2015 Volunteers of Distinction

The 2015 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.

Diana Schurer

Diana Schurer has helmed the Hamilton Spring Sprint for 5 years now, and the countless hours and immeasurable talents she’s given to the fundraiser have helped it become a true success!

Diane first became connected to the brain tumour cause when her brother suddenly passed away five years ago. Motivated by his illness to do something more, Diana reached out and grabbed hold of the Spring Sprint reins in her city.

Diana is always focused on the patients and families who join the walk, and is open about her own experiences, helping build connections and friendships with those affected.

Her enthusiasm and dedication are boundless and we’re so grateful to work alongside Diana and share in her passion to help others.

Thank you Diana.

Picture: Diana accepting thank you flowers after the Hamilton Spring Sprint 2015.

Denis Raymond

Denis Raymond with Tracey Jones of Brain Tumour Foundation of CanadaDenis Raymond is a brain tumour survivor and over the past two and a half years, he’s given his time to several Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada initiatives.

Denis is the facilitator of the Eastern Canada online Virtual Support Group and plays a vital role in the Supportive Care Advisory Group – a program designed by patients, caregivers and health care professionals to identify gaps in services for those living with a terminal diagnosis and developing programs to meet those needs.

Denis also rallies his incredible group of family and friends together to attend the Spring Sprint in Ottawa and Information Days, where he’s shared his story with the community.

As if this wasn’t enough, additionally Denis has shared his journey with many others and often connects one on one with peers looking to speak with someone who understands what it’s like to live with a brain tumour.

Thank you Denis.

Picture: Denis Raymond with Tracey Jones of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada at the London Information Day 2015.

Final Award

One more award was presented, however, the recipient has chosen to remain anonymous. We will say this: When asked to describe this volunteer, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more enthusiastic, compassionate and loyal. At Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, we’re so grateful to have the chance to work alongside her and share in her passion to help those on the brain tumour journey.  


We would like to thank all of our 700+ volunteers! We could not manage without you. Thank you!

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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