Over $ 16,000 net was raised at Vie de femme, a special luncheon celebrating women held on April 19th at the Bell Campus in Ile-des- Sœurs. The Douglas Institute Foundation and the Verdun Hospital Foundation will split the proceeds. The two health charities are in a special partnership.

The theme of the luncheon was women’s health. Our very own researcher Claire-Dominique Walker was one of the keynote speakers. Her presentation on female hormones and how they affect the brain and behaviour was very warmly received. This is a wonderful example of how the Institute makes neuroscience relevant to patients and others in the community.

Lynne McVey was present, along with several other Douglas colleagues. This is the first opportunity she had to meet a large group of people in Verdun. She also presented one of the main raffle prizes, a guided tour of the Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank, to the lucky winner.

The Foundation would like to thank several sponsors: our auditors, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton; Logibec; BIVOUAC Studio; Breton & Frères Déménagement; Energie Cardio – Verdun; and Pro-Actif Santé.

We would also like to thank and congratulate the President of the Verdun Hospital Foundation, Nicole Beaulieu, along with the other members of the organizing committee: Anne-Marie Charron, Tina Lemelin, and Renée Caron.

Lastly, we would like to thank the main sponsor and organizer Les caisses Desjardins de Verdun, the other principal sponsor TC Media, as well as Bell and Nexacor for generously donating the venue for the luncheon.

Photo 1: Claire-Dominique Walker, Director of the Neuroscience Research Division and Researcher at the Douglas Institute with Tina Lemelin of the organizing committee.

Photo 2: The organizing committee with guest of honour Chantal Lacroix. (Left to right): Renée Caron, Chantal Lacroix, Jane H. Lalonde, Nicolea Beaulieu, Anne-Marie Charron, and Tina Lemelin. 

See photos from the event.