Emilie Adlide, (LLB), Chair of the Board
My name is Emilie Adlide and I’m a Member of CanTeen because both my parents died from pancreatic cancer. At times throughout my cancer journey, I’ve found it difficult to express what’s happening for me to people who haven’t experienced anything similar. I’ve felt alone and isolated. Since joining CanTeen six years ago, I’ve found people, new friends, willing to accept me for me and share challenges and strategies around managing life during and after cancer.
As time passed, I realised I wanted to give back to this incredible organisation. One way to do that is by taking on a leadership role, providing feedback and ideas about how to make CanTeen an even better place for all young people living with cancer. On programs I found people were looking up to me, as a role model, and I really wanted to show them the difference one young person can make within CanTeen. From secretary of the ACT & SNSW Leadership team to sitting on the Member Advisory Council and finally becoming Chair of the Board today, I have gradually gained responsibility and developed leadership skills which allow me to better represent member views and wishes. This experience has been incredibly empowering and rewarding, knowing CanTeen continues to hear and respond to the voice of the young people it supports.
Without a doubt the best moment I’ve had as a leader was on a program recently. After talking about the leadership opportunities in CanTeen, a young man walked up to me and said, ‘Thank you. It’s been really great to meet you and I’m going to go home and think about this whole leadership thing.’ Just that small token, the fact he took the time to come up and say that made me glow. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for that young man and CanTeen.