October 25: Free Breast Cancer Awareness Event at NHH

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Northumberland Hills Hospital is hosting a free community information event on Wednesday, October 25th starting at 6:30 p.m.

Free parking passes will be provided to all attendees.

Please note: This is expected to be a very well attended event. Seating is limited so attendees are encouraged to plan to arrive early!

Members of the NHH health care team will come together with local and provincial health and social care experts and a local breast cancer survivor for an evening of informative presentations, interactive discussion and information displays.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 25th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Presentation at 7 p.m. 

WHERE: NHH Education Centre, 1000 DePalma Drive, 2nd floor

Guest speakers Dr. Ralph George and Marjolaine Trottier (pictured above) will discuss the medical facts of breast cancer (detection, treatment, risk, new research) as well as the personal implications, reviewing what it is like to live with a breast cancer diagnosis, unique challenges of ‘survivorship,’ treatment complexities, the key role of personal and professional supports and more. 

About Dr. Ralph George

Ralph George, MD, FRCS, is an Associate Professor of General Surgery at the University of Toronto and Medical Director of the CIBC Breast Centre at St. Michael's Hospital. He completed an Endoscopy and a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Dr. George sits on the Board of Directors of St. Michael’s Hospital and is the President of the Medical Staff Association.  He is the Director of Continuing Professional Education for the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto.

He is the Chair of the Royal College Specialty Committee for Surgical Oncology, and an executive board member of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. He is Co-Chair of the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Advisory Board of Canada, and past President of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons.

About Marjolaine Trottier

Born and raised in Québec, Marjolaine moved to Ontario in 1999. Now a resident of Northumberland, she is a French Immersion teacher at St. Mary Secondary School in Cobourg and, with her husband, parent to a young son and daughter.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, Marjolaine’s treatment—involving surgery, chemotherapy and radiation—is now complete. Describing herself as “still recovering mentally and physically,” Marjolaine is getting stronger every day and looking forward to sharing her personal story ‘beyond breast cancer.’


Information displays highlighting the many local and regional services, staff and technology available to support breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery will be another key feature of this event.

In addition to NHH physicians and staff, a broad range of community partners and organizations will also be on hand to share their information. Attendees are encouraged to spend time before and after the formal presentations to visit the many information tables now confirmed.