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Cancer society seeks a Macleod champion

The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for a volunteer to be the first point of contact for cancer patients needing support and education in Fort Macleod.
The position, called a community champion, is a new one the cancer society is implementing in communities to make it easier for cancer patients to access information.
“We’re trying to expand our horizon a bit in our area so people don’t have to come into Lethbridge to get information,” Canadian Cancer Society volunteer resource co-ordinator Diane Herrick explained.
The cancer society has already established a community champion in Claresholm and as a result of its success there is now expanding the position into other communities.
“We had a pilot project in Claresholm, which was successful,” Herrick said. “So now we are looking to establish this in Fort Macleod, Crowsnest Pass, Claresholm, Pincher Creek, Raymond, Magrath, Cardston, Milk River, Coutts, Warner, Vauxhall and Vulcan.”
One volunteer is needed in each community.
The community champion is to spend from five to 10 hours a month in a variety of duties.
About two hours a month involve talking to new patients about Canadian Cancer Society programs and services.
About an hour a month is to be spent replenishing brochures and information at local health facilities.
The volunteer is also expected to attend various community events and meetings as a representative of the Canadian Cancer Society.
Participation in fund-raising endeavours will also be expected — but not door-to-door soliciting, which the Canadian Cancer Society no longer does.
The volunteer is asked to make at least a 12-month commitment.
“We can work around most schedules,” Herrick said.
Prospective volunteers should be able to access e-mail and the Internet, and need their own transportation.
The position requires a criminal record check.
Orientation and training will be provided.
For further information please call Diane Herrick at 403-317-4655.

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