The fourth edition of A Beacon in the Night was a huge success thanks to the hundreds of people who came out to show their support for a holistic approach for recovery from mental illness. The event took place on June 16th and 17th at l’Université de Moncton.
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The photo shows Dr. Gabriel Girouard at the piano, with Brigitte Sonier-Ferguson, Regional Director - Research, Scientific Development, and Training. Credit: Ben Champoux 

“Life seems to lose all meaning when the pleasure is gone, your thoughts become confused, and your senses play tricks on you”, says Dr. Patrick Marcotte, Psychiatrist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and event organizer. “In my opinion, the true heroes of this world are those battle mental health issues on a daily basis. I wish to thank everyone who supported our event. Your attendance in itself is a powerful reminder to those suffering that this cause is important to you.”

A Beacon in the Night is an awareness campaign hoping to demystify and destigmatize mental health issues. The annual event is organized by the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre’s Psychiatry Department, in collaboration with the CHU Dumont Foundation. However, A Beacon in the Night is about more than awareness; in fact, it is an event where the spotlight shines on patients for whom the planning and production of the event becomes part of their treatment plan. All activities that play a crucial role in mental health recovery, such as visual arts, writing, music, performing arts, and testimonials, are encouraged and valorized.

“Being part of A Beacon in the Night provides me with an escape from my mental illness”, explains Todd Arsenault, a participant. “For me, everything else falls away when I perform. And this is an opportunity to share my passion for music with a most receptive and respectful audience.”

Different activities were organized throughout the weekend for this years’ edition. On Friday, things kicked off with an informal evening of music. On Saturday, conferences featuring specialists in the field were open to the public. Renowned speaker Dr. Marie-Josée Poulin, a Psychiatrist at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec who has given hundreds of presentations nationally and abroad, was here to speak on schizophrenia. An art expo also took place on Saturday featuring pieces from over 40 artists. Finally, the event concluded with the great A Beacon in the Night variety show.

According to Jacques B. LeBlanc, President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation, the event was a great success.

“Mental health is a topic that affects us all in one way or another. We have to speak openly about it. We have to get rid of the myths surrounding mental illness. I think this event is an important step forward to bring mental health out of the shadows. We saw many people from our community come out and share their passion and stories. The Foundation is proud to join the efforts to demystify and destigmatize mental health.”

For more information on the event, go to or visit the Facebook page (Un phare dans la nuit).
More than 500 participants attended the most electrifying running event of the summer in Moncton on Friday, June 16. The event raised $20,000 in support of the Breast Health Centre at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre. Funds raised will be used to purchase prosthesis and mastectomy bras for breast cancer patients.
“It was an incredible experience,” says Dr. Jocelyn Hébert, surgeon at the Breast Health Centre and President of the organizing committee for the event. “The support we have received from the public once again this year is really heartwarming. You can tell the community is behind us. The funds raised will make a considerable difference in the lives of patients here in New Brunswick, and we are so thankful.”

Again this year, participants were invited to walk or run the 5 km route. The race started at 9 p.m. from the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre in Moncton. The atmosphere at the finish line was festive, with a reception and refreshments for the participants.

“Clearly the community has answered our call once again, and came out to show their support for the Breast Health Centre, patients and staff,” explains Jacques B. LeBlanc, President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation. “The Electrifying Night Run is a great example of a fun, family event that brings the community together. On behalf of the Foundation, thank you to all those who participated.”

Tink Swetnam is a patient at the Breast Health Centre. For her, the event holds a very special meaning. “As a patient, I have to say it’s really touching to see all these people come together to support the cause. I really felt they shared a sense of solidarity with my own fight against cancer. We had a lot of fun, and the participants left knowing they made a positive difference in the lives of patients affected by breast cancer.”
The 2017 edition of the Tour of Hope will be the largest since the event’s inception in 2011. A total of 61 cyclists have registered for the event, which will take place from July 27th to 30th.
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“We are thrilled at the number of registrations,” says Dr. Carole Williams, co-chair of the event and Gynecologist-Oncologist at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre. “The cyclists who take part in the 2017 edition of the event will quickly learn how gratifying it is to participate in an event that brings people together.”

One lucky participant will win a travel package worth $6,000!

The CHU Dumont Foundation is pleased to announce the return of the annual Scotiabank-BMW Moncton Golf Classic. The event will take place at the Fox Creek Golf Club in Dieppe on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Last year, the Golf Classic raised $80,000 for the improvement of services offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.

This year, one lucky participant will win a travel package worth $6,000, including two tickets to attend a Formula E race in Montreal, airfare, hotel, access to the VIP lounge, a ride around the track in a BMW i8, a tour of the pit area, and more!

An impressive sum of $106,000 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 11th. 
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The evening's Emcees Camille Bourdeau and Jonna Brewer; Mr. Dennis Abud, President of the Valentine’s Day Gala organizing committee; Mrs. Nathalie Gasse Farrah, Development Manager, CHU Dumont; Mrs. Nadine Duguay-Lemay, Regional Marketing Manager – CWA, National Bank; Mr. René Collette, Chairman of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Board of Directors; Mr. Jacques B. LeBlanc, President & CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation.

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The 2016 edition of the Drive was held on September 10 and attracted one hundred car enthusiasts who raised $52,000 ‎toward improving the quality of care offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.

On a beautiful warm, sunny day, 40 cars covered nearly 500 km travelling to various exclusive destinations. The Drive is a fundraising event aimed at car enthusiasts who care about their community.

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On August 24, 2016, the CHU Dumont Foundation announced the second edition of The Drive, a fundraising event that caters to car enthusiasts in the region.

Once again this year, funds raised through The Drive will go toward the purchase of a da Vinci Surgical System for the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. The da Vinci system offers a number of safety features, and will allow surgeons to perform less invasive procedures as efficiently as with conventional methods. Surgeries performed using this system will require smaller incisions, resulting in less bleeding, reduced post-operative pain and shorter hospitalization times.

It was an emotional moment on Sunday, July 24, as some 50 participants in the 2016 Tour of Hope crossed the finish line in Moncton after cycling a total distance of 650 kilometres in three days.
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The 15th annual edition of the Scotiabank-BMW Moncton Golf Classic was a huge success, thanks to the participation of over 40 teams and the support of generous sponsors and partners. The event was held at the Fox Creek Golf Club in Dieppe, on Wednesday, June 29th.

“We’re extremely pleased with the turnout,” says Chris Bacich, Director of BMW/MINI Moncton and Co-Chair of the 15th Golf Classic. “The cause is so important, with proceeds going towards the purchase of equipment and improving infrastructure at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton,” says Mr. Bacich. 

René Collette is President of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Board of Directors. Again this year, he was overwhelmed by the strong support from the community and the various sponsors. “This event is very important for the CHU Dumont Foundation. I can assure you that the money raised here each year is very well spent, and is directly used to improve patient care at our Hospital Centre. On behalf of the Foundation, I wish to thank all the participants and sponsors for their continued support.”

Moncton’s very first “Electrifying Night Run” was a huge success, with 400 people participating in the fundraising activity, on Friday, June 24th at 9pm. 

The event took place in a festive atmosphere, and$10,000 was raised to help support breast cancer patients. Participants had the option to walk, run, or combine both on a five-kilometre course.The start and finish lines were located in front of the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, on Providence Street in Moncton.

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From the 22nd to the 24th of July, some fifty cyclists from all over New Brunswick will get on their bicycles and ride for three days, covering a distance of 650 km, to raise funds for the Tree of Hope Campaign.

A new terrace located at the entrance of the Extended Care Unit (3E) officially opened its doors at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre earlier last week. The area situated in the inner courtyard of the university hospital centre will provide space that offers rest and relaxation for patients and their families.

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