POGO Welcomes New CEO, Lauren Ettin
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Blog
by admin
2d ago
POGO is pleased to announce that Lauren Ettin will be joining POGO as our new Chief Executive Officer, beginning April 29, 2024. After an extensive search, Lauren emerged as the ideal candidate to lead our organization into the future. She succeeds Jill Ross who has served admirably in the role since 2018, leading the organization through a critical time and delivering on our commitments to families and children. “Lauren’s diverse background and wealth of experience across the healthcare system and in pediatrics uniquely position her to lead POGO toward continued excellence and innovation ..read more
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Congratulations to the 2023 POGO Recognition Awards Recipients 
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Blog
by admin
2d ago
On Friday, November 3, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario celebrated the recipients of the 2023 POGO Recognition Awards at a Celebratory Dinner. Established in 1999, the awards acknowledge significant contributions of Ontarians to the field of childhood cancer care in Ontario and beyond. Award recipients work in POGO partner hospitals and demonstrate POGO’s core values of partnership, collaboration and excellence. Congratulations to the 2023 recipients!  POGO Medical Director Dr. David Hodgson (far left) and POGO Board Chair James Scongack (far right) with the 2023 POGO Recognition Awar ..read more
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Successful Employment Through Targeted Hiring: A Survivor Experience
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Blog
by Jamie Irvine
2d ago
What is Targeted Hiring? Targeted hiring is a type of initiative used by public and private organizations to address employment barriers and help with the under-representation of designated groups to achieve equal employment opportunities. This is accomplished by narrowing the pool of candidates to specific categories of candidates, such as individuals with disabilities.  Q & A With a POGO School and Work Transitions Client  Q: What can you tell me about your recent interview where you were successful in being hired?  Client: I interviewed over the phone, which was nice as ..read more
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POGO Announces CEO Search
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Blog
by admin
2d ago
Message from POGO Board Chair James Scongack The team at the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), along with our many dedicated partners, continues to work as hard as we can every day to ensure everyone affected by childhood cancer has access to the best care and support. The organization has continued to make substantial progress in many areas and we are committed to building on this going forward.  This progress and passion doesn’t happen without strong leadership and dedication. Jill Ross has served as the CEO of POGO since 2018 and has been instrumental in this progress as a ..read more
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POGO Statement on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Blog
by admin
2d ago
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and a time to raise awareness and express support for the children and youth with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, and their families.  The burden of a childhood cancer diagnosis on families is immense, affecting them emotionally, socially, financially and countless other ways. In Ontario, from the time of diagnosis, childhood cancer patients have access to a coordinated system of care in leading hospitals across the province. Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, POGO, is a made-in-Ontario solution, working in partnership with these hosp ..read more
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Congratulations to the 2023 POGO Recognition Awards Recipients 
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Blog
by admin
4M ago
On Friday, November 3, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario will celebrate the recipients of the 2023 POGO Recognition Awards at a Celebratory Dinner. Established in 1999, the awards acknowledge significant contributions of Ontarians to the field of childhood cancer care in Ontario and beyond. Award recipients work in POGO partner hospitals and demonstrate POGO’s core values of partnership, collaboration and excellence. Congratulations to the 2023 recipients!  POGO Champion Award  The POGO Champion Award acknowledges excellence, leadership, innovation and collaboration in the field o ..read more
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Successful Employment Through Targeted Hiring: A Survivor Experience
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Blog
by Jamie Irvine
4M ago
What is Targeted Hiring? Targeted hiring is a type of initiative used by public and private organizations to address employment barriers and help with the under-representation of designated groups to achieve equal employment opportunities. This is accomplished by narrowing the pool of candidates to specific categories of candidates, such as individuals with disabilities.  Q & A With a POGO School and Work Transitions Client  Q: What can you tell me about your recent interview where you were successful in being hired?  Client: I interviewed over the phone, which was nice as ..read more
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POGO Announces CEO Search
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Blog
by Paula Lacsena
5M ago
Message from POGO Board Chair James Scongack The team at the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), along with our many dedicated partners, continues to work as hard as we can every day to ensure everyone affected by childhood cancer has access to the best care and support. The organization has continued to make substantial progress in many areas and we are committed to building on this going forward.  This progress and passion doesn’t happen without strong leadership and dedication. Jill Ross has served as the CEO of POGO since 2018 and has been instrumental in this progress as a ..read more
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French language Counsellor Builds Trust, Breaks Down Barriers
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Blog
by Claire Slaughter
7M ago
“I started my working life as a French teacher. From there, I worked for many years with the Ontario Autism Program as a consultant to the school boards helping students on the spectrum successfully transition to school. Last year I was hired by POGO to apply my professional advocacy skills to support brain tumour and childhood cancer survivors in achieving their school, work and life goals. Thanks to funding from the Slaight Family Foundation in 2021, Francophone survivor clients in the POGO School and Work Transitions Program can now receive care in their native language.” Carol Perry, P ..read more
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The Options are Limitless When it Comes to Raising Money for Kids with Cancer!
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Blog
by Claire Slaughter
10M ago
Our third-party fundraisers have done some amazing things to raise money for childhood cancer care. Hosting an event in support of POGO is only limited by the extent of your imagination. You can throw a themed party, organize a competitive dodgeball tournament, cycle across Ontario, shave your head, create a team challenge at your office, even workout in your PJs to raise awareness about the unique issues young cancer patients face.   At POGO, third-party (individual, community, school and corporate) events are crucial to our annual fundraising goal. The funds you raise provide financia ..read more
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