Occupation: Executive Director, New Brunswick Agricultural Council
Hometown: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Family: Mother to one son and one daughter
My biggest physical accomplishment(s) to date: Climbing Mount Katahdin in Maine
"Riding Canada for a Reason" - Mon cadeau de fête de 40 ans
My youngest child recently graduated from high school and moved out of the home to further her studies leaving me with more time to practice activities not always easy to do as a single parent. One of those activities is biking. Growing up in a family of 9 kids, biking was a very important means of transportation if one wanted to get anywhere. Since I was not one to stay put, there was born a passion for riding which became my favorite way to see the countryside. When my son was younger, we had the habit of riding the “Tour de Montréal event” together every year and as a result, biking also became a way for us to be closer and connect at a higher level. Therefore, I think that as a team, some amazing happenings can result from riding this great country in June of 2009.
I am extremely thrilled and honored to have been selected as one of the 38 National Riders. The brochure for the past event of June 2008 has been pined to my refrigerator since January 2008 as my number one way to do something special to highlight the fact that I was turning 40; something meaningful.
This is a cause that I hold dear to my heart since I am a cancer survivor and I have known children who have shown courage as no adult can while receiving treatments and surviving the illness. This should not be and more needs to be done to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer charities across Canada in order to enrich the lives of all our children.
I was in my early teens and at a very influential time in my life when Terry Fox ran through NB in his quest to run across Canada. I saw him three times as my family was in the crowd that welcomed him to Fredericton. Following the event, our family drove to Edmundston to visit relatives and we saw Terry again. It was pouring rain and there he was edging on, in the rain, with nobody in sight but his brother, in the van, following him. This memory, engraved in my mind and heart forever, seriously helped me decide how I wanted to celebrate turning 40. I want to embrace the cause of my hero, Terry Fox and with my small contribution, help alleviate the sufferings of children and their families struck by cancer.
“En vérité, le chemin importe peu, la volonté d’arriver suffit à tout.” (Albert Camus)