Melanie Richards

Founder and Director of HappyTree Yoga Studio in Montreal, Melanie leads Hatha, Yin and Gentle Yoga teacher trainings. She was recognized as an outstanding citizen by CTV’s The Power of One for her work in the community with cancer patients and underprivileged youth, and is the winner of a Quebec Notable Award for social entrepreneurship. Melanie is a passionate presenter and writer (TEDx Montreal Women, RVH Foundation, MUHC Conferences, Wanderlust Tremblant, Montreal Natural Magazine) on the topics of yoga and health. 

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Jay and Isabelle

Isabelle and I got married, and had twins ...after I beat Lymphoma!  Here's how it all began. On October 23rd 2005, when I was 27, I was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL). At the time, I was working as a design engineer for Bombardier aerospace and I did feel tired that summer, but nothing alarming until I started getting the night sweats! So I made an appointment with my family doctor to better understand what was going on. After a visit to the hospital for a CT scan, I received a call at home from my doctor who gave me the news…I had a 10cm x 10cm lymph node in my abdomen area and they suspected Lymphoma.  A couple days later a Biospy confirmed an aggressive form of Lymphoma.  After 12 rounds of chemotherapy, my doctors told me my body responded well to the chemo but my form of NHL was continuing to grow. After a complete year of chemo my oncologist suggested a bone marrow transplant. It was presented as one of the last options, so I had my bone marrow transplant on November 10th 2006. That was the ultimate test of endurance for me; 33 days in the hospital room where anybody coming in had to wear a blue mask and a clean blue hospital gown, I had no immune system!  I remember the doctors and staff telling me in it was going to get worse before it gets better... I had the chance to really appreciate how powerful our body’s immune system can be. From that point on I was feeling better every day, medication was diminishing and was feeling my body starting to build itself up. I knew that with a new immune system that was developing I had a chance of beating cancer for good! In February of 2007 my doctors gave me and my family the great news that the bone marrow transplant was successful, I was in remission!  

Isabelle and I met in the summer of 2007, at the end of July. It was a fluke, we were celebrating a friends birthday and did not know each other before that night. A couple of weeks later we were living together and months later we talking about a future together. It was quick because it was easy. We both had this strong will to help others. Until a couple of years ago Isabelle was searching how she could merge her passion for the health/nutrition world, her love of helping others and a business. Being an entrepreneur at heart with now a naturopathic practice under her belt, she is on her quest to help promote how we can empower our bodies healing ability. Through natural medicine, food, essential oils and good life habits she is coaching those that believe there is a better way of enjoying life. Together we have connected at a deeper level by teaming up. I share my positive experience with Lymphoma and Isabelle teaches how important it is to provide your body with the tools it needs to enjoy life to it’s fullest!

We are blessed and are grateful to have so many people around us that loved and cared and have been there to help. We are grateful for it and wish to share our story with as many people as possible.

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Brian D'Oliveira

Brian D’Oliveira is an award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Montreal, Canada. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, he was raised in an artistic environment in Venezuela, Austria and Canada. His multicultural background has laid down the foundation for his trajectory of artfully blending ancient cultures and musical influences, giving them a new life in modern formats.  A sound alchemist and healer at heart,  he is constantly pushing the envelope, mastering new instruments, technologies and tools and regularly studies traditional music with masters from across the world in places such as the Peru and India. Recently his evocative work as a composer and multi-instrumentalist has brought many accolades, earning him G.A.N.G. and IGN Awards as well as countless nominations including BAFTA and GDC Awards. Brian D’Oliveira is looking toward the future, discovering new ways and forms to tell stories with sound and music.

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