September 21, 2020

By ELISSA DEN HOED

Ready to add a little pizzazz to your resume and potentially save lives at the same time?

Conestoga’s health services department is looking for volunteers in a campaign to spread awareness of breast cancer on-campus. The object of the campaign is to raise awareness of the lifestyle risk factors that contribute to developing breast cancer, in peer-to-peer conversation.

Health promotion nurse Teresa McQuillin lists alcohol overuse, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity as significant risk factors. The goal is to impact both the women impacted by the campaign and the volunteers themselves.

According to the campaign flyer, volunteers will receive a gift certificate, a certificate of completion from the project sponsors and a great experience to add to their resume in exchange for their time and talents.

The only requirement is that you are a young woman (late teens to early 30s). No knowledge is required, as you will be given a four-hour training session which includes a free meal. Bring your own creative ideas, because your input is welcome in helping to develop a rock ’em, sock ’em campaign.

Interested? Contact McQuillin soon, as training starts this weekend. You can call her at 519-748-5220, ext. 3254 or email her at tmcquillin@conestogac.on.ca.

The Facts:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.
  • One in nine women will develop breast cancer sometime during her lifetime; one in 29 will die of it.
  • Every day, 64 Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is most treatable when it’s detected early, and “checking yourself” regularly (once per month) is easy to do. You can find instructions at www.checkyourboobies.org.