An impressive sum of $95,000 was raised to benefit patients of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre during the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Annual Valentine’s Day Gala, held February 10th at the Delta Beauséjour in Moncton.

The Valentine’s Day Gala, presented by National Bank, is one of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s signature fundraising events. Each year, the evening’s proceeds are invested in the improvement of health care services offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. This year’s Gala will support important projects in three of the hospital’s sectors: Nephrology, the Surgical Suite, and Urology.

Dr. Kathy Ferguson is in charge of the Nephrology Department. “The patient currently receives his or her hemodialysis treatments a minimum of three times per week at the hospital; each treatment lasting about four hours. This makes it very hard for some patients – those working full-time for example. Our goal is to allow some of these patients to receive their treatments at home. A portion of funds raised through the 23rd annual Valentine’s Day Gala will be used to purchase equipment to make this possible. We’re very grateful for this tremendous support!”

More than 500 guests came together for this special evening to improve patient care at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. The reception in the mezzanine was followed by a sumptuous gourmet dinner prepared by Stefan Müller, Executive Chef at the Delta Beauséjour.

Guests also had the opportunity to participate in a silent and a live auction throughout the evening with many luxurious prizes up for grabs. Prizes included: a “Chef at Home” voucher where Delta Beauséjour’s Executive Chef, Stefan Müller, will come to the lucky winner`s home to prepare and serve a sumptuous dinner for ten people; a trip to Montreal to see a Montreal Canadiens game; and a gift card for two at the famous Windjammer restaurant, including one night’s accommodations in one of the Delta Beauséjour’s suites with breakfast.

To wrap things up, guests were invited to the after-party featuring Nine Mile River.

Dr. Martin Robichaud is the Medical Director at the CHU Dumont.

“The Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre depends on the support of the CHU Dumont Foundation to maintain the level of excellence of the health care services it offers. The Valentine’s Day Gala is one of the most important fundraisers benefitting the Foundation and, by extension, our Hospital. We’re very grateful to the guests and sponsors who contributed to the success of this event. This tremendous show of support will allow us to improve services offered in three departments of our Hospital.”

Réjean Després is Vice President, Personal and Commercial Banking, Atlantic, at National Bank.

“National Bank has been a proud sponsor of the Valentine’s Day Gala since 1995. One of our organization’s priorities is to actively support the economic and social development of the communities we serve – and any good community must allow access to quality health care services. That’s why we’re pleased to continue our partnership with the CHU Dumont Foundation.”

For the Chairman of the CHU Dumont Foundation, Mr. René Collette, the continued support of activities such as this one clearly shows the importance that the population attaches to the work done by the Foundation and is a sign of trust.

“We are so fortunate to have the support of the community for key events like the Valentine’s Day Gala. I think people understand how much their support can make a positive difference in the quality of care offered at the CHU Dumont. Through the years, people have been steadfast in their support, as have our valued partners. This has allowed the completion of several major undertakings that make a direct and concrete difference in the lives of thousands of people in our community. This year’s Gala has been another great example of what we can accomplish when we work together.”
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Moncton, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - The eighth edition of the Tour of Hope will be the largest yet. More than 120 cyclists have registered for the event. The Tour of Hope is a 650 km cycling event over four days that raises funds for the Tree of Hope Campaign. The event also helps promote the importance of healthy living. The 2018 Tour of Hope will take place from July 26 to July 29. In 2017, the event raised $160,000.

Once again this year, cyclists from across the province will participate in the event:

  • Chaleur Region: 31
  • Southeast: 29
  • Edmundston Region: 22
  • Acadian Peninsula: 16
  • Saint-Quentin/Kedgwick: 12
  • Grand Falls: 3
  • Kent County: 3
  • Fredericton: 2
  • St. John/Rothesay: 2
  • Rogersville: 1
In 2017, the Tour of Hope brought together 67 cyclists. In 2016, 50 cyclists participated. The Tour of Hope Organizing Committee is thrilled with the number of registrations this year.

“The amount of interest in this year’s event is just incredible,” says Dr. Carole Williams, Co-Chair of the Tour of Hope. “The Northwest, Restigouche, Chaleur, Acadian Peninsula and the Southeast regions are all well-represented, and once again this year, we will have cyclists from different age groups and with different levels of experience. They will all come together to raise funds for the 30th Tree of Hope Campaign. I can tell you from experience that the funds raised make a real difference in the quality of care we can offer cancer patients here in New Brunswick.”

Denise Landry Nadeau, Co-Chair of the event, is enthusiastically looking forward to the 2018 edition of the Tour of Hope.

“What a great group of cyclists we have for the eighth edition! Among the 120 cyclists, some are participating for the first time, and others have taken part in previous editions. If previous years are any indication, a wonderful camaraderie will develop within the group. And let’s not forget what this is all about: raising funds for the 30th edition of the Tree of Hope Campaign and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.”

The planning committee is thrilled at the growing popularity of the event, and is calling for volunteers who can help ensure the event runs smoothly.

“We are very pleased with the number of participants! It has far exceeded our expectations,” explains Jacques B. LeBlanc, president and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation and Chief Organizer for the event. “But with so many cyclists, we need to make sure we have a larger group of volunteers this year. Those who have given their time in the past will tell you it is a jam-packed weekend, but we all have fun and make new friends. We invite anyone interested in helping out to contact us.”

2018 is an important year for the Tree of Hope Campaign, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Since its inception in 1989, the campaign has raised more than $26 million. Funds raised have contributed to improved care at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and Satellite Units in Northern New Brunswick, cancer research efforts, and improved comfort of patients who stay free-of-charge at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge.

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Moncton (N.B.), January 18, 2018 – The CHU Dumont Foundation’s 23rd annual Valentine’s Day Gala, presented by National Bank, will take place on Saturday, February 10th, 2018, at the Delta Beauséjour in Moncton. As always, it promises a memorable evening not to be missed.

A romantic and enchanting evening

More than 500 guests will come together for this special evening to improve patient care at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. Guests will first be invited to a reception at 5:30PM where canapés and cocktails will be served. To follow, a four-course gourmet dinner prepared by Delta Beauséjour’s Executive Chef Stefan Mülle. The evening will conclude with the much-anticipated after-gala party featuring Nine Mile River.

Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction throughout the evening with many luxurious prizes up for grabs. Prizes include:

-A “Chef at Home” voucher where Delta Beauséjour’s Executive Chef, Stefan Müller, will come to the lucky winner`s home to prepare and serve a sumptuous dinner for ten people.

-A trip to Montréal to see a Montréal Canadiens game (includes flights, tickets and accommodations for two people).
 
-A gift card for two at the famous Windjammer restaurant, including one night’s accommodations in one of the Delta Beauséjour’s suites with breakfast.

The cause

The Valentine’s Day Gala is one of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s signature fundraising events. Each year, the evening’s proceeds are invested in the improvement of health care services offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. Last year, funds raised by the Gala supported projects in four sectors of the hospital: Pulmonology, Emergency Department, Medical

Microbiology and Infectious Disease, and Neurology.

This year’s Gala will support important projects in three of the hospital’s sectors: Nephrology, the Surgical Suite, and Urology. Details of this year’s projects will be revealed during the event but, as always, each project will directly and immediately benefit patients.

Tickets for the 23rd annual Valentine’s Day Gala are on sale now. For more information, dial 506.862.4285 or email the Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Auditions for the fifth edition of A Beacon in the Night will be held on Sunday, February 25th in Moncton.

A Beacon in the Night is a mental health campaign offering a comprehensive approach to recovery. It is also an awareness campaign intended to demystify mental health problems among the general population. This year, the event will take place from May 10 to 12, 2018 in Moncton.

The organizers are looking for musicians, singers and dancers to show their talent on stage and to increase awareness about mental health issues. This is an important cause.

Dr. Patrick Marcotte is a psychiatrist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. He is the person behind the event.

“Some of the performers have faced mental health problems themselves. Others participate because they want to support the cause. We have had great success with past editions of A Beacon in the Night. The comments from the participants and the public are always very positive. For the artists, it is very beneficial to perform in front of the public and to have the opportunity to share their talents and their passion. Even in 2018, there are still so many myths that plague the realm of mental health. It is unfortunate. This unifying event allows us to set the record straight. It puts the spotlight on the successes and talents in the community.”

Ronaldo Richard is an artist. He has performed at the event in the past. “A Beacon in the Night is an event dear to my heart. My participation was an opportunity to share my own inner world with a most receptive and respectful audience. I felt surrounded by a large circle of friends. I had the opportunity to challenge myself and to share my passion. I strongly encourage people with a talent to show up at the auditions to get a taste for the event!”

The CHU Dumont Foundation is proud to support the fifth edition of A Beacon in the Night. Jacques B. LeBlanc is the President and CEO of the Foundation.

“It is clear to me that we need to talk more openly about mental health in our society. Sadly, there are still several taboos around this important issue. But I am convinced that initiatives like A Beacon in the Night can help to break these taboos. Thanks to this annual event and to the many artists who participate, we can talk positively about mental health and raise funds to improve patient care. I hope that many artists from the region are a part of the event this year!”

And the Spokesperson is Frank Williams

The organizers are also proud to announce that performer Frank Williams will be the spokesperson of the event. He is a well-known singer and musician and he was a finalist in the popular La Voix show. Frank is also a mental health nurse at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton.

“This cause is very important to me," he said. "In my career in mental health, I have seen the extent to which the arts can play an important role in the recovery of a person. A Beacon in the Night is an inclusive event. It is a golden opportunity to get on the stage and present the result of one’s work. I strongly encourage those who want to share their talent and their passion to audition for the event on February 25th!”

Auditions for performers in song, music and dance will take place on February 25th, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jeanne-de-Valois concert hall on the Université de Moncton campus. Anyone wishing to register can send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Beacon in the Night will take place from May 10 to 12. The event will also give an important place to creators from other fields. Those who wish to exhibit or showcase books, paintings, drawings, photographs, knitwear and sculptures can express their interest by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Moncton, January 15 2018 - Cyclists who wish to take advantage of the early-bird registration for the 2018 Tour of Hope may do so until January 31st. This year, the event will take place from July 26th to 29th.

The Tour of Hope is a fundraising event for the Tree of Hope Campaign. This four-day cycling tour helps raise awareness of the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle. The 2017 Tour of Hope raised a total of $160,000.

“Next July, the Tour of Hope participants will have the chance to cycle around New Brunswick alongside people who, like them, are committed to improving the care of cancer patients in New Brunswick," said event Co-Chair Dr. Carole Williams. “The funds raised make a real difference in the quality of care offered to cancer patients, right here in New Brunswick.”

As was the case last year, the tour will kick off in Edmundston on Thursday morning. That day, participants will cycle to Campbellton. After a well-deserved night of rest, they will cycle through the Chaleur region and reach Caraquet. On Saturday, they will travel from Caraquet to Miramichi, via Tracadie and Neguac. On the last day of the event, the cyclists will travel from Miramichi to Moncton, passing through Kent County and the Shediac area.

“I am looking forward to sharing this great adventure with cyclists from all over New Brunswick,” said Co-Chair Denise Landry Nadeau. “The Tour of Hope conveys a message to the population about the importance of being active and committed to improving our health. This is an experience that we will never forget. It allows us to challenge ourselves physically and mentally. And to create new friendships and many memories!” 

2018 is an important year for the Tree of Hope Campaign. It celebrates its 30th anniversary. Since its inception in 1989, the campaign has raised close to 26 million dollars. Donations are used to improve patient care at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre in Moncton and in satellite units in Northern New Brunswick. They also support cancer research efforts and fund improvements at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge, where patients can stay free-of-charge.

To take advantage of reduced pledge requirements, participants must register by January 31st, 2018. For details, please visit: www.tourespoir.com.

For more information or to register:
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Tree of Hope Campaign
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