2014 Volunteers of Distinction

The 2014 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.

Siobhan Taylor - Canada West

Siobhan Taylor - Edmonton - 2014 Volunteer of DistinctionWhen asked to describe Siobhan Taylor, who lives in Edmonton, Alberta, a fellow volunteer – and survivor describes her as, “One of the most enthusiastic and inspiring people I have ever meant and had the privilege of working with. Her spirit is always up, even when the majority of us in her position or circumstances, would be down.”

Siobhan is a mother; she works full-time and is the spouse and a caregiver to her husband Billy, who is a brain tumour survivor.

Her dedication to the brain tumour community spreads across the entire city with her leadership as the Spring Sprint Coordinator for the last two years and under her leadership the event has beaten its goal – ensuring that programs can continue and research can be funded.

She has also served as the Co-Facilitator for the Edmonton Brain Tumour Support Group and has now taken on the responsibility as the Facilitator for the coming year.

And if that’s not enough, she is helping patients beyond the borders of Edmonton with her leadership with the new Virtual Support Group. Siobhan is the Facilitator for the Western Canada portion of this program – making sure that patients and families who don’t live near a physical group, can still lean on others for support.

We are honoured to have Siobhan’s dedication and determination in support of brain tumour patients and their families. It’s because of her willingness to go above and beyond for the cause that more people are aware of this disease and the ways they can help – and why she is honoured as a 2014 Volunteer of Distinction.

Thank you Siobhan

Diane McAuley - Canada Central

Diane McAuley - 2014 VODDiane has been a Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada volunteer since 2008. Her husband Jim is brain tumour survivor – diagnosed in 2001 when the couple lived in the United States.

After moving back to London in 2007, Diane became involved with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Diane is a longtime member of the London Spring Sprint Committee contributing in many ways to the events success: from fundraising to sponsorships and even sharing her story with media. And for the last six years Diane has lead the registration team for the event – perfecting a busy process that we wish we could replicate across the country! Almost all of the volunteers return each year to help as a result of her leadership.

One volunteer with the Spring Sprint explains Diane’s contributions this way: “I personally lean on Diane a lot within the committee to make sure all areas of the Sprint go smoothly.” Clearly it couldn’t be done without her.

As a member of the research committee she reviews piles of grant applications every year and helps steer research investments – in service of the goal to find the causes and ultimately a cure for this disease. Diane’s insight and contributions to this important process are invaluable.

She constantly gives and never asks or expects anything in return. She gave up her medical practice to support her husband through his battle with a brain tumour and has become an integral part of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Thank you Diane.

David Kelly - Canada East

David Kelly - 2014 Volunteer of DistinctionFredericton-based David Kelly was dedicated to making the world a better place for everyone – and he did it in so many ways. He was a member of city council – and even served as Deputy Mayor – as well as volunteering with so many other local organizations. But he was truly the linchpin for the brain tumour community in Fredericton.

The Fredericton Support Group began in 2009 and David attended nearly every single meeting in these last five years. It’s incredible. And he contributed to the group in ways to help everyone who attends: he was very candid about the impact his brain tumour had on his life... and his attitude opened the door for open and honest communication among other group members.

And long before the Support Group started, David was a champion for the cause. He was an integral part of the annual Spring Sprint walk/fun-run, serving on the volunteer committee since it began in 2003, helping to spread critical awareness about the need to raise funds. He’s also given his time for other fundraising and awareness raising events like an Art Auction, a wrestling match, displays at the farmer’s market and serving on the Fundraising Committee that reports to the organization’s Board of Directors. 

Finally, you can see in the photo, David in front of his van. It proudly features Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s logo and contact information – helping to spread critical awareness everywhere he goes. This was David’s initiative several years ago and he has proudly driven this vehicle and awareness in his community daily.

It’s because of this and so many other efforts that so many more people in Fredericton, know about the services available to them – and ultimately, know they are not alone.

David was warm, generous, sincere and thoughtful individual... a volunteer everyone with the organization was proud to know we were pleased to honour him as a Volunteer of Distinction.

David was presented with his Volunteer of Distinction award on September 30, 2014 at a special ceremony at Fredericton City Hall. On Saturday, October 25, 2014 David passed away after his seven-year journey with a brain tumour. David will be remembered across Canada for his dedication to the cause.

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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