CCSN Legislative Reception at Queen’s Park

CCSN held a Legislative Reception December 11, 2019 at Queen’s Park, in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP). The reception’s theme of WE are emPOWERED to fight cancer, was centred around the message that while cancer affects all of us, it disproportionately affects seniors, with nine out of ten cancer cases affecting individuals 50 years of age and older.

With the majority of Canadians who are affected by cancer being 50 years of age and older, the reception’s theme of We are emPOWERED to fight cancer – highlights the urgent and compelling needs of Ontarians with cancer, and brought together political representatives, cancer patients, and survivors from across the province.

From L to R: MPP Joel Harden, Marissa Lennox Chief Policy Officer of CARP, Jackie Manthorne CCSN President & CEO, Dr. Wheatley-Price, Conservative MPP Daisy Wai, lung cancer survivor Larry Frydman, and George Habib President & CEO of the Lung Association of Ontario.
From L to R: George Habib President & CEO of the Lung Association of Ontario, and Jackie Manthorne CCSN President & CEO

It was a busy day at Queen’s Park, Canadian Cancer Survivor Network and the Lung Association of Ontario had separate receptions at different times during the day – both organizations supported each other’s events.

Multiple cancer patient groups, CCSN partner organizations, survivors, patients, and caregivers were in attendance. The patient groups in attendance as CCSN’s event included:

After Breast Cancer, The Association of Local Public Health Agencies, Bladder Cancer Canada, The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, The Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network, The Canadian Cancer Society, The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Cancertainty – who works to have take-home cancer medications paid for in Ontario, GIST Sarcoma Life Raft Group Canada, Kidney Cancer Canada, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, Ontario Chapter The Lung Association of Ontario, Lung Cancer Canada, The Melanoma Network of Canada, The Ontario Lymphedema Association, Pancreatic Cancer Canada, and The Prostate Cancer Canada Network – Brampton Chapter.

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility and Conservative MPP for Richmond Hill, MPP Daisy Wai to shared a personal story about her family's connection with cancer. 
Joel Harden, NDP Critic for Seniors and MPP for Ottawa Center spoke on his support for seniors, and CCSN initiatives.  
John Fraser, Interim Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, Health Critic, and MPP for Ottawa South spoke about meeting with cancer survivors earlier in the day. 
MPP Michael Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario and MPP for Guelph shared a personal story about his family's journey with cancer.