2013 Volunteers of Distinction

The 2013 Volunteers of Distinction exemplify the wide range of individuals who devote their time and expertise to supporting the brain tumour community.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s Volunteer of Distinction Award is presented to those who embody the spirit of volunteerism. They are leaders and ambassadors who give freely of their time and energy to help reach every Canadian affected by a brain tumour through support, education, information and research.

Keith Anderson - Canada West

Volunteer of Distinction and brain tumour survivor, Keith Anderson
Keith is a long-term brain tumour survivor and an instrumental part of the Edmonton brain tumour support group and Edmonton Spring Sprint. Keith has been a tireless supporter helping with sponsorship, volunteers and always offering a positive word of encouragement.

Keith has also played a very important role as a local ambassador for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, particularly with the Edmonton Public Teachers organization. Since 2007, Keith has annually attended their meetings to accept a gift from the group, with each gift from Edmonton Public Teachers increasing significantly year over year. Their tremendous support is thanks to the outstanding job Keith does representing the brain tumour community. Thank you Keith.


Canada Central: Janice Laberge

Volunteer of Distinction Janice LabergeJanice’s volunteer time with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada began as a member of the Southwestern Ontario BrainWAVE Committee. The mother of a pediatric brain tumour survivor, Janice knows first-hand the importance of a quality support program for families. After several years as a committee member, Janice took over the chair role in 2010. Under her leadership, the committee thrived and was inspired to organize truly exceptional events for families in need of respite. Although having recently stepped away from the chair role, Janice remains a key part of the committee.

Given her interest in the impact of a pediatric brain tumour, Janice was passionate in finding new ways to support young survivors. With the support of the BrainWAVE committee, Janice developed the business case for a Youth Education Award program and was influential in the program being selected as one of the new Special Projects launched in 2012.

She is the current chair of the Youth Education Award selection committee and has been able to secure financial support from her employer to support this unique program – the first and only of its kind in Canada. Janice is also very involved in Rigatoni for Research, a community fundraising event; additionally she often volunteers at the London Information Day and has given her time over several years to help out at golf tournaments. Thank you Janice.

Canada Central: Dr. Arjun Sahgal

Dr Arjun Sahgal Volunteer of DistinctionA key member of the Professional Advisory Group and a new board member, Dr. Sahgal regularly contributes “Ask the Expert” articles for newsletters and is a frequent presenter at both Information Days and Health Care Professionals’ Workshops. He was the editor of and a contributor to the 6th edition of the Adult Brain Tumour Handbook and was one of the editors of the Non-Malignant Brain Tumour Handbook in 2011.

2013 found Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada launching a new video series to help give recently diagnosed patients an inside look into the new world of brain tumours. Not only is Dr. Sahgal featured in one of the videos, he was instrumental in securing filming locations at his hospital, securing a patient interview, and was a real champion of the series to his colleagues. Thanks to Dr. Sahgal’s support, patients can now get a real understanding of linac radiation treatment before they have their first appointment. Thank you Dr. Sahgal.


Karen Vickers - Canada East

Volunteer of Distinction Karen Vickers

A neuroscience nurse, Karen is one of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s biggest supporters in the Halifax area. She is the convenor of the Halifax brain tumour support group and ensures that those affected by the disease have a supportive and welcoming place to share their stories and experiences.

Karen also plays a vital role in increasing the awareness of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada programs and services in her community. She often acts as a liaison between the organization and other local professionals and associations.

Karen tirelessly promotes Brain Tumour Information Days, Health Care Professionals’ Workshops, and the various resources available for patients and families. Thank you Karen.

If you want to nominate a volunteer for recognition or know about a volunteer award opportunity in your community, please contact:

Jennifer McIntosh
Human Relations Manager
1-800-265-5106 or 519-642-7755, ext. 231


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