I believe this is the most difficult blog that I have ever written; there are tears in my eyes and a smile on my face!
As I head into retirement next month, the very first thought that comes to mind is an overwhelming feeling of honour. I feel very honoured to have had a leadership role in the Breast Cancer Society of Canada over the last six years. I often think of the founding families, the Greenaways and the Kohlmeiers, taking the loss of their beloved Pam and turning it into a legacy that has made a difference for so many. All across Canada, families like the Greenaways and Kohlmeiers have been empowered to support breast cancer research so others diagnosed with this disease will have better treatments and a greater hope for survival. Funding research is so important. It is the only solution to putting an end to this disease that affects so many. I truly feel honoured to have had a small role in this legacy.
This role has allowed me to experience so much. The thrill of a successfully executed event, the humbling generosity of others, the passion of volunteers, the despair of breast cancer patients and the hope that funding research provides. It has also allowed me to meet many wonderful people who work tirelessly for this cause, they are an inspiration. With the aid of staff, volunteers, board members and many, many donors much has been accomplished and I am so thankful for the support of all. Success at the Society has certainly been a team effort!
Most goodbye blogs focus on the past, but, I am delighted to let you know that the future will be bright and exciting for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. The board is actively working to ensure that this organization will continue to grow and expand by building team capacity to achieve even more. The board has taken us through in-depth strategic planning and a comprehensive organizational review—all in preparation for the new CEO. I am very grateful to the board of directors for their dedication and due diligence in this process. The Society will be able to maintain and build on the momentum that we currently enjoy. I predict a little bigger and a much better organization that will be recognized in Canada for their support of leading edge breast cancer research teams.
So Pam, your legacy continues. As I join my husband in retirement, ready to explore the next phase of our lives, I feel confident that I am leaving you in good hands.
– Marsha Davidson