The Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund is a national, volunteer-driven charitable organization dedicated to providing short-term financial assistance to breast cancer patients.
The financial difficulties that follow a breast cancer diagnosis are well documented, but historically, very little attention has been paid to solving this problem. Most people don’t realize the financial toll of breast cancer includes lost wages, and a myriad of costs not covered by provincial or private health insurance. To name just a few, expenses include hospital parking, off-the-shelf medications, wigs, breast prosthetics, specialty bras, restorative therapies, therapeutic garments, and of course ongoing costs of food and shelter.
The members of our board provide a wealth of experience in business and not-for-profit. The members of our advisory team are volunteers who bring diverse experiences from within the breast cancer community, as well as an understanding of the limitations of the health care system and the challenges that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis. They all share our passion and vision to ease the burden of breast cancer patients.
Paul Bies serves as president of Mystique Brand Communications, a brand marketing firm that specializes in helping small-to-medium businesses position themselves, build brand awareness, and create thought leadership that engages their target markets on multiple levels. Paul lives for great stories … reading them, watching them, experiencing them, and creating them. He believes every brand has a story to tell through its products or services and its communications.
Melanie Cole, is a securities and corporate associate at Aird & Berlis LLP, a full-service Canadian law firm based in Toronto. Long history of volunteering and Board participation in the charitable and not-for-profit sector, with particular strength in board governance and legal compliance. Prior to her legal career, Melanie was a legislative advisor to a federal cabinet minister.
Lindsay Kronenberg worked for over fifteen years as a Human Resources Professional in the field of broadcasting. She has had a long history of volunteering with various charities. Lindsay has had a personal experience with breast cancer and has volunteered for over ten years for an organization that provides emotional, psychological and informational support to individuals and families living with cancer.
Tracey Rutledge is Executive Director, Development & Alumni Relations at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. She has extensive experience in fundraising and outreach programs, volunteer management, communications, and marketing. Three family members, including her daughter have fought breast cancer and through their strength and courage, provided the inspiration and desire to support others as they face this devastating disease.
Donna Sheehan, Founding Board Member, is a business woman and entrepreneur, experienced in program management for community-based organizations with a focus on supportive cancer care and health promotion. Long history of advocacy in the not-for-profit sector, government relations. Interdisciplinary Studies in Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector management. Breast Cancer survivor.
Jill Voisin, Treasurer is currently an Assistant Vice President TD Financial, TD Securities, CGA, and has a long history of volunteering for Girl Guides of Canada
Donna Sheehan, founder of the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund, knows what it’s like to face the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis. After years of working with organizations providing programs of support to breast cancer patients and survivors and bearing witness to their stories about the challenges and triumphs that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis, she became acutely aware of the lack of support for breast cancer patients who were struggling financially. She decided to address the financial challenges experienced by this vulnerable and overlooked community and founded CBCSF.
Karen Cannon a social worker who has worked in both health care and community settings for close to twenty years. Most of her professional career has been spent working with cancer patients and their families/caregivers. As an oncology social worker, she has assisted individuals with all aspects of the cancer journey, including financial, social, emotional and psychological. Her professional experience, as well as her experience as a breast cancer survivor, provides her with insight into the challenges facing breast cancer patients.
Lindsay Kronenberg worked for over fifteen years as an Human Resources Professional in the field of broadcasting. Currently, she works part-time for an organization that provides emotional, psychological and informational support to individuals and families living with cancer. Lindsay has had a personal experience with breast cancer and volunteers as a Peer Support volunteer.