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Kentville looking for Terry Fox Run Volunteers

Posted on June 7, 2016

The Terry Fox Run, an all-inclusive, family-oriented activity, has become a fall tradition in Canada.  As a volunteer-driven organization, we need volunteers to be creative, enthusiastic, individuals who possess exceptional leadership qualities and have the ability to motivate and mobilize a volunteer team.  Materials and guidance will be provided by the Foundation.

Kentville has supported the Terry Fox Foundation since 1981, and has raised a grand total of $26,596.26 for cancer research. The event has not taken place for the past 3 years, and we are looking to reinstate it in our community. We want to be sure that all those who have been engaged in the past continue to have an opportunity to support Terry’s dream. As a Volunteer you are an ambassador for The Terry Fox Foundation in your community, helping to create enduring local relationships.

Volunteer Run Organizer

Key Responsibilities of a Terry Fox Run Organizer:

  • Recruit a Terry Fox Run Committee to organize the annual Run
  • Assign roles to Committee members based on skill set and interest, and local needs
  • Oversee all operations of the Terry Fox Run through guidance, leadership and management of committee members and activity volunteers, including:
    • Establish meeting dates and Chair meetings
    • Provide minutes to committee members in a timely manner
  • Prepare and oversee Committee members via scheduled meetings, training, feedback
  • Work with TFF Staff Partner to build relationships with media, recruit corporate teams and community groups, discuss and resolve challenges, share successes and frustrations

 Volunteer Run Committee Member

Key Responsibilities of a Terry Fox Run Committee Member:

  • Support the Committee Chair and fellow Committee members to organize the annual Run
  • Cover specific tasks and roles based on skill set and interest, and local needs
  • Attend planning meetings
  • Review minutes and implement action items in a timely manner


Time Commitment for BOTH POSITIONS

  • Peak organization months are April through September with opportunity for ongoing promotion of the Run throughout the year and communication on Run-related issues with TFF Office
  • During peak months, 1 – 3 hours per week can be expected for ongoing support and liaison with staff partner and Terry Fox Run committee volunteers

What You Bring

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s vision of creating a world without cancer
  • Understanding of/adherence to the Foundation’s fundraising guidelines and policies
  • Ability to determine volunteer needs: numbers, roles, skills
  • Commitment to establishing strong community relationships
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written; public speaking experience an asset
  • Responsive, organized, self-driven, ability to multi-task, and strong leadership skills
  • Collaborative team player who facilitates cooperation and results

 What We Offer

  • The opportunity to represent the legacy of a great Canadian
  • Work with a national grassroots organization that changes lives for the better everyday
  • An opportunity to use and grow professional skills, expand your network
  • A dedicated TFF Staff Partner, team of peers and role-specific training manual
  • Support from Provincial Office staff to answer questions, provide suggestions, and connect you with other Run Organizers
  • The sense of community and accomplishment on Terry Fox Run Day – it can’t be beat!

How to Apply

Terry Fox showed Canadians that anything is possible if we try. We invite you to join us in our ongoing mission to realize Terry’s dream of a world free of cancer.  Please send your resume/volunteer experience information, and cover letter to

We thank all who express interest in this volunteer opportunity!








The Nova Scotia office of The Terry Fox Foundation is looking for Volunteers to serve on the committee to organize the 36th annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research this September 18th. Kentville has generously supported Terry’s dream since 1981 with a grand total of $26,596.26 being raised to support Terry’s dream. For more information on this great volunteer opportunity in your community, please contact Barbara Pate at 1 888 836-9786.


NOTE: the last name is pronounced Pate, as in Gate. J