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WICC BC Receives the Canadian Cancer Society’s Inspirational Leadership Award

December 11, 2019   by WICC BC

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VANCOUVER, BC, December 11, 2019/InsPress/ – The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) has recognized the British Columbia Chapter of Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC BC) with the Inspirational Leadership Award for the BC and Yukon Region.

According to CCS, “the prestigious award recognizes caring partners who, through their leadership, innovation and commitment to excellence, make a significant impact in the lives of British Columbians affected by cancer.” This year’s call for nominations generated a total of 48 nominees from communities across British Columbia. In recognizing WICC BC as the award recipient, CCS comments that “WICC BC is a key partner among the many organizations that contribute to the success of CCS by volunteering or supporting our mission to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer.”

Since establishing the WICC BC Chapter in 2002, the board has contributed a total of $2.37 million to CCS to date; and have recently made a commitment to contribute an additional $1 million during the next 5 years. WICC BC’s ongoing success in raising funds is credited to a series of annual events that the board hosts, bringing the insurance industry together throughout the year. There are three benchmark events that fuel the majority of WICC BC’s fundraising efforts: a casino-themed event in the spring, an industry golf tournament in September, and a networking breakfast in the fall. In addition to these signature events, WICC BC holds and supports a variety of initiatives on a smaller scale, and partners with various companies and associations within the industry who choose to support WICC through their corporate giving initiatives and philanthropic objectives. Every year, the WICC BC Donor Committee works closely with corporate partners to help facilitate and celebrate their incredible impact.

The WICC BC Board relies on their network of dedicated volunteers who contribute to the continued success of the three annual events by engaging with industry leaders in communities from across the province year-after-year. “Without our volunteers supporting our goals, we wouldn’t be able to commit to our largest philanthropic commitment to-date of raising $1M by 2025,” commented Denise Yeng, Chair of Communications for WICC BC; “and we are honoured and proud to be receiving this recognition from the Canadian Cancer Society. All of our board members are extremely focused on ensuring that we continue to support the cancer cause and those who have been impacted by the disease. Receiving the Inspirational Leadership award serves to reinforce that we are making a noticeable impact within our communities.”

Lead by Co-Chairs Pauline Kemp, Senior Director of Claims & Customer Recovery Services at ICBC; and Erica Enstrom, Founder and President of Integra Medical, the WICC BC Board is comprised of a total of 12 volunteer directors, representing various business segments within the insurance industry. WICC BC’s varied industry representation helps to foster further engagement through a broad and diverse network that collectively contributes to its continued success.

About the Canadian Cancer Society Partnership
The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. With the support from long-standing, caring partners like WICC BC, CCS is able to provide a support system for all those affected by cancer while funding ground-breaking research and advocating to governments for important social change.

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For more information, please contact:
Denise Yeng
Chair, Communications
Phone: 236.808.3542

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