Special awards presented at volunteer reception

Two-thousand-and-seventeen has been a very special year as we continue to celebrate both the 36th anniversary of Hope & Cope and the 10th anniversary of our Cancer Wellness Centre. In honour of these milestones, Hope & Cope held a special Volunteer Reception at the Shaar Hashomayim synagogue on June 21st, treating 175 volunteers to an elegant buffet dinner, music, and a program that shone a spotlight on volunteers.

Masterfully emceed by Hope & Cope Board member Eden Polansky, the evening featured a warm welcome and heartfelt praise for volunteers by Co-Chairs Marlene and Joel King, a trip down memory lane by Executive Director Suzanne O’Brien, and inspiring remarks by our illustrious Founder, Sheila Kussner.  “I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved these past 36 years and I am also very humbled.  I did not do this alone. We did it together,” said Mrs. Kussner.

Jeannette Valmont received a standing ovation as she collected her 35-year certificate,  Barbara Klineberg was applauded for her 30 years of service, while the trio of Harriet Apple Cymbalista, Joan Michetti and Sheila Pearl proudly celebrated 25 years of service.

Specially designed 10:36 awards recognizing exceptional innovation and dedication to specific programs were presented. Winners were genuinely surprised and delighted by these awards, which were kept secret until the reception. Those who could not attend that evening received their awards at a later date. For example, Yvon Patry, founder of the Men’s Club, was fêted by grateful members of the club at their annual barbecue, held on the Wellness Centre lawn in mid-July.

Congratulations to all the 10:36 award winners!


Elaine Dubrovsky and Joanne Litvack – Program Leadership, Art for developing and sustaining the Art program at the Hope & Cope Cancer Wellness Centre/ Lou’s House

Michele Hekimi and Ginette Quintal Solomon – Program Leadership, Choir for  foundational roles in establishing the Voices of Hope Choir

Alice Lehrer – Program Leadership, Mourning Walk for innovation in grief support

Kerry Kaufman-Paperman – Program Leadership, Kerry’s Kitchen/En famille for helping families in treatment with home cooked meals and for engaging the community in the En Famille program

Julie Szasz and Aleksey Cameron – Program Leadership, Young Adult Cooking Club  for making the cooking club the heart of the CancerFightClub community

Joan Michetti – Program Leadership, Look Good, Feel Better, for making Look Good, Feel Better a core program at Hope & Cope

Mariam Bowen and Darline Rosenhek – Versatility Award, for leadership in multiple projects over many years

Chris Latchem –  Committee’s Choice Award, for single-handedly maintaining the patients and caregiver support group program

Simone Naccache – Committee’s Choice Award, for grief support over many years

Yvon Patry – Program Leadership, Men’s Club, for the development and leadership of the Men’s Club

Jean Remmer – Program Leadership, Research, for making research a core part of Hope & Cope

Eric Gralnick – Inspiration Award,  for “When Daddy Got Sick”, the book and story which inspired the En Famille program

Laurie Galletti Greenspoon and Susan Toth – Inspiration Award, for their foundational role and ongoing support of Breast Friends

For more photos of this great event, visit our Facebook page

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