www.oakvillebeaver.com The Oakville Beaver, Wednesday February 7, 2007 - 15 Cancer Society marks 50 years in Oakville ■ By Angela Blackburn Orma was being treated that In the intervening years, years later, Smith’s words still OAKVILLE BEAVER STAFF Smith founded the Oakville the Unit moved to a new loca- ring true, “Of all the things I’ve Unit. She led the Unit as its tion, expanded services, canvassed for, I’ve never had Jean Malcolm Smith president and in its initial year recruited volunteers and influ- anything as easy as the Cancer wished kids didn’t take up it offered transportation to and enced the lives of many Society. I guess it’s because smoking so often — that was from hospital for patients and Oakville people, those with cancer has touched so many. in the 1950s. made dressings at St. John’s cancer and those without — Nearly everybody has had a In 1957, Smith founded the United Church. and the subject isn’t taboo. friend or a relative who has Canadian Cancer Society’s It also gathered new volun- However, sadly enough, 50 had cancer.” (CCS) Oakville Unit in her living teers who learned of the unit room — with five volunteers. through word-of-mouth. It Smith, who herself died of also, astoundingly, raised cancer in 1981 at age 78, had $5,000 — far in excess of its an enduring passion for both $2,500 goal. fighting cancer and education. In 1960, the Lions Club She founded both the named Smith Citizen of the Are you happy with your bank? Oakville Unit of the CCS in Year. Smith stayed on as the 1957 — and then stuck with it Unit’s president for four years volunteering for 42 years. and then continued as a board She also founded the member, driver and canvasser University Women’s Club of for more than 40 years. Oakville. As the Unit marks its 50th Fifty years later, both of OAKVILLE UNIT FOUNDER: The late Jean Malcolm year, Smith saw most of them. Smith’s passions are going Smith founded the Canadian Cancer Society’s Oakville Unit in 1957. The only other person who strong. for treatment via streetcars. at the outset of World War II. has been in the picture nearly The CCS’ Oakville Unit is Back home, she put in a Actually the couple first as long is Wyn Moore, who ran marking its 50th year with an call to the Toronto branch of lived on Allan Street and then the office, first located in the open house Feb. 24 from the CCS to ask what could be moved to Rosemary Lane. Toronto Dominion bank noon-4:30 p.m. at its office done. “My mother missed her downtown Oakville, and of located at 635 Fourth Line, It appeared the director had friends in Toronto terribly and whom Smith spoke fondly. Unit 51. (Call 905-845-5231 been out this way on a few during the war she worked Both Barbara and Cynthia for details). occasions, but couldn’t find with the wartime Prices and said they believe volunteer The anniversary is a dou- anyone to run a unit. Trade Board,” said Smith’s driving was Smith’s greatest ble-edged sword — everyone Smith, a mother of three, daughter Barbara Woods. pleasure, though she was obvi- involved in the Oakville Unit put an end to that. Both mother and daughter ously adept at organization. wishes their office didn’t have “My grandmother volun- Woods, remember how much It was people she really to exist at all. teered because she saw a need. Smith valued education. enjoyed and Cynthia said her However, as it does still She was very social, knew lots The second youngest in a grandmother definitely had exist, those associated with it of people and when she saw a Toronto family of seven, Smith her own ideas, liked to keep in are celebrating their successes need, she got involved,” said was the first in her family to tune with current events and over the years. Cynthia Woods. graduate university. She stud- was always up for a discussion. None of which would have Smith was a slight woman ied arts at the University of What wasn’t discussed too been possible if not for Smith. with fragile features. She was Toronto, University College in much in early days was cancer. In 1957, mastectomies adept at putting people at ease the early 1920s. Even Smith’s daughter and were common and a common and quickly earned respect. Barbara said she remem- granddaughter recall that type of cancer, breast cancer, Smith was a member of the bers her mom’s passion for Smith had family members caused great fear in women. Oakville Red Cross, served as a education, noting even at age touched or claimed by the dis- An increase in lung cancer trustee on the Oakville School three she herself could recite ease, but as Cynthia said, “You also bothered Smith. Board from 1949-1953, was a the Varsity Song. didn’t talk too much about it.” “We feel very unhappy supply teacher in Oakville, co- Over the years, cancer took Not long after Smith about lung cancer being on chaired the original board of its toll on Smith’s family. It founded the Oakville Unit, it the increase. So many young the Good Neighbour Fund claimed her mother, Martha, expanded and its volunteer people are starting to smoke,” (United Way), was a regent in and two of her sisters. numbers grew from that origi- said Smith at the time. the White Oaks Chapter of the It was at the time her sister nal five to thousands. Smith, “our Jeannie” as she IODE, served on the Board of is remembered by her grand- Stewards and as president of daughter, Toronto lawyer the Women’s Association of St. We Know MORTGAGES Cynthia Woods, is very much John’s United Church, and was in many people’s thoughts, a life member of the Oakville- especially as the Oakville Unit LOANS • LINE OF CREDIT Trafalgar Memorial Hospital marks its 50th anniversary. 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