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CanTeen Board Member Departures

15 Nov, 2017

CanTeen Board Member Departures

CanTeen is run by young people, for young people. It is governed by a national Board representing the membership of CanTeen throughout New Zealand. There are five CanTeen Member Directors on the board of 10 who always have the deciding vote.

In mid-November, CanTeen bid a fond farewell to two of its long-serving Board members, Haley Thomas and Regan King.  Due to the recent intake of three new Member Directors to the Board, the CanTeen Board is in a strong position to move forward after Regan and Haley step down.

“Haley and Regan have volunteered their time and energy for CanTeen at a pretty crucial time in their lives – when they’re both starting new careers and building their new reality as young adults,” said CanTeen President Lucy Coombes. “As a member and as their peer I’m so grateful and humbled by the incredible contributions they’ve made to CanTeen, not least their input in succession planning and mentoring new leaders.”

Regan King

Regan joined CanTeen aged 13. His first cancer experience was at the age of nine, when his younger brother had his short but courageous battle with cancer. Almost a decade later, his mother survived breast cancer.

Regan joined the CanTeen Board in October 2014 and served as CanTeen’s Vice President from 2015-2016. “CanTeen has shaped who I am and it’s been amazing to be able to give back to the organisation in my capacity as a member of the Board,” he says. “I feel that I’m leaving the organisation in good hands.”

A real highlight for Regan was being part of the team who opened CanTeen membership up to offspring and bereaved offspring. “It’s incredibly humbling to hear stories of gratitude from young people supported by CanTeen when their parent has cancer.”

Now working in Christchurch as geotechnical engineer, Regan will continue being involved in governance as a board member of social enterprise Trade Aid.

Haley Thomas

Haley joined CanTeen as a patient member, after being diagnosed with an abstract form of Ewing’s sarcoma when she was 17. “It took me a little while to figure out that I wanted to be an active part of CanTeen. Somehow, CanTeen worked their magic on me.”

Haley joined the CanTeen Board in November 2011 and served as CanTeen’s Vice President from 2012 –2015. “Having been a CanTeen member and getting an immense benefit from the incredible services that they have provided my family and I, I truly believe in the kaupapa of this organisation and that we have a strong voice in this community that will only continue to grow,” she says.

Her journey as a patient inspired Haley to become a social worker in the health field, with the aim of helping to alleviate some of the stressors that patients and their families may face. Today, Haley is a Social Worker at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland as well as being a consumer representative of the Northern Region Sarcoma Tumour Standards Board.

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