About us

Marj Allen (Chair)

Profile to come.

 

Christine Cuff

Chris lives in Hokitika with her husband Martin, who have both been through cancer and recovery, along with two of their four children. Alongside her career, working at Air New Zealand as sole charge operator at Hokitika Airport for 25 years and operating a mechanical/petrol station business at Kaniere with Martin, Christine has been heavily involved as a cancer volunteer for about 20 yea rs. For seven years she also worked for the Cancer Society as sole cancer support co-ordinator in Hokitika, and ran support meetings in Hokitika and South Westland for many years. Chris is also a trustee of the Buller/West Coast Home Hospice Trust and a member of the South Island Alliance Palliative Care Workstream. 

Chris’ motivation is to see everyone diagnosed with cancer have better, faster, more informed treatment, and to ensure people have access to the support they need. 

Chris lives in Hokitika with her husband Martin, who have both been through cancer and recovery, along with two of their four children. Alongside her career, working at Air New Zealand as sole charge operator at Hokitika Airport for 25 years and operating a mechanical/petrol station business at Kaniere with Martin, Christine has been heavily involved as a cancer volunteer for about 20 yea rs. For seven years she also worked for the Cancer Society as sole cancer support co-ordinator in Hokitika, and ran support meetings in Hokitika and South Westland for many years. Chris is also a trustee of the Buller/West Coast Home Hospice Trust and a member of the South Island Alliance Palliative Care Workstream. 

Chris’ motivation is to see everyone diagnosed with cancer have better, faster, more informed treatment, and to ensure people have access to the support they need. 

 

 

 

John MacDonald

John spent most of his career as a self-described ‘serial entrepreneur’ involved in skiing, adventure tourism, marketing, publishing, and motor trade in Queenstown before a cancer diagnosis led to a change in direction.  Through a difficult 18 month period of diagnosis, John experienced depression and sought support through the Cancer Society and counselling.  Following the sale of his business interests during his treatment, John is now focused on using his skills to improve health and social outcomes in his community.  He is chair of the Southern DHB Mental Health and Addictions Network, and the Alliance South Central Lake Health Network, as well as a Councillor on the Queenstown Lakes District Council. 

John’s experience as a cancer survivor and his subsequent work have given him insight into the psychological, social and economic challenges a cancer diagnosis brings, and some of the inequities in health and social services experienced by those living in isolated or disadvantaged communities.

Linzi Ebbage-Thomas

Linzi and her family supported her mother through her terminal cancer, enabling her mother to die in her place of choice – at Linzi’s home in Wanaka.  Navigating various health and support services from a rural location was challenging, but Linzi’s family appreciated the range of support they received.

Following her mother’s passing, Linzi has combined her professional background in HR and her personal experience to contribute to the Cancer Society through leadership coaching, facilitating workshops and organisational development assistance.  She has also become a member of the Otago Southland Cancer Society Board and through the Cancer Society and the South Island Cancer Consumer Group is seeking to give a voice to people and whānau affected by cancer, in particular how people navigate their cancer journey.

Barbara Bishop

Barbara shared her story of breast cancer and involvement with the South Island Cancer Consumer Group here.

Ken Bowie

Ken brings to the Group an extensive history of involvement with the Cancer Society, following treatment for bowel cancer that had spread to his liver in 2000.  He was told that treatment was a ‘long shot’ but he is pleased to have been in remission for 18 years and counting.  Ken is committed to raising awareness of cancer symptoms, particularly bowel cancer.  He has been involved in promoting the Southern DHB Bowel Screening Programme, featuring in one of the videos to talk about his experience and why participating in screening is important; and also speaking to community groups.  Ken is an Otago Southland Cancer Society Board Member and is involved in a number of community organisations, including RSA, Southland Boys High School Old Boys’ Committee and MenzShed.

As part of Ken’s support of the Southern DHB Bowel Cancer Screening programme, Ken was also interviewed about his experience.  Click here to view the full interview. 

 
De-Arn Buchholz  
Rory McGeown  
Kenneth Cook  
Lovey Gieger