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Blair (He/Him)

Hello Everyone my name is Blair Richardson and I am proud to be one of Calgary’s new Localife leaders!

In 2016, and again in 2017, I was diagnosed with a blood cancer called Myleodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). When I was diagnosed my mom suggested I attend a Localife event, but for years I didn’t and that was such a mistake. In October 2018 after a very negative life event I decided to attend my first Localife event and it changed my life forever. I finally met people who could understand what I was going through and were able to support me on ways nobody else could. Since that first event I’ve wanted to be there to support the community that supported me when I needed it most. I’ve gotten to do that through YACC first as a YACCtivist and now as a Localife leader!

Outside of planning awesome events for the incredible Localife Calgary community, I am a huge hobby nerd. I love my video games and table top wargaming. I also love to check out as many local events and activities as I can!

I hope I’ll get to see you at a Localife event soon!

Courtney (She/Her)

Hello soon to be friends!

My name is Courtney; I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2019 at the age of 29 — nothing like finishing off your 20s with some drama and a bang, haha. I am now on the journey of stumbling along and figuring out life after the chemo and scans are all done. I found YACC through the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and got in touch the first week after diagnosis. I only attended one event before the dreaded pandemic hit (which was so much fun by the way!) (The event, not the pandemic), but I found the Facebook page to be such a great source of information from others going through the same stuff, as well as a place to just be you.

When I’m not busy sanitizing my hands and wearing my mask, I enjoy playing with my puppy, photography, and drag racing! I hope to meet all of you very soon and look forward to making some great friends. Welcome!

Ella (She/Her) 

Hi YACCers, my name is Ella Kopciuk! I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2018 at the age of 20 years old. I have recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a double major in Law and Society and Sociology and am hoping to pursue a career in the justice system. I spend most of my days riding motorcycles, loving my cats (crazy cat lady), baking goodies, and writing poetry. When first getting diagnosed, I was scared to attend any support groups but since joining, my life has changed. I’m thankful that I’ve found a group I know will support, love, and not judge. I look forward to being able to help in any way I can, and making members feel welcomed and loved. I can’t wait to give back!



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