"By being part of the movement for breast cancer prevention, we support one another"

Patricia Kearns

One of my favourite parts of my job is connecting with you. If I am lucky enough to spend an afternoon doing thank you calls, I am delighted to hear what you have to say.

There are commonalities among many of your reasons for supporting us. You prefer to donate locally instead of giving to large charities; you like how your money goes directly into projects you support.  You recognize that our central mission of prevention is critical in today’s world. You respect that we work to make the connections between our environment and breast cancer. You appreciate being informed by our newsletters and even if you can’t make it out to our events, you feel involved.

As well as breast cancer prevention, we work on a range of issues affecting the quality of life of women with breast cancer or other chronic illnesses. We are developing a new program on the economics of cancer: reforming sick leave benefits under the E.I. Program which only cover 15 weeks; the cost of a serious illness and the high cost of prescription drugs in Canada. We can do all of this because of you.

When speaking with a member who was diagnosed with breast cancer 24 years ago, she said, “In 1996, I thought that every woman who had breast cancer would die shortly after her diagnosis. Then I met someone from your organization who had lived for many years after. That was the day I started fighting for my life. We need to support each other."

Yes, we do. By being part of the movement for breast cancer prevention, we support one another.

Please make a donation today, it means so much!

Cheers,
Patricia

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"I am truly concerned about the toxicity we are exposed to on a regular basis"

Viorica Lorcencova

Breast Cancer Action Quebec has become a second home for me and the people I work with a second family. It will be ten years in March 2021 since I started working with this amazing organization. I was a newly arrived immigrant and had little experience locally, and none in the non-profit sector. Not only did my position become more interesting as I learned and took on new responsibilities, but it also taught me how engaged communities can change our world for the better.

I admire the mission of BCAQ, it changed my lifestyle, and I am truly concerned about environmental health and the toxicity we are exposed to on a regular basis. And I am very proud of the fact that you continue to support us with your donations and encouraging words. Thank you so much!

I was blessed with a second pregnancy during these challenging times of the pandemic and will be leaving on maternity leave shortly. I am happy to say that my position will be taken over by Catherine Poitras. As you will see, it was not a hard choice to hire Catherine, her experience fits perfectly with our work at BCAQ.

See you soon,
Viorica

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"I am grateful to advance a cause that is both personal and crucial for future generations"
Catherine Poitras

I have been following BCAQ for almost three years, ever since the day I met Patricia. We were sitting at the same table at an environmental event. I remember having chills when she told me about BCAQ and its mission, because I knew that I had just found a community of people doing exactly the kind of work that I wanted to do.

I recently completed a graduate thesis touching on issues of toxicity and social justice, and I have experience working in community organizations here and abroad. Being myself a patient of chronic diseases that are known to have environmental causes, I am grateful for the opportunity to use my expertise in communications to advance a cause that is both personal and crucial for future generations. And I cannot wait to meet the community that makes this organization possible!

Until we meet,
Catherine

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"We will look for ways to reach as many communities as possible"

Jennifer Beeman

This has been a tough year for everyone. In the spring, we pivoted to online work and reorganized our projects that are all going strong. But the pandemic is taking its toll in a myriad of ways. We are deeply concerned about everyone going through cancer and all vulnerable people. In addition, marginalized communities are being left out of the transition to online work and many people are facing mental health challenges.

We will look for ways to reach as many communities as possible and be attentive to the hardships people are facing. And speaking for myself, my own work would be much more difficult if weren’t for our amazing board, great volunteers, a large network of groups with whom we collaborate and you.

Some of you are relatively new and some have been with us since the beginning – which means 30 years next year! Thank you so much for being part of this movement. It means everything.

Take very good care,
Jennifer

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