Sept/Oct 2009

CIM steps up in the fight against cancer

The CIM Walkers team raises over $15,000 to support breast cancer research

By H. Ednie


A final team cheer before the walk begins. From left to right: Anne Brosseau, Chantal Murphy, Heather Ednie, Robbie Pillo, Jean Vavrek, Dawn Nelley and Joan Tomiuk

With the support of members and industry, CIM staff put their best feet forward in the fight to end cancer. On August 22 and 23, the seven-member “CIM Walkers” team participated in The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, a 60-kilometre walk through the streets of Montreal and surrounding communities. The event raised a grand total of $5.7 million in support of research for breast cancer and all women’s cancers at the Jewish General Hospital.

Almost 2,200 men and women shared a high-spirited sense of community. “What an incredible experience,” said Robbie Pillo. “The support we received throughout — from the crew, the volunteers and the organizers — was unbelievable.”

“What really struck me was the outpouring of support from people on the street — complete strangers encouraging us,” added Joan Tomiuk. “This event is not just about the fight against women’s cancers, but about living and bringing the community closer together.”

Even plagued with blisters and tender feet, everyone agreed it was well worth their efforts. In fact, the team members are already gearing up for next year’s event. The CIM Walkers were led by team captain Anne Brosseau and included Heather Ednie, Chantal Murphy, Dawn Nelley, Robbie Pillo, Joan Tomiuk and Jean Vavrek. Thanks to the support of friends, family, CIM members and industry, the team raised close to $16,000.

The Women in Mining network of Toronto participated in the Toronto event on September 12 and 13, continuing the minerals industry’s demonstration of its commitment to a healthy society. Together, we truly do make a difference.

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