Lauren and Duncan's Volunteer Impact

Lauren and Duncan's Volunteer Impact

Volunteer Profile

Living in Northern Canada changes the meaning of friends and family. Friends become like family because of proximity, which is exactly what happened with the Sellars and Trimble families. When Trevor Sellars was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011, this bond between the two families became even stronger. Sadly, Trevor lost his battle in 2012, and Trevor’s daughters created the 2013 Spring Sprint team “Hook, Line & Sprinters” in loving memory of their father. This is how Lauren Trimble-Nixon & Duncan Nixon first heard about Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

It wasn’t until they were settled in Calgary in 2014, that they decided it was time to give back to their community. Lauren began volunteering on the BrainWAVE committee in December 2014. At the time, BrainWAVE had only organized one event in Alberta. Lauren’s hope was to offer families more fun events throughout the year so they would have the opportunity to make happy memories outside of the hospital, and connect with other families going through the same journey of coping with a child diagnosed with a brain tumour.
In 2015 Lauren and Duncan volunteered at the Calgary Spring Sprint (now called the Brain Tumour Walk). The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada in London, Ontario, did most of the planning. Noticing the difficulties in planning from afar, Lauren and Duncan decided to volunteer as co-coordinators of the Calgary Brain Tumour Walk in 2016. They have a fantastic planning committee of six, including three survivors, which they are extremely grateful for. 
Lauren and Duncan know their volunteer work makes a huge impact, especially since the Foundation is relatively small compared to other national groups. They aim to raise awareness about brain tumours and Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. They want to make a difference for everyone who has been affected by brain tumours, and they hope that a cure will be found. 
Thank you, Lauren and Duncan, for your passion and purpose as Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada volunteers! 

If you are interested in donating your time and talent, please contact:

Jennifer McIntosh
Manager, Human Resources and Volunteer Development
1-800-265-5106, ext. 231
 April 2016

Share This

Featured Story

Courtney’s Story of Stability

Stability. It’s a strange concept when you have what it known to be a progressive, life long illness. You hear the words, “Your tumour growth is stable” and for a moment you think someone is playing the world’s worst prank on you.

Learn more


Stephen's Story: "I have faith that we will meet again"

Stephen and I chatted on what should have been his 32nd Wedding Anniversary. Stephen and Susan were married for 30 years and were best...

Learn more

Tommy's Story: Fellowship recipient

Dr. Tommy Alain, the very first research Fellow funded by Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada through the William Donald Nash Brain...

Learn more

Upcoming Events

  • 17/Jan/2018: Windsor Support Group: Meets at the United Way, Unit A1, 300 Giles Blvd. East... Learn more >
  • 17/Jan/2018: Calgary Support Group: Meets at Wellspring Calgary, 1404 Home Road NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 1G7... Learn more >
  • 17/Jan/2018: Niagara Region Support Group: Meets at Wellspring Niagara, 3250 Schmon Parkway, Thorold, ON, L2V 4Y6... Learn more >
  • 17/Jan/2018: Winnipeg Support Group: Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, Winnipeg, MB... Learn more >
View All Events >
Thank you to the donors whose contributions make this website and all programs, services and research possible.

Copyright © 2018 Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Charitable Registration #BN118816339RR0001
35 Years