My active health

Myriam Filion, Founder of the My active health program

Myriam Filion has over 10 years of experience practicing as a kinesiologist in Quebec. A member of the Fédération des kinésiologues du Québec since 2008, Myriam also holds a Master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval. Through her experience and training, she has developed expertise at working with affected individuals in both hospital and clinical settings. As a specialist, she has collaborated in the writing of several scientific articles in oncology. She has also taught university students and lectured about kinesio-oncology to health professionals. In November 2017, Myriam started the My Active Health program for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

Dragon boat teams

The sport of dragon boating is gaining popularity among people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. At the Foundation, we support five teams of fighters across Quebec. In addition to fostering a strong team spirit, dragon boating brings many benefits for people who have been affected by breast cancer. These include greater shoulder mobility, improved upper-limb strength and better lymphedema control. In addition to regular team training, paddlers can also compete at the local, regional, provincial and even international levels!

Montreal

TWO ABREAST / CÔTE À CÔTE
Practice locations: Lachine Canal, 5524 St Patrick Street, H4E 1A8

Registration:

  • Email: info@cote-a-cote.ca
  • Telephone: 514-387-6132
  • Capitain: Sophie Chauvin

SEINCR’EAU
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Practice locations: Parc Jean-Drapeau Olympic Bassin, 37 Du Chenal le Moyne, Montréal, QC H3C 1A9

Registration:

  • Email: amcouture@videotron.ca
  • Telephone: 514-569-6124
  • Capitain : Anne-Marie Couture

WEST ISLAND DRAGONS OUEST DE L’ÎLE
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Practice locations: Canoe Club, 75 Lakeshore Rd., Pointe-Claire, QC H9S 4H5

Registration:

  • Email: westislanddragons@live.com
  • Telephone: 514-914-1251
  • Capitain: Rachelle Audet

Québec

VISE-À-VIE
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Practice locations: Parc riverain du Lac St-Augustin, Rue de l’Hêtrière, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC G3A 2Z4

Registration:

  • Email: info@viseavie.com
  • Capitain : Chantale Lachance

Sherbrooke

LES PHÉNIX DE LA ROSE DES VENTS
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Lieu des pratiques : Parc Lucien-Blanchard –  Sherbrooke, QC, J1K 0A

Registration :

  • Email: rouillardmr@gmail.com
  • Telephone : 819-346-8794
  • Capitain : Marie-Reine Rouillard

Meet our faces of hope

“As long as I can remember, physical activity has been a part of my life. But it was when I discovered running that I truly fell in love with sports. I’ve been running regularly, year round, for 10 years now, and I’ve even taken up the challenge and run several races. For me, being physically active is synonymous with well-being. It puts a smile on my lips and lights up my eyes. And it is this well-being that keeps me motivated to run several kilometres a week. So, when Myriam suggested I be an ambassador for My Active Health, my answer was immediately, YES, I’M IN! It’s motivating and energizing to be part of this great team. And that’s without even mentioning the cause, which moves me a lot because, unfortunately, breast cancer still affects too many women. Let’s move together for the cause!”

– Marie-Claude

“I am physically active to keep my body and mind healthy. With stage-4 cancer, my biggest motivation is to keep living. Joining the Pink Tour gives me another reason to stay motivated, while supporting breast cancer research.”

– Michèle

“Physical activity is a big part of my daily life—and even more so since I had breast cancer. It provides me with much-needed well-being. Exercise has allowed me to face chemotherapy like a real fighter, without too many side effects. It has also got to be one of the main reasons I have no side effects from Tamoxifen. I am driven on by the benefits of physical activity. I know I have a better chance of staying healthy and in shape when I stay fit. I want to show others it’s possible to be physically active during and after breast cancer.”

– Geneviève

“As a survivor, I’d like to encourage women with breast cancer to get exercising because it’s just so important. Exercise makes me feel good. It’s good for my morale, it changes my mood and makes me feel alive. I signed up for the Pink Tour with the My Active Health team because it’s important for me to keep active and to raise money for research. I have two daughters and a sister that I’d like to help spare from this disease. And, I lost both my parents to cancer. I am walking for all the women who are affected, for myself and, most of all, for a good friend and mother of two wonderful children who has been fighting for four years. I think about her every day as I walk. She doesn’t have the energy to walk, but I do. I am very proud to be an ambassador for My Active Health. I believe that I touch and inspire many people, and my hope is for a future without breast cancer. Thank you to the generous donors!”

– Renée

“I keep fit because I’ve always been into physical activity, so I can’t help it! I get an amazing feeling of well-being during and after! I joined in My Active Health to add some purpose to my exercising. It motivates me to do even more, and with team spirit to boot.”

– Carole

Discover My Active Health in Atlantic Canada and Ontario

Ultramar also supports the My Active Health program in the Atlantic Provinces and Ontario. My Active Health is now an interprovincial program that brings together a team of researchers and health professionals dedicated to the breast cancer cause.

Atlantique provinces

Coordinator : Danielle Bouchard, dboucha1@unb.ca

Ontario

Projet Prehab – Coordonateur : Daniel Santa Mina, daniel.santamina@uhn.ca
Metabolic Syndrome Canada – Coordonateur : Rupinder Dhaliwal rupinder.dhaliwal@metsc.ca

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