The Journal Smokers from across Ontario have the opportunity to enroll in the STOP (Smok- ing Treatment for Ontario Patients) Pro- gram and receive nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), free of charge to help them in their attempt to quit smoking. For many smokers, the cost of nicotine re- placement products is a barrier to quitting. The evidence-based STOP Programprovides five weeks of free nicotine replacement ther- apy, a practical support for alleviation of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which we know will help them to stop smoking. Those interested in participating in the STOP program may do so by attending a STOP workshop, to be held in the area in- February. To find out if you are eligible to participate, and to register for the workshop, call the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613- 933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120. Ask for Health Line. The STOP Program is conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and is funded by the Ministry of Health Pro- motion and Sport as part of its Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy. In addition to providing NRT, STOP will offer educational material to encourage the program participants to make broader changes that can improve their health even more, because often smoking does not occur in isolation, but rather accompanies other risk factors for disease, such as poor nutri- tion and lack of physical activity. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s leading addic- tion and mental health teaching hospital. Time to STOP EO Health Unit promotes smoking cessation program

Cornwall native opens Spirit Tree Yoga

The Journal

After experiencing the “big city” life in Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary and Dallas, Lisa Blanchard recently returned to her hometown of Cornwall – and she couldn’t be happier. “I really missed home,” said Blanchard. “Cornwall has really changed, and I think it’s poised to grow.” Along with reconnecting with her roots, Blanchard is using her return to Cornwall to embark on a new business venture that has been a personal dream of hers for over 10 years. Blanchard has opened Spirit Tree Yoga, a new yoga, massage and natural wellness studio dedicated to helping people achieve personal wellness and a peaceful state of mind. The studio is located at 117 Eleventh Street West (on the side of the building). It was a pair of personal experiences that prompted Blanchard to make the jump into business. She was dealt a big blow earlier this year when her former husband Ray Seguin passed away from cancer at the age of 41. Blanchard also encountered her own personal health issues. “That was a wake-up call,” she recalled. “I really wanted to take care of me.” Through the studio, Blanchard will be of- fering a wide variety of Yoga classes for all ages, including toddlers, children and sen- iors. Starting next year, Spirit Tree Yoga will also be offering a number of workshops including a beginners’ workshop where participants will learn the basics of Yoga. In addition, Blanchard plans to introduce a Karma Yoga program where participants will be able to make a voluntary financial contribution to participate, with proceeds

Special photo Cornwall native Lisa Blanchard has returned to her hometown to open Spirit Tree Yoga.

going to the Agape Centre. “I want to give back to the community,” said Blanchard, who has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years in addition to being a member of the Canadian Federation of Orthotherapists. In the lead-up to launching her business, Blanchard turned to a number of commu- nity resources for assistance, including the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre. “Lisa has a passion and dedication for her

line of work, and that is a key ingredient for success for any entrepreneur,” said Candy Pollard, business consultant with the Corn- wall Business Enterprise Centre. “Lisa also wants to give back to the community through her business, and that is great news for the entire community. We wish her all the best.” For additional information on Spirit Tree Yoga, visit or call (613) 330-4494.


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