Congratulations to Joëlle Berdugo Adler and Jeannette Valmont, two remarkable women who were the inaugural winners of two new awards presented at our Volunteer Social and Annual General Meeting on August 31st.

Ms. Adler was presented with the inaugural Founder’s Award for her foundational support of Lou’s House, Hope & Cope’s Wellness Centre. This award, named after Sheila Kussner, O.C., O.Q., Joey Adlerrecognizes a person or program that is innovative, impactful and inspirational. In presenting the award, Mrs. Kussner referred to Joey as a “savvy businesswoman and generous philanthropist with an open mind and an expansive heart” whose support was the driving force that made Lou’s House a reality.

Long-standing volunteer Jeannette Valmont was presented with the inaugural Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of her exceptional commitment and leadership in multiple roles for over 30 years. Jeannette’s history with Hope & Cope goes back to its very beginnings and as the years passed, she assumed ever greater responsibilities, culminating in highly productive 2-year tenure as Co-President. Jeannette continues to devote countless hours of her time and expertise each week as a peer mentor, scheduler for the oncology clinic team and spokesperson at various events.

Jeanette“Jeannette wasn’t just there for every one of our milestones; more often than not, she had a hand in making them happen.”

“Make no mistake: Lou’s House is everything we had hoped it would be – and then some. Its programs are innovative, impactful and inspirational. It is a place of discovery, determination and hope. It is truly an oasis for those affected by cancer.” – Sheila Kussner, O.C., O.Q.

“From the beginning, Hope & Cope has been my second family. I have shared its growing pains and have basked in the glow of its achievements.  Each and every interaction with patients, caregivers, staff and fellow volunteers, has been so very meaningful and rewarding.” – Jeannette Valmont

“This award belongs to every volunteer. I have travelled all over the globe and I can tell you that there is no other organization like Hope & Cope on the planet.” – Joëlle Berdugo Adler