September 2012

National funding: NB breast & women's cancer group

Exciting news for our clients, the New Brunswick Breast and Women's Cancer Partnership!

* * * * *

National partnerships benefit women with breast and gynecological cancers in New Brunswick

MONCTON | SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 – A volunteer organization in New Brunswick has been given national attention and funding for their efforts to support women with cancer in the province. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Atlantic Division and Ovarian Cancer Canada have joined forces to fund the first full-time employee of the New Brunswick Breast and Women’s Cancer Partnership (NBBWCP).

The announcement of the funding partnership – the first of its kind in Canada – was held during the NBBWCP’s annual Education Day on September 14th at Future Inns in Moncton. On-hand to make the announcement were: Jane Parsons, CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Atlantic Division and Elisabeth Ross, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada. Both organizations also have representatives on the NBBWCP Board of Directors.

The New Brunswick Breast and Women’s Cancer Partnership (NBBWCP) links New Brunswick women with accurate, up-to-date resources and support services. The Partnership has existed in a volunteer format for 14 years, and over the past several years has received increased funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to expand its bilingual work within the province.

A Community Contact Program was created in response to a grassroots need for help accessing national, regional and local breast and gynecological cancer resources and support. The program engages trained volunteers as peer navigators to link women with or at risk for female-specific cancers (breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian) to provincial, health zone and community support services. A full-time Community Program Coordinator, Julie Roy, is organizing the delivery of the program throughout New Brunswick. Her position was made possible through 70% funding support from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Atlantic Division and 30% from Ovarian Cancer Canada.

The funding announcement featured a panel speaking about their experiences and perspectives with breast and gynecological cancers in the region and how the Community Contact Program will benefit the health system, as well as individuals living with for female-specific cancers. In addition to Ms. Parsons, Ms. Ross and Ms. Roy, the panel included: Norma Dubé, the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Government of New Brunswick’s Women's Issues Branch; and Julie Bergeron, a breast cancer survivor.

The New Brunswick Breast and Women’s Cancer Partnership (formerly known as the New Brunswick Breast Cancer Information Partnership) has distributed over 6000 bilingual breast cancer and gynecological cancer information guides to women since 1998. Designed through consultations with women living with cancer, health care professionals and support organizations, the information guides are distributed to women who receive a cancer diagnosis by their physician. The guides were created through funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, and funding for distribution of the breast cancer guide is provided by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Division.

For more information about the New Brunswick Breast and Women’s Cancer Partnership, contact the Community Program Coordinator, Julie Roy at (506) 858-8252 or email NBwomenscancer@gmail.com.

< >