Wednesday, June 30, 2010
It was obvious that people were more concerned about business opportunities than the average person in Africa with health issues and the lack of support and resources. I used every opportunity I got to talk about our concerns, the present situation as we know it and what we are doing as an organization to support the women in Africa.
The event was attended by people from around the world, looking for business opportunities in Africa, mostly North Americans and mainly men. I made a lot of contacts, networked quite a bit and encouraged the business leaders to consider help for the women in rural areas with health issues who are mostly ignored for a variety of reasons.
I emphasized the importance of business development and investment but also the pressing need for providing and contributing to a healthy country. I received good reception from most, a few ran the other way because of my topic but in all it was a fruitful event for WCBCF.
Many who never heard of us both in North America and Africa, now know we exist and many are willing to sponsor some women to attend the conference so I have lots of letters to write.
Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement, it was worth it, if for no other reason than our International Support Links project."
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
As I stood looking at all of the young girls and boys I saw the notable division as all of the boys standing on the left of the patio, pushing, fidgeting and laughing and the girls all standing on the right, giggling, preening and posing for the parents flashing cameras. The girls were all adorned in pretty dresses; hair fashioned in curls, tied up or flat-ironed in perfect place; faces tastefully painted and teetering on heels. The boys were wearing clean clothes.
The kids all moved through the doors, into their banquet room and I realized that everything was changing in that moment. My baby has become a young lady. I was proud, happy, and a little frightened too.
Have I given her enough tools to make the right choices, to connect with others who will respect her and cherish her, to deal with the stresses of adolescence and to pursue health relationships?
Does she know and understand how important it is to make healthy choices in her life now – eating the right things, exercise, sleep, hygiene, and avoiding toxins like drugs, alcohol and smoking? I know she will be tempted by peers – is she strong enough to follow her own path and dance to her own drummer?
Time will tell. I must now stand and watch – guide when I can – support her – and be ready to catch her if she slips.
I guess this is a milestone for me too.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I was sitting at my computer watching this - grinning like a fool. It is great!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
At a recent International Support Links meeting, it was agreed that the WCBCF needs to maintain our commitment to the African continent while looking at including other underdeveloped countries. It was also agreed that we need to find out from the individuals we will be working with what was important to them and what help they needed to provide us with information which would enable us to enhance and plan an appropriate programs.
Attending this G20 meeting provides an opportunity to not only meet with the political leaders, which is important to plant seeds of possible change for the women working in these countries and raising awareness, but also meet some influential people who can be advocates for the women working in the health care system and in the communities back home.
The WCBCF has managed, through work with countries throughout the world, to get a solid sense of what barriers many women face: such as access, resources and cultural. The WCBCF is committed to making the needed connections to remove these barriers and the G20 Business Seminar is a step in the right direction.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I did not talk much about the new Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee - probably should have said more because this is one of the first of it kind for this type of conference.
I have to admit this conference and Foundation are different from anything I have ever seen - it brings survivors - medical - scientists together into one place to share.
Gives me goose bumps just thinking about the power of the exchange.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I am about to head off to Ambleside Park to do a training hike for the Seek the Peak relay. I have less than a month for training so I am starting to push myself. I have already done 1 hour on the treadmill today.
This is a picture of where the trail starts at the Capilano River. It is all up hill from here.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
A friends daughter’s mother in law passed away today – she was diagnosed with breast cancer barely a year ago.
We hear the statistics all of the time: 1 in 9 diagnosed, 80% survival. It can be very easy to forget that our mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, grandmothers, granddaughter, friends ... are behind the statistics.
You know who that '1' (of 9) is. You love someone who is in the 20% and did not beat cancer.
Live your life with passion today, tomorrow, everyday - for Julie, all you have lost, those still fighting, everyone left behind and yourself.
Monday, June 7, 2010
The Conference creates opportunities to examine issues in all their variety and complexity, giving equal voice to the person affected by breast cancer, the clinician, the scientist, and the advocate. In this way, international knowledge is shared and enriched from a number of perspectives that broaden expertise, deepen sensitivity and respect, and accelerate progress in confronting breast cancer.
In 2008, more than 600 delegates from 32 countries participated in the Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the 2010 Annual General Meeting on June 5, 2010, it was determined that an expected 1,000 delegates from 40 countries will participate in the 2011 Conference.
“Through the conferences, our delegates share their breast cancer experiences and knowledge from varying cultural perspectives and roles,” says Leila Springer, President, World Conference on Breast Cancer Foundation. “The shared goal is to improve the impact breast cancer has on women and men globally.”
At the 2010 Annual General Meeting, the Conference’s Youth Day was approved. The youth component will be open to two hundred high school and undergraduate university students from the around the world. These individuals will represent breast cancer advocates, individuals who have been impacted by breast cancer or are interested and concerned about breast cancer prevention and risk reduction. The one-day session will include interactive presentations and workshops focused on prevention by sharing knowledge on healthy lifestyle choices, safe daily-care products, and screening.
The 2011 Conference’s premier sponsor is Scotiabank and other sponsors include Tourism Hamilton, The Hamilton Spectator, Rethink, and Pioneer Petroleums.
World Conference on Breast Cancer Foundation
The World Conference on Breast Cancer Foundation is a charity dedicated to international and multi-disciplinary action on breast cancer. It is dedicated to holding a global conference on breast cancer every three years in Canada as part of its mission to increase awareness and advance action on breast cancer through knowledge exchange, capacity building, advocacy and global networking.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
I cannot wait to tell you more in the coming days. We are wrapping up this morning and heading home. I feel satisfied exhaustion.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Give me a muffin and coffee and we are off to the races!
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Friday, June 4, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
"Thank goodness for Breast Self Exams. I too found my own lump. As far as the comment you made on "not been doing any housework, but taking it easy, exercising 3 x a day, reading, going for walks and enjoying sunlight" - that sounds like something everyone should try from time to
time - why wait until we are forced to."
Wishing Nina a speedy recovery.
Read more about Nina at http://www.wcbcf.ca/foundation/directors/archives/7