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Volunteer Awards Program

The contributions of Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s volunteer community have helped to change the cystic fibrosis (CF) story — and what a powerful, encouraging, and inspiring story it is. Thanks to their time and effort, we advanced research and care that has more than doubled life expectancy for a Canadian born with cystic fibrosis and brought CF to the forefront of Canadian and regional conversations.  Today, thousands of volunteers help Cystic Fibrosis Canada, generously donating their time and energy to support the important work we do to realize our vision of a day when no individual or family will be affected by this disease.

The Volunteer Awards Program recognizes and honours individuals, groups and organizations whose volunteer contributions to Cystic Fibrosis Canada and its local chapters have made a significant impact on the lives of individuals with cystic fibrosis. 

National AND REGIONAL Awards Program

The official call for nominations for National and Regional Awards is open until June 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Judging for the National and Regional Awards will take place during the summer months and the awards will be presented from October to December 2021.

For a list of Cystic Fibrosis Canada National Awards including the eligibility and criteria please click here.

To submit a nomination for a Cystic Fibrosis Canada National award, please click here.

Regional Awards Program

For a list of Cystic Fibrosis Canada Regional Awards including the eligibility and criteria please click below:

To submit a nomination for a Cystic Fibrosis Canada Regional award, please click here

2020 national award recipients 

It is only through the commitment, courage and passion of our outstanding volunteers that we continue to improve the lives of Canadians living with cystic fibrosis (CF). Our volunteers take time from their busy lives to help make a difference in the CF community. Congratulations to the 2020 National Award recipients, together we are making a difference in the lives of Canadians impacted by cystic fibrosis.

The award is designed to recognize service groups, corporations, companies and businesses that have a presence in at least 3 regions and have provided exceptional leadership and/or financial support to the organization at the national level. Recipients of this award have embraced CF Canada’s mission and have become pillars of support for the organization.

Thyssenkrupp Elevator Canada

The award is designed to recognize an individual (between the ages of 20 and 35 years of age) who has displayed outstanding leadership and made an exceptional, inspirational and/or motivational contribution to CF Canada. Their contribution must have inspired volunteers to become involved at a chapter, regional, or national level.

Cassidy Cooper

Intended to recognize a healthcare professional who has demonstrated exceptional support to individuals or families living with CF.

Dr. Neil Sweezey

Designed to honour healthcare and research professionals who have consistently contributed to the organization’s mission. Recipients of this award have moved beyond their professional association with CF to wholeheartedly embrace the CF cause. Through their outstanding dedication and/or volunteerism, they have become pillars of support and leadership for the organization.

Dr. Ian Waters
Sick Kids Nurses 7C

Recognizes outstanding and sustained contributions to a CF Canada chapter in a leadership capacity by an individual, couple, or family who has contributed on an ongoing basis for a minimum of three years.

Barbara Thomson
Anita Llewellyn

The award acknowledges a volunteer individual, couple, or family who has made indispensable and sustained contributions to chapters at the grassroots (non-executive) level. 

Bonnie & Steven Davies
Guinevere Sanderson

Recognizes a chapter that has demonstrated overall excellence in the area of fundraising.

Hamilton Chapter

Honours a family impacted by CF that has made significant ongoing contributions to CF Canada, through their continued fundraising efforts as a family.

The Voortman Family (Jaqueline & Walter)
The Price Family
The Evans Family (Jesse, Kimberly, Cassidy, & Lucia)

Given to an individual who has made an exceptional sustained contribution of national impact to CF Canada for a minimum of 5 years.

Nancy Clayton

Recognizes a chapter that has demonstrated overall excellence in the area of volunteer development.

Toronto & District Chapter

Doug and Donna Summerhayes, founders of CF Canada, dedicated decades to the progress of CF research, healthcare, and disease awareness. The award is honours an individual with cystic fibrosis who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment of national impact to the CF cause. 

Debra Mattson

Terry Oliver brought Zellers onboard as a National Walk partner and initiated the first CF walk in 1986, which was then known as the ‘Moonwalk.’ Recognizes a chapter that has demonstrated overall excellence in the area of supporting their partners.

Peel & District Chapter

Recognizes a young individual (19 years of age or under), who is a source of inspiration to others and has displayed leadership within the CF community on an ongoing basis.

Blake Brien
Isaiah Vallillee

The Julia award acknowledges groups or individuals who have made a sustained and ongoing financial contribution to the CF cause. This award is reserved for volunteers not associated with a chapter that raise awareness and funds through third party events.

Mike Kennedy
Gilles Courchesne
Kinsmen Club of Stayner & District