Who We Are

The Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund is a non-profit organization, run by a volunteer board and supported by an advisory team.

The members of our board provide a wealth of experience in business and not-for-profit. The members of our advisory team 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 have one thing in common: a shared passion and vision to ease the burden of breast cancer patients.

Board Members

Donna Sheehan, Founder

Donna Sheehan, Founder

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.

Melanie Cole, Chair

Melanie Cole, Chair

Melanie Cole, Chair, is a securities and corporate partner 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.

Jill Voisin

Jill Voisin

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.

Paul Bies

Paul Bies, Marketing Chair

Paul Bies serves as president of Mystique Brand Communications. Mystique specializes in helping small-to-medium businesses, including charities and not-for-profits, build dynamic brands and compelling user experiences that optimize communication and conversion across multiple channels.

Tracey Rutledge

Tracey Rutledge

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.

Tara Wood

Tara Wood

Tara Wood is a communications strategist that specializes in corporate communications and issues management. Having split her time between the agency and non-profit sectors, she has worked across a range of industries including health, energy, environment, financial and more. Her passion is developing campaigns to help organizations best reach and activate their target audiences to achieve meaningful results.

Georgianna Ma

Georgianna Ma

Georgianna Ma is an experienced management consultant. She is currently a Senior Manager, Business Transformation at BMO Financial Group. She provides advisory services to leading multinational and Fortune 500 companies to help optimize and transform their organizations. She has a keen interest in volunteering for various charitable organizations.

Marcie Somers

Marcie Somers

Marcie Somers is a marketing communications strategist with over 15+ years experience  in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. A relationship builder who is recognized for initiative, perseverance, goal alignment and establishment of strong, collaborative relationships, Marcie develops strategies that benefit diverse stakeholders, generate impact and drive positive change. Marcie has a long history of volunteering and has sat on various boards supporting health, homeless and animal welfare organizations.

Advisory Team

Karen Cannon

Karen Cannon

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

Lindsay Kronenberg

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.

Deanna Nemeth

Deanna Nemeth

Deanna Nemeth is a freelance translator with more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, public relations, community development. Currently completing her MA, Translation Studies at York University’s Glendon College, Deanna volunteers for several not-for-profit and community organizations.  Deanna became involved with CBCSF after losing a close friend to breast cancer.

Allan Austin

Allan Austin

Allan Austin is a corporate communications generalist with four decades of experience. He works closely with senior leaders to create, develop, implement and measure strategy-based communications programs. His experience includes not-for-profit, business, institutional, and government clients, and writing for print, spoken word, video and social media.


We want to help women with breast cancer. Not someday. Today. Because the rent is due. Groceries must be bought. Hospital parking is expensive. And lost wages during treatment and recovery means less money for the bills.

So despite millions raised to find a cure, very little priority has been placed on providing much needed financial support for the nearly 26,000 Canadians diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

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