In 1996, Lorna Rosenstein was central in the founding of Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto. To honour her memory, her commitment to lifelong volunteerism and her belief that no one should face cancer alone, the co-founders of Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto created The Lorna Rosenstein Youth Volunteer Leadership Award funded through the Lorna Rosenstein Legacy Fund.
The inaugural award will be presented to a youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who has been impacted by cancer and has shown volunteer leadership in the community. The award will recognize the strength and resilience that can develop in a young leader who has been impacted by a cancer diagnosis themselves or through someone close to them.
The successful nominee will be presented with the Lorna Rosenstein Youth Volunteer Leadership Award certificate together with a monetary award of $1,500. The award recipient will also be connected to a Mentor who will provide guidance and advice that may further develop the recipient’s leadership skills and support them through their educational and professional endeavours. The Mentor may themselves have experienced the impact of cancer and share insights about how to navigate through challenges to achieve personal success. In addition, mentors may help connect the recipient to new resources and networks within their chosen career path for support.
Through the Teen Doc Talk program, Gilda’s Club has seen how, with support, the cancer experience can generate resilience in youth that can be channelled to develop exceptional leadership skills. Throughout Ontario, there are youth who have been impacted by cancer and have used their experiences to support others through volunteerism in the cancer support community. Please nominate a youth volunteer today.
The award presentation will take place on July 13th, 2021, virtually in conjunction with the presentation of Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto’s Teen Doc Talk Showcase – a program designed for teens who are living with a family member with cancer or who are bereaved from losing someone close to them.