Message from The CEO and Past Chair

“Since January 2001, the Canadian Cancer Action Network membership has grown significantly. In January of 2012, our membership consisted of 28 national cancer-site and population organizations. Less than 2-years later, we are working with almost 90 diverse member organizations from across Canada reflecting a membership increase of 218%.”

Jacquelin (Jackie) Holzman Past Chair, Board of Directors Canadian Cancer Action Network

Marjorie Morrison Chief Executive Officer Canadian Cancer Action Network

This is an incredibly exciting time for the organization as new opportunities for multi-sectored partnerships, linkages and collaboration continue to emerge.

Throughout our 12-year history, our organization has been integral to ensuring the collective voices of Canadian patients, caregivers and their families remained at the forefront of the cancer landscape. As we focus on exploring synergies and pursuing shared interests, our commitment to embedding an informed patient and caregiver lens to our work in order to advance key areas of focus and longer-term strategic priorities remains as strong as ever.

In 2012, and indeed throughout 2013, our strategic direction addresses the core issues impacting the broader Canadian patient and caregiver community. Our work, including the many projects and initiatives underway this year that stem from the priorities identified by our members, demonstrate a collaborative pursuit of concrete solutions and action across the cancer continuum. By focusing on the issues identified by our member organizations, we play an important role in not only lending our strength as an umbrella organization to the acceleration of the national cancer control strategy, but to playing a leadership role in areas that are of specific interest to the cancer patient community.

From facilitating national dialogue relevant to caregiver issues to promoting advance care planning and engaging in patient and caregiver dialogue regarding rural and remote palliative end-of-life care, the Canadian Cancer Action Network remains committed to advancing our work in support of meaningful change for Canadians. Moving forward, we will continue to leverage our strength as a person-centred umbrella organization in order to actively contribute to sustainable system change for all Canadians.