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MaryAnn believes that the best part of volunteering is meeting people along the way.

“I couldn’t wait to be part of an organization with such a great reputation — the work, the people and the volunteer opportunities,” says MaryAnn Kauk, a Prairies/NWT Region volunteer. “My dear friend Anika was affected by breast cancer approximately three years ago and the way she went on about the amazing support she received, well, I just wanted to be a part of it, so I decided to join the ranks of the volunteers. I try to do as much as I can and whatever I can. The best part of volunteering is that I get to meet so many nice people. I feel like I’m doing a very small part to give back.”

Since becoming an active member of CBCF’s volunteer team, MaryAnn’s support has been invaluable! She has a positive attitude, is reliable, and a leader. It’s true when she says she wants to do as much as she can, whenever she can, because over the past few years, she has given her time and skills in various roles, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the Safeway Campaign, Golf Tournaments, the Women’s Show and now the Committee for Batting Against Breast Cancer.

We continue to be grateful to MaryAnn for her support and especially the way she motivates others — her passion is infectious!

Jean-Alain's commitment to the breast cancer cause earned him an Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2010.

Jean-Alain Raynal is an Ontario Region volunteer who has put in countless hours to help support CBCF and the breast cancer community since he began volunteering five years ago.

Over the years Jean-Alain has been a constant in the Ontario Region office, always willing to help out with any task in any department. He first started volunteering in 2008, after he was diagnosed with cancer. While concentrating on his health – and though it wasn’t a breast cancer diagnosis he was facing – he felt the need to focus his strength on helping others affected by cancer. So when his mom encouraged him to volunteer with CBCF, he embraced the idea and started helping out in our office twice a week. His commitment to the cause and his dedication to the community earned him an Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2010.

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In honour of her mother, Emily has been volunteering for the CIBC Run for the Cure for more than a decade.

Emily Jones has been a committed volunteer for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in Halifax, N.S. for the past 11 years. She volunteers in honour of her mother, who is a two-time breast cancer survivor.

In 2012, Emily decided she wanted to volunteer her time to raise funds. Not only did she surpass her fundraising goals, but she also rallied the support of her coworkers and is now a team captain for the 2013 CIBC Run for the Cure.

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Many CIBC employees volunteer as Run Champions at each of our Run sites across the country.

“I am so proud to be a small part of this event – part of the larger Team CIBC,” says Alison Phillips, CIBC Regional Run Champion, Ontario. “When I was very young my mother’s best friend died of breast cancer. Seeing the impact on her family and friends was something I will never forget. I have five children and this event has helped them understand the importance of getting involved to do something positive in the world. I would love it if they could be part of a world where breast cancer no longer exists.”

Alison’s passionate support for the cause is very typical at CIBC, title sponsor of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. CIBC’s involvement started more than 20 years ago with a handful of employees committed to this cause who rallied their company to help the Foundation achieve its vision of creating a future without breast cancer. Since then, the event has grown into an important part of the fabric of CIBC. Today, one in three employees either participates or volunteers for the CIBC Run for the Cure.

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Wally has been a dedicated volunteer at CBCF for nearly 20 years.

Walter Gunn, better known as Wally, joined us almost 20 years ago as a volunteer, and now he wouldn’t even think about doing anything else. His skills and experiences have come to be most appreciated, and he has truly become one of us. Some say volunteering is good for your health, and in Wally’s case, it really does make him feel good to help others.

“The office is an extended part of our family, and I am extremely proud of that fact!” says Wally. And why does he wear pink? “It’s for breast cancer, it’s for hope, and I wear it proudly!”

In those 20 years, the volunteer program has blossomed and aligned itself within the structure of the organization. Today, CBCF has a strong supporting cast of volunteers who help make it all happen.