Southern New Brunswicks Breast Cancer Survivor Team
Who we are.
Welcome to Breasts Ahoy! We are a team of dragon boat paddlers from Saint John, New Brunswick and surrounding area who have survived breast cancer and wish to celebrate life by paddling together to promote fitness, health and having fun. We paddle from spring to fall and meet throughout the winter to participate in membership activities, fundraise, and plan the next paddling season.
In May 2002 four women became acquainted at a weekly exercise class specifically designed for those recovering from breast cancer surgery. During this period they were introduced to the idea of dragon boating for breast cancer survivors.
In August the four met and formed plans to make dragon boating a reality for breast cancer survivors in Saint John and the surrounding area. Their goal was to be paddling on the Kennebecasis River in the spring of 2003. More survivors signed up at each meeting and they agreed on a team name Breasts Ahoy (in keeping with Maritime roots). They developed a team logo, the team colours, a mission statement, a plan to move ahead and a temporary website. After fundraising and with help from sponsors, the team purchased a dragon boat. They received support from the medical community. The team chose an executive and formed other committees to carry on team operations.
Breasts Ahoy members have attended Dragon Boat Festivals around the Maritimes, Montreal and Vermont and participated in international festivals in Vancouver, BC in 2005 and Peterborough, Ontario in 2010.
Membership Structure:Breasts Ahoy has five classes of membership:
Active Member – is a breast cancer survivor who participates in 75% of team activities including paddling, festivals and committee workAssociate Member – is a breast cancer survivor who is unable to participate in all activities such as paddlingSupporting Member – any individual who has an interest in and supports the teamLife and Honourary members as described in the Constitution and BylawsTeam Administration:Breasts Ahoy is a non-profit organization. Our Constitution and Bylaws were developed in 2006. The Elections for the executive and committee chairpersons are held in January. Team committees oversee the year round activities of the team.