUNtAbiLity Last year’s economic downturn was a difficult time for all charitable organizations. The Division commits to fundraising practices that respect donors’ rights to privacy But as a fiscally responsible organization with a fighting resilience, the Society is and truthful information, to responsibly manage the funds entrusted to the Division emerging from the recession in solid shape. Despite the shaky economy, the Society by donors, and to report financial affairs accurately and completely. was still able to generate $85 million in revenue – down from the previous year – but The Division is a registered charity under the Income Tax Act and files the annual we were prudent by ensuring that we had many revenue streams to allow our donors Registered Charity Information Return with the Canada Revenue Agency and to provide donations in any way that they could. meets all requirements to maintain its charitable status. To combat the reduced revenue, the Society took strategic measures to reduce costs StRONg fiNANCiAL MANAgEMENt where it was appropriate while continuing to focus on our key vision – to create a A volunteer Board of Directors from communities across the province sets policy, world where no Canadian fears cancer. An impressive $24.7 million was dedicated establishes strategic direction and governs Division activities in co-operation with towards funding research to outsmart cancer – an area that has the promise to unlock management. The Board directs its Audit & Finance Committee, independent of tomorrow’s breakthroughs – while we continued to invest in community support management and comprised of skilled professionals, to oversee the effectiveness services and fight for healthy public policies that improved the health of Ontarians. of internal controls over financial reporting, ensure Division assets are safeguarded, We anticipate that the upcoming fiscal year will continue to be a challenging time and review and monitor the quality and integrity of our financial statements. for the Society. As such, we have reviewed our resource balances and our KPMG LLP, our independent external auditor, report directly to the Audit & Finance investment portfolio to ensure that we can continue to fulfill our mission by doing Committee and has unrestricted access to this Committee to discuss their audit everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with and related findings. the disease. We have a very strong balance sheet and will continue to ensure the RESOURCES prudent use of the gifts we receive from our donors. The Division’s biggest asset is its 65,000 enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers. As the Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee, I want to personally thank our donors, Our programs benefit from substantial services in the form of this volunteer time. volunteers and staff as we could not continue to be the cancer charity that is hav- Since these invaluable donated services are not purchased by the Division, they ing the biggest impact on the fight against cancer without you. Please continue to are not recorded in the financial statements. support the organization through everything that you do, whether it is with your time, PLANNiNg fOR thE fUtURE voice and actions or donations, so that we can win the fight against cancer. In order to ensure sufficient resources are available to fund priorities established by the Division’s strategic plan and to take advantage of emerging opportunities, the Board of Directors has set aside a portion of the Division’s net assets. These internally restricted amounts are not available for any other purposes without approval of the Lisa Coulman Board. Funds have also been set aside for an operating reserve. This is a standard Chair, Audit & Finance Committee business practice and would provide continued funding of operations if the Division was to experience a temporary deficit. 28
  • 29. FinAnCiAl pOsitiOn OperAtiOns January 31, 2010, with comparative figures for 2009 Year ended January 31, 2010, with comparative figures for 2009 (in thousands of dollars) (in thousands of dollars) 2010 2009 2010 2009 Assets revenue Current Assets Community fundraising 22,461 25,132 Cash and investments 28,898 25,873 Major and planned gifts 18,457 23,688 Other 2,529 3,006 Relay For Life 17,844 17,864 31,427 28,879 Direct response 10,101 9,952 Corporate 4,434 4,604 Long-term investments 16,011 20,003 Net proceeds from lottery 2,319 1,048 Capital and other assets 4,985 3,674 Government-sponsored projects 5,364 5,991 20,996 23,677 Other income 3,847 3,154 84,827 91,433 52,423 52,556 Less direct costs 12,218 12,235 Net revenue 72,609 79,198 liABilities eXpenDitures Current Liabilities 12,212 5,996 Research 24,683 27,212 Other Liabilities 7,556 7,208 Support for people living with cancer 16,312 16,348 19,768 13,204 Prevention 8,658 8,039 Information 5,398 5,927 resOurCes 32,655 39,352 Advocacy 2,455 2,623 52,423 52,556 Fundraising 18,989 16,182 Management and general 2,811 3,254 79,306 79,585 The above data has been extracted and summarized from the 2010 (6,697) (387) Decrease in resources Audited Financial Statements of the Division. A complete set of financial statements is available upon request. FiGHtinG BACK... Canadian Cancer society Ontario Division impact report | 2009 - 2010 29
  • 31. The paper used in this Impact Report contains 100% post-consumer fibre.
  • 32. WHen yOu WAnt tO KnOW mOre ABOut CAnCer Visit our website at Call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333. E-mail us at Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division | 55 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 500 | Toronto, Ontario M4V 2Y7 To download a copy of the Impact Report in English or French, visit