Moncton, May 8, 2018 - The Organizing Committee of the Tour of Hope is very proud to announce that Assumption Life will be its official sponsor for the next three years. 

The Tour of Hope is one of the hallmark events of the Tree of Hope Campaign. The annual fundraiser aims to improve the comfort and quality of care offered to cancer patients here in New Brunswick. In 2017, the Tour of Hope raised $160,000.

For many years now, Assumption Life has proudly supported the Tree of Hope Campaign. Réjean Boudreau, Vice-President, Chief of Organizational Development with Assumption Life, welcomes this announcement. "We are very happy to support the Tour of Hope. This summer, more than 130 participants will cycle for four days over 650 km to raise funds for cancer. It takes a lot of courage and determination to meet such a challenge! That is why we are very happy to become the official sponsor of the event. This clearly demonstrates to the cyclists that we are behind them!" added Mr. Boudreau. 

Jacques B. LeBlanc is the President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation. He salutes this partnership. "For many years, Assumption Life has been a leading partner in the Tour of Hope event and the Tree of Hope Campaign, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. It is thanks to companies such as Assumption Life that we can help to support the improvement of cancer care in New Brunswick. On behalf of the patients, the medical staff and the participants in the Tour of Hope, I say thank you to Assumption Life." 

2018 Tour of Hope Co-chair Denise Landry-Nadeau welcomes this news with great enthusiasm. "We all have the same goal: to raise as much money as possible for the cause. We want to support the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, the satellite units in Northern New Brunswick and the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge. And we want to support cancer research. This partnership with Assumption Life gives us a good push towards achieving our goals. Cyclists will proudly wear the bike jersey with the Assumption Life logo in July!"  

The 8th edition of the Tour of Hope will take place from July 26th to 29th. The event begins in Edmundston. The first day, participants will cycle to Campbellton and spend the night there. On Friday, they will cycle through the Chaleur region up to Caraquet. On Saturday, the cyclists will travel to Miramichi, via Tracadie and Neguac. This will be their last stop before the final stretch. On Sunday, they will cycle through Kent County and travel from Miramichi to Moncton.

For more information on the 2018 Tour of Hope:

To sponsor a cyclist:

To schedule an interview:

Denis Robichaud
Director, Communications and Public Relations  
CHU Dumont Foundation
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Emmanuelle Robinson
Communications Advisor
Assumption Life
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Moncton, April 6, 2018 –
The Electrifying Night Run returns on June 15th for its third edition. Walkers and runners are invited to take part in this race, which raises funds to support women with breast cancer. The race starts at 9PM in front of the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre.

“The Electrifying Night Run brings together all the elements needed to make for a memorable evening: physical activity, the opportunity to socialize and have fun between friends or as a family, and the opportunity of supporting a great cause while doing it!”, says Dr. Jocelyne Hébert, Surgeon at the Breast Health Center and member of the organizing committee.

The Electrifying Night Run is open to both pros and beginners. Participants have the option of walking or running – or a combination of the two – over a five kilometer course. Last year, the event unfolded in a festive and fun atmosphere and raked in $20,000.

Funds raised by the 2018 edition will be used to maintain the delivery of non-insured services for patients who need them and will continue to be used to improve the quality of life of patients of the Centre. A portion of funds raised this year will also go towards the development of a follow-up clinic for high-risk patients and for the establishment of a genetic testing service.

Jacques B. LeBlanc, President & CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation, is convinced this year’s edition will be another great success for the Electrifying Night Run.

“We are very fortunate to have the Breast Health Centre’s expertise here at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. By participating, the community shows its support to both the Centre’s staff and to the patients who come to receive quality care. More than 500 people accepted the invitation last year allowing us to raise a sum of $20,000 which made a real difference in the lives of these patients. We hope to do even better this year.”


Registration :

Online registration: or at the CHU Dumont Foundation office

Registration Fee: $30 / $35 per participant after May 31st

Deadline to receive t-shirt: June 10th



Isabelle Stewart

Communications Officer

CHU Dumont Foundation


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Moncton, April 5, 2018 - Mental Health Week will certainly not go unnoticed in New Brunswick. A Beacon in the Night is back for a fifth edition! This year, organizers will offer a gala concert and an art exhibition. But that’s not all! There will also be a 5 km run/walk!

“We are very pleased to see how this positive event has evolved. It brings people together,” said Dr. Patrick Marcotte, psychiatrist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and the person behind A Beacon in the Night. “The main goal is to have people talk positively about mental health. Some of the participants were themselves faced with mental health issues. Others just want to support the cause. We invite the public to join us for the physical activity or to attend the concert. Once again, you are in for a great time!”

The run/walk will kick off Mental Health Week on May 6 starting at 9:30, at the Moncton 2010 Stadium with on-site registration. The cost is $20. There will be no charge for children.

The gala concert is slated for Saturday, May 12 at the Jeanne-de-Valois concert hall, on the Université de Moncton campus. The art exhibition starts at 5pm and the show will begin at 7 pm. The event is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

“I've had the chance to see some of this year's artists perform during the auditions, and I can assure you it will be an amazing event," says Frank Williams, spokesperson for A Beacon in the Night. “I am a mental health nurse and a musician. I know how arts can have a positive impact on our state of mind and on our general health. The artists who will be performing this year have invested a lot of time and energy to prepare. I wholeheartedly hope that the audience will be there to support them.”

For Jacques B. LeBlanc, President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation, A Beacon in the Night has a special meaning.

“The CHU Dumont Foundation strongly supports this important campaign. We firmly believe it is important to do more so we can talk positively about mental health. We need to work together to help eliminate some of the prejudice around mental health issues. We are delighted to see that the event continues to be a success, and we invite the public to participate in large numbers again this year.”

The theme of the 5th edition

The theme chosen by the organizers for this fifth edition of A Beacon in the Night is the multiple facets of mental health disorders.

“There are commonalities between the various mental health disorders,” explains Dr. Marcotte. “They all come with suffering, stigma or misunderstanding and isolation. And, perception is altered, perception of self, of others, of life and of the future. However, there is a tendency to put all mental health problems in the same basket. It should not be this way. As in physical health, there are many disorders and many variations of these disorders. The appropriate attitudes and interventions vary according to the diagnosis. For society to better grasp the reality of psychiatry there must be a more differentiated approach. And this must happen soon.”   

For more information on the activities of A Beacon in the Night 2018:
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Denis Robichaud
Director, Communications and Public Relations 
CHU Dumont Foundation
506 869-2835
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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.”


Denis Robichaud, Director – Communications and Public Relations
CHU Dumont Foundation
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