1999 • Children's Health Award

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Corin Greenberg has been Executive Director of the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) since 1988.  This group champions the development and implementation of childhood cancer care and control and additionally seeks to ensure access, for all Ontario’s children, to state-of-the-art cancer services.

Corin has facilitated and augmented POGO’s strategies, which were developed in collaboration with health professionals from all disciplines, parents and survivors of childhood cancer. 
Originally from Port Elizabeth, Corin was acutely aware of the double standards in South African health care and education and it was this influence that led her to work in the field of health care. 

She studied at the University of Cape Town and University of the Witwatersrand and obtained Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical and Social Psychology from York University in Toronto. 
Corin and her husband left South Africa where they had seen an adverse impact on their daily living and working conditions due to the political situation at that time. 

After a year as a Psychological Consultant in Chicago she moved to Toronto where she continued to teach, research and consult to various government and private organizations. 

During her time in the US, Corin gained first hand experience of illness, suffering, healing, resilience and tenacity – but more importantly, the necessity of advocacy for parents and their families when dealing with the health care system.

She, through personal experience, became a firm believer in the role that care givers and family play to offset helplessness and hopelessness during such a difficult period. 

In addition to Corin’s work in the mainstream mental health and medical institutions, she has extended her skills into the communities in which she has lived.

When in Johannesburg, she introduced Headstart learning enrichment programs for pre-schoolers,  taught at night schools and participated in student political activities. In Chicago she participated in street clinics of Black Panthers and the activities of the Coalition of the Poor. 
Here in Toronto, she volunteers on diverse committees working to increase the involvement of parents in the education of their children, enhance the care of children with malignancies and boost community education and participation in the democratic process. 

But it is her work at POGO for which Corin will always be held in high regard and which has reaped high praise from her peers, parents and survivors, government ministers and related organizations.

Corin leads a team of like-minded professionals, committed to the provision of superior services to the young people of Ontario who live with cancer – whilst, at the same time, providing compassionate support to the families, friends and communities who support them.
POGO is creating a Foundation that will offer/adapt the work done in Ontario to other communities and countries whilst ensuring that unique research is continued and the results turned into policy. 

This inter-disciplinary research covers all aspects of healing – from the quality of survival and coping to the social and financial impact of the disease, workplace challenges and survival and cancer control. 

Corin holds Margaret Mead’s observation “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world – indeed it is the only thing that ever has” very close to her own values.  Indeed, this quote could have been written about her