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New Localife leaders in Ottawa, Toronto, and Victoria!

We are so excited to announce the new faces of Localife Ottawa, Toronto, and Victoria! Gabrielle, Elizabeth (Liz), and Emily, respectively, will be joining our Localife leadership team and we are so excited to have them on board!

Please read their bios below to get to know these amazing individuals a little better.

Ottawa: Gabrielle

Hi YACCers! My name is Gabrielle Fecteau. I am a cancer thriver. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (stage 3B) in 2015 at 19-years-old. Since then, I have been to Localife events in Ottawa, Retreat Yourself 2018, Retreat Yourself 2019 as a peer supporter, and the Survivor Conference 2019.

When I am not getting involved with YACC and other cancer initiatives, I am completing a Master of Social Work program at the University of Ottawa, and — mostly — reading and spending time with those I love.

YACC has changed my life by connecting me to others who just got it. I am beyond thrilled to be able to give back as one of the Localife leaders in Ottawa. Many smiles.


Toronto: Liz

Hello you!

My name is Liz; I’m an animal lover and dragon enthusiast. I’ve been living in Toronto for 14 years with the cutest pets.

I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2015 when I was 27-years-old and in university for Nursing. I spent a long time in the hospital having chemotherapy and a limb salvage surgery. For the last four years, I’ve been working on getting my mobility back and managing chronic pain. I’m so pleased and grateful I have recovered enough of my ability to get around our city and join YACC!

Cancer is isolating and alienating for so many reasons; I feel so privileged to have the ability to meet other “Cancer martians” and listen to your stories.

Hope to meet you soon!


Victoria: Emily

Hello! I am so excited to have the opportunity to be the new Localife leader in Victoria.

My experience with cancer began when I was 25 and found a large lump in my breast. I am now two years post-diagnosis and working at the University of Victoria. I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful community and to meet other young adults diagnosed with cancer.

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