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Shelley Burich has been Chief Executive Officer for the Samoa Cancer Society since 2014.
Shelley has volunteered in the NGO sector for over 20 years in sport, agriculture and women organisations and has only taken up a paid NGO position since joining the Society. She has a strong background in administration and management and is committed to delivering key outcomes and successful results for any organisation she is involved with.
As well as being a board member for these NGO’s, Women in Business Development and Samoa Women’s Assn of Growers, she is also a successful vanilla farmer and owner of Vaoala Vanilla – exporting and manufacturing organic vanilla products from Samoa.
Since joining the Samoa Cancer Society, Shelley has applied her natural leadership abilities, passion and commitment to ‘making a difference’ towards cancer control in Samoa, and taking a pragmatic and collaborative approach to delivering improved cancer services for the people of Samoa.
Shelley is of Samoan descent with her father and paternal grandparents hailing from the villages of Vailima, Solosolo, Maluafou and Safotu (Savaii), whilst her mother is from Palmerston North, New Zealand. Shelley was born and raised in New Zealand until migrating with her parents and siblings to Samoa in 1970, and completed her education studies in Samoa, New Zealand and the USA. She is married with 5 children and 8 grand-children.