'Truly honoured'

Darrell Cole
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Lewis receives health foundation's Community Distinguished Service Award

AMHERST – For several years Terri-Lynn Lewis has been a courageous cancer fighter.

After her brother, Tim LeFurgey, lost his battle to cancer, Lewis began holding a fun night in his memory to raise money for the palliative care unit at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

Since 2009, Lewis and her team of helpers have raised $34,801 in Tim’s memory. For that reason she was presented the Cumberland Health Care Foundation’s Community Distinguished Service award at the annual Foundation Dinner at ARHS on Saturday.

“I’m so shocked. I thought I was coming here tonight to present an award to Daren White,” Lewis said. “Halfway through the presentation I was thinking what I was going to say about Daren and then it clicked in. I’m truly honoured and thrilled. There are certainly people out there who’ve done more than I have. I don’t do it for recognition, I do it because it helps me, it’s therapeutic and I do it for the community.”

Lewis is also active with the Relay for Life that is this year celebrating its 10th anniversary. She first captained a team in Tim’s memory and then organized the relay’s cancer aware section, secured sponsors and now is in charge of media relations.

The evening saw a trio of awards presented by the foundation. Cumberland Health Authority board chair Bruce Saunders was presented the Distinguished Service Award, while Peter Woo was named the foundation’s Volunteer of the Year.

“I really don’t know what to say. I’m really shocked and had no inkling this was going to happen this evening,” Saunders said. “I’m very honoured with this award.”

Saunders became the first chairman of the CHA when it was formed in 2001 and has been active in the community with the Amherst Rotary Club, the Gathering of the Clans in Pugwash, the Amherst Golf Club and the Bacon-Elliott Dinner.

As chairman, he facilitated the partnership with the five community health foundations that resulted in the Cumberland Health Care Bursary Program in 2004 and played a key role in the development of the collaborative emergency centres in Pugwash, Parrsboro and Springhill.

He has also been active as a volunteer with Cancer Care Nova Scotia, was the inaugural chairman of the Cancer Systemic Therapy Policy Committee and served on the Nova Scotia Health Pension Plan Board, is chair of Merged Services Nova Scotia and past-chair of the Council of Chairs of the District Health Authorities.

He was presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Woo was unable to attend Saturday’s event since he is in Boston performing with the ARHS band at a music festival.

Woo has balanced school, family and a family business with an active volunteer life. He has supported the foundation’s Light the Way Campaign since he began volunteering at the hospital’s information kiosk as a Grade 8 student in 2009.

He has folded and stuffed thousands of envelopes during the Light the Way and has entertained patients and their families by dressing up as a holiday mascot. He also volunteers during his summer vacations and Christmas and March Breaks assisting the rehabilitation aid with providing patient programming, while he also assists in training new volunteers and compiling volunteer hours for more than 100 active volunteers.

At school he’s active on students council, writes for the Viking Voice, serves on numerous committees, works with Students Against Destructive Decisions, is a peer counselor and is in the band.

Woo is a member of the Amherst Badminton Club, helps the Red Cross, is active with the Spring Street Academy theatre productions and is a member of the Amherst Youth Town Council.

Proceeds raised by the Foundation Dinner go to support the Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursaries Program.


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Organizations: Community Distinguished Service, Foundation Dinner, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre Cumberland Health Authority Cumberland Health Care Foundation Relay for Life Amherst Rotary Club Amherst Golf Club Cancer Care Nova Scotia Cancer Systemic Therapy Policy Committee Nova Scotia Health Pension Plan Board Merged Services Nova Scotia Council of Chairs of the District Health Authorities Viking Voice Amherst Badminton Club Red Cross Street Academy Amherst Youth Town Council

Geographic location: Pugwash, Boston

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  • Congrats
    April 28, 2013 - 08:33

    Terri is very deserving of this award. She is so modest and humble and is quick to point out others on her team that help out so much. Congrats Terri. Also to Peter and Bruce for their awards!