Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, when organizations around the world draw attention to Parkinson’s disease: a neurodegenerative disorder that affects approximately 84,700 Canadians. It results from the progressive loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain.

The chemical Dopamine carries signals between nerves in the brain and controls the body’s movements. Decreasing amounts of dopamine can lead to the four main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease — development of tremors, rigidity and stiffness of limbs, slowness and reduction of movement and loss of balance.

According to data from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the number of Canadians living with Parkinson’s is expected to almost double, from 84,700 in 2011 to 163,700 in 2031. Of those living with Parkinson’s, almost a quarter (23%) also report living with a mood disorder, about 43% are permanently unable to work and half report mobility limitations.

Everyone with Parkinson’s is unique and experiences different symptoms. There is currently no cure but the symptoms can be managed and you can still lead an active life.

Provincial Parkinson Convention: Living Hope

Parkinson Québec organizes a provincial convention every two years to hold regional seminars on various themes specific to Parkinson’s. The next event takes place May 3-5 in Sherbrooke, at the Delta Hotel, under the honorary chairmanship of Dr. Isabelle Beaulieu-Boire and Dr. Jean Rivest.

Open to all, the convention will offer, amongst other things, 24 various lectures, six of which will be presented in English. You will also be invited to assist with community testimonies, round-table discussions – one of them will be given in English – have the chance the meet renowned guests from the scientific community, walk around a vendor exhibition, assist to a panel as well as an opening and closing banquet.

The event promises to be this spring rendezvous for the Quebec Parkinson community. Several members of the scientific community will be present to reveal the latest news on the advances in research. In addition to the usual conferences, you will be able to discover new technologies such as Facil’iti and Huddol – a new social platform for caregivers – as well as being introduced to new activities such as yoga, boxing, exercises to avoid falls and more.

The opening banquet promises to be a success thanks to the animation of ambassador Kim Rusk as well as an exclusive show by the group Peter Gun accompanied by Patrick Zabé. They will make you dance and sing on the artist’s greatest hits! The Living Hope congress is an event with inspiring people who, every day, demonstrate what the word empowerment means.

To register for the convention, visit For additional information, call 1-800-720-1307 or email [email protected]

Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the position of Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime. The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime is an independent resource for victims of crime in Canada. Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime’s website,

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 25, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website at Further information about the requirements for this position can be found at the same website.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717, or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Photo Credit: Parkinson Québec 

Photo Caption: Every two years Parkinson Québec organizes a provincial convention to discuss various Parkinson’s related topic. Sherbrooke will host the next event May 3 to 5.