Category Archives: Canadian Cancer Society

September 10

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

From my previous post you understand why I am so grateful that the “dots” have led me to CCSRI and why research holds a special place in my heart. In this update I will give you an idea of what I have been working on since beginning my Pulse Assignment about six weeks ago. During […]

August 12

Everything happens for a reason…

My friend (and GSK US colleague) Christie Murphy, said this to me when I told her I had been accepted to the Pulse Program and that I was matched to work at the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.  You see, about 3 years ago, Christie and I were getting ready to travel to Ghana to […]

October 01

2014 = Change

This assignment is about change.  A change in environment.  A change in industry.  A change in perspective.  Change is good and can be a catalyst for growth.  At the half-way point in my PULSE assignment, here are 5 things that have changed for me… My engagement with colleagues and the organization’s mission: At the Canadian […]

August 25

The somewhat different “Subway Challenge”

Two months have passed since I started my personal PULSE journey. As everyone knows, two months at home normally pass with a blink, without much notice at all, as you are absorbed by everyday hassle and routines. In a new setting you are bound to be more mindful. Especially if you have time. And time is […]

assignment nr 1, build a shoe tower July 18

Seduced by failure?

“Innovation, Creativity and Change” – the title of the online course felt seducing. Change is constant and I have long felt it would be welcome to add a little creativity to combat organizational communications challenges. I decided to overlook the fact that my bucket is already kind of full: a fresh PULSE volunteering assignment to […]

July 14

For a better tomorrow.

It’s hard to believe I’m one month into my PULSE assignment at the Canadian Cancer Society.  Just a few short weeks ago, I walked into the Society’s office in Toronto (Yonge and St. Clair) and peered into an empty email inbox, wondering what the next six months would hold.  Since then, I’ve met some wonderful people, […]

July 03

A Good Mission…

My PULSE journey began last week with a bold commute to a strange and foreign place far from home (Yonge and St. Clair). Unfamiliar faces stared curiously as I pedalled past huts (mansions) on a steep incline for a daunting adventure (20 minutes from bed to work). Unlike some of my brave PULSE counterparts venturing […]

Anna's enjoying Toronto July 02

Biking, eating, (peeking) and appreciating new friends

Timing, as they say, is everything. Having been only for a little bit more than a week in Toronto, I have already had the fortune of witnessing the happiness, joy and borderless friendliness at the World Pride Week Parade and also happened to arrive just in time for Canada Day and its magnificent fireworks. Canada […]

Anna Dammert June 17

Rushing – and contemplating

After a rather busy period of trying to finish projects, doing hand-overs, saying good-bye to colleagues, taking care of a myriad of stuff on a loooong to-do list, I went to my summer island. Those who do not know any Finns might not be familiar with the fact that a majority of us pack loads […]