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Barbados Breakfast Health Symposium

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FAITH UNDER FIRE - BREAKFAST HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

This is a multifaceted event that is sure to capture the attention of the attendees and provoke them to action. We will cover topics relating body- our health, soul - our emotions, and our spirit .

Dr. Juliet Daniel a Biologist and Professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada, will address the attendees at the Seminar to share the science of breast cancer and how our bodies respond through the various stages. Dr. Daniel will also highlight the importance of early detection to save lives and hopefully get the women to be proactive and take charge of their own health.

We will discussed possible causes of late diagnosis in reference to a recent study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2659611/ which reported that In spite of the lower disease incidence, breast cancer mortality in Barbados was higher than expected. Barbadian women also present with late stage disease, More work is therefore needed to elucidate the reasons for the high breast cancer mortality in Barbados, given the relatively low incidence.

We also seek to influence change in health practices by educating them about the importance of breast health, the signs of Breast Cancer (BC), the benefits of BC screening, early intervention, and prevention . We will also address the cultural myths and code of silence that is still prevalent among women of African ancestry preventing them from accessing care that may be available to them.

The event will have a strong faith component to it because we know and research has also proven that the church is where Women of African Ancestry, whereever they are located geographically first turn to when faced with challenges. We also know that we rely on our faith first sometimes even before seeing a doctor, so faith plays a very important role in times of crisis and especially in matters pertaining to our health.

Dr. Juliet Daniel

Dr. Juliet Daniel is a Professor in the Department of Biology at McMaster University. Dr. Daniel received her B.Sc. from Queen’s University (Kingston), her Ph.D. from UBC (Vancouver) and completed postdoctoral fellowships at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. At McMaster, Dr. Daniel’s research team focuses on understanding how disruptions in cell-cell adhesion and signaling through transcription factors contributes to breast cancer initiation and progression. Dr. Daniel is most interested in the aggressive triple negative breast cancer subtype, TNBC, which is associated with poor prognosis due to an absence of specific therapies. Intriguingly, young pre-menopausal women of African ancestry have a higher TNBC prevalence and mortality compared to other ethnicities despite a lower incidence and lifetime risk of breast cancer. Since socio-economic status does not fully explain the racial disparity in TNBC prevalence and mortality, Dr. Daniel seeks to identify unique biomarkers or gene mutations that may explain this racial disparity. Her team will utilize genetic, genomic, molecular and cell biology techniques to analyze TNBC tissues from populations of shared African ancestry (Caribbean and West Africa) to identify genetic risk factors that can be used as biomarkers to diagnose or develop therapies for TNBC patients worldwide.

Apostle Dr. Lucille Baird

Rev. Dr. Lucille Baird is the C.E.O and Founder of Mount Zion's Missions International Inc. has Pastored for over thirty two years and ministers with her husband and Co-pastor, Rev. Chris Baird. In addition to Mount Zion's Missions International she has established three other Ministries in Barbados and is the covering Apostle for several ministries across the Caribbean and the African Continent.

Apostle Dr. Baird is a Justice of the Peace and a qualified Counselor. She was educated at the University of Barbados- Barbados Community College, Howard university and the University of the West Indies- School fo Continuing Study.

Dr. Baird received heer Doctorate of Divinity (honorous causaus) from the International Theological Seminary of California.


Leila Springer

Leila M. Springer is a Minister, breast cancer survivor, author, life coach, motivational speaker and community advocate. As a Minister of the gospel, she expresses her faith in God through writing and delivering messages of hope and inspiration. Leila believes in the power of God’s word and the necessity for individuals to understand the importance of allowing the word to be experienced in their daily lives. Through her speeches and writing inspired by the word of God, she ministers with a strong passion and encourages others to trust the promises of God for lasting victory. Her strong faith in God motivates her to teach others to live abundantly and pursue their divine purpose. Leila believes that spirituality means to embark on a journey with God daily, while moving from your own earthly desires to a secure place of complete oneness with God.

As a Life Coach Leila offers coaching and consulting services to new and aspiring leaders and women in ministry. Leila values intimacy with God and reflective living in His presence.

Clients and colleagues describe her coaching as transformational. A colleague writes, “Her compassion, intuition and artful skill in personal transformation make her a powerful ally in the journey of life and leadership.”

As a breast Cancer survivor and community advocate, Leila has an innate ability to connect with people in vulnerable situations and motivate them to rise above their circumstances, especially women of African-Caribbean descent battling breast cancer and other life threatening diseases. She has a strong desire to help women who feel defeated and trapped by their circumstances reach their highest potential. When Leila was diagnosed with stage three advanced breast cancer in 1999, she soon realized that many women of colour diagnosed with breast cancer were falling through the cracks of the health care system. While Leila was going through a dark period in her life, hope, purpose and opportunity came to her in a dream. She dreamed of providing a safe and supportive environment where women who looked like her, could have their cultural, emotional and spiritual needs met, and receive access to relevant materials, so they could make educated decisions about both their health and future. This experience along with her passion for community advocacy, motivated her to launch The Olive Branch of Hope (TOBOH) Breast Cancer Support Services in 2001.

Leila wrote and launched the successful drama presentation called “One Dream, One Hope, Many Colours” in October of 2008. The presentation was an expression of her journey to overcome breast Cancer and shed light on the journeys of many Women of African-Caribbean descent. She published two booklets, “Women of Colour Living with Breast Cancer” in 2003, which was circulated across Canada to help health care providers get a better understanding of the needs of Women of Colour and the second in 2007, “Voices Speak from the Shadows”, which is a collection of stories of survivorship by courageous Afro-Caribbean women in Canada.

She also writes weekly devotional with inspirational messages “In The Spirit of Naomi” and is very vocal about the importance of addressing breast Cancer in the Christian community acknowledging that this topic is labeled a “stigma” within many black churches. In her most recent book, “So Glad I Made It,” she shares her journey with breast Cancer, inspiration for starting The Olive Branch of Hope, how she became a board member and President of the World Breast Cancer Organization.

Leila has been featured on various Television programs such as, Real Life with Sharon Caddy of CTS Television and a documentary on 100 Huntley Street’s Daily Television program. She was featured in Healthy Knowledge (HK) magazine, Planet Africa Magazine, Most Magazine, the National Women’s Magazine “Women Alive” as “A Woman You Should Meet”, and was in the spotlight of Maranatha News as “Canada’s Amazing Woman.” She hosted a variety of events that have been covered by Toronto Star, Share Newspaper and Canada Extra.

Leila is currently Executive Director of The Olive Branch of Hope and a proud mother of three children. She praises her family, credits her faith in God for her personal and professional success.



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