Original activities planned for the Bourassa Boyer Walk


PHOTO COURTESY VSPCR

The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation (VSPCRF) since September 2010, offers specialized palliative care free of charge with respect and dignity to individuals of all ages (children, teenagers, adults) who have a terminal-phase illness. For more information, please visit www.mspvs.org/en/.

During an April 19 press conference, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation (VSPCRF) unveiled the activities planned for the Bourassa Boyer Walk being held at Maison-Valois Park in Vaudreuil-Dorion Sunday, May 7.

Theme

Health and wellness is the unifying theme of the sixth edition of this annual walk.

“Walking is choosing to move forward, to get out and meet people who, like many of our walkers, have experienced the loss of a loved one. It is a moment to recharge one’s batteries, to get back into shape and move,” explained Jacinthe Demers, Interim Executive Director of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR).

Programming

In addition to having the opportunity to walk one of three circuits (3, 5, or 7 km), participants will have a variety of activities and kiosks to choose from. Each will offer a moment of respite or bereavement resources.

“We are particularly happy this year to count on the collaboration of several local organizations and businesses who have accepted to join us and work together to offer a stimulating program for participants of the Bourassa Boyer Walk,” said Jasmine Sharma, Director of Communications and Philanthropic Development at the VSPCR. “Young and not so young will find something to recharge and enjoy the outdoors,” she added.

Face painting by Production Makéo, a creative art workshop with Deirdre Potash and a bow and arrow challenge organized by Centre Notre-Dame-de-Fatima are some of the activities that will be offered in the park all morning. The first walkers to return from the circuits will be greeted by Heleen Couvrette from H~OM Yoga who will lead a relaxation segment to the Negro spiritual vocals of chœur Chants de Coton. Between 11 a.m. and noon, Véronique Berlinguette of Cardio Plein Air and Sherry Owen with Action Sport Physio will get people moving to the rhythms of Flirt Band. The Foundation thanks them all for graciously offering their services so our participants can enjoy diverse activities.

PHOTO COURTESY VSPCR

Carole Charrette from Bourassa Boyer, Jacinthe Demers from the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence and Guy Pilon, Mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion, unveil the giant ball which is a symbol of support and collaboration for the Bourassa Boyer Walk. Several local organisations and businesses are collaborating to offer a stimulating program for participants of the Bourassa Boyer.

Rain or shine, we will be covered thanks to Chapiteau National, tents supplied by the City of Rigaud, Alain Chartrand Sonorisation and Transbus. We also wish to thank the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion for their collaboration on this project.

A very special activity is planned with a giant ball revealed at the press conference.

“You know, in life, we constantly need to bounce back, innovate and it is in this light that we will use this large ball. It in some ways represents the pain felt by every person who has lost a loved one; a pain that is all too often too great to carry alone. This ball is also a symbol for the Palliative Care Residence where the contribution of each person is important. We hope you will help us carry it further which in return enables us to help you further,” said Jacinthe Demers, without divulging how the ball will be used on Sunday, May 7. It is an event not to be missed with plenty of activities to discover and many more surprises in store!

Preparations are underway on the food and beverage front too. The Foundation can confirm that Cafexo will be selling a variety of coffees and hot chocolate, Serres Vaudreuil has graciously offered apples and bananas to help the Foundation raise funds and walkers will receive water bottles thanks to Jean Coutu Pharmacy on Avenue Saint-Charles in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Bring your wallet to purchase food and support the Foundation at the same time.

Organizing Committee

An event of this magnitude can’t unfold without the support of a dedicated organizing committee. A special thanks to Véronique Berlinguette (Cardio Plein Air), Maxime Besner and Patricia Oliver (Action Sport Physio), Dr. Jean-Luc Flipo and Dominique Thibault (Clinique Para-Santé), Julien Gravel (Chevaliers de Colomb District 47), Geneviève Leblond Morin (Club Optimistes de Vaudreuil-Dorion), Adrien Brunet (Club Richelieu), Denise Rozon Besner (volunteer at the VSPCR) and several VSPCR employees: Susan Bednarski, Dominique Bérubé, Marie Bilas, Valérie Champagne, Mélissa Desgagné, Lucie Grenier, Madeleine Langlois, Sylvie Perreault and Anna St-Arnaud.

Participate in the Bourassa Boyer Walk

There are only two weeks left to become one of our supporters by taking one small step for you and one big step for us! Several municipalities have already confirmed their participation this year, such as Les Coteaux, Rigaud, Saint-Zotique, Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Vaudreuil-Dorion (two teams) and the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges. A new website dedicated to The Bourassa Boyer Walk at www.marchefmspvs.ca/en offers many ways to participate. The Foundation invites you to build a team and try to raise $1,000 or more, or sign-up as an individual walker by raising a minimum of $200 or perhaps even invite your friends and family to support you and donate to this activity.

For more info, contact Marie Bilas at (450) 202-2202, ext. 126 or email marchewalk@mspvs.org.

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