MARCH - APRIL 2018
Events, community & more


SPOTLIGHT
I am not my cancer
" I'm now living off-script and I could not be happier."
by Denis Raymond, social-work intern at Hope & Cope

Sometimes, it can be hard to differentiate between YOU the cancer patient and YOU the person, especially when you have some kind of physical oddity, like a scar or a missing body part or, in my case, a medical device. Though many of us learn to live with it, the stares and awkward approaches by a bit-too-curious strangers continue to disturb at a fundamental level. You develop social scripts for these situations, for every level of engagement and every level of openness you feel like in that moment. For me and my very visible array of electrodes covering my scalp, I could switch from being a terminally-ill cancer patient to being "sick" and from being "on a clinical trial" to being "a lab rat". Details would come and go, depending on how much information I felt like providing at that time, such as the size of the tumour, its location, the symptoms that led to us finding it, how I found the clinical trial... even my sleeping and showering habits would occasionally find their way into my story. read more
 
The Antony Proteau Fund Winter Classic Gala
- 5th Edition
March 24th, 6pm

Join us at Le Challenger for an exciting evening. Proceeds will support  Hope & Cope's program for Young Adults (18-39) with cancer : CancerFightClub
Highlights of the event include:

- Cocktail hour with the Soul Station Orchestra, featuring various restaurants
- 4-course meal
- Open bar service all night
- Exciting raffle and auction items
- Special 5th edition celebrations 

Tickets NOW on sale!!! 
Click here to purchase your tickets. 

 
Welcome Sophie Blondin at Hope & Cope
 
A few months ago, the wonderful Sophie joined the Hope & Cope team  as Coordinator of Education and Support Programs at the Wellness Centre. In this capacity, she will help facilitate new and current workshops and support groups for all. Sophie comes to us with expertise in coaching, individual and group facilitation skills as well as eight years of experience as a Hope & Cope volunteer. Her professional involvement in organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, the Brain Tumour Foundation and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation make her an asset to our team. Feel free to drop in and say hello - her door is always open!


Tell cancer to take a hike!
March 8th -20th
Good luck to our Kilimanjaro Climbers, who will climb Africa's highest peak while raising funds for Hope & Cope.
Closer to home, our very first of 10 Kili chez nous hikes will take place on March 17th, at Secteur Pembina, Parc national du Mont-Tremblant.
This hike will be on the very same day that our Kilimanjaro climbers will have made their final ascent to the summit - continents apart but together in spirit!
On April 21st, we will celebrate " sugaring off" season with a hike in Rougemont.
To sign up as a hiker, to donate or for more information, visit
 
 
The theme this year was Support & Community. Workshops around this theme and beautiful weather completed this two night retreat generously sponsored in part by the Antony Proteau Fund , A Step for life and last year's  Heart courage fundraising concert. Thank you for your continued support in making this outstanding week-end possible.

Pre-register for the next retreat by visiting: www.cancerfightclub.com
KIDSGRIEF.CA
to accompany our kids and teens in grief

KidsGrief.ca is a free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died. It equips parents with the words and confidence needed to help children grieve life's losses in healthy ways.

An initiave of  Canadian Virtual hospice and funded by Hope & Cope and CIRA, this new resource is meant for any adult who needs to talk to kids and teens about dying and death.

The site is also available in french: deuildesenfants.ca

PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
TWO NEW PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES STARTING THIS MARCH!
 
Starting MARCH 9 - Every Friday
CIRCUIT TRAINING AT THE GYM
Two separate time slots: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. or 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Space is limited! For all ages.
To register, please call 514 340-3616.  

S tarting MARCH 19 - Every Monday
Zen TONING
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Space is limited! For all ages.
To register, please call 514 340-3616

HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM STARTING THIS APRIL!
WEIGHT TO GO! 
A healthy weight loss program AFTER cancer treatment (every Tuesday and Thursday)
from April 3 until May 24.
See calendar for specific dates and times.
This is a fun, safe and informative 8-week program (twice per week) which combines exercise and nutrition.
You will receive exercise accessories for use during the classes and to take home at the end of the program as well as handouts.  

Two separate courses, in English (group A) or in French (group B).
Space is limited! For all ages. To register, please call at 514 340-3616.
A non-refundable fee of $50.00, payable upon registration, will secure your spot.  

Starting MARCH 6th - FIRST CLASS
FASHION DESIGN WORKSHOP ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG ADULTS
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wellness Centre
4635 Côte St. Catherine Road

Classe Master Montréal with well-known fashion designer Roxy Peroxide!
First class is on Tuesday, March 6, second class Friday March 9 and last class March 16.
You will create your own design during this free 3-part series. You must commit to attending all three classes.
Space is limited to 8 spots. Reserve now:  514 340-3616.


MARCH 8 th & APRIL 12th 
MONTHLY HANGOUT
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wellness Centre
4635 Côte St. Catherine Road

Our monthly hangout is your chance to get together for camaraderie and conversation in a warm, welcoming environment.


MARCH 19th
& APRIL 16th 
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wellness Centre
4635 Côte St. Catherine Road

Great recipes, delicious food, laughter and conversation are always on the menu at our popular monthly cooking club!
Let us know if it's your birthday this month; we would love to celebrate you!
Come on by for new cooking tips or just to hang out!

 
MARCH 20th & APRIL 17th
LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Wellness Centre
4635 Cote. St. Catherine Road

A cosmetic workshop that helps women cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer.
Registration must be completed on the
Look Good Feel Better website :  https://lgfb.ca/en/workshop-finder


MARCH 5th
BRO'S CLUB
Indian Dinner at Le Super Qualité restaurant
7 p.m.
1211 Bélanger, Montreal, H2S 1H7

Co ntact Rick Simoneau: rickster104@hotmail.com

APRIL 4th 
ESCAPE ROOM GAME at A/Maze 
7 p.m.
Atwater location, 3550, rue Saint-Jacques, Montreal
Follow us on social media for upcoming info on the Bro's Club or contact Rick Simoneau: rickster104@hotmail.com

SPECIAL EVENTS
Trekking expedition in the Canadian Rockies
July 15th to 25th 2018;
For cancer survivors aged in between 19 and 29;
Maximum 14 participants;
It is completely free of charge for participants.
   
For more information about the expedition or to access the application form, please : Canadian Rockies expedition


SAVE THE DATES
JUNE 14th- A Dance show you can't miss!  
         
 
Ball Hockey Tournament   
 
Benefiting CancerFightClub-
info on tickets & details TBA


 
Make sure you check out our CancerFightClub website for information, resources and more.


Please check our  Hope & Cope online calendar for all of our amazing programs, activities and special events.


For more information or to register for any of our events or activities,
please contact us:
514-340-3616 or cancerfightclubcommunity@gmail.com
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
 
 
Minestrone soup
By CancerFightClub





 
 
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups mixed frozen vegetables (carrots, peas, corn, green beans)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic,chopped
  • Fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 can of white cannoli beans, drained
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of short noddles
  • pesto (optional)
  • parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Preparation
1-    In a big pot, sauté onions, garlic and celery with oil.
2-    Add can of tomatoes, stock, thyme, bay leaves and bring to a boil.
3-    Add mixed vegetables
4-    Add cannoli beans 
5-    Add noodles
6 -    Let simmer for 20 minutes, until noodles are cooked.
7 -    Taste and adjust seasoning and spice to your taste.
Add pesto and parmesan to serving as garnish &
Bon Appétit!











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