Across B.C. and the Yukon, there are about 15,000 people who lend their hands and hearts to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life for those living with cancer.
The Columbia Valley Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) consists of approximately 30 like-minded ladies, some of whom have been volunteering for 50 years, and what great contributions they have all made in the drive to eliminate cancer. We’d like to invite you to join us!
It is a great opportunity for you to make a positive impact in your community, be part of a great group of ladies, share your experience, learn new skills and develop lasting friendships. We meet once a month, except for the summer months and usually not in November or January. A couple of times a year, we meet at someone’s house for a potluck meal.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be a cancer survivor, just someone who wishes to see the day when there is no cancer.
Some of the things our local unit does are the Daffodil Campaign in the spring, and the selling of Daffodil Pins. Members also volunteer twice a year when the Mammogram Van visits the valley.
In the past, the local CCS successfully lobbied local council to ban cosmetic pesticides in Invermere, and have had a number of forums, including prostate cancer, nutrition, pesticide free gardens and lawns. They have also worked with DTSS students on the dangers of tanning and tanning beds.
In previous years, the unit has supported the Relay for Life, and this year we tried something new with our Giant Garage Sale, Golf the Valley Raffle and the Summer KickOff Party.
We are planning educational meetings in the upcoming months to help provide valuable information for your health.
The first meeting of the season is on Tuesday, September 9th at the Anglican United Church. Mia Gardiner, volunteer engagement co-ordinator, will be doing a presentation on volunteerism within the CCS — it should be a great info session.
Don’t be shy, come out to one of our meetings. Or if you want to talk about it prior to attending, call me. You do not have to dedicate a lot of time, but as the saying goes: “Many hands make light work.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-342-9059.