On March 31, 2021, we say a final farewell and thank you to Ms. Annitta Stenning as she retires as President and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, a position she has held for the past 13 years. Almost $135 million in giving has been granted to CancerCare Manitoba by the Foundation over the past 20 years, with nearly 70% of this during Annitta’s leadership at the Foundation. These numbers speak for themselves as to the excellence, dedication and support Annitta has had for CancerCare Manitoba’s vision for cancer services and research towards the betterment of people with cancer, their families, and the communities of Manitoba.
As the President and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba, I have shared my vision with Annitta; a steady rise in contributions has continued in the years we have been working together with vital funding provided for new patient programs, new and innovative research and various capital projects. I have appreciated our strong collaborations and successes over the years.
Annitta came to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation with very strong leadership experience and led with passion and tenacity, always seeking new opportunities and forging new paths. She was an inspiration and a friend to many of us at CancerCare Manitoba – to staff, physicians and researchers.
Annitta has developed a strong legacy of leaders who will carry on the work of the Foundation. I am very pleased to share that Ms. Patti Smith, Chief Development Officer at the Foundation, will take on the position of President and CEO effective April 1. We are confident the Foundation will continue its strong journey forward under Patti’s leadership.
Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, we are not able to celebrate Annitta in the way we would wish it to be; however, our heartfelt thanks and feelings of gratitude are unchanged and are extended to Annitta. I am eternally grateful to Annitta Stenning for her dedication and commitment to the Foundation which brought More Tomorrows Together for many families in Manitoba.
Please join me in congratulating and wishing Annitta all the very best in her retirement.
Dr. Sri Navaratnam
President and CEO, CancerCare Manitoba