Submitted by Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon

The Canadian Cancer Society is inviting all Columbia Valley residents to join us as we bring two new and exciting fundraising events to the valley. The society, along with its unit and Relay For Life volunteers from around the area, looked at declining relay participation and decided it was time for something new.

We are excited to be beginning a new chapter of Canadian Cancer Society support in the area, said Sheila Tutty, Canadian Cancer Society unit volunteer and past leadership chair for the local Relay for Life. We heard feedback from the community including our volunteers, saw the declining participation and thought nows a great time to be innovative, creative and bring some new events to the Columbia Valley.

The first of the new events will be a community Barbecue and Garage Sale, taking place at Cenotaph Park on Saturday, May 17th. Attendees can hunt for hidden treasures while enjoying lunch and shopping for some tasty homemade baked goods to bring home.

The main event will be the Summer Kick Off Party on Saturday, June 21st. This event will take place at the Invermere Community Hall and will feature dinner by Anne Riches Catering, live and silent auctions, all capped off with an evening of dancing. Attendance at this event can be gained by advance tickets only, which will be available soon. For further information on these new events, contact Sheila at 250-342-9059 or

We are working with a team that is extremely excited to see these two events be the great success and fun, festival atmosphere that the Relay For Life previously brought to the Columbia Valley, said Lori Stevenson, community giving team lead for the Canadian Cancer Society. We are happy to be putting focus on developing these and perhaps other new valley-based events that will engage the communities.

The Canadian Cancer Society will continue to provide cancer support services to the Columbia Valley such as CancerConnection, the Financial Support Program, access to Camp Goodtimes and more. In addition, advocacy efforts and cancer prevention and awareness initiatives will continue to operate in the region including a workplace wellness program, WellnessFits, the Tobacco-Free Outdoor Public Places awareness and advocacy campaign and a radon gas exposure and testing initiative called Community Right to Know.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. For more information, visit or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).