Unsung heroes | CEO EDITORIAL

This issue of The Beacon pays tribute to the unsung heroes – the people who often have the biggest impact, but receive the smallest reward – the people who make a difference.

BCNA’s network is brimming with unsung heroes. From those who volunteer their time and skills, to those who go above and beyond in their role, and those who step up when the time is right.

I don’t have to look far to find one of BCNA’s unsung heroes. Here in our office in Melbourne, we are very fortunate to have the invaluable support of 30 dedicated office volunteers who provide logistical, practical and administrative support. We could not achieve what we do without the hard work of our volunteers who help us on a daily basis.

I am looking forward to meeting many of our unsung heroes at our National Summit on the Sunshine Coast. Every two years, BCNA hosts a summit, bringing together key women and, this year for the first time, men from around Australia to attend a two-day program.

The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Making a difference’. Delegates will share knowledge and experiences and develop skills to support them in making a difference in the lives of people affected by breast cancer in their communities.

Summit delegates will include Community Liaisons, who speak about their personal experience with breast cancer and represent BCNA in their local communities, as well as our online network champions, and leaders of our peer support groups. Click here to read about the great work of one of the support groups in our network.

As we head closer to May (one of the busiest months on BCNA’s calendar) we will see many generous supporters in our community swing into action. From Pink Lady events, to Pink Sports Days and Mini-Fields of Women, many people who themselves have been affected by breast cancer will give back to support the work that we do.

Bakers Delight’s annual Pink Bun campaign will run from Thursday 11 May to Wednesday 31 May this year. Around the country, hundreds of franchise owners and their staff will donate their ingredients and time to support the campaign, as they do every year. This year’s Pink Bun campaign will feature a new way to support BCNA. Click here for more information.

As well as the unsung heroes who are enriching our community today, I’d also like to acknowledge the unsung heroes of yesterday. BCNA was founded on the voices of women, and there have been many women and men throughout our almost two-decade history who have helped to ensure a better journey for all Australians affected by breast cancer.

From making the drug Herceptin available to women through government subsidies in 2001 and again, in 2006, to allowing women to access breast prostheses at minimal cost in 2009, there have been many times when our members have raised their voices and created a better journey for those who will follow.

This year, we are undertaking an exciting project that will shape our organisation and our advocacy efforts for many years to come. Click here for more information about the State of the Nation project and how you can have your voice heard.

Christine Nolan
Chief Executive Officer

Christine Nolan (second from left) with BCNA office volunteers Marg, Judy and Carol

Christine Nolan (second from left) with BCNA office volunteers Marg, Judy and Carol

 

Issue 78
Autumn 2017