Chris Wynder's Volunteer Story

Chris Wynder's Volunteer Story

Volunteer Profile

Just because you leave your white lab coat in your closet doesn’t mean you have left that life behind. Chris Wynder wanted to find a way to be part of the brain tumour community when he left the laboratory for a new adventure in IT. So he started volunteering with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada so he could find that connection. Chris was a brain tumour scientist; he left that chapter behind and moved to London with his family. 

Chris’s hobbies include playing and coaching rugby and volunteering with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada on the Research Committee. The Research Committee has kept his passion for the sciences alive. Chris enjoys connecting other researchers to work together in order to be one step closer to finding a cure. Also within the Research Committee, Chris links fellowship applicants with the research grants. Chris believes in cultivating young minds who are applying for the Studentships, since they will be the next generation of brain tumour scientists.  
 
Even though Chris is directly involved in the community, he has never been directly affected by a brain tumour so being part of the community is bitter sweet. Chris understands that patients and families want to find a cure for brain tumours, but he also understands what is available in the field of brain tumours and technology. His goal is to find a bridge between all parts of the community. Chris advocates for more scientists to be part of the brain tumour community. Chris hopes, “if there are more scientists, and then there will be more conversations between all different members of the brain tumour community.” 
 
Volunteering gives Chris personal gratification that what he studied has a purpose, even though he is no longer in the lab. Chris also wants more scientists to be involved with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is largely run by volunteers, so more volunteers the better. 
 
Chris’s vision for the brain tumours is that we will see better therapies for all kinds of brain tumours. This is made possible because Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is investing in young minds by providing grants for students. Chris hopes to see more advances in technology, than we have seen in the past. 
Thank you, Chris, for your passion and purpose as a Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada volunteer.  

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

Jennifer McIntosh
Manager, Human Resources and Volunteer Development
jmcintosh@braintumour.ca
1-800-265-5106, ext. 231
 

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