Atlantic Invitational Think Tank on Women's Cancers

Saturday, August 18 2012

March 25, 2008: Halifax will be the site of a unique collaboration to discuss women's cancers in Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic Invitational Think Tank on Women's Cancers will bring together health professionals, community agencies, policy makers, volunteers and people affected by women’s cancers to explore strategies to assist people across Atlantic Canada to more easily access services for information and support.

The Think Tank is the initiative of representatives from breast cancer information partnerships in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, who have received many inquiries for information and resources from organizations addressing other cancers. These networks see a benefit in sharing the lessons they have learned from their experiences with the breast cancer community. By organizing the Think Tank they initiated the exploration of the feasibility of partnering with cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancer organizations to provide information and support more broadly to people impacted by women’s cancers.

The Atlantic Think Tank on Women's Cancers has received funding support from the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Partnership against Cancer, and sponsorship from several national and regional organizations. The planning committee believes that by working together, women's cancer groups can share their knowledge with a wider community and maximize resources to benefit Atlantic Canadians.

There is great enthusiasm for this collaboration, which is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada. The Think Tank will feature:

The invitational event will be held Monday, March 31, 2008 at the Inn on the Lake in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Event planning and facilitation for the Atlantic Think Tank on Women's Cancers is provided by The Quaich Inc., a knowledge based company which works with clients across sectors to build healthy and safe communities. The company’s main office is in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

For additional information, contact:

New Brunswick

Wendy Cyr
Chair, Atlantic Invitational Think Tank on Women's Cancers
Chair, New Brunswick Breast Cancer Information Partnership, Inc.
(506) 632-5620
(506) 632-5652 (fax)
morwe@reg2.health.nb.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador

Elaine Ledwell
Planning committee member, Atlantic Invitational Think Tank on Women's Cancers
Co-Chair, Lupin Partnership for Newfoundland and Labrador
(709) 777-6057
eledwell@bspnl.nf.ca

Judy Poole
Planning committee member, Atlantic Invitational Think Tank on Women's Cancers
Co-Chair, Lupin Partnership for Newfoundland and Labrador
(709) 456-2401 ext. 226
(709) 456-2562 (fax)
judy.poole@lghealth.ca

Nova Scotia

Barbara Thompson
Planning committee member, Atlantic Invitational Think Tank on Women's Cancers
Network Coordinator, Nova Scotia Breast Cancer Network & Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia
(902) 463-8042
barbarathompson@bca.ns.ca

Barbara Clow
Planning committee member, Atlantic Invitational Think Tank on Women's Cancers
Executive Director, Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
(902) 494-7790
bclow@dal.com

Erin Hemmens
Researcher, Atlantic Invitational Think Tank on Women's Cancers
Research Assistant, The Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
902-494-7877
er579728@dal.ca

Prince Edward Island

Norah Smith
Planning committee member, Atlantic Invitational Think Tank on Women's Cancers
Member, PEI Breast Cancer Information Partnership
902-894-2914
nesmith@ihis.org

General information

The Quaich Inc.
thinktank@thequaich.pe.ca
www.thequaich.pe.ca

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