Domtar Riders Raise Funds for Cancer Treatment

Marcel Sylvestre, Dominique Buslot, Patrick Provencher and Jean-Paul Ranno (Manulife) at the finish line.

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is an impressive fund-raising campaign consisting of a bike trek along the St. Lawrence River. For the fourth year, Team Domtar joined the 1,347 riders in July to cycle the 230 km (143 miles) separating Montreal and Quebec City. The event benefitting the Segal Cancer Center at the Jewish General Hospital raised $4.9 million to finance cancer research and new treatment technologies.

Véronique Le Berre, Jean-Paul Ranno (Manulife), Patrick Provencher, Manon Viau, Marcel Sylvestre, Dominique Buslot, Roxanne Laroque and Anouk Bastien rode as the Domtar team.

Proud of having biked alongside her colleagues for a cause she believes in, Manon Viau saw the event as a reward. She recalled the moving opening ceremony which mentioned the death of a cyclist who lost his battle against cancer. ‘‘It reminded us that what we were doing was about more than just riding a bike,’’ Manon said.

First-time participant Véronique Le Berre spoke of the stopover in Trois-Rivières where the cyclists enjoyed a festive evening to celebrate their effort and spent the night under a tent. ‘‘The scenery was wonderful and it was a great opportunity to meet new people,’’ she said. ‘‘Some of them you see at work every day and all of a sudden you have an opportunity to talk to them and build relationships beyond the office.’’

The team thanked sponsors and colleagues for their support: Norton Rose Fulbright, CDW, Manulife, RR Donnelly, Morneau Shepell, Towers Watson and Xerox, and colleague and photographer Martin Goudreau.