Media Advisory - Official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre on October 15

2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Rachelle Viinberg and Ottawa MP Paul Dewar will perform ribbon cutting; Great Big Sea's Murray Foster will debut new song dedicated to the OICC

OTTAWA, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - On Monday, October 15th, the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official grand opening of the first integrative cancer care and research centre in Eastern Canada.

The OICC opened quietly last year while it commenced renovations on the original CJOH-TV news building at 29 Bayswater Avenue at Somerset. With this official grand opening the OICC has nearly tripled the size of its facility in order to meet the needs of a growing number of cancer patients interested in receiving complementary care alongside conventional treatment and those wishing to prevent cancer or its recurrence.

"It's about time that we looked at complementary therapies and practitioners as part of the health care process and system," says Dr. Shailendra Verma, Medical Oncologist, The Ottawa Hospital. "It's absolutely exciting for me as a practitioner of conventional oncology to have this option for patients to consider."

WHAT: Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the OICC
WHEN: October 15, 2012 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM
WHERE: Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, 29 Bayswater Avenue


12:00 pm  Welcome
  Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, Founder & Executive Director, OICC
  Bob Bernhardt, President & CEO, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Shailendra Verma, Medical Oncologist, The Ottawa Hospital
Linda Eagen, President & CEO, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
12:20 pm   Honoured Guests for Ribbon Cutting
Rachelle Viinberg, ND, 2012 Summer Olympic Silver Medalist, Women's Eight Rowing
Paul Dewar, MP for Ottawa Centre
12: 30 pm  OICC Patients
  Tamara Levine, Book Author, But Hope is Longer   
Colleen Kanna
12:40 pm  Honoured Guest for Music Dedication
  Murray Foster of Great Big Sea will debut new song written for the OICC, "Open Arms"
12:50 pm  Rabbi Dr. Reuven Bulka
1:00 pm  Interviews, Facility Tour & Lunch

Join dignitaries, community partners and business leaders including Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health.

About the OICC

The Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC) is the first integrative cancer care and research centre in Eastern Canada. As a not-for-profit, regional centre of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, the OICC welcomes patients at any stage and those wishing to prevent cancer or its recurrence. The OICC provides whole-person cancer care to improve the quality of life of those touched by this debilitating disease. The Centre works with patients and physicians, to provide therapeutic programs that decrease side effects and promote health during and after conventional treatments. Through clinical practice, research and education, the OICC strives to assess and reduce possible causes of cancer while exploring innovative integrative treatment approaches.

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For further information:

Heidi Vincent 
Marketing, Communications & Public Relations 
Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre

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