Daffodil Month

    As April draws near to an end, so does Daffodil Month. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual fundraising campaign of selling fresh cut daffodils. This year, Margot Reid was recognized as the longest serving volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society. She has volunteered for 66 years and was responsible for bringing the Daffodil campaign to Newfoundland and Labrador. We recently came across a publication in our collection called Crusader that was published by the Canadian Cancer Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Division in 1955. The back of the publication has a photo of nine women making gauze dressings to be distributed freely to cancer patients. One of the women in the photograph is Mrs. Ian Reid (Margot), daughter-in-law of W. Angus Reid, the first president of the Society. This was just one initiative started by Mrs. Reid, a nurse who eventually became president of the Society from 1982-1984. Her lifetime of volunteering with the Cancer Society and numerous other organizations has been widely celebrated, including the bestowing of an honorary degree by Memorial University in 2013.