Canadian Cancer Society Appoints New President



    TORONTO, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to
announce the appointment of James (Jimm) R. Simon as president, effective
today. Simon, a resident of Stonewall, Manitoba, will provide leadership to
the Society's National Board of Directors, which is composed of volunteers
from across Canada.
    "I'm very excited about contributing to the Society's work of eradicating
cancer and assisting those affected by the disease in my new role," says
Simon. "The Canadian Cancer Society is the trusted voice on cancer in Canada
and I want to enhance that reputation during my tenure."
    Ensuring the Society is well positioned to remain competitive in the
charitable landscape is also a priority for Simon. "I also will be working to
create opportunities to allow Canadians to witness how their contributions
make a difference."
    Simon first joined the Society in 2001 as a volunteer for the Manitoba
Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. As a Manitoba board member he worked
to strengthen communications with stakeholder groups in the province,
particularly with First Nation populations. He also served as Manitoba
Division President from 2006 to 2008.
    An entrepreneur, Simon is owner of, and principal consultant for, Aimm
North Heritage Tourism Consulting. His company provides tourism,
interpretation and business planning services to public, private and
community-based associations across Canada. Simon believes that his
considerable experience in working with grassroots groups will serve him well
in his new role with the Society.
    "Because I've lived most of my life in small towns, I have first-hand
knowledge of health-care delivery in rural Canada," says Simon. "I will be
bringing this point of view to the national level of the Society. It's
important that all Canadians, no matter where they live, have access to
high-quality, timely cancer care, treatment and support. "

    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. We achieve our mission
by:
    
    -  Funding excellence in research on all types of cancer
    -  Advocating for healthy public policy
    -  Promoting lifestyle and prevention strategies for reducing cancer risk
    -  Providing information about cancer
    -  Supporting people living with cancer
    

    When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca
or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.




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