A transformative impact
Sophy Athan will step down from her role as Chair of the VCCC Alliance Cancer Consumer Advisory Committee (CCAC) after eight years at the helm in June 2023.
Sophy has been the driving force behind CCAC since its inception, and her contributions to the VCCC Alliance have been both significant and transformative.
Sophy’s commitment to improving the lives of people affected by cancer and their families has been unwavering, and her leadership as CCAC Chair has been instrumental in ensuring the lived experience of consumers sits at the heart of strategic decision-making.
Initially approached to set up a consumer engagement strategy at the VCCC Alliance, Sophy’s contributions continued to grow, and she leaves a lasting impact on the organisation with consumer involvement now established in the DNA of the alliance. A long list of initiatives has established the VCCC Alliance as a leader in engagement practice within the cancer sector.
Executive Director of the VCCC Alliance Professor Grant McArthur, said Sophy’s contribution would be felt long-term.
“Sophy has been a tour de force within our organisation, and she leaves the VCCC Alliance with a transformed commitment to consumer engagement compared to when she started. That’s the true testament to her impact and influence, and I thank Sophy for everything she’s done.”
In summing up her time as CCAC Chair, Sophy thanked her fellow consumers for their support: “It has been an amazing journey for me since 2015. We have come a long way since then and we have achieved much during that time.”
“To my fellow consumers, I have enjoyed working with you all and want to personally thank you for sharing your lived experience, knowledge, skills and expertise. It has been a pleasure and an honour working with you.”
The VCCC Alliance is currently seeking expressions of interest for a new Chair, CCAC. Find out more here.