Volunteer Wins Prestigious Professional Award

The sum of his community contributions cannot be calculated

Michael Kennedy, a chartered accountant in Nova Scotia, became a volunteer with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada by professional happenstance in 2008. At this time he was a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, a national platinum sponsor for the organization. Because of the partnership, his boss asked if there were any volunteers that would like to help with the Halifax Spring Sprint  (now Brain Tumour Walk). Even though he did not know anyone affected by a brain tumour, Mike raised his hand and assisted with the organization of the event. He enjoyed the experience so much that he became the Coordinator for the 2009 and 2010 Spring Sprints and each event was a great success.

Through this work, Mike has built connections with several people affected by brain tumours which quickly changed his outlook on life. He says, “I have been blessed to meet and get to know incredible people with inspiring stories – many people who have had a significant impact on the way I live my life day-to-day, teaching me the importance of enjoying each moment.” He has also learned how a small group of people can have a big impact if they work together.

Mike’s favourite memory of being involved with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada came in 2010 when he attended the Halifax Concert for a Cure. He watched as family and friends that were affected by a brain tumour enjoyed a night filled with smiling, dancing and laughter. “For that one night, they forgot about their troubles and came together to support a worthy cause,” he remembers.

Because of his impact on the brain tumour community, Mike has been awarded the prestigious CA of the Year award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia. The award recognizes Chartered Accountants who are leaders both in their profession and in their community.

Receiving this award has had a great impact on Mike. As one of the youngest people to receive this honour, he hopes that it will inspire other young people to get involved in their community in causes about which they are passionate.

Congratulations Mike on your award and thank you for all your hard work for those affected by a brain tumour!

Story posted: March 2011

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