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Terry Kennerley Award

 

In honour of Terrence Bryan Kennerley
December 3, 1959 – September 20, 2010
About Terry
In June 2006, at the age of 46, Terry Kennerley was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. The shock of this development was profound. He was a young and vigorous​​ man with a successful business and a thriving family, including a partner and four children. Terry remained positive throughout his treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy and was always an active supporter of other patients. He drove those who could not drive to the support group sessions, established a second support group outside the cancer agency, met with newly diagnosed patients who needed some words of encouragement from a "veteran," and spoke to oncologists about delivering a message of hope to patients with brain tumours.

His death left a very large hole in the lives of those patients and cancer agency staff who had come to admire him so deeply, who were cheered by his unfailing good spirits and sense of humour, and who benefitted so much from his compassion and courage. 

It is in gratitude and fond memory of Terry that this award is established. This award will honour any British Columbian who has made a meaningful contribution to the brain tumour community. Examples of a meaningful contribution could include: enhancing patient care; educating patients and/or health professionals; supporting brain tumour research; raising public awareness of brain tumours. 

Headlines is a BC Cancer Agency newsletter for patients with brain tumours. There was an article on Terry Kennerley in Headlines in Fall 2012, page 3. 
About the Award
Next Award - Fall 2017

It is in gratitude and fond memory of Terry that this award is established. This award will honour any British Columbian who has made a meaningful contribution to the brain tumour community. Examples of a meaningful contribution could include: enhancing patient care; educating patients and/or health professionals; supporting brain tumour research; raising public awareness of brain tumours. 

Nominations:

If you would like to nominate someone for the Terry Kennerley Award, please contact Rosemary Cashman.

rcashman@bccancer.bc.ca
(604) 877-6072

..or call her toll-free in BC/Yukon 1-800-663-3333 

Please note that BC Cancer Agency staff are excluded from receiving this award.
Winners

2015 - Margaret Ng

The second ​​​Terry Kennerley Award was presented to Margaret Ng on October 9, 2015. Margaret has been actively involved in the brain tumour community for the last two years. Shortly after her diagnosis in 2013, Margaret began to volunteer her time and efforts to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s BrainWave program for children with brain tumours. Among her BrainWave initiatives, Margaret organized day long events at the Vancouver Aquarium and the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, focusing special attention to the children’s dietary and mobility concerns. She is a regular participant in brain tumour support groups where she has shared her story and her expertise regarding nutrition and meditation. Margaret radiates a positive attitude and this has served as a source of inspiration and encouragement to other patients. She has also raised thousands of dollars for brain cancer research and participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, an annual two day bicycle ride aimed at raising funds for cancer research. It is our pleasure to celebrate Margaret’s achievements and to thank her for her outstanding commitment to the brain tumour community. Learn more about Margaret Ng.

2013 
We were pleased to present the 2013 inaugural Terry Kennerley Award to Paul Chapman

Paul Chapman embodies the qualities honoured by the Terry Kennerley Award. Paul was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2007, devastating news for a husband and father of two young girls. In short order, he became determined to fight his disease and then to help other patients do the same. He was a founding member of the Brainiacs, a group of brain tumour survivors and their supporters who participate annually in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 200 km bike ride to Seattle which raises money for cancer research. He serves on the Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) which provides guidance to the staff of the BC Cancer Agency regarding care of brain tumour patients. Paul regularly attends the brain tumour support group and also meets with patients on his own to listen and offer support.  The following comments received from those who nominated Paul exemplify his generous spirit:

“As a brain tumour survivor Paul seems passionate about personally helping others suffering with brain tumours and he also seems willing to take on new tasks that might make the journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery less onerous.”

“Paul gave me his card (when we met at a support group meeting) and offered to meet, which we did later that summer. Knowing it was possible to beat back a terrible prognosis fueled my own determination.”

“Paul’s optimism, positive attitude and zest for life provide a sense of hope and reassurance to those who struggle daily with the brutal realities of their illness. Paul hopes that his willingness to listen to others and help them through their struggle will mean one survivor who is a little less lonely and all the more hopeful.”
Find out more about Paul Chapman.​
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