- Founder & Program Coordinator
Susan supported her son, who at 5 was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer in 2006, and again in 2017 when Jacob was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer. She used the hardships and challenges to move forward and bring positive change to the face of childhood cancer in Victoria. Susan worked as a Pediatric Oncology Patient / Parent Advocate for 8 years with a provincial organization and started the Vancouver Island Family Support Program 5 years ago. This program has now been replaced by Island Kids Cancer Association's CARE 4 Kids Program, keeping the program exclusively on Vancouver Island. Spreading awareness and building on numerous relationships throughout the Victoria Community has been key in strengthening the dedication and support to the childhood cancer cause.
P.J. Fairfield-Carter is honoured to be Chair of Island Kids Cancer Association. Her most important career has been raising her two wonderful boys and supporting her youngest through cancer treatment in 2008 and beyond. She knows first hand how important a supportive community is to the health and happiness of children with cancer in their families and she is happy to help share this with families on Vancouver Island. Her career in non-profit communications and in supporting children with disabilities give her a broad range of skills and community connections that she aims to use to increase support for island kids with cancer.
They say when you want something done, ask a busy person. Carolynn easily comes to mind! In addition to working as a SD63’s District Secretary, managing her family business and coaching soccer with Prospect Lake she has found the time to help IKCA get our books in order. After volunteering for 15 years with Special Olympics, we are fortunate to have such a talented and hardworking new Treasurer.
When her daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, Alicen Chow had no idea how she and her family would get through the devastation. She didn’t know that the kindness and support of friends and family, medical caregivers, and strangers with big hearts, would carry her family through the challenges.
Alicen married her dream guy and moved to paradise (Victoria!) in 2005. She has since had three wonderful children, who forced her to acquire the skills of a chef, teacher, counsellor, logistics expert, laundress, project manager, event planner, and social co-ordinator. In other parts of her life, she works at the BC Ministry of Environment advising on legislation, and volunteers with the Keating Healthy Schools Committee to help make healthy choices and lifestyles easier for kids and their families.
She hopes some of these experiences will help her help other families survive and thrive during cancer treatment and beyond.
Cathy entered the world of childhood cancer in 2010 when her 21 month old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She is deeply impressed with what the founders of the Island Kids Cancer Association have created. Cathy hopes that her career as a psychologist and university professor specializing in child and family mental health will allow her to meaningfully contribute to the mission of supporting Island kids with cancer and their families at all phases of their journeys.
Heather Hamilton, an artist, wife and busy mom of 3, has lived in Victoria her entire life. She has a special spot in her heart for childhood cancer as her daughter Jaimey was diagnosed with leukaemia at age 5, relapsed at 9 and sadly a third time at 12. She is no stranger to the difficulties that a cancer diagnosis can bring to every corner of your home. She wants to help others who face similar challenges.
Ewa Lunaczek-Motyka has worked as a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist at the Victoria General Hospital since July 2009. Prior to that, she completed her fellowship training at the B.C. Children’s Hospital. She recognizes the challenges that Vancouver Island patients and families face, having to travel to Vancouver, and is enthusiastic about helping to support them to be closer to home whenever possible.
She is extremely grateful for the terrific team she works with both in Victoria and Vancouver. She is volunteering as a board member for the “Island Kids Cancer Association” as she sees first hand every day how important it is for families facing cancer to have a local support network, both from an emotional and financial standpoint. She started “Jam for the Kids”, a fundraiser for the Victoria General Hospital Pediatric Oncology clinic, in 2011, and hopes to continue it annually to raise funds for the Island Kids Cancer Association.