Canadian Cancer Society shutting the doors in Fort St. John; but not all hope is lost

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The Fort St. John Canadian Cancer Society location will be closing at the end of July.

The office has been in Fort St. John for approximately 9 years and over that time it has been a hard road for the office, according to Nancy Shelford.

“It’s definitely been quite challenging to get volunteers to staff the office so on average we’ve only been able to get about 4 office hours a week. So, for the cost that the office is, that is not a lot of time to be able to have it open. The biggest reason was that local people just aren’t using it.”

They were finding that less cancer patients were using the office. Shelford says they would have an average of 2 questions a month in 2015 that would actually come through the office.

There is still an office in Dawson Creek and Prince George.

Although the office itself is closing, this doesn’t mean that the support and fundraisers are going away.

Volunteers will still help spread the message about the Cancer Society as well as make sure patients still have someone to ask questions to when they need it.

“There’s the carnival of hope, we’ve had our Christmas Wrap for years, the daffodil campaign and all of those things will continue. Cops for Cancer will still happen in the community. All those initiatives will still be happening.”

Maintaining the office was a lot of work for volunteers. The society is hoping that volunteers from Fort St. John will now have more time to help in other areas.