Strategic leader and long-time LLSC staff sets her sights on bringing blood cancers out of obscurity.
MONTREAL, December 6, 2017 – The board of directors of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, the nation’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Talarico as President.
Talarico has dedicated her career to helping people. She joined Big Brothers and Big Sisters to make a positive change in young minds followed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services before arriving at the LLSC. Over the last 15 years, she has proven her unrelenting commitment to collaboration, innovation and excellence in growing the blood cancer community from coast-to-coast.
“Alicia has a profound understanding for grassroots initiatives and large-scale patient development programs,” says Ted Moroz, Chair of the Board. “She has the hands-on experience and strategic leadership approach to bring us closer to finding cures and improving the quality of life for patients and their families.”
During her time at the LLSC, Talarico has played an important role providing strategic direction and leadership to the organization’s operation in the five Canadian regions with a special emphasis on the development and growth of core fundraising initiatives and mission programs.
Talarico was previously the Executive Director for Quebec and Atlantic regions and most recently, Vice President of Revenue Development and Engagement at the LLSC.
“Researchers need continuous resources to succeed in finding cures while patients and their families need the tools and empowerment to face every stage of the cancer journey,” explains Talarico. “Our research funding programs and patient support services have grown leaps and bounds in a short time to address our dual mission, and there’s much more we hope to do in the years to come.”
A graduate of Concordia University, with a degree in Psychology, Talarico remains a keen student of the human spirit, particularly when it comes to philanthropy and charitable giving.