June 2005

Evaluating the World Conference on Breast Cancer

Nishka Smith of the Atlantic Evaluation Group and The Quaich Inc. is a partner in the evaluation of the World Conference on Breast Cancer, June 8-12 2005. Taking the lead on evaluation design, Nishka Smith has used a participatory evaluation approach to develop a logic model, evaluation framework, and exit survey for the conference. Challenges have been to create a survey that is comprehensive, yet easily completed by both English speakers, as well as foreign international participants from around the world. Staff of The Quaich Inc. will be at the conference to collect further data through onsite observations. The World Conference on Breast Cancer is being held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the World Trade and Convention Centre between June 8th and 12th, 2005.

Launch of Navigating Your Path – a guide for persons diagnosed with advanced breast cancer will take place June 11, 2005 at the World Conference on Breast Cancer in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With generous funding from the CURE Foundation, the National working Group of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Community Capacity Building Committee, Public Health Agency is launching a guide to assist persons receiving a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer in finding the resources and support they need. The guide has been tested across the country by professionals and survivors, and has received a positive response. It is now ready for national distribution. Patsy and Billie-Jean of The Quaich Inc. served as consultants to the National Working Group for the development and focus testing of the guide.

Kate Hughes, BMus, MMus. (Event Coordinator, The Quaich Inc.), is featured in the entertainment program for the Celebration of Life Dinner at the World Conference on Breast Cancer, June 11, 2005. Kate Hughes, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston MA, has performed as an opera singer throughout North America and Japan. Although her career as an opera singer has shifted to that of an event planner, Kate continues to sing periodically and especially enjoys dusting off her vocal cords for meaningful functions such as the World Conference on Breast Cancer.

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