All members of BCA are eligible to take any of the classes offered. Members can register and join classes at any time during the program. You will be asked to complete a waiver during the registration process. And if you are not a member of BCA or if it’s time to renew, please visit our membership page before you leave the website.

We encourage everyone to check out other exercising options and healthy activities during the summer.

2019 Schedule

Date of the Week

Time

Class Name

Venue

Instructor

Start and End Dates

Mondays

9:00-10:00

Barre Fitness for Older Adults

Churchill Recreation Centre

Anita Findlay

September 9- Dec 22

Mondays

10:30-11:30

Nia Fusion Dance and Sensory Based 
Movement Practice

Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

Shar Chowdhury

September 9- Dec 22

Mondays

5:00-6:00 pm

Stretch and Strength

Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

Kim Boudreau

September 9- Dec 22

Tuesdays

11:00 - 12:00

Cardio Strength

Nepean Creative Arts Centre

Nadine Fishman

September 16- Dec 22

Tuesdays

11:30-12:30

Yoga Level 1

Beyond Yoga

Diane Lanthier

September 3- Dec 22

Tuesdays

7:00-8:00 pm

Stretch and Strength

Hintonburg Community Centre

Jenny Lewis

September 3- Dec 22

Tuesday September 17
Tuesday October 29 
Tuesday November 26 
Tuesday December 17

12:00 - 1:30 pm
PLEASE NOTE: November class starts at 1:00 pm

Franklin Method Balance and Coordination

Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

Rowena Hall

September 25- Dec 17

Tuesdays

2:00-3:00

Nordik Pole Walking

Haley Rehab

Jennifer Freymond

September 3- Nov 5

Tuesdays

6:30-7:30

Zumba (Replacing Belly Dancing)

Nepean Creative Arts Centre

Christine Dubue
Diane Gibson

September 3- Dec 22

Wednesdays

10:00 - 11:00

Stretch and Strength

Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

Gina Grottoli

September 10- Dec 22

Wednesdays

10:45-11:45

Mindfullness Meditation

Metta Movement and Meditation

Sher Van Aarle

September 3- Dec 22

Wednesdays

2:15-3:15

Stretch and Strength

Goulbourn Recreation Centre

Patti Dalby

September 3- Dec 22

Wednesdays

5:00-6:00

Gentle Restorative Yoga

Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation 
Closed October 24

Kim Boudreau

September 3- Dec 22

Thursdays

10:00 - 11:00

Stretch and Strength

Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation 
Closed October 24

Jenny Lewis

September 3- Dec 22

Thursdays

1:00-2:00

Teena's Book Club

BCA Orleans Office

Marie-Louise Doyle

September 3- Dec 22

Fridays

9:30-10:30

Stretch and Strength 2

Arcana Martial Arts

Mary Joe Lewis

September 3- Dec 22

Fridays

11:30-12:30

Yoga Level 2

Beyond Yoga

Diane Lanthier

September 3- Dec 22

Fridays

1:00 - 3:00

Art Expression

Address provided upon registration Kanata Location

Polly Erskine

September 3- Dec 22

Sunday

10:15-11:15

Stretch and Strength 2

Arcana Martial Arts

Jenny Lewis

September 3- Dec 22

The “More than just Fitness” Program

A recent review article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (July 2017) summarized that ‘Physical activity… has the most powerful effect of any lifestyle factor on breast cancer outcomes. At least 120 minutes per week of physical activity is recommended, but less than 13% of patients with breast cancer attain this.’

We at Breast Cancer Action are aware of the importance of physical activity, not only in reducing the risk of cancer recurrence, but also in improving one’s confidence, self-esteem, mood, and a sense of inner strength. It also allows us to enjoy work and leisure activities with more energy, and handle some of the tests and treatments we must have with resilience. We aim to assist our members in acquiring or maintaining an active lifestyle, which can only benefit them and their families.

Our program offers a variety of activities to suit different levels of fitness and interests. We offer yoga, stretch and strength (which aims to be about half aerobics and half stretching and resistance training, belly dancing, Tai Chi, and now pole walking as an intermittent offering. The emphasis is on getting fit, doing activities safely especially in view of the surgeries we have undergone for our breast cancers, and having FUN. Down the line, we are hoping to include occasional ‘extra’s’ like nutrition workshops, information sessions on the prevention and management of lymphedema, the do’s and don’ts of a personal home based exercise program, and perhaps even updates on breast cancer itself. We are collaborating with other organization In Ottawa in order to provide better information and access to programs that may be of interest to our members. One example is the free nutrition workshops offered by OICC (Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre). Another specialized fitness program under our umbrella is the Dragon Boat Team who train all year and attend many events through the summer, linking with other teams across our city, provinces and country. The camaraderie enjoyed by our Dragon Boat women is powerful.

Some women join our fitness classes for a short time during or shortly after their acute cancer treatment, and then move on. Other stay on for years and benefit from the social and emotional support that often accompanies the exercise. Many do a combination of both, wanting to remain ‘connected’ with friends and informal peer supporters. Often our members will say that taking the BCA classes gives them the training they need to do other exercise safely and more confidently given their post-surgery or radiation concerns. Some of us are in our 20’s; some in our 70’s or 80’s. Some of us have had an exercise routine all our lives; others are becoming active for the first time ever. We each progress at our own pace and according to what’s safe and enjoyable.

Every attempt is made to offer classes in different parts of Ottawa and at different times of the day. Our vision is that we will be able to provide more variety in future.

For more information, call 613-736-5921 or e-mail us at ed.bca@bcaott.ca

Class Locations

St Laurent Community Centre

525 Cote St.
Ottawa, ON
K1K 0Z8

Beyond Yoga

66 Hearst Way #3
Kanata, ON
K2L 2P4

Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

1500 Alta Vista Dr.
Ottawa, ON
K1G 3Y9

Arcana Martial Arts

1484 Scott St.
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 2N4

Goulbourn Recreation Complex

1500 Shea Road
Ottawa, ON
K2S 0B2

Greenboro Community Centre

363 Lorry Greenberg Dr.
Ottawa, ON
K17 3P8

Hintonburg Community Centre

1064 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 2Y3

Nepean Creative Arts Centre

35 Stafford Rd.
Nepean, ON
K2H 8V8

Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre

345 Richmond Rd.
Ottawa, ON
K2A OE7

Awaken Studio

111A Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario

 

Phone: 613.736.5921
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