Breast Cancer Awareness 2023

To book a mammogram call 1-800-663-9203 or

Shuswap Mammography Unit 1-250-833-3607 in Salmon Arm BC


Our dragon boat team gave out carnations along with a breast cancer prevention message to ladies at Picadilly Mall, and Uptown Askews. We handed out 300 pink carnations that were graciously donated by Save On Foods Salmon Arm.  Our team also promoted the newly opened Mammogram Unit at the Shuswap Lake Hospital.  Women will no longer need to drive to other Mammogram centers in the Okanagon to get their mammograms.  The state of the art machine was up and running on October 1, 2023 with their grand opening on October 4, 2023.   To book your next mammogram, you can call the 1-800-663-9203 and mention you want it in Salmon Arm.   The direct Salmon Arm Mammography Unit phone number is 1-250-833-3607.  

   The purpose of Shuswap Dragon Boat Society is:

  • To promote the awareness of Breast Cancer
  • To encourage an active lifestyle
  • To send a positive message to those living with Breast Cancer
  • To honour the memory of those unable to take up the paddle

Friends Abreast achieves these goals through many activities.   Our boat proudly wears the pink ribbon, advertising to all that we are a Breast Cancer Dragon Boat team. We participate in festivals, including the carnation ceremonies that take place to honour those who have battled this disease.

Besides dragon boating, we have participated in various walks and runs to support other charitable causes in our area.   We believe that our activity and our visibility are a positive message to the larger community.   As well, we have financially supported many students in post-secondary education through scholarships for students who have had a close family member that has battled breast cancer.  

We realize that early detection saves lives, and so encourage mammograms.   To promote this, we typically hand out carnations during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   Each flower includes a card with information on how to book a mammogram.   We have also donated bookmarks printed with the same information to local bookstores and the library.   In past years, we have entered a float in the Fall Fair Parade and handed out this information that way.   

Also, we want to recognize the following former members who have passed on.  

Linda Barrett - founding member

Kate Froment - founding member

Barb Howard - founding member and breast cancer victim

Betty Miege - founding member

Shirley Kiegerl - breast cancer victim

Maria McCallum - breast cancer survivor and team supporter

Nel Peach - breast cancer survivor, team member, supporter

Maureen Sim - breast cancer victim

Val Soper - breast cancer victim

Pat Eveleigh - member

Audrey Szafranski - breast cancer survivor and founding member

Marilyn Follack - founding member, paddler, breast cancer victim

Joan Davies - founding member


In Memory Of

Carol De Veer Carol De Veer
January 13 1956 - April 9 2003
Winifred Rosemary Blair Winifred Rosemary Blair
March 6 1933 - January 28 2013
Joan Clifford Joan Clifford
October 13 1937 - April 24 2005
Barbara Ann Howard Barbara Ann Howard
June 8 1946 - June 19 2011
Marilyn Follack Marilyn Follack
June 15 1939 - May 26 2003
Audrey Szafranski Audrey Szafranski
November 6, 1935 - August 5, 2022
Diana Mary Angela Williams Diana Mary Angela Williams
November 1 1953 - April 11 2012

Contact Us:

Shuswap Dragon Boat Society
P.O. Box 1195
Salmon Arm BC V1E 4P3


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