All members of BCA are eligible to take any of the classes offered (Additional membership fee of $50 applies). 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.

2020 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 January 14-December 22
Mondays 10:30-11:30 Nia Fusion Dance and Sensory Based Movement Practice Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Shar Chowdhury January 14-December 22
Mondays 5:00-6:00 Stretch and Strength Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Kim Boudreau January 14-December 22
Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 Nia Fusion Dance and Sensory Based Movement Practice Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Shar Chowdhury January 14-December 22
Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 Mindfulness Meditation Nepean Creative Arts Centre Scheherzade van Aarle No classes the week of March 16
No classes in June and July
January 13-December 22
Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 Cardio Strength Nepean Creative Arts Centre Nadine Fishman No classes the week of March 16
No classes in June and July
January 13-December 22
Tuesdays 11:30 - 12:30 Yoga Level 1 Beyond Yoga Leyette Ross January 13-December 22
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 Zumba Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Christine Dubue
Diane Gibson
January 13-December 22
Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00 Stretch and Strength Hintonburg Community Centre Jenny Lewis No classes the week of March 16
No classes in June and July
January 13-December 22
Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:00 Stretch and Strength Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Gina Grottoli January 13-June 24
September 9-December 22
Wednesdays 10:45-11:45 Mindfulness Meditation Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Scheherzade van Aarle January 13-December 22
Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00 Art Expression Address provided upon registration Kanata Location Polly Erskine January 13-December 22
Wednesdays 2:15-3:15 Stretch and Strength Goulbourn Recreation Centre Patti Dalby No classes the week of March 16
No classes in June and July
January 13-December 22
Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 Gentle Restorative Yoga Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Kim Boudreau January 13-December 22
Thursdays 10:00 - 11:00 Stretch and Strength Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Jenny Lewis January 13-December 22
Thursdays 1:00-2:00 Teena Book Club BCA Orleans Office Marie-Louise Doyle January 13-December 22
Fridays 9:30-10:30 Stretch and Strength 2 Arcana Martial Arts Mary Jo Lewis January 13-December 22
Fridays 11:30-12:30 Yoga Level 2 Beyond Yoga Diane Lanthier January 13-December 22
Fridays 1:00 - 3:00 Art Expression Address provided upon registration Kanata Location Polly Erskine January 13-December 22
3rd Friday/Month 2:00-3:00 Franklin Method Balance and Coordination Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Rowena Hall January 13-December 22
Sunday 10:15-11:15 Stretch and Strength 2 Arcana Martial Arts Jenny Lewis January 13-December 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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