Mary Beaucage


My name is Mary Beaucage. I’m from Nipissing First Nation, outside of North Bay Ontario. I work in retail management, opening stores, recruiting, hiring and training, analyzing and forecasting sales. I am a type 2 diabetic. As a result, my kidneys were affected. Diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in June 2013, I started dialysis immediately, 4 hours-3x/week [...]

Kate Chong


My name is Kate Chong, born and raised in southern Alberta but have called Metro Vancouver home since 2007. I have worked for the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in a few roles since my arrival in 2007 – currently I am their Manager of Community Relations. This role allows me to work with the community locally and province wide [...]

Michael McCormick


At 18 years of age, I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). My primary disease process is Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS); I have been on hemodialysis for over 27 years, and on home hemodialysis for the past 15 years. I have had two living related kidney transplants, from my Dad and from a cousin. Both transplants failed [...]

Helen Robinson-Settee


I was born and raised in Winnipeg, which is where I call home. I am an Anishinaabe woman with family and community connections to Dauphin River First Nation, which is located in the Interlake region of Manitoba about four hours northeast of Winnipeg. I was not raised in my home community; however, I do have connections to Chief [...]

Howard Vincent


I am an Anishnaabe man and belong to the Lac Seul Band. I have led an interesting life. From 1963 to 1980, I led a street life, alcohol and drugs and all the lovely stuff that entailed. From 1980 to present day, I have been turning my life around, clean and sober, healing from childhood trauma and helping [...]

Cathy Woods


I am a proud Anishinaabe woman, originally from Northwestern Ontario, and now living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In late 2010, I was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome. My family physician first noticed some irregularities in routine medical tests and sent me to a renal specialist. After a referral to a renal specialist and a kidney biopsy, I was diagnosed Idiopathic [...]