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Volunteer Advocate
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Q&A with Cystic Fibrosis Canada Volunteer, Chantal Préfontaine

What is the nature of your commitment to Cystic Fibrosis Canada (volunteer, donor, event organizer, etc.)?

I have been a Cystic Fibrosis Canada volunteer for more than 15 years. My mother, Denise Maheu, retired about 20 years ago and has been devoting time to the cause ever since. One summer, she went on vacation and asked if I could replace her. Since then, I have never abandoned the cause. I come in to offer my help at least once a week; when the team needs me, I show up even more often. I am always available to help out in emergencies. I place tax receipts in envelopes, I take care of filing and storage, I count the contents of the Halloween coin collection boxes, I set up filing cabinets and put together gift baskets for events, and much, much more!

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What is your connection to cystic fibrosis?

My niece, Josianne Préfontaine, has cystic fibrosis. She was diagnosed at the age of three and is now a beautiful 25‑year‑old woman. Her disease is being closely monitored, and today she is doing very well. Josianne is a model of positivity: she is cheerful, loves life and always has a smile on her face. That’s why the cause is so important to me.

What was the highlight of your commitment to Cystic Fibrosis Canada?

My mom! But the reason that I have been able to maintain my commitment for more than 15 years is the welcome and gratitude that I receive from the team at the Montreal offices. From the very beginning, the staff made me feel like part of the team and I became attached to them. I have always had confidence in them, and it is a pleasure to know that the help that we offer is useful and appreciated.

Why is it so important to support Cystic Fibrosis Canada?

It is important because we have to find a cure for the disease. The patients and their families need support as well as the hope that a cure will finally be found one day.

What does #AWorldWithoutCF mean to you?

To me, #AWorldWithoutCF means that cystic fibrosis will no longer exist, that all the children and adults who have the disease will be healthy, that families will no longer have to face all these difficult challenges and that no one will ever again die from the disease.

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