It is with deep sorrow that the Parkinson Montreal-Laval team was informed of the death of Carmen Fortin, an exceptional volunteer who was involved in the community for many years. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
Carmen Fortin had been living with Parkinson’s disease for many years. Very active, her life reflects the power of action.
After her diagnosis, Carmen quickly became involved in the Parkinson’s Montreal-Laval community. A qualified teacher, she wanted to share her experience with as many people as possible by creating a support group in her area and then becoming a “coach” for new support group leaders.
Driven by a sense of urgency and a desire to respond to the needs of people living with the disease, she gave a lot of her time and was able to mobilize her entourage.
Committed and multi-talented volunteer, she has become a reference within Parkinson Montreal-Laval. Aware of the benefits of physical exercise, she travelled across the region to give conferences and share her expertise on how to live better with Parkinson’s.</div>Committed and multi-talented volunteer, she has become a reference within Parkinson Montreal-Laval. Aware of the benefits of physical exercise, she travelled across the region to give conferences and share her expertise on living better with Parkinson’s. She also initiated the Practice Your Voice workshops in collaboration with Dr. Ingrid Verduyckt, Assistant Professor at the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology of the University of Montreal. These essential workshops for people living with Parkinson’s meet once a week. Always ready to propose new projects and adapting to people’s needs, she knew how to help them in their personal care. Carmen was also involved in the accounting for several years.
Beyond her volunteer role, Carmen was a brave, dedicated and positive person.
It is with a lot of affection that Parkinson Montreal-Laval will remember Carmen.