our friend, paddling teammate, Canadians Abreast Vice-President, archivist and founding member, lost her battle with cancer in July. Joan worked tirelessly for Canadians Abreast from the time we came together in 2003.

From her Celebration of Life:

Don't quit when the tide is lowest, for it's just about to turn;

Don't quit over doubts and questions, for there's something you may learn.

Don't quit when the night is darkest, for it's just a while 'til dawn;

Don't quit when you've run the farthest, for the race is almost won.

Don't quit when the hill is steepest, for your goal is almost nigh;

Don't quit, for you're not a failure until you fail to try.

By Jill Wolf

She was a gentle soul who never failed to try. She will be missed by all who knew her.


Canadians Abreast – Messengers of Hope was formed in 2003.

Our members are breast cancer survivors who come together from coast to coast across Canada to enjoy the sport of dragon boat racing and share adventures locally, nationally and internationally.

Join us and share our unique experiences. Visit our membership page to join Canadians Abreast.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact our Membership Chairman,

We look forward to welcoming you.

Founder and President

         Click here to join Canadians Abreast.