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16.12.2015

Rene St-Arnaud, Ph. D.

Following an international search 
Montrealer René St-Arnaud, Ph. D. is appointed
Director of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada Research Centre
and First Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research

Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of René St-Arnaud, Ph.D. as Director of Research and the inaugural Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research.  Dr. St-Arnaud is leading a new growth phase in the history of Canada Shriners Hospital’s Research Centre as he, along with seven investigators and their teams recently moved into a well-planned, spacious and inspiring facility on the 5th floor of the new hospital.

“I am extremely honoured to have received these two appointments. It is particularly poignant to be the inaugural recipient of the Francis Glorieux endowed Chair not only because this is one of the most prestigious academic appointments achievable, but also because Dr. Glorieux is my mentor,” says Dr. St-Arnaud. “I am forever in his debt. He recruited me twenty-six years ago and has been amazingly supportive of my research. When I started my independent career, he generously introduced me to the leaders in our field of research, which led to numerous opportunities for scientific collaboration.”

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The $3-million endowed Chair, established at McGill University and based at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada is amongst the highest distinctions awarded to a scholar in recognition of past and potential original academic contributions. The endowment was made possible thanks to the generous donors who have supported the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Capital Campaign. Donors include private companies and foundations as well as Shriners from across Canada and the North-Eastern United States. Today, representatives from Al Azhar Shriners (Calgary, Alberta), Khartum Shriners (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Mazol Shriners (Newfoundland and Labrador) who collectively donated more than $555,000 towards the Chair proudly represented their region and fellow Shriners.

This is the first endowed Chair in the history of the Shriners Hospitals for Children -Canada. It was established in honour of Francis Glorieux, O.C, M.D., Ph.D., a brilliant scientific leader whose tireless effort and devotion have helped children around the world. Dr. Glorieux served as Director of Research at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada for 37 years until his semi-retirement. This endowed Chair represents a new permanent financial resource to advance the research, teaching, and care of patients.

“McGill is proud of its longstanding association with the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, which has spanned four decades,” says Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of Medicine at McGill. “Today, we are delighted to install Dr. René St-Arnaud as the inaugural Chair named in honour of Dr. Francis Glorieux, the Shriners’ first researcher.  We are confident that under his leadership the Shriners Hospital will continue to conduct ground-breaking research for the benefit of the children and families we serve.”

 Studying metabolic bone disease

Dr. St-Arnaud’s field of scientific research is preclinical models of metabolic bone disease or disorders of bone strength, usually caused by abnormalities of minerals (such as calcium or phosphorus), vitamin D, bone mass or bone structure. He studies bone at the cellular level to better understand the mechanisms involved in the initiation and maintenance of bone and mineral metabolism with the goal of developing efficient drug therapies that will improve the quality and density of bone tissue. Such treatments would benefit numerous patients, particularly those with fractures and low bone mass, such as patients with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease).

Committed to pioneering research

The Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada Research Centre has a history of documented success in bedside-to-bench and bench-to-bedside research in genetics of metabolic bone disease. The research program has generated several major breakthroughs, patents and benchmark protocols, including:

-The world’s standard of care in the medical treatment of children with osteogenesis imperfecta;

-Breakthrough treatment for an inherited form of rickets now adopted globally;

-The only exclusively pediatric bone sampling and analysis laboratory (histomorphometry) in the world allowing for both research and diagnosis of rare diseases;

-Fassier-Duval rods used to reinforce long bones in legs and arms; rods inserted through minimally invasive surgery extend as the child grows and are now the standard in more than 56 countries worldwide.

“In 1989, I recruited Dr. St-Arnaud to the Canada Shriners Hospital and I have had the pleasure of working with him for over 16 years,” says Dr. Francis Glorieux, founder of the hospital’s research program. “Dr. St-Arnaud is an exceptional leader with proven experience. He will guide the centre’s team of dedicated scientists as they continue to make discoveries that will change treatment methodologies and improved the lives of countless children suffering from debilitating bone disorders.”

New research centre and new equipment

At the new Research Centre the team of investigators will build on this tradition of excellence. The 29-thousand square foot facility occupying an entire floor of the new hospital offers twice as much space as at the legacy hospital. It houses eight spacious laboratories allowing the hospital to include researchers who were working off-site as well as welcome new investigators.  Each lab has access to tissue culture facilities and ancillary rooms for bench top equipment and microscopy, allowing scientists to fully utilize their research laboratory space.

A much-welcomed new addition to the research centre is a microcomputed tomography scanner (micro-CT), the most advanced in the McGill network.  It provides high-resolution, three-dimensional images of bone allowing researchers to determine the outcome of their experimental treatments. Previously, Shriners researchers rented time on a lower resolution micro-CT in another research facility.

“This will be a game changer for us. We used to rent time on a micro-CT in another McGill lab. Staff lost a lot of time travelling and waiting for test results. Now, we will have at our fingertips, 24/7, a machine that will provide us with top-notch images. We are quite excited about this new piece of equipment,” says Dr. St-Arnaud. Additional platforms that will be established at the Research Centre include functional loading equipment to study the response of bone tissue to applied forces.

About Dr. St-Arnaud 

Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. St-Arnaud earned his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Université de Montréal and his Ph.D. in Physiology from Université Laval. He then trained as a PostDoctoral Fellow at University of Ottawa and at State University of New York in Stony Brook. He holds cross-appointments as a tenured Full Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Human Genetics at McGill University, where he is also cross-appointed to the Faculty of Dentistry.

He holds seven US patents and has published 120 peer-reviewed articles and 41 book chapters or conference proceedings. He has supervised 41 graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, of which 24 were international.

Dr. St-Arnaud was awarded the Fuller-Albright Young Investigator award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the Outstanding Investigator Award in the Bone Field from the International Bone and Calcium Institute, and the Excellence Award from the Foundation for Research on Children’s Diseases.

About Dr. Francis Glorieux

Francis H. Glorieux’s, O.C., M.D., Ph.D., career at Shriners Hospitals for Children spans 42 years of firsts. Dr. Glorieux, a trained Belgian pediatrician, came to Montreal to complete his doctorate and discovered a fascination for medical research. Richard Cruess, C.C., M.D., then recruited him to establish the first research laboratory in the system at Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada in 1973. In that first year, the hospital’s research staff consisted of Dr. Glorieux and one research assistant, armed with a budget of $150,000, where today the Research Centre’s funding stands at $4 to $5 million with a staff of 50. Dr. Glorieux’s research over the last four decades has been nothing short of groundbreaking. He mapped out the gene responsible for vitamin D-dependent rickets type I and developed a hormone replacement therapy. Further research led to adapting the use of existing osteoporosis medications on children with brittle bone disease, discovering several more types of the disease in the process. From his graduate work under Charles Scriver, C.C., MDCM, he established a treatment program for Familial Hypophosphatemic Rickets which, 35 years later, remains the standard of care for this condition worldwide. Together with Dr. St-Arnaud, he mapped out and cloned the gene responsible for vitamin D-dependent rickets type I and developed a hormone replacement therapy. Further research led to adapting the use of existing osteoporosis medications on children with brittle bone disease, discovering several more types of the disease in the process.

Academically Dr. Glorieux’s published works have had an important influence on a generation of researchers, having published more than 31 book chapters and more than 232 articles in leading scientific journals, including the Neuman Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and Honorary Doctoral Degrees from the Universities of Amiens and Lyons. In 2004, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his outstanding contribution to Canadian society.

30.11.2015

A Victory for Milan on #GivingTuesdayCA

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Six weeks is not a long time to learn how to use your legs after a surgery that puts you back to square one. But the first inpatient at our new Canada Shriners Hospital building, 4-year-old Milan Biasotto, made remarkable progress in such a short amount of time. “He could walk with his walker or quad canes before the surgery,” explains his physiotherapist Chi-lan Tran. “But he was “scissoring” (crossing his legs), was on his toes and couldn’t keep his knees straight. Now, five weeks after surgery, he is no longer scissoring, his knees are straight and he puts his heels down while walking,” she continues. “This more normal walking pattern will facilitate walking independently a lot.” See what Chi-lan is describing by watching this video of Milan - before and six weeks after the surgery.

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Milan was born with cerebral palsy and underwent a radicellectomy (cutting nerves in the lower back that cause spasticity or stiffness in the legs). The surgery opens the door to Milan walking independently one day. But intense rehabilitation for six weeks is crucial as once home, Milan will have physiotherapy 2-3 days a week.

“The goal within those first six weeks is to build muscle strength and improve leg functions,” explains Chi-lan. The spastisity can act as strength in cerebral palsy patients and they often haven’t had the ability to produce muscle mass in the affected areas. It means Milan had to build muscle quickly after the surgery to be able to stand, crawl, bike and walk aided by his walker or quad canes.

“Milan is more motivated than many other kids,” admits Chi-lan. “He loves “practicing” like (Montreal Canadiens goalie) Carey Price,” she says. “When he goes on the treadmill or on a stair exercise, he’s so proud when we tell him he’s training like a professional sports player,” she adds with a smile.

“In the first week, he was crawling,” says Milan’s mom Sonia Groleau. By week 5, Milan was already walking with a walker and was down to one quad cane. “That’s really enormous progress,” states Chi-lan. “Those first six weeks are recuperation time. He has years ahead to improve his walking and overall functionality more, but he’s gotten so far in six weeks.”

Indeed, Milan was doing so well, he got to go home early – five days early.

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“We’re of course so glad to be home together as a family,” says Milan’s mother. “But as far as a long-term hospital experience goes, this was exceptional.”

“We wanted to offer Milan a better quality of life,” states Milan’s dad, Jean-François Biasotto. “We’re so pleased that it’s looking very positive.”

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23.11.2015

Read Part 2 of Milan's Rehabilitation, Leading to #GivingTuesdayCA

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How do you motivate a small child to do two hours of physiotherapy, one hour of occupational therapy, one hour of stretching and over an hour of biking each and every day for six weeks after surgery? A motivated patient like 4-year-old Milan Biasotto, the first inpatient at our new Glen site hospital, helps, as do loving and encouraging parents. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada also believes the answer lies in a caring staff determined to make patients and their families feel at home, an inspiring environment geared towards children and well-trained specialists who among other things, know how to motivate children.

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For Milan, Montreal Canadiens star goalie Carey Price is the motivational key. An avid sports fan, Milan wants to do everything his sports hero does. “When Milan gets tired we ask: what does Carey Price do when he gets tired? He continues working. So Milan does the same,” says Milan’s physiotherapist Chi-lan Tran.

Milan was born with cerebral palsy and underwent a radicellectomy (cutting nerves in the lower back that cause stiffness in the legs). The surgery opens the door to Milan walking independently one day. But hard work in rehab is key: “after the surgery, the patient starts from scratch,” explains Chi-lan.

Ten days into his rehabilitation, Milan began sessions in the pool three days a week. “The new pool is lovely and large – great for Milan,” says his mother Sonia Groleau. “He’d work his balance, practice walking in the water and kicking,” she explains. “At first, he had difficulty kicking his legs, but a few weeks in, Milan was pedaling in the water easily,” continues Chi-lan.

Pool overall

Outside the pool, Milan was progressing as well. He was able to get enough strength in his legs to stand-up without being held – just holding on to something. A week after starting in the pool, Milan began walking with his quad canes, supported by Chi-lan. “The intense therapy is so crucial to their progression,” she insists.

Canada Shriners Hospital has always believed that creating a “second home” for our patients and their families is key to a positive rehabilitation. We wanted to keep that home feeling in our new modern building. “For those of us staying a while, the rooms are much better,” says Milan’s mom. “There’s a single bed for parents in every patient room, and it’s actually rather comfortable,” she admits. “We have our own modern bathroom, a flat screen TV with movies – really for a hospital, it’s very nice,” she continues. “Everything is positive: the specialists, the design... and the food is surprisingly good,” adds dad Jean-François Biasotto, who rotated weeks with his wife, staying with Milan.

Patient room

Milan also took a liking to the outpatient waiting room. On the main floor of the hospital, it is shaped and decorated like a hockey rink – his favorite sport. It provided an ideal place for him to do laps on his adapted bike. “He loved going around and around the rink,” admits his mom.

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“Being away from home and the rest of our family for so long was not easy,” confides Milan’s mom. “But the staff is so friendly. They’ve become like a second family.”

Canada Shriners Hospital needed a new building to help more kids like Milan lead better and fuller lives. Now we need your help to pay for it. After spending some money on yourself or friends and relatives on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, put some money to a good cause – our cause – on GivingTuesday, December 1st. Donate on GivingTuesday by clicking here.    

16.11.2015

Help kids like Milan on #GivingTuesdayCA

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On October 7th, three-year-old Milan Biasotto became the first inpatient at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada’s new Glen site hospital. Living over 2.5 hours away from the hospital in Montreal, Milan and his mom or dad (they alternated weeks) stayed with us for six weeks as he underwent intense physiotherapy and occupational therapy. His hope: to walk unassisted one day.

 Milan and Dad

Milan was born with a brain hemorrhage at 32 weeks and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This meant stiff legs and an inability to develop a sense of balance. By age 3 he could walk on all fours, for a short distance with a walker or quad canes and bike with his homemade adapted bike. But his parents wanted more for him. “We wanted to give him a chance at being independent one day,” said his dad, Jean-François Biasotto.

Milan was a good candidate for a radicellectomy, a neurosurgery in the lower back that consists in selecting and cutting the nerves that cause the stiffness in his legs. “The surgery has no guarantees, but offers him a chance to progress and will help him with walking,” said his mom Sonia Groleau. 

As in many cases at Shriners Hospitals, the surgery alone wasn’t enough. He has months of rehabilitation ahead of him. But Milan is a motivated little boy with highly encouraging parents and Canada Shriners Hospital is world renown for its expertise in orthopaedics and neuromuscular disorders. Over much of his 6-week stay, Milan pushed through 2 hours of physiotherapy, 1 hour of occupational therapy, 1 hour of stretching and rounds of biking EACH DAY! Walking on his own will take a while, but Milan’s made great strides. Follow Milan’s progress with us over the next three weeks, until GivingTuesday.

After spending some money on yourself or friends and relatives on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, put some money to a good cause on GivingTuesday, December 1st. By giving to Canada Shriners Hospital on GivingTuesday, you’ll help more kids like Milan learn to walk. Donate on GivingTuesday now.    

15.10.2015

New Hospital Opens

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Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada Officially Opens!

MONTREAL, October 5, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Monday, October 5th, 2015, Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada will greet its first patient at its new state of the art and family friendly home at the Glen site. “We are ready to officially open our new hospital to patients,” proudly announces Ms. Céline Doray, Administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada.

“The first patients will be going to appointments in the ambulatory clinic. Our rehabilitation services are also resuming,” explains Dr. Reggie Hamdy, Surgeon in Chief at Canada Shriners Hospital. “The kids will love coming into the ambulatory clinic area as the counters and walls are adorned with over 750 donated hockey sticks and pucks. It’s so important to add some fun, it helps the healing process.”

The first patients will be seen in the hospital’s outpatient clinics. Over the coming weeks, the hospital will be ramping-up activities gradually. “Indeed we did not have to transfer patients by ambulance,” explains Ms. Doray. “As our surgeries and clinics are elective, we had the opportunity to move employees first, giving them extra time to prepare for patients. That being said, hospital staff and doctors have been familiarizing themselves with the new hospital, training on the new equipment and preparing the hospital to welcome patients and families since mid-August.”


An Impressive Past, A Promissing Future

After 90 years at its Cedar Avenue home, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada said goodbye on Friday, September 25th, 2015. “The building served us well, but we needed more space and greater technology, and our new Glen site home provides that and more,” says Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International. “Since 1925, the only Shriners Hospital in Canada has become known as a world leader in research and teaching as well as a model for collaboration with other pediatric centres and Shrine Hospitals. That outstanding record will only improve in our new, modern, facility,” adds Mr. Gantt.
“We’ve made numerous advancements over the past 90 years,” explains Dr. Hamdy. “Our Canadian hospital has become a world leader in treating osteogenegis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), scoliosis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, club feet, chest wall deformities and many other complex or rare bone conditions. I am confident we will see continued achievements over the coming years in this new high tech home.”


More about Shriners Hospital at the Glen Site

The new Glen site building nearly triples the size of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, allowing the hospital to offer more services to an ever growing number of young patients. The 207 000 sq. ft. facility includes 22 single-patient rooms and four surgical suites - including one equipped with an O-arm surgical Imaging System for spine surgery.

As education is one of the pillars of the hospital’s mission, a new Education Centre has been incorporated as well. This new 200-seat conference room, which is equipped with the latest multimedia technology and linked to the operating rooms and surgical skills laboratory, will be a unique training and communications centre.
Generous Community Support

The Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Capital Campaign aims to raise $130-million ($127-million for construction and equipment and $3-million for the Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research). Thanks to the incredible support of the community, we have raised over $124-millon, leaving us just under $6-million to go before Spring 2016 when the campaign ends. A huge thank you to the thousands of individuals and corporations who have contributed so far.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

Information for families and patients

For information about the new hospital or questions, please call our community line
514-282-8548 or email Shrinerscanadainfo@shrinenet.org

You may also visit our website for more details on our move and accessing the new hospital at:
http://shrinersexceptionalcampaign.ca/we-are-moving/

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Emmanuelle Rondeau
Communications & Marketing Manager
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erondeau@shrinenet.org

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Audreanne L'heureux, 10 years-old, is officially greeted as one of the first patients at the new Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada at the Glen site. She is accompanied by her mother, Karina Munoz, and her grand-father, José Munoz. Greeting her are Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International, his wife, Lady Lisa Gantt, Andr Igbhy, architect, Sharon Brissette, Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services, Shriners Hospital foChildren - Canada, Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada and Ms. Céline Doray, Administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada.

Jerry Gantt, Lisa Gantt, Andre Igbhy, Sharon Brissette, Gino Beretta, Celine Doray

The first patients at the new hospital building were officially greeted by: Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International, his wife, Lady Lisa Gantt, Andr Igbhy, architect, Sharon Brissette, Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services, Shriners Hospital foChildren - Canada, Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada and Ms. Céline Doray, Administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada.

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Patient Chlöé Youwakim was also amongst the first patients. She is with cast technician Stephanie Thierry.

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Patient Marc-Étienne Pigeon with his surgeon,  Dr. Reggie Hamdy, Surgeon in Chief at Canada Shriners Hospital, and his mother, Marie-France Boulet.

15.10.2015

Inaugural Ball Surpasses its Fundraising Goal!

 

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Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada’s Inaugural Ball Surpasses Goal and Raises $1.2 million

Montreal, October 4, 2015 – Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada’s Inaugural Ball was a great success, raising $1.2 million, which will go directly towards the construction of the new Glen site hospital. “The ball’s goal was to raise $1 million and we surpassed that,” announced ball honorary co-chair and President and Co-Founder of the Montreal Impact Joey Saputo. “All of that money will go towards the hospital’s capital campaign and will fund Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada’s extraordinary new hospital at the Glen site,” he added.

“This hospital does wonderful things for children and their families,” remarked ball honorary co-chair Carmie Saputo. “Joey and I have been so impressed with this world-renown hospital and have been honored to co-chair the inaugural ball together. We should all be proud to have such a great institution here in Canada.”

“I would like to salute Carmie and Joey Saputo for taking on “The One & Only” Inaugural Ball and for their generosity towards all of the families we help,” said Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. “I would like to thank them for the time, determination and leadership they have shown in making this event such a success,” Beretta continued. “It is clear we need to raise money to pay for our new hospital. But it is important to remember it’s more than a building. To observe a child who could only crawl take their first few steps after surgery and therapy is breathtaking. To see a young adult who is a double amputee dance on Broadway is mindboggling. To meet a nurse who was once a patient herself is a true testimony of the work we do,” he added.

“We consider this new facility the flagship of our network of 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children here in Canada, in the US and Mexico,” said Imperial Potentate Jerry G. Gantt, Shriners International. “As its consruction is financed entirely by donations, the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign is crucial,” he pointed-out. “The campaign’s goal is $130 million and we’re now at $124.4 million, thanks in good part to the ball. Thank you to all our generous sponsors and donors for pushing us closer to our goal, which we aim to achieve by Spring of 2016.”

“The One and Only” ball would not have been such a success without the support of all our donors and sponsors, in particular our Diamond sponsors: Letko Brosseau, Placements Borsa | Famille Elina et Giuseppe Borsellino, Roasters Foundation, Saputo Inc., Fondation Mirella et Lino Saputo and The Rossy Family Foundation, as well as our Platinum sponsors: Carmie & Joey Saputo Foundation and J.E. Hanger Inc. de Montréal. We would also like to thank our Gold sponsors: Broccolini Construction, Giuseppe Monticciolo Senior and Family, MEGA | MATTEL, Placements Benirosa and Power Corporation.

“This inaugural ball has been such a great way to toast the official opening of our new hospital on Monday,” said Ms. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada. “We should all be proud to have an institution offering children from not only Montreal, Quebec and the rest of Canada, but from around the world, ground-breaking care and research in the field of pediatric orthopaedics and related fields.”

More about the Inaugural Ball

“The One and Only” Inaugural Ball took place Saturday, October 3rd at Uniprix Stadium. A champagne cocktail was followed by a five-course meal. The theme of the ball - reminiscent of the founding of Canada Shriners Hospital in 1925 - was Hollywood Glam and many guests dressed for the occasion. The evening’s emcee was Michel Lacroix, known to most as the voice of the Montreal Canadiens. Mr. Lacroix has had a distinguished broadcasting career over the past 35 years on both radio and TV, which has also included as announcer, commentator and reporter at Olympic Games, various World Championships, tennis games at Jarry Park and several other major events in Montreal, as well as on RDS.

Jimmy Vali brought his big band from New York City to keep with the theme and kept the evening moving on the dance floor. Vali Entertainment has earned a worldwide reputation over 50 years for providing superior quality music and entertainment for the likes of parties and weddings hosted by actors Glenn Close and Seth Rogan, author Tom Clancy and former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, as well as highly regarded institutions such as NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The evening’s DJ, Montreal’s own Vito V, ensured guests kept dancing into the wee hours. The DJ, producer and radio host is one of the most sought-after talents in the nation and has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest acts, having even earned a residency with David Guetta at the famous Wet Republic in Las Vegas. He has released four albums and has found big success with singles “Billionaire” and “Live Tonight”. Vito V began his radio career with a syndicated show on Canada’s NRJ radio stations and is now an announcer on Montreal’s most prestigious hit music station, Virgin Radio 96, four nights a week.

 


More about Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensusuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

For information about the new hospital or questions, the general public may call our community line at 514-282-8548 or email Shrinerscanadainfo@shrinenet.org

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Contact:
Caroline Phaneuf
Public Relations, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada
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cphaneuf@shrinenet.org

Emmanuelle Rondeau
Manager, Communications and Marketing
514.207.1057
514.282-6990
erondeau@shrinenet.org

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The presentation of the $1.2 million check, from left to right: Imperial Sir Dale Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Shriners International, Mrs. Carmie Saputo, honorary ball co-chair, Mr. Joey Saputo, honorary ball co-chair, Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada and Imperial Potentate Jerry G. Gantt.

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From left to right: Mr. Joey Saputo, ball honorary co-chair, Mrs. Carmie Saputo, ball honorary co-chair and Mr. Michel Lacroix, the ball’s emcee and voice of the Montreal Canadiens.

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Jimmy Vali brought his big band from New York City to keep with the theme and kept the evening moving on the dance floor.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada’s Inaugural Ball was a great success, raising $1.2 million, which will go directly towards the construction of the new Glen site hospital.

14.09.2015

Inaugural Ball

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Carmie and Joey Saputo Honorary Co-Chairs of  Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada’s Inaugural Ball

Montreal, September 15, 2015 – Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada will be greeting its first patient at its new hospital on October 5th and is honoring the occasion with an inaugural ball. “The One and Only Ball will celebrate the exceptional care that this orthopaedic hospital offers to exceptional kids from across Canada and around the world,” says ball co-chair and President and Co-Founder of the Montreal Impact Joey Saputo. “Carmie and I are proud to co-chair this first ever ball for Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada.”

“We have healthy children who have not required the care at Canada Shriners Hospital, but we know several people who have benefitted from this outstanding hospital,” adds co-chair Carmie Saputo. “Sports plays a big role in our lives. The fact that Shriners Hospitals for Children can help some kids – who at first never had hope to walk – play sports or run around with their friends, is amazing. This hospital’s expertise changes the lives of thousands of children every year,” she adds.

“The goal for the ball is to raise $1 million, which will go towards the hospital’s capital campaign,” explains Mr. Saputo. “As the new hospital consruction is financed entirely by donations, the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign is crucial,” he adds. The campaign’s goal is to reach $130 million, which includes $3 million for the Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research and $127 million for construction and equipment. “The campaign is now at $123 million, meaning there is $7 million to go between now and the end of the campaign in the Spring of 2016,” says Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. “I’m confident this ball will help the hospital reach that goal.”

“We are so very lucky to have the one and only Shriners Hospital in Canada right here in Montreal,” says Mr. Gerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International. “We should all be proud to have an institution offering children from not only Montreal, Quebec and the rest of Canada, but from around the world, ground-breaking care and research in the field of pediatric orthopaedics and related fields.”

Special Thanks to our Generous Supporters, Participants and Donors

Our inaugural ball would not be possible without the generous support of all our donors and sponsors. We would like to express a special thank you to our Diamond sponsors: Letko Brosseau, Placements Borsa | Famille Elina et Giuseppe Borsellino, Roasters Foundation, Saputo Inc., Fondation Mirella et Lino Saputo and The Rossy Family Foundation, as well as to our Platinum sponsors: Carmie & Joey Saputo Foundation and J.E. Hanger Inc. de Montréal. We would also like to thank our Gold sponsors: Broccolini Construction, Giuseppe Monticciolo Senior and Family, MEGA | MATTEL, Placements Benirosa and Power Corporation. Thank you to all of the participants and donors that have contributed to this event.

More about the Inaugural Ball

Taking place on Saturday, October 3rd at Uniprix Stadium (two days before the new hospital greets its first patient), the theme of the ball will be reminiscent of the founding of Canada Shriners Hospital in 1925: Hollywood Glam. The evening’s M.C., Michel Lacroix, is known to most as the voice of the Montreal Canadiens. Mr. Lacroix has had a distinguished broadcasting career over the past 35 years on both radio and TV, which has also included as announcer, commentator and reporter at Olympic Games, various World Championships, tennis games at Jarry Park and several other major events in Montreal, as well as on RDS.

Jimmy Vali and his band from New York City will be going back in time to the ‘20s in their repertoire to keep the evening moving on the dance floor. Vali Entertainment has earned a worldwide reputation over 50 years for providing superior quality music and entertainment for the likes of parties and weddings hosted by actors Glenn Close and Seth Rogan, author Tom Clancy and former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, as well as highly regarded institutions such as NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The evening’s DJ will be Montreal’s own Vito V: DJ, producer and radio host. Vito V is one of the most sought-after talents in the nation and has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest acts, having even earned a residency with David Guetta at the famous Wet Republic in Las Vegas. He has released four albums and has found big success with singles “Billionaire” and “Live Tonight”. Vito V began his radio career with a syndicated show on Canada’s NRJ radio stations and is now an announcer on Montreal’s most prestigious hit music station, Virgin Radio 96, four nights a week. 

More about Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensusuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

For information about the new hospital or questions, please call our community line at 514-282-8548 or email Shrinerscanadainfo@shrinenet.org

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Contact:

To donate to the Inaugural Ball, for more information or to purchase tickets, please call Emmanuelle Rondeau at 514-207-1057.

 

Media contact:

Caroline Phaneuf
Public Relations, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

514.778.5092
carolineannephaneuf@hotmail.com

cphaneuf@shrinenet.org

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13.09.2015

Dedication Ceremony

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Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Officially Opens New Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada!

MONTREAL, Aug. 20, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Over 2000 people attended the Shriners Hospitals for Children®- Canada dedication ceremony this afternoon and watched as Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Shriners Hospitals for Children® leadership cut a huge red ribbon officially opening the Montreal-based facility. Also present were Quebec Health and Social Services Minister Mr. Gaétan Barrette, M.D., Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, , Mme. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada, Mr. Normand Rinfret, Director General and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, Mr. Dale Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International and many other dignitaries. Patient representatives helped make the grand opening and hospital tours poignant. 

The new hospital is modern, bright and spacious. The 207 000 sq. ft. facility allows the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada to provide infants, children and young adults with state-of-the-art care and rehabilitation in a warm and friendly environment.  It features a realm of new services and technologies including 22 single-patient rooms, four surgical suites including one designed specifically for back surgery and a 200-seat education centre to enhance the teaching mandate as well as the care offered to current and future patients.


 

To view a video of the new Shriners Hospital, click here: https://vimeo.com/139741391  password: sh15

To watch the dedication ceremony in its entirety, click here: https://vimeo.com/139250744


 

Highly specialized pediatric orthopaedic care

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada provides full investigative, therapeutic and rehabilitation services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital treats patients in need of complex pediatric orthopaedic care for disorders such as osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), scoliosis and spinal deformities. It also cares for patients with neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy. In addition, the hospital's highly skilled health care providers help children with limb length discrepancies and those who need reconstructive hand or plastic surgery. Other areas of specialization include the treatment of metabolic and heritable bone, rheumatology and urology diseases.

The project was completed on time and on budget and was overseen by André Ibghy Architects Inc. and a construction committee composed of representatives of Shriners International and the Montreal hospital.  The conventionally financed facility was built by SNC-Lavalin.

Home away from home

From the reception area to the recovery room, the hospital sets new standards in pediatric orthopaedic care, surgery, research and teaching.  The hospital includes numerous new features such as an ambulatory care infusion room in which children with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) can receive drugs intravenously and an operating room equipped with an O-arm surgical Imaging System for spine surgery. This system gives surgeons unprecedented two- and three-dimensional images of the patient's anatomy making the placement of surgical rods and screws more precise.   

High tech with a human touch

The new hospital was designed with a deep understanding that it will be a home away from home for several of the children and families served. Many of them will have travelled from across Canada, the northeastern U.S. and from around the world for treatment. The overarching objective was therefore to make the facility welcoming and friendly. To this end, each floor features the colours and attractions of a different region of Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Artic. Whimsical touches are found throughout. In the reception area, iconic maple leafs float down from the ceiling. The inpatient rooms located on the fourth floor have a beach theme with huge murals of sand castles and lights shaped like portholes. Also on the fourth floor, the Child Life Department has an under-the-sea theme with a huge sea life mural and lights that look like bubbles lazyly floating to the ceiling.  The Child Life Department also features a classroom with a huge picture window and an impressive view of the Montreal skyline and Mount Royal. There is even an indoor zen garden bathed in light where parents can enjoy a few minutes of quiet respite. The building's interior design is bright and airy, with a generous amount of large windows and several skylights inviting natural light deep into the heart of the structure. Altogether, this creates a unique healing and caring environment. 

The six-floor building located on Décarie Boulevard punctuates the west end of the MUHC Glen site.  The Canada Shriners Hospital is linked to the Montreal Children's Hospital on two floors, which will facilitate greater collaboration, operational efficiencies and ease of access for patients and families.

Welcoming patients in October

On October 5, 2015, the first patient will be greeted in the ambulatory clinic, which has been designed to resemble a hockey rink, with a scoreboard to direct patients to their exam room and red hockey goal lights hanging from the ceiling. The walls are adorned with over 750 donated hockey sticks and pucks.  Between now and October 5, employees and physicians will get to know their new hospital as they receive training on new equipment and protocols, and start preparing the hospital to welcome the first patients and their families 

The hospital is nearly three times bigger than the Cedar Avenue building and as a consequence, the new Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is in the process of recruiting and hiring 40 full-time nurses, nurses aids, cleaners and other employees.

Generous Community Support

Thanks to the incredible support of the community, the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids capital campaigned has raised $123-million, with the goal of reaching $130-millon ($127-million for the hospital and $3-million for the Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research) by May 2016. A huge thank you to the thousands of individuals and corporations who have made this hospital possible. Your generosity will allow our dedicated health care professionals to care to help our patients reach their full potential.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

SOURCE Shriners Hospitals For Children

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Image with caption: "Dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony held Thursday to open the new Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. From left to right: Stéphane Billette, Chief Government Whip, Kathleen Weil, Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Robert Poëti, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for Montreal, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Shriners patients Marie-Pierre Paquet and Carter Brown, Mr. Dale Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Mr. Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Health and Social Services Minister, Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, Mme. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. (CNW Group/Shriners Hospitals For Children)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150820_C4264_PHOTO_EN_481972.jpg

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Image with caption: From left to right: Kathleen Weil, Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Robert Poëti, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for Montreal, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard Shriners patients Marie-Pierre Paquet and Carter Brown, Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate, Shriners International, Mr. Dale Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Mr. Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Health and Social Services Minister, Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, Mme. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada.

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Image with caption: "During tour of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard talks to Kaleb-Wolf De Melo Torres, a young patient with brittle bone disease being treated at the hospital. (CNW Group/Shriners Hospitals For Children)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150820_C4264_PHOTO_EN_481973.jpg

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Image with caption: Dr. Jean Ouellet, Deputy Chief of Staff and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, gives a tour of the new hospital's state-of-the-art operating rooms.

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Image with caption: From left to right: Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, Mme. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, Mr. Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Health and Social Services Minister, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate, Shriners International.

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Image with caption: The Karnak Shriners Patrol Unit leads the way from the ribbon-cutting ceremony to the tent, where the official inaugural ceremony takes place.

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Image with caption: The Karnak Shriners Patrol Unit leading the way to the inauguration ceremony.

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Image with caption: "Close to 2000 people attend dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. Mr. Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada and Mme. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada are at the podium (CNW Group/Shriners Hospitals For Children)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150820_C4264_PHOTO_EN_481974.jpg

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Image with caption: Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard during his inauguration ceremony speech.

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Image with caption: "Exterior of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. The pediatric orthopedic hospital is based in Montreal but treats children from across Canada (CNW Group/Shriners Hospitals For Children)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150820_C4264_PHOTO_EN_481975.jpg  

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Image with caption: The exterior of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, seen from Décarie boulevard.

 

For further information: Lisa Dutton, lisa@communicationsshout.ca, 514-264-6514; Caroline Phaneuf, cphaneuf@shrinenet.org, 514-778-5092; Gemma Bélanger, gbelanger@shrinenet.org, W: 514-282-7222, C: 514-207-2267

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07.07.2015

A True Spartan!

16-year-old with Prosthetics Proves Obstacles can be Overcome:

To Run Spartan Races until $10,000 Raised for Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada

Jeffrey QC Sprint EAI LOW

 

To encourage Jeffrey and donate to his fundraising efforts: http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/spartanjeffrey

 

16-year-old Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada patient Jeffrey Beausoleil wants to get the word out that you can do anything you set your mind to. So far this season, the teen with a prosthetic on his right foot and no right hand has completed three Spartan Races – with the huge obstacles, mud and fire. He now plans to keep running Spartan Races until he’s raised $10,000 for the hospital that’s been caring for him since he was five months old. “Ever since I was little, I have tried obstacles several times, convinced I can overcome them, despite being differently-abled,” Jeffrey says. “These Spartan Races are no different – just more challenging,” he admits. “Every race is exhausting, but it is really a question of putting yourself in the right mental space… if I can do it, anyone can.”

It’s this message: ‘obstacles can be overcome’ that Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada wants to highlight in its new partnership as a charity recipient with Spartan Race. The hospital is encouraging adults and children to follow Jeffrey and try the challenge of a Spartan Race. Participants in any race in Eastern Canada this year can choose to raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada. The money will go to the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign, raising funds for Canada’s new state-of-the-art Shriners Hospital, which will be able to help even more kids like Jeffrey walk, run… or even accomplish a Spartan Race. To get a special Shriners Hospital promo code reducing the Spartan Race registration fee to $60, email cphaneuf@shrinenet.org. Participants will be sent links to start fundraising. 

Follow Jeffrey’s $10,000 Spartan Race Quest

Jeffrey tried his first Spartan Race at Mont-Tremblant May 23rd… and finished it. He has since run the Quebec City Sprint and the Ottawa Sprint. He is now preparing for the Toronto Sprint and will be heading back to Ottawa for the more challenging Super Spartan Race in August.

Saturday, July 18th: Toronto Sprint Spartan Race, Ski Brimacombe, 4098 Ganaraska, Clarington, ON, L0B 1M0

Saturday, August 8th: Ottawa Super Spartan Race, Mont Ste-Marie, 76 Rue De La Montagne

Lac-Sainte-Marie, QC, J0X 1Z0

More about Jeffrey

Jeffrey was born with a congenital malformation of both the right hand and foot and his limbs did not properly form. He was first seen at Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada when he was five months old. He underwent his first surgery at 16 months to correct webbed fingers on his left hand. He continues to be followed at the hospital and each growth spurt is equipped with new prosthetics.

More about Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada

Located in Montreal since 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children® –Canada is a bilingual, short term, acute care centre providing pediatric orthopaedic ultraspecialized care for complex disorders such as osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), severe spinal and limb anomalies, reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation. Children from Quebec and across Canada, the U.S. and around the world have benefited from the hospital’s ground-breaking research and innovative treatments, both in Montreal and in their own communities. This fall, the hospital will be moving to a brand new $127 million facility at the Glen site.

More about Spartan Race

Founded in 2010 by eight sports and fitness enthusiasts including Joe De Sena and Selica-Marie Sévigny, Spartan Race is the first obstacle course of its kind in the world. Spartan Race originated in Quebec, but has gained popularity worldwide: there will be 240 events in over 25 countries on all six continents this year. Already over one million participants around the globe have taken part in a Spartan Race. Spartan Races provide the perfect opportunity to challenge oneself and are based on the values of self-esteem, team spirit and respect.

Media Inquiries:

Caroline Phaneuf, Public Relations

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

cphaneuf@shrinenet.org

514-778-5092

 

 

                                                                        

14.05.2015

Shriners Hospital for Children Canada Patient Proves Obstacles can be Overcome

Jeffrey en entrainement

Montreal, Monday, May 11, 2015 - 16-year-old Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada patient Jeffrey Beausoleil wants to get the word out that you can do anything you set your mind to. He will be proving that once again by running a Spartan Race on May 23rd at Mont-Tremblant - with mud, water and huge obstacles – and with prosthetics on his right foot and hand. “I ran a regular race last year and realized it was 90% mental and 10% physical,” he says. “I know that if I want to do it, I can.”

In the lead-up to his Spartan Race, Jeffrey will be speaking to elementary school students at several Montreal schools about what it’s like to have prosthetics, how he is simply differently abled, what’s motivating him to try a Spartan Race and how facing challenges head-on is key to succeeding and getting ahead.

“A lot of people are surprised hearing I’m doing a Spartan Race,” Jeffrey admits. “Even friends ask me whether I can do it. But I plan to try every obstacle, and try it again if I can’t the first time. If I realize I really can’t do that obstacle, I’ll just keep going and try the next one.”

It’s this message: ‘obstacles can be overcome’ that Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada wants to highlight in its new partnership with Spartan Race. They’re encouraging adults and children to follow Jeffrey and try the challenge of a Spartan Race. Participants in any race in Eastern Canada this year can choose to raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada. The money will go to the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign, raising funds for Canada’s new state-of-the-art Shriners Hospital being built at the Glen site that will allow them to welcome more patients every year.

Media event:

Jeffrey will speak to elementary school students about overcoming obstacles, despite challenges. He will be available for media interviews afterwards.

 

Date:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Time:

9:50 a.m.

Where:

Edinburgh School, 500 Avenue Hudson, Montreal-West, QC H4X 1X1

 

Media are then invited to watch Jeffrey train for his Spartan Race with Athletic Therapist and Personal Trainer Danny Di Michele, President and Founder of PROstudio in Montreal-West.

 

Date:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Time:

11:15 a.m.

Where:

 

Edgar Davies Park, off Westminster corner Ainslie, Montreal-West

Follow Jeffrey’s quest to finish a Spartan Race

Date:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Where:

Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort

Forchette du Diable, 1 Chemin Charles Duncan, Mont Tremblant, QC J8E 0B4

Time:

12 :30 p.m.

 

More about Jeffrey

Jeffrey was born with a congenital malformation of both the right hand and foot and his limbs did not properly form. He was first seen at Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada when he was five months old. He underwent his first surgery at 16 months to correct webbed fingers on his left hand. He continues to be followed at the hospital and each growth spurt is equipped with new prosthetics.

More about Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada

Located in Montreal since 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children® –Canada is a bilingual, short term, acute care centre providing pediatric orthopaedic ultraspecialized care for complex disorders such as osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), severe spinal and limb anomalies, reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation. Children from Quebec and across Canada, the U.S. and around the world have benefited from the hospital’s ground-breaking research and innovative treatments, both in Montreal and in their own communities. This fall, the hospital will be moving to a brand new $127 million facility at the Glen site.

More about Spartan Race

Founded in 2010 by eight sports and fitness enthusiasts including Joe De Sena and Selica-Marie Sevigny, Spartan Race is the first obstacle course of its kind in the world. Spartan Race originated in Quebec, but has gained popularity worldwide: there will be 240 events in over 25 countries on all six continents this year. Already over one million participants around the globe have taken part in a Spartan Race. Spartan Races provide the perfect opportunity to challenge oneself and are based on the values of self-esteem, team spirit and respect.

 

Media Inquiries:

Caroline Phaneuf, Public Relations

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

cphaneuf@shrinenet.org

514-778-5092

Gemma Bélanger, Public Relations

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

gbelanger@shrinenet.org

514-282-7222

 

30.04.2015

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada and Spartan Race: Obstacles can be Overcome

 Spartan Race

Spartan Races are all about big obstacles, fitness, adventure and outdoors – no matter what your fitness level. And we at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada are here to confirm that nearly anyone can do them. 16-year-old patient Jeffrey Beausoleil will be running a Spartan Race - with mud, water and obstacles - with prosthetics on both his right foot and hand. This inspiring young man proves that you can do anything you set your mind to!

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is a charity registered with Spartan Race this year, wanting to get the message out that obstacles can be overcome. When you decide to run one of the Spartan Races in Eastern Canada this year, you can raise money for Canada’s Shriners Hospital. The money will go towards our new state-of-the-art hospital that will allow us to welcome thousands more patients every year from across Canada, the United States and around the world.

What’s more, if you agree to fundraise for Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada by participating, we’ll send you a Special Shriners Hospital Promo Code, reducing your entrance fee significantly to $60 (instead of $90-150, depending on the race).

More about Spartan Race Canada and view the race schedule

Ask for your Special Shriners Hospital Promo Code

Donate to our Shriners Hospital-Spartan Race team

 

Click here to view more about an adult Spartan Race

Click here to view more about a kid’s Spartan Race

13.04.2015

Esso Campaign

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Esso Marché Express in collaboration with Tunis Shriners (Ottawa), Karnak Shriners (Montreal) and the hospital’s public relations department have launched a fundraising campaign in support of Shriners Hospitals for Children- Canada! At the 76 participating retailers across the province of Quebec, you can make a donation in the coin boxes at the cash register or purchase your very own "ortho-sticker", sign it and add it to the display. You can also take a moment to thank the retailer for supporting the hospital! To see the list of participating retailers click here: https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=1391157#