Board and Founding Members
Shelley Snell, Founding Member
Shelley was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 1996, 2001 & 2009 and metastatic disease in 2013, 2015 & 2016. She retired as a comptroller for Canadian public companies (mining/exploration) in West Africa, where she was also active in advocacy. Shelley enjoyed a diverse career in mining, hydroelectric generation, petrochemicals, SAR, and auto racing. She’s currently based in North Vancouver.
Laney has chosen to collaborate with MBC for many reasons but her primary motivation is to help launch this network for affected patients and their families in Canada and to continue the legacy of her dear friend and co-founder of MBC, Susan Anthony. In addition to personal aspirations Laney also has over 25 years of Financial Services Management and Planning experience. She has a diploma in Business Management and is on a continued-study program for her Certified Financial Planning designation. In addition to personal growth education, she enjoys travelling, yoga and meditation and everything about her Portuguese Water Dog, Bentley. She volunteers her spare time working with woman suffering from dependence crisis and sits on the Board of Directors for PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) along with her Godson, Jake Anthony.
I was diagnosed in early 2017 with MBC (de novo). In September of that year I received news that I was NEAD (no evidence of active disease). I understand firsthand the impact that MBC has on young people as I was 27 when I received my diagnosis. The emotional upheaval of a diagnosis of this magnitude is difficult for anyone, but for young people the impact can look very different. I was in the beginnings of my career in HR when I was diagnosed, my plans for my career, for travel, for life all changed. Everything changed.
As a young woman with MBC I represent my contemporaries and a new dynamic of how MBC is portrayed. I have worked with non-profit groups in the past (Looking Glass BC Foundation) as a program coordinator, and am currently working in Health Care as an HR professional.
Jake is the proud son of MBC Canada co-founder Susan Anthony. As a person who identifies as living with high-functioning autism, he has been an advocate for persons with disabilities and human rights for over a decade, serving on the Boards of Directors and committees of non-profit organizations such as Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network, BC Council for Families, Autism Canada, Inclusion BC, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion and Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture. Jake is thrilled to be a Peer Director with MBC Canada!
Susan Anthony, Founding Member
On October 8, 2018 at 4:45am Susan passed away from Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). She was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2007 and MBC in December, 2013.
Susan attended University of Ottawa where she graduated with an Honours Degree in Psychology. Susan worked with the BC Provincial Government and various Community Living Organizations and has been a passionate advocate for persons with disabilities for the past 17 years. As such, she was awarded the 2017 Lifetime Membership Award from the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to improving the lives of people with disabilities. She was the 2018 recipient of the Burnaby Local Hero Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Community. Susan lived in Burnaby, BC with her husband Gerald, adult son Jake, and four small rescue dogs.
Susan was a respected member of the MBC Community, and a fierce advocate for more MBC Research and better treatment options. As a founding member, and friend to many, her loss is deeply felt. Our heartfelt condolences to Susan’s family and to all who knew and loved her.