Students receive Community Award from Canadian Cancer Society
Queen's students have received the Community Partnerships Award from the Canadian Cancer Society in recognition of their excellence in cancer research fundraising and their efforts to engage others.
“To be recipients of this award is truly an honour,” says Simran Prihar, Law 09. “We have all been impacted in one way or another by cancer and any fundraising we manage to pull together is just our small contribution to this fantastic cause. Many of us were involved in chapters of the Cancer Society in our hometowns, and continuing it during our time as Queen's students has been wonderful. The support we receive from the Queen's community as a whole is unbelievable, and we thank everyone who has helped us along the way. We hope the recognition this award provides will encourage even more student involvement at Queen's!”
Over the past five years, Queen's students have donated more than $250,000 to the Society.
"I commend our students on the excellent work they do in our community and especially their contribution to this worthy cause," says Principal Tom Williams. "The search for a cure for cancer is one that impacts lives in our city and around the globe."
Students have organized fundraising events for cancer research including: Queen's Relay For Life, Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer, Queen's Cuts For Cancer, Jail ‘N Bail, and Cabaret For a Cure.
In addition to organizing fashion shows, hockey and ball hockey tournaments, selling daffodils and Thingamaboobs, and holding information sessions for new volunteers, 110 Queen's students volunteer with Canadian Cancer Society at the cancer centre and Quinte Thousand Islands Lodge.
“The students at Queen's have done a lot to strengthen our community support and influence the amount of revenue being generated,” said Theresa Lawrence, Regional Vice President and Information Outreach Chair. They have been very proactive in coming up with their own fundraising activities as well as stepping in to help us with our events.”
Last year following a volunteer recruitment session on campus, students organized a Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer (TSABC) event and pulled it together in less than six weeks. This year the same committee came back to hold an even more successful TSABC event.
“Every year thousands of Queen's students devote tens of thousands of volunteer hours and raise thousands of dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society,” said Larry Cardiff in presenting the award. “For many this is not their home community but still they take time out of their busy schedules to commit to the needs of our community. Their energy and dedication to the community is commendable and on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, I take great pleasure in presenting this award.”
Courtney Petch (Law '09) accepted the award at the 2009 Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Month kick-off breakfast on behalf of the student groups being recognized.
Principal Tom Williams, vice-principal academic Patrick Deane, and acting vice-principal advancement Sean Conway attended.