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News and NotesCelebrating success – Excellence Awards Reminder

News and Notes

Cancer Care Nova Scotia is celebrating a decade of working with our partners to enable quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. To mark this special occasion, and to acknowledge the work and commitment of the many people who have helped us, we’ve introduced the CCNS Excellence Awards.

With your help, we’ll present awards in four categories: Leadership Excellence, Pioneer Excellence, Innovation Excellence, and Excellence in Patient Care.

The deadline for nominations is April 17th, and we’ll announce the winners on June 9th at Pier 21 in Halifax. Nominate someone today. Click here for award nomination criteria and an application form.

Collaboration by any other name

Seven years ago Donna Smith joined CCNS as our first Patient Navigation Community Liaison. Today Donna becomes our first Diverse Communities Cancer Coordinator.

The name change reflects the growth and evolution of the original position, which was established to increase community awareness of cancer prevention and screening collaboratively with African Nova Scotian, immigrant and First Nations communities. Since then the role has broadened into one of community capacity building hand in hand with communities and partners, promoting community education, and serving as a resource for health districts and others. There has also been recognition of the role across the country, which has led to involvement in national committees and conferences focusing on diverse communities and service excellence.

Where there’s hope

Our next Cancer Answers Lecture is entitled Spirituality and Cancer:
Hope, Meaning and Keeping it Real and features guest speaker Rev. David Maginley, Chaplain of the QEII Cancer Care Program. The free public talk will take place Tuesday, April 7th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at the Halifax Infirmary Royal Bank Lecture Theatre. It will also be broadcast via Telehealth to 20 other locations across the province. For more location information, click here.

Our Cancer Answers series was introduced in June 2006 to provide Nova Scotians with quality cancer information. Four lectures, each dedicated to a specific cancer-related topic, are held each year. Videotapes of previous lectures are available at your local library, and presentations from the series can be accessed our website.

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