On the 27th November 1929, a public meeting of 350 people was held in Christchurch's Civic Theatre where it was voted unanimously "to form a Division of the New Zealand Branch of the British Empire Campaign Society of Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson and Westland".

This year the Cancer Society Canterbury-West Coast Division celebrates 89 years of service to the community.  It is a remarkable story of research, support and health promotion led by the organisation that has strong leadership, widespread community support and a vibrant volunteer base.

As we reflect and honour our past, and focus on today's work and achievements of the Division, we also look forward into the future and the role of the Cancer Society in the years ahead.