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News and NotesCancer Care Nova Scotia congratulates Erika Nicholson, CCNS’s Director of Cancer Prevention and Early Detection, on accepting the position of Senior Director, Cancer Care, for the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Erika holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and a Master of Health Science in Community Health, both from the University of Toronto. She has worked in a variety of roles and settings in Bermuda and Canada over the past 16 years, including Program Manager with CCNS’s Colon Cancer Prevention Program where she led the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Colon Cancer Prevention Program in Nova Scotia. This was the first province-wide, population-based colon cancer screening program in Canada. For the past four years Erika has led the cancer prevention and early detection team at CCNS.

Her formal education, employment experience in the public and private sectors, including her work over the last eight years in helping to set cancer priorities, both provincially and nationally, positions her well to collaborate with cancer system partners across the province to develop a Provincial Program of Care for Cancer.

Erika begins her new role on July 20, 2015. 

• Congratulations to Jill Flinn, Health Director of the Cancer Care Program for the Central Zone. Jill replaces Vickie Sullivan, who assumed the role of Operations Executive Director for the Central Zone earlier this Spring. Jill is a registered nurse with 11 years experience as a Health Services Manager in a variety of clinical settings, including the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre and most recently, as Manager of the Thoracic Oncology Inpatient Unit and the Palliative Care Program. Jill also has extensive professional practice experience having worked as a Professional Practice Leader for six years.

Cancer Care Nova Scotia congratulates Dr. Robin McGee on being awarded the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) National Medal of Courage on April 25, 2015. A cancer survivor and a patient advocate, Dr. McGee has provided peer support to cancer patients, has fundraised to support cancer research, and serves as volunteer patient advisor on Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Clinical Standards Oversight Committee. In 2014 she shared her personal cancer story when she wrote The Cancer Olympics. Half of proceeds from sales of the book are directed to the CCS. The Medal of Courage is presented to a Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer “who has demonstrated exceptional courage in their personal battle with cancer; in doing so, the individual serves as an inspiration and role model to others.

• Doctors Nova Scotia will present Dr. Peter Green with the Physician Health Promotion Award for his significant contribution to health promotion and legislation at their annual conference being held the first weekend in June. A dermatologist at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and the IWK Health Centre, Dr. Green is the program director of the dermatology residency program as well as the undergraduate director for dermatology at Dalhousie. In each of these roles he instills the importance of health promotion and patient advocacy in his students. Dr. Green is also the volunteer Chair of the Sun Safe Nova Scotia coalition, coordinated by Cancer Care Nova Scotia, and is a strong advocate for reducing the risk of skin damage and associated skin cancers. He was instrumental in lobbying government to introduce and pass the bill banning the use of tanning beds by those under the age of 19. Congratulations Dr Green on this much deserved award!

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