Canadian Cancer Society needs volunteers

If you want to make a difference in the fight against cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society needs you.

If you want to make a difference in the fight against cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society needs you.

With Daffodil Month just around the corner, door-to-door canvassers are needed this April to help the society raise funds for the best in cancer research, prevention and support programs.

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. We sometimes don’t hear the stories of those in our community who are affected by the time we give.

Vernon resident and Canadian Cancer Society volunteer, Sharon Lockwood, shares the reasons why she first got involved as a canvasser with the Canadian Cancer Society and the society was there for her during  own cancer journey.

“I read an article in the paper about the need for canvassers and had the ability and time to help,” said recently retired Lockwood.

“It’s a worthwhile issue.”

She has been involved with the door-to-door campaign for the past three years and is now a zone captain.

“Everybody thinks it’s a worthwhile organization.  It’s not very often that you meet someone who hasn’t had a friend or family member touched by cancer.”

This past year, the cause became personal for Lockwood.

“When I started it was to fill my time but last year I had cancer myself.  I’m doing well but see the need of having an organization like the Canadian Cancer Society.’

The society is asking Vernon residents to join the fight this April and donate some time to the door-to-door campaign.

“It would take a few hours to help with one route,” said Lockwood. “People never seem to be surprised to see me at their door. They are expecting it every April.”

Volunteers are the heart of the Canadian Cancer Society.

If you have a few hours to spare this April and want to make a difference in the fight against cancer, sign up as a canvasser today.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Salvino, volunteer engagement coordinator, at Sirvolunteers@bc.cancer.ca or 1-800-403-8222.