April 18, 2021Uncategorized

2021 National Volunteer Week

From April 18 to 24, National Volunteer Week is back for its 47th edition. Despite the extraordinary circumstances of the past year, we were able to count on the precious support of volunteers dedicated to the cause. We would like to thank all those who are involved with the Foundation, as their support is essential.

We also take this opportunity to introduce you to some of our allies who are involved with the Foundation on a volunteer basis.

Lylia Bazer

“The last year was chaotic: delays, anxiety-inducing waiting times, administrative procedures… But, breast cancer does not wait! With the support of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, I continue my mission of raising awareness and education by talking about the resources available and emphasizing the importance of sharing, which opens the doors to solidarity. I owe the harmony of my remission to those women and men who spontaneously redirected the dark moments towards the light. Thanks to you, I realized how many people this light could radiate if more and more of us get involved for the cause.”

– Lylia, ambassador of the Foundation and nurse (breast cancer in 2016)

Johanne and Danielle Paquette

“Our involvement with the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation goes back 10 years. First as participants and volunteers for the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser and then during events at the request of the people in charge. We have now been retired for 2 years, which has allowed us to become more involved, responsible for certain administrative tasks such as sending promotional items purchased on the Foundation’s website, registering beneficiaries for the Virtual Clinic, etc.

In the current context of the pandemic, our involvement is done at distance, but is just as rewarding. Volunteering is a two-faceted action, beyond having the satisfaction of helping in a tangible way those who are fighting or have fought breast cancer and acting for a future without breast cancer, our mandates have allowed us to keep our spirits up during this difficult period of our lives.

Having had the privilege of being in contact with those affected by cancer, we have been able to measure the impact of the Foundation’s mission. To be able to participate in such a small way fills us with satisfaction. As our family has been severely affected by cancer in many ways, it was important for us to find a cause that acts concretely for the well-being of those affected. We recognize in the Foundation this vision.”

– Johanne and Danielle

Mitsou Gélinas

Since 2006, Mitsou Gélinas is involved with all her heart and passion as the Foundation’s volunteer spokesperson.

“For more than 15 years, I have been a spokesperson for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. Back then, there were many taboos surrounding this cancer – as if it was embarrassing to talk about it. In 15 years, I’ve seen many of those taboos fall away, whether it’s about losing your hair, the right to a flat chest or simply having your annual mammogram. I am touched to have had the opportunity to be the confidant of many Quebecers affected by breast cancer. Thanks to the trust the Foundation has placed in me, I have had the privilege of playing a key role in raising awareness and education. Seeing the real impact of my involvement over the past few years, I can only hope to continue this wonderful collaboration!”


Board of directors

All members of our Board of Directors are also involved with the Foundation on a volunteer basis. Thanks to the support of these seasoned professionals, reputed in their field of activity, we can pursue our work in the best interest of the Foundation. Thank you!

  • Vanessa Coiteux, Chair, Partner at Stikeman Elliott
  • Mario Cecchini, Secretary, President of the Montreal Alouettes
  • Karine Bissonnette, Treasurer, Partner at Demers Beaulne S.E.N.C.R.L
  • Geoffrey Bernard, Vice-President, Growth Marketing, Data Science & Consumer Insights, La Presse
  • Angela D’Angelo, Vice-President, Developement and Customer Experience, National Bank Financial
  • Anne Meloche, FSA, FICA, Head of Institutional Affairs at Sun Life Global Investments
  • Yanouk Poirier, MBA, Managing Partner at Leaders International
  • Nathalie Pratte, President at Groupe Pratte
  • Jean Roy, Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Kruger Energy
  • Anik Trudel, Chief Executive Officer at Lavery Avocats
  • Josephine L. Scalia, Vice-President (Head of Taxation) at Atrium Innovations inc. (Nestle Health Science)
  • Dr Laura Sabbah, MD, FRCP
  • Louise Levesque, Chief Strategy Officer, Poudre Noire inc.
  • Claude Gagnon, President of Operations, Quebec at BMO Financial Group
  • Danina Kapetanovic, M.Sc., Strategic Adviser to the President-CEO – Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Head of OROT – Connected Health Innovation Hub
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