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Lose the Booze
Feb 01 to Feb 28, 2015
A 28-day alcohol-free challenge
Workout to Conquer Cancer
Apr 25, 2015
a day-long fitness challenge at the Richmond Olympic Oval, to support of life-saving cancer research taking place at the BC Cancer Agency.
Ride to Conquer Cancer
Aug 29 to Aug 30, 2015
The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a powerful movement — one of hope, healing, celebration, and optimism. Ride with us in 2013.

Participate or donate to a fundraising event to support breakthrough cancer research in BC.

February 12, 2015
BC Cancer Agency researcher—inspired by her own family cancer experience—leads study to help those at risk of deadly hereditary stomach cancer
January 02, 2015
BC Cancer Foundation raises $6.5 million to secure first-in-Canada treatment technology at the BC Cancer Agency
December 15, 2014
BC Cancer Agency Researchers Co-Lead $60 Million National Initiative for Innovative Cancer Treatments
December 05, 2014
$905,005 raised at BC Cancer Foundation’s Jingle Mingle accelerating immunotherapy clinical trials
December 01, 2014
BC Cancer Agency scientists make internationally significant discovery, mapping the evolution of breast cancer ‘avatars’

Read the latest news and research breakthroughs happening at the BC Cancer Agency

Organize an Event
Raise funds for us by hosting your own fundraising event.
In Memory
A gift in memory is a meaningful and lasting tribute to a loved one, friend or co-worker.
A Gift in Your Will
Discovery needs willing partners. Consider leaving a gift in your will.
Doug Nelson, BC Cancer Foundation
Monthly Donations
“For as little as $10 per month, you can bring us closer to our vision of world free from cancer.”
BC Cancer Foundation at Your Door
Monthly giving is a powerful way to support cancer research.

Your donations support innovative cancer research and compassionate enhancements to patient care.

A message from Douglas Nelson, President & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation

2014 Report to Donors

This year, over 115,000 donors gave to the BC Cancer Foundation enabling us to raise $36.3 million for research and enhancements to patient care.

This year, more than 115,000 donors gave to the BC Cancer Foundation enabling us to raise $36.3 million dollars for innovative research and enhancements to patient care at the BC Cancer Agency.

Thanks to this support, BC researchers are global leaders in new discoveries as a result in strategic investments in teams of brilliant investigators and the use of cutting-edge technology. From lymphoid cancer to immunotherapy to rare and hard to treat cancer subtypes, our donors are helping researchers break new ground in our understanding of cancer and improving the lives of cancer patients here in BC and giving hope to patients all around the world.  

Our donors share their lives and stories with us, their losses and triumphs, and remind us daily of the importance of our cause because they believe as we do, that together, we can achieve our vision of a world free from cancer.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting cancer research in B.C.,and thank you for being our partners in discovery. 


A message from Douglas Nelson, President & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation
Annual Report to Donors
View our Report to Donors see what your donor dollars have helped achieve this past year
Distribution of Funds
View a sample of research projects BC Cancer Foundation funded this year
Dr. Janessa Laskin, BC Cancer Agency
Funding Priorities
View the research projects that have been identified as funding priorities this year
Research Discoveries
Highlights of past research discovieries donor dollars have funded
World-Class Research
The BC Cancer Agency — an international leader in cancer research

See how your donations are being used to enable the great work at the BC Cancer Agency to continue.


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Annual Report to Donors

This year, more than 115,000 British Columbians partnered with the BC Cancer Foundation to raise  $36.3 million dollars for innovative research and enhancements to patient care at the BC Cancer Agency.

We invite you to view our annual report and read about what donor dollars have helped to support this year.

View 2014 Annual Report

You can view our previous annual reports here:

2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
You can also download our full audited financial statements:

2014 Audited Financial Statements (PDF)
2013 Audited Financial Statements (PDF)
2012 Audited Financial Statements

2011 Audited Financial Statements (PDF)
2010 Audited Financial Statements (PDF)

The BC Cancer Foundation is accredited by Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program

View our Canada Revenue Agency filing here.

Thank you for being our partner in discovery.

If you have any questions about our Annual Report or if you would like to receive a hard copy of our Audited Financial Statements, please contact us at 604.877.6040 or toll free 1.888.906.2873.

Costs to Fundraising for Cancer


Your donations make an impact

For every dollar you give:

Total revenues for 2013/14 = $35 million

Cost to raise a dollar

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Of the 65¢ we spend

on our mission, we invest:

To read our full financial

statements, T1030 and annual

report, visit

NOTE: This number is based on:

Fundraising Costs ($11 million*)

Total fundraising revenue ($29 million)

* Direct ($7.19 million) plus Supporting Fundraising

Costs ($3.95 million) = $11 million

65¢ ($23 million) is invested in our mission

20¢ to Research

32¢ ($11 million) is invested in fundraising costs

10¢ to Prevention

3¢ ($1 million) is invested in administration

5¢ to Advocacy


Thanks to our very generous donors, the Canadian

Cancer Society makes the most impact against

cancer in communities in British Columbia and

Yukon and across Canada.

This year we raised over $35 Million in British Columbia

and the Yukon.

Our fundraising efforts allowed us to direct $23 million to fund important research, Prevention and

support programs across British Columbia

 This is a $3 million or 15% increase from last year

We were able to invest additional funds for the Canadian Cancer Sodiety Research Institute

 (CCSRI) grants, the nationwide Prevention

 strategy and the Cancer Prevention Centre (CPC).

We also welcomed our first clients into our newest lodge —the Koryban Lodge in Prince George BC

Many of our donors ask us how much we spend on fundraising.

In 2013/14, we invested $7.19 million directly in our fundraising activities such as Relay For Life Cops for Cancer, our Daffodil Campaign and Planned and

Major Giving. We also spent

$3.95 million in supporting fundraising costs to ensure good management, financial, humanresources and information Technology systems

 We make careful decisions about how

much we need to spend on fundraising and administrative costs in order to produce the

 maximum amount of revenue

and make the most impact with our donor dollars.

This resulted in a total fundraising revenue of over $29 million and the cost to raise a dollar was 37 cents

and the cost to raise a dollar was 37¢.

As a result of this investment we were also able

 to engage communities across British Columbia.

helping people reduce their risk of cancer and

increase awareness of the services we offer those facing cancer.

The Society is committed to accountability and transparency and strategically spending the dollars that are so generously donated every

 year to lead the fight against cancer.

30¢ to Quality of Life and survival

20   to Research

10   to Preventation

  5   to Advocacy


Cost to raise a dollar  37 cents
Find out more
Of the 65¢ we spend
on our mission, we invest:
To read our full financial
statements, T1030 and annual
report, visit
NOTE: This number is based on:
Fundraising Costs ($11 million*)
Total fundraising revenue ($29 million)
* Direct ($7.19 million) plus Supporting Fundraising
Costs ($3.95 million) = $11 million
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WellnessFits, a comprehensive workplace wellness program was

launched with League Financial, the City of Nanaimo, the Capital

Regional District and Kardel Consulting.


Tanning is Out was implemented in six schools on Vancouver Island.

Some 1,700 high school students pledged to be tan-free.


We successfully forged new collaborative relationships with the

municipalities of Saanich, Central Saanich, View Royal and Colwood to

distribute postcards to residents on the dangers of asbestos exposure.


A cigarette butt clean-up was held at UVIC. Students collected

over 2,000 butts in 45 minutes and raised awareness about UVIC’s

smoke-free campus policy. Another clean up occurred at Thetis Lake

to raise awareness about the need for a smoking ban in parks and



The Society supported the annual Traditional Foods Conference which

attracted over 500 people from First Nations communities throughout

Vancouver Island. Participants came to celebrate their culture, and

learn about healthy eating in culturally relevant ways.




We are proud of our long relationships with several independent

fundraisers across the Island. Dedicated groups like the 17-year strong

Alex Campbell Conquer Cancer Classic and the Cowichan Golfers

Against Cancer that just celebrated 25 years of giving to the Society.

Wells War Against Cancer in Nanaimo fundraise 6 months a year and

donate on average $20,000 annually to the Society. The Dashwood

Volunteer Fire Department in Qualicum has hosted head shaves for

17 years and have donated over $40,000 to date.


Relay For Life  $ 445,872


Cops for Cancer$ 1,322,557


Daffodil Campaign (including door-to-door$ 265,413


Independent Fundraising Event $ 141,953




Volunteer drivers transport patients to and from cancer treatments

Number of client311

Number of drivers (Society volunteer182

Number of drivers (Freemasons  210


Financial Support

Financial assistance for travel and accommodation during treatment

Client 147

Amount  $ 61,139

Subsidized symptom management drugs

(provided by BC Cancer Agency)

Client 70



Convenient, affordable accommodation near cancer treatment centres

Client stays 991

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Cancer Information Service

Up-to-date information about cancer and local services

Client 833



Emotional assistance from trained survivors

Client �132


Camp Goodtimes

Client 68

Volunteers 13

Sidney Meet Up ladies will be supporting the cancer society’s daffodil month

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April is Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month: Wear a Daffodil Pin to show support for people living with cancer

28 March 2012


Every three minutes, another Canadian will hear the words “you have cancer” for the first time, and the Canadian Cancer Society wants them to know that they are not alone.

During Daffodil Month, and especially on Daffodil Day (April 27), the Canadian Cancer Society is asking Canadians to join the fight against cancer by making a donation to support its work throughout Canada and to proudlywear a daffodil pin as a symbol of support for people living with cancer.

“We want to create a movement across Canada and see thousands of Canadians wearing the daffodil pin,” says Peter Goodhand, CEO and President, Canadian Cancer Society. “United by the daffodil, we will show people living with cancer that they don’t have to face cancer alone, and we won’t give up until all forms of the disease are defeated.”


Throughout Daffodil Month, special events and activities will be taking place in communities across Canada to raise vital funds to prevent cancer, fund research, inform and support people living with cancer, and advocate for policies to improve the health of Canadians.

Daffodil Day on April 27 helps wrap up the campaign by designating a special day where Canadians can take a moment to reflect upon the thousands of people who are on a cancer journey and also to remember those who have died.

“We encourage Canadians to do something special on Daffodil Day for those living with cancer or to contribute in some way to the fight against cancer,” says Goodhand.

On Daffodil Day:

  • Tell a loved one or friend with cancer that you are thinking of them; let them know about the Society’s information and support programs.
  • Do something special for someone you know who has cancer. For example, make a meal, drive them to an appointment, or babysit.
  • Sign up as a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society and see how you can make a difference.
  • Join a Relay For Life team or sponsor somebody who is participating.

“Whether it’s through family or friends, we all have a story about how cancer affects us,” says Paul Lapierre, Vice President, Public Affairs and Cancer Control, Canadian Cancer Society. “It’s these stories that tie Canadians together and motivate the Society as it carries out its important mission work across Canada.”

To donate online or to find out where you can get a daffodil pin go to or contact your local Society office. The pins are also available at participating locations of Curves, First Choice Haircutters, Laura Canada, LifeLabs, MAC’s, Pacrim Hospitality Services hotels, Pharmasave and WirelessWave/Tbooth . Although the pin is not being sold for a set price, the Society encourages Canadians to make a donation to help support its work.

By supporting the Canadian Cancer Society during Daffodil Month, Canadians will be joining a team that works hard to fight cancer in Canada. Your donation will help the Society:

  • prevent cancer
  • fund research to outsmart cancer
  • empower, inform and support Canadians living with cancer
  • advocate for public policies to improve the health of Canadians

During Daffodil Month Canadians can make a difference by:

  • wearing a daffodil pin to show your support for people living with cancer
  • attending a Daffodil Day event in your community
  • buying fresh daffodils – the Society’s symbol of hope
  • donating to the Canadian Cancer Society when a volunteer canvasser knocks on your door
  • participating in a Society fundraising event in your community

Contact your local Society office to make a donation and to find out what’s going on in your community.


Cancer statistics

  • In 2011, it was estimated that 177,800 new cases of cancer (excluding 74,100 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer) would be diagnosed, and about 75,000 Canadians would die from the disease. This meant that on average about 480 Canadians were diagnosed with cancer, and about 205 died from the disease every day.
  • An estimated 2 in 5 Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. An estimated 1 out of every 4 Canadians is expected to die from cancer.
  • Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival was about 25%.
  • The death rate for all cancers combined is declining for males in most age groups and for females under 70.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Christine Koserski

Public Affairs

Canadian Cancer Society

Ontario Division

Phone: 416-323-7030

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Sidney Meet Up Network of Women in Business is declaring war on cancer this April

Create a personal fundraising page

You can join the fight for life by hosting an event to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

NEW You can use our new Plan Your Own Event guide to get things started.

Whether you use your imagination and come up with a new activity or go with a tested fundraiser, it all helps. Ready to get started? Fill out the form below and contact the Canadian Cancer Society regional office nearest you for next steps. If you would like to fundraise online using our resources see information below.


Independent Fundraising Event Application


Online Fundraising online with Convio


Online fundraising has advantages. It

  • Provides donors with a fast and secure method to give.
  • Provides donors with instant electronic tax receipts.
  • Can increase event donations did you know that online donations are typically twice that of offline donations?
  • Allows people to share why they are raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society through personal web pages.
  • Provides easy access to information about event logistics.


Once your application is approved, you’re ready to start fundraising online!

Greater Vancouver Region

Huda Al-Saedy
Phone: 604-215-5203
Fax: 604-253-8403


Fraser Valley Region

Tracy Waters
Phone: 604-817-1126
Fax: 604-533-8511


Vancouver Island Region

Tracie Clayton
Phone: 250-414-4254
Fax: 250-382-8130


Debi Dempsey
Phone: 250-889-3179
Fax: 250-382-8130


Southern Interior Region
Trail office

Tara Kowalchuk
Phone: 250-364-0403


Kelowna office

Shannon Jolley
Phone: 250-919-1182
Fax: 250-762-8855


Tessa Derksen
Phone: 250-762-6381 ext.104
Fax: 250-762-8855


Cranbrook office

Phone: 1-800-656-6426


Northern Region

Marjo van Helvoirt Koop
Phone: 250-564-0885
Fax: 250-563-0385


Yukon Region
Deanna Salituro
Phone: 604-675-7325
Fax: 604-675-7336

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How to Ask for (and Get) Everything You Want

How to Ask for (and Get) Everything You Want

6 strategies to overcome the obstacles of requests

Mark Victor Hansen

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The best way of getting what you want is thinking about your request before you actually make it.

The big reason many people fail to get what they want is that they are too afraid to ask or they view their requests as all-or-nothing gambits—instead of a series of negotiations and compromises.

But there is a middle ground. Here are strategies to help you begin the “asking” process and avoid becoming upset if things don’t go exactly as planned.

Steps to Success

1. Tell yourself there is nothing to fear except fear itself. Fear of punishment or rejection is why most people hesitate to ask for what they want. They are afraid that going out on an emotional limb will result in humiliation if they fail.

Strategy: Before making your request, take plenty of time to remind yourself of the importance of what you are asking for. Tell yourself the only thing that matters is whether or not you are making good and well-articulated points. By focusing on the merits of your request, not on how you will appear to others, many of your initial fears will fade away.

2. Before you try to sell others, sell yourself. Two of the most important elements involved in asking for what you want—and-getting it—are self-confidence and determination. Unless you believe in your heart that you will eventually win over the other side, you will likely falter or become troubled at the first sign of resistance.

Strategy: An extreme emotional reaction to any hurdle will almost certainly doom your mission, causing the other side to take you and your points less seriously.

Tell yourself from the outset that you may not immediately get what you want. The statement is not the same as saying that you will never succeed, which could hurt your morale and determination. Instead, you are merely facing reality—accepting the fact that you may face a setback. By acknowledging this possibility, you will not be surprised or upset if you are turned down.

3. Organize your thoughts. You can’t expect to get the results you want if the other side doesn’t understand your request.

Strategy: Write out exactly what you want. Then redraft your points until your reasoning is clear, ordered and can be easily related. Practice in front of a mirror, or discuss the points with friends to be sure they make sense and you didn’t leave anything out.

4. When you ask, ask from your heart. Important requests are always better received when those making them are passionate, friendly, polite and firm. Such a stance is difficult to resist. It increases your odds of success… or at least minimizes the chance that your personality or attitude will sabotage your request.

Strategy: Ask in an enthusiastic manner and voice. Maintain steady eye contact to show that you mean business, but also exhibit respect and admiration for the person to whom you are speaking. In general, you stand a much better chance of getting what you want when you make people feel at ease and show them that you are truly excited about what you are requesting.

5. Prepare to deal with resistance. Even if you do everything right, you might still meet resistance. The person you are asking might want to confer with someone else before he/she makes a final decision… or he may want to table his answer, hoping that you’ll retreat from your position once you have had some time to think about it… or he might just say no.

Strategy: If someone resists or challenges your request, be polite and gracious. Do not lose your temper or become discouraged. Instead of seeing the other person’s resistance as a dead end, view it as part of a continuing conversation. Translate every no into a next. Realize a no doesn’t mean stop—it simply means not yet.

6. Learn the art of saying thank you. Whether or not you get what you want, say thank you. Gratitude will leave the other person open to giving you what you want—or more of what you want—sometime in the future.

Strategy: Say thank you directly to the person and follow up with a written note. In some cases, flowers or a gift may be appropriate.

Learning the art of expressing gratitude will force you to focus on the positive. It will also keep you from holding a grudge, which is difficult to hide and only works against you in the long run.

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Upcoming January Mixers and Coffee for the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Sidney Meet Up Members

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BistroThe first Saanich Peninsula Chamber Coffee Morning Mixer of 2015 is coming soon:  Tuesday January 6th from 8:30 to 9:30 am at Bistro Suisse, 2470 Beacon Avenue.  Barbara Cina is a member of Sidney Meet Up so it would be nice to start this New Year by showing up to network with other members and meet some of the members of the Chamber for those of us who are not members. 

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The first business mixer for the Chamber will be hosted by Sidney Meet Up Women’s Networking Group on Jan.8th at 5:30to 7:30 pm at Upstairs on Beacon, 2405 Beacon Avenue.  This is another chance for Sidney Meet Up members to meet and network with the members of the Chamber of Commerce. 

We plan to have yummy hors d’oeuvres, Empanadas




wineand yummy cupcakes



and of course what kind of mixer would it be without beverages



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Did I mention that we will be having a small fashion show?  Anyone who would like to donate a prize and promote their business, this is what we are all about

Don’t miss out on this fun and entertaining evening and not to mention to start your year off