New cancer society coordinator has connection to the cause

THERE’S A new community fundraising coordinator in town for the Canadian Cancer Society.

LORI NEID is the new community giving coordinator for the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society.

THERE’S A new community fundraising coordinator in town for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Lori Neid takes over the position, now called the community giving coordinator, from Helen Owen, who left to take on a team leader revenue development job for the cancer society in Prince George.

“I’m excited to have the job, excited to be able to have the support of this community,” she said.

“I believe in the Canadian Cancer Society and I believe in their cause.”

Neid took over from Owen in October after being involved with the organization for several years, beginning by taking part in the Relay for Life with her grandfather six years ago.

Then she helped form a team called Breast Friends, which she’s been involved with for four years now.

Three years ago, her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and within eight months, she had passed away, said Neid.

“…and it became a passion of mine,” she said about becoming more involved with the cancer society.

That led her to a role on the leadership committee and then this position.

Right now, the focus is on the leadership committee to get relay participation back up and focusing on teams to get more involved in the relay, said Neid.

Her job involves supporting the cause for cancer, doing different independent fundraisers, cancer awareness and prevention initiatives, she said.

In addition, she will be mentoring the Kitimat and Prince Rupert relays by helping their coordinators out.

Before this, Neid worked with Hawkair and before that with the United Steelworkers for 10 years until the local office was closed.

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