Hello Terry Fox Humanitarians, Friends and Family:

Our scholars belong to a family that is growing in size and impact year over year. Over 33 years, the Program has supported the first degree of nearly 900 scholars. Today, many Terry Fox Scholars continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others world-wide.

In this issue, you will read about some of the awe-inspiring things members of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award family - such as Maike van Niekerk and Zamina Mithani - have been doing over the last few months. If you haven't had the chance to do so already, read more about the amazing 2015 recipients and get to know where they came from and where they’re headed, along with finding out about the excellent work that they’re already doing. 
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In the coming months, look forward to "Spotlights" on Terry Fox Alumni to learn what members of the TFHA family, beginning with Dr. Kelly McCaul, have been up to since graduating. 

I thank you for browsing the newsletter and hope you find pleasure in reading it!

Best wishes,
Paulina Chow-White

Red Cross Young Humanitarian 
of the Year
Terry Fox Scholar Maike van Niekerk was just recognized as the Red Cross’ Newfoundland and Labrador Young Humanitarian of the Year! Congratulations Maike for your continued hard work!

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One of this year's recipients, Zamina Mithani, spoke at TEDxYouth @Granville in July about her concerns regarding "slacktivism" and "voluntourism". Find out how she thinks we can put the "human" back in humanitarian!

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Coming Up Fast!
Giving Tuesday: December 1st, 2015
Follow the lead of countless others when they donate to various groups and charities as we welcome in the "giving season". The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award is registered for this event so spread the word and help us continue to support the next generation of Canada's humanitarians!
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Spotlight: Dr. Kelly McCaul
One of the first things you’ll notice when talking to Dr. Kelly McCaul is just how much pride, honour, and respect he holds for the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.  For Kelly, this award provided him with the support and recognition he needed to fully pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. Kelly’s path towards medicine started when he was living in Edmonton, Alberta. While attending Archbishop O’Leary High School, Kelly encountered many difficult situations; his brother was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, his friend was severely injured and became paralyzed from the neck down, and a close friend of his older brother committed suicide. Rather than dampening his resolve, these otherwise overwhelming events set a fire in Kelly that motivated him to help others for the rest of his life. After receiving the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award in 1987, Kelly began studying science at the University of Alberta before transferring to Queen’s University in 1988 to complete his bachelor’s degree in medicine. Afterwards, Kelly continued on to Medical School and completed his residence at Dalhousie University. He later completed his residence and a fellowship for hematology at Dalhousie University, before moving to Vancouver to complete an additional fellowship for leukemia and bone marrow transplantation at Vancouver General Hospital. Kelly joined the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Board of Hematology and pursued his dream of helping others in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In Sioux Falls, Kelly helped to establish the only leukemia treatment centre in the region and continues to provide his expertise, compassion, and time to all those he can.

Although Kelly is brilliant and talented, he does not think he would have been accepted into Medical School if it was not for the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award. For him, the Award lends testimony to the extraordinary level of care and support he gives to others, and also speaks to his character and skill-set. On top of this, the award allowed Kelly to focus on his schooling and not be burdened by financial stress and maintaining a competitive grade point average. Thinking back, the Award came at an opportune moment since Kelly applied to medical schools at a time when they were just beginning to look at an applicant’s experiences and contributions to society, and not just their academic record. The Award was and continues to be definitive proof of Kelly’s dedication to hard work and compassionate nature.    

The Award has always meant a great deal to Kelly, so he is always ready to give back to the Program whenever he can. Kelly is eager to volunteer his time as an alumnus. He has been known to fly back to Canada on his own dime to help out on Provincial Interview Committees. He was also instrumental in getting the ball going with the One More Award Program (OMA), a fundraising initiative that directly funded three additional awards in the last three years. Kelly’s contributions to OMA earned him the Lawrence E. Regan Memorial Award in 2009, which acknowledges highly dedicated individuals who make an outstanding humanitarian contribution to the TFHA. To this day, Kelly makes very generous donations to the Program, on a regular basis. 

Kelly believes that the knowledge, joy, and feelings of fulfillment you get from giving your time and energy to others is much greater than what you’re putting in. This philosophy is the thing that motivates Kelly to give his time to others and do so on an ongoing basis. The strength and growth he gets in return propels him into further giving. By giving back to the Program in the ways he does, Kelly gets this same level of fulfillment. The knowledge that his donations helps empower others to continue being humanitarians gives Kelly hope that they too will find similar strength and fulfillment in their actions.

Although he cannot volunteer to the same extent that he used to when he was younger, Kelly’s philosophy on volunteering informs all of his actions on a daily basis. Generally working more than 80 hours a week, Kelly believes that his compassion and humanity comes through in each and every one of his interactions with his patients. He is not there just to treat a specific condition or read a medical report, he is there to make sure that his patients are taken care of in a holistic sense. By getting to know them, by being open, forthright, and sympathetic to their situations, Kelly establishes a meaningful and personal connection with his patients on a daily basis that makes a significant difference in their lives. 
Congratulations Graduates of 2015!
We would like to offer our congratulations to the following young scholars for completing their degrees and also welcome them to the alumni community:
Matthew Barr, Devon Bate, Monique Begy, Annika Benoit-Jansson, Kelsey Boudreau, Darren Cole, Ellen Fowler, Bethanie Giang, Andrew Jennings-Lindsay, Keneca Pingue-Giles, Jennifer Romero, Alicia Silliker, Chelsey Stuart-Duval, Catherine Woodfrod, Troy Woods

We look forward to following your contributions and progress!
Ways to Give
Alumni Volunteer Opportunity: Provincial Interview Committee
It’s that time of the year again when we receive thousands of applications from hopeful students wanting to become Terry Fox Scholars. If you have the time and are interested, consider volunteering to interview potential recipients so that we can choose the best of this year’s crop! Volunteer Now »
Want to Help?
If we made a difference in your life, consider becoming a Terry Fox Ambassador. We are currently looking for volunteers to go to high schools and spread the word about this valuable award. If you are interested in participating,
just send us an email!

Thank You!
We wholeheartedly thank all our alumni and friends who generously donated to our 2015 Spring Fundraising Campaign. If you are still interested in making a donation or becoming a monthly donor, please do so by signing up on our website!
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