Hard-working organizers
A team of hard-working ladies from both the Friends For Life and Breast Cancer Action groups formed to bring the second annual Health and Wellness Day to Embrun. Pictured from the left, back: Nicole Gosselin-Seguin, Jennifer Geigle, Cécile Dumouchel, Liz Perras and Lorraine Beaudin. Pictured from the left, front: Marie Claire Ivanski and Diane Hayes. Glover photo

EMBRUN – For many decades, fighting cancer has focused on finding a cure; perhaps overshadowing the search for a cause.

That’s the idea behind this year’s Health and Wellness Day held at the Embrun Recreation Centre on Sat., Oct. 19, seeking to find a cause of the disease and stop it before it becomes a problem. This year marks the second year of the Wellness Day put on by a team from Friends for Life and Breast Cancer Action.

While this year’s event did not surpass last year’s total, the event did still attract over 100 eager patrons to learn more about healthier lifestyles, raising a grand total of $4,000 for breast cancer research, nearing the closing of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The event invited a variety of specialists and experts from the field of health and wellness including physical health, mental health and proper eating.

Organizers wanted to improve on last year’s event by inviting guest speakers for more intimate and private presentations. Instead of presenting on the stage, interrupting the flow of the rest of the room, a separate area was built with seating and a projector to allow for more personal learning from each speaker.

One speaker included a trained paramedic and registered holistic nutritionist, Roxane Bertrand, who discussed macronutrients and the importance of a balanced meal. Another popular speaker included certified health coach, raw food chef and cancer survivor, Liz Neil Perras, who talked about her long, difficult healing journey and how she overcame the most difficult chapter in her life.