Meet Grant Plecas, he has been part of the Cancer Council family for over 19 years, eight years working, and 11 years volunteering. Grant’s current role is the Southern Region Community Lead for Cancer Council NSW, this sees Grant manage an amazing team of staff and volunteers who engage with people in the Southern NSW region touched by cancer.
With a team of 10 staff and over 250 volunteers, Grants team engages with the communities from Helensburgh in the north down to Eden in the south and moves out west through Cooma, Jindabyne, Goulburn, and the Southern Highlands.
Grant’s commitment to the Cancer Council can be attributed to the impact the organisation has on patients, their family, and friends. Grant is humbled by the fact that everyday something demonstrates the impact of the Cancer Councils work and is a reward for the hard work he and his team puts in each day.
Grant will continue to lead his team towards the organisations vision of a cancer-free future, focusing on five key pillars to achieve such a vision. The pillars place emphasis on conducting and funding world-class research to reduce the impact of cancer, empowering all Australians to reduce their cancer risk, supporting all Australians affected by cancer, working with the community to change laws and policies to reduce cancer risks, and enabling the community to raise money for a cancer-free future.
Cancer Council Southern NSW has been based at the Innovation Campus since 2011, and Grant believes in that time the Innovation Campus has provided a platform for Cancer Council by allowing them to reach many other organisations and people they may not have had the chance to in the past.
When Grant isn’t fighting the good fight against cancer, you may find him somewhere along the beautiful coast taking in the natural beauty we have at our doorsteps.
“We have so much to offer in the way of activities from beach walks in winter, body surfing in summer to bushwalks, and mountain bike riding. In the evening we also have an ever-growing selection of café, bars, and restaurants that have you spoilt for choice.”