Marilyn was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She has an education background and is experienced as a consumer advocate. She has the ability to work on committees and encourages the participation of other consumers eg. a CANnet 2 Victorian Committee Member. She has chaired committees in the Barwon Health area and serves as a consumer advocate for Barwon South West Integrated Cancer Service.
Secretary/Public Officer Dr Pamela Williams OAM
Pamela was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. She has chaired the Consumer Advisory Committee for Southern Health (now Monash Health), and Breastscreen Victoria. She has been a Board member for Breastscreen Victoria and Health Issues Centre. She was chair of Breast Cancer Action Group. In 2012 her work as a consumer advocate was recognised by the award of an Australian Honour. She has also been a consumer representative on a number of research projects.
Treasurer Sandra Anderson
Sandra’s life has been extremely affected by family members with cancer. Her father had Bowel Cancer, her mother had Lung Cancer, her sister had Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and her husband had Bowel Cancer and was recently cleared of Cancer of the Voice Box. Sandra has more than 28 years of experience in planning, community development and implementation within the Neighbourhood House Sector. In 2011 Sandra was awarded the National Volunteer Award for Long-Term Commitment to Community Service. She continues to volunteer with a number of community organisations, including Barwon Health.
General Committee – Executive Members
Originally from New Zealand, Denise lived in various Melbourne suburbs before making a tree change to Glengarry in South Gippsland. Denise works full time for South Gippsland Shire Council driving a street sweeper. When not working, she divides her time between her large family (she has 14 grandchildren), gardening and two committees, Cancer Action Victoria and Gippsland Regional Incorporated Cancer Reference Group. Denise was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. Her case was reported in medical journals as she was found to have 3 different types of breast cancer at once.
Ian Dennis was diagnosed with prostate cancer, treated with radical surgery, in 2013. There is also a history of cancer in his family. Ian served the IT industry for nearly fifty years, in his roles as a software developer, software company and consulting company director, and through his various honorary positions. These have included Chairman, Australian Computer Society – Victoria, National Director, Economic and Industry Policy, Australian Computer Society, and National Chairman, Pearcey Foundation Inc. He is currently Executive Chairman (pro bono) of the Pearcey Centre for Innovative Industry Economic Research Inc, and a consumer representative with WCMICS
Barbara Latham has had bowel cancer for some years, and has had both chemo and radiotherapy. Prior to the onset of cancer she was an EPA in the Victorian Government, mostly working for DHS and the Department of Justice. She is on the National Council of Women Victoria Executive Committee, and also involved with the RSPCA, Bayside City Council, CAV and the Liberal Party.