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Engage with PEI’s LGBTQ2+

Engage with members of PEI’s LGBTQ2+ community, at a special general meeting on November 21 at Mur [ ... ]

this town is small Critique Sessions

TTIS Critique Sessions for Artists returns on Thursday, November 29 from 7–10 pm at 171 Great Geor [ ... ]

Commitment to a Cure

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure

by Mary Beth Roach

Holding the “Woodlands Creatures” quilt which will be raffled in order to raise funds for breast cancer research are members of the Rose Runners CIBC Run for the Cure team, Peggy Roach Rivard, Mary Beth Roach (left) and Mary Leah Trainor (right).In 1996, my mother, Rose Roach, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 52. A family therapist with Addiction Services dedicated to helping and supporting others, she organized a family team, the Rose Runners, to participate in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. The Rose Runners has participated in the Run for the Cure every year since 1996. For my mother, the event was not only about raising money for breast cancer research, education, and awareness, but also about bringing family, friends, and communities together to support Island women with breast cancer. On the day of the run, she was always amazed as the sea of white and pink t-shirts flooded streets for as far as the eye could see.

Although my mother, lost her battle with breast cancer in 2000, the Rose Runners continue to participate in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. We remain committed to supporting Island women with breast cancer and believe that one day a cure will be found. This year alone, 100 Island women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer and 25 Island women will die from the disease (Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2006).

Two members of the Rose Runners, Yvette McKenna and Mary Leah Trainor, hatched a fund-raising idea. Accomplished quilters, they spoke with other quilters, about the possibility of making a quilt to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Sixteen quilters agreed to help. Woodland Creatures, the quilt pattern chosen, features 9 woodland animals, flanked by a sparrow border at the top and chipmunk border at the bottom. Each stitch has been hand quilted. In total, the quilt has taken over 1000 hours to complete. A work of art, the quilt is a gift from talented Island quilters to women and families touched by breast cancer.

Thanks to Lucy Hickey, Karen Beauregard, Maureen Garrity, Brenda MacKinnon, Edie Zakem, Iva Steward, Brenda Harper, Jean Steele, Velda Taylor, Mary Leah Trainor, Yvette McKenna, Judy Fraser, June Lund, Eileen Howatt, Joyce Doyle, Cheryl Doyle, Marsha Dennis, and Beverly Boswell for the many hours spent quilting Woodland Creatures in support of breast cancer research, education, and awareness.

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Some Upcoming Events

Kelley’s Christmas

Kelley Mooney and friends in holiday season concert series November 21, 25 & December 13
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Come Home to Us

Christmas programming at the Celtic Performing Arts Centre Select dates
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Wonderland

Cirque Musica Holiday November 15
Eastlink Centre Eastlink Centre has announced the all-new concert [ ... ]

pei symphony2

Recent News & Articles

A gift of Island poetry: Chris Bailey

Curated by Deirdre Kessler Things My Buddy Said Oh, brother, growing up I’d get into trouble
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A passion for cinema

Laurent Gariépy is screening the classics at City Cinema by Dave Stewart Anyone checking out City [ ... ]

Acadian showman

Profile: Christian Gallant by Jane Ledwell Forty-six musicians and step dancers took the stage at  [ ... ]