Great news for the Crysler community and surrounding area!

August 14, 2019 – Dr. Vikie Bédard, a Family Practitioner, joined the Crysler Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) on August 12, 2019. The CSCE is pleased to welcome Dr. Bédard in its team of the 1 Nation Street, in Crysler.

The CSCE in Crysler is now accepting new clients!

The CSCE in Crysler provides many bilingual and free services: physical & mental health consultations, pulmonary rehabilitation provided by a respiratory therapist and other community programs (Green Food Box, exercise groups, etc.). New clients are accepted with medical referrals or self-referrals. If you require further information about our services, do not hesitate to contact us at 613-987-2683 or visit our website:

Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie – Crysler
Telephone: 613-987-2683 | Fax: 613-987-9908

July 22, 2019 – Dr. Paulo Antunes, a Family Practitioner, will be joining the Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) in Limoges as of August 6, 2019. The staff at the CSCE in Limoges is pleased that Dr. Antunes will be joining their team on Wednesdays, Thursdays and every second Monday.

A Strong Community Experience

Dr. Antunes is a highly skilled physician with considerable community experience. He has been working at the CSCE in Cornwall since 2010. Although he will be conquering new challenges in Limoges, he will maintain his practice in Cornwall on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Dr. Antunes earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa before completing his medical studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, in Mexico. He then pursued postgraduate studies, specializing in rural medicine, at the Eastern Maine Medical Center, which is affiliated with the renowned Tufts University School of Medicine. Later, he opened a full-time family medical practice in Maine focusing on psychiatry, childhood care, geriatrics and obstetrics. Along with his practice, Dr. Antunes also provided medical services to various hospitals.

A Welcome Addition for the Community of Limoges

“We look forward to working with Dr. Antunes, here in Limoges,” states Étienne Grandmaître Saint-Pierre, Limoges Site Manager. “He will be a welcome addition to the team which will allow us to broaden our services that are free of charge and tailored to the needs of the community of Limoges and the surrounding area.”

Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie – Limoges
Telephone: 613-557-2210 | Fax: 613-557-2084

July 3, 2019 – The Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) in Limoges is pleased to announce its new partnership with Dr. Milena Garofalo, obstetrician-gynecologist from the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH).

Starting July 15, 2019, Dr. Garofalo will provide services once a month at the CSCE in Limoges (601 Limoges Road, Unit 201).

For gynecological services, referrals are accepted for general benign gynecology including:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding, post-menopausal bleeding
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain, endometriosis, dyspareunia
  • PCOS
  • Pelvic/adnexal mass
  • Contraception counselling, IUD insertion/removal
  • Menopause
  • Vulvar or vaginal complaints (dermatoses, recurrent infections)
  • Urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse

In addition, please note that Dr. Garofalo has completed specialized training in Family Planning (including complex contraception cases) as well as in pediatric and adolescent gynecology.

Pregnancy follow-ups

For obstetrics, women can be followed at the Limoges CSCE up to 28 to 30 weeks’ gestation, then will be referred to the group at the HGH. The patient needs to be willing to be transferred and ultimately deliver at the HGH.

Both medical and self-referrals will be accepted. Women interested in receiving these services are invited to call 613-557-2210. Medical referrals can be sent via fax to 613-557-2084.

Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie – Limoges
Telephone: 613-557-2210 | Fax: 613-557-2084

Last Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, was the first Bike Rodeo in Crysler, organized by the Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) and the Crysler Citizens Committee (CCC).

Around fifteen participants between the ages of 4 to 12 years old first attended a fun and free basic training on bike safety. As the weather was good, they were able to decorate their bikes and enjoy a great bike ride on the Crysler bike path.

Thank you to our partners for their valuable contribution to the success of this activity:

April 29, 2019 – The Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) in Embrun is pleased to announce its new partnership with Dr. Nicolas A. Bégin, gynecologist/obstetrician from the Montfort Hospital, who will provide pregnancy follow-up services at the CSCE in Embrun.

Starting May 27, 2019, Dr. Bégin will provide pregnancy follow-up services every Monday at the CSCE in Embrun (649 Notre-Dame Street).

Pregnant women interested in receiving these services are invited to call the following number: 613-443-3888.

Both medical and self-referrals will be accepted.

Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie, Embrun
613 443-3888

Dietitians are key in helping Canadians Unlock the Potential of Food this Nutrition Month

March is Nutrition Month and this year builds on the 2018 campaign that saw dietitians help Canadians Unlock the Potential of Food, highlighting how food can not only nourish you, but also fuel active lives, inspire children, help to heal, prevent chronic diseases – and most importantly – bring people together. For 2019, Nutrition Month will put the focus on the important role dietitians play when it comes to food and nutrition.

“Food is nourishment, but it is so much more,” says Adrianna Smallwood, dietitian and Nutrition Month spokesperson based in Newfoundland. “As a dietitian, I help guide my patients and clients as they navigate a life-long journey with food; from childhood through adulthood when they are healthy and when they are ill. Food has the potential to enhance lives and improve health, and as dietitians, our goal is to help you unlock that potential.”


Canadians have a passionate, personal relationship with food – as do dietitians

Playing a key role in supporting the health of Canadians, dietitians collaborate with other healthcare professionals, undertake scientific research, drive innovation, inform public policy and work with patients and communities. Like all regulated health professionals, dietitians undergo comprehensive and rigorous training, both on the job and in universities.

“As dietitians, we want to help Canadians understand the diversity of what a dietitian can offer, and the role we can play in your life,” says Whitney Hussain, dietitian and Nutrition Month spokesperson based in British Columbia. “Some dietitians support critically ill patients while others support families to overcome barriers to eating together. There are dietitians working in many different roles and places and during Nutrition Month, we will share how we can help you unlock the potential of food – no matter what challenges you may be facing.”

The 2019 Nutrition Month campaign will explore five topics that help Unlock the Potential of Food: 

  1. Potential to fuel: Stay energized by planning nutritious snacks into your day
  2. Potential to discover: Foster healthy eating habits in children by teaching them to shop and cook
  3. Potential to prevent: Understand how food can help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease
  4. Potential to heal: Learn how food can promote healing and how dietitians work with health care teams to make a difference
  5. Potential to bring us together: Enjoy the benefits of bringing families and friends together with food

Throughout March, dietitians in communities and workplaces across the country will be talking about the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health to support Nutrition Month 2019.  Healthy living tips, nutritious (and delicious) recipes and helpful links are available at

Nutrition at the CSCE

The dietitians at the CSCE offer free individual consultations in nutrition and provide personalized advice on healthy eating for gradual and sustainable changes in eating habits and behaviours. The dietitians also carry out health promotion activities aimed at improving or maintaining the health of individuals and the general population. In addition they encourage healthy eating habits while respecting each person’s needs and lifestyle.

To learn more about our nutrition services, click here.

Information about the new Canada’s Food Guide (article in French)

December 13th, 2018 – The Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie’s (CSCE) 2019 winter schedule is now available on our web calendar. The calendar features a handy search tool which enables you to find groups, events and community activities offered in all CSCE locations (Alexandria, Bourget, Cornwall, Crysler, Embrun and Limoges) by conducting a keyword search, a search by location or by category.

Register today!

Fall groups and activities include exercise groups, nutrition workshops, therapeutic groups like anxiety management and many more.

To see our new web calendar, visit us at and select the “CALENDAR” tab from the main menu. You can also view the calendar directly by clicking on this link:

Once you have completed your search, just click on the title of the event that interests you to obtain more information about the event.

Please note that events and groups offered solely in French will not appear in the English version of the calendar.

The Embrun Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie has moved into more accessible premises!

Since November 19, 2018, the Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) professionals are proud to welcome the public to a new address in Embrun:

649 Notre-Dame Street
Embrun (ON)
K0A 1W1

Our phone and fax numbers remain the same:

Telephone: 613-443-3888
Fax: 613-443-9519

An improved accessibility

This move will increase our visibility and accessibility within the community of Embrun. Furthermore, the offices are all located on one level, which will facilitate discussions among professionals. Also, the location of our new premises will allow access to more parking.

Every One Matters.

Official Language Minority Communities in Ontario:
Understanding the Lived Experiences of Francophone Patients and their Nursing Care Providers

You are invited to participate in an interview for a study regarding the experience of registered nurses, nursing students and Francophone patients with respect to the services and health care provided to French-speaking official language minority communities in Ontario. We are looking for French-speaking patients who have sought health care in Ontario.

We want to speak to Francophone or bilingual residents of Ontario who would prefer to receive French language health care services in Ontario. Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis. Your participation will consist of taking part in an interview, expected to be about one (1) hour in length. The interview may take place in person, over the phone, or by teleconference. The interview may be held in French or in English, whichever you prefer.

The interview will be guided by a list of questions and discussion items. You may skip any question that you do not want to answer. Participation in this study is strictly voluntary. This study will allow for greater understanding of the realities of health care provision to French-speaking minority patient populations in Ontario, looking at the perspectives of registered nurses, nursing students, and Francophone patients.

This project has received Research Ethics Board (REB) approval from the University of Ottawa. If you have any questions or require more information about the study, please do not hesitate to contact the primary investigator, Mwali Muray (, or her research supervisor, Dr. Julie Chartrand ( and Dr. Amélie Perron (

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Diabetes concerns every family is the theme of World Diabetes Day and diabetes awareness month this November. The International Diabetes Federation is raising awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and promoting the role of the family in diabetes management, care, prevention and education.

Today, there are 11 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes. Every three minutes, another Canadian is diagnosed. Chances are that diabetes affects you or someone you know.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Diabetes leads to high blood sugar levels, which can damage organs, blood vessels and nerves. The body needs insulin to use sugar as an energy source.

At this time, researchers do not yet know how to prevent type 1 diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented. If you have risk factors for type 2 diabetes, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Better food choices, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight will help.

November 14th

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) started World Diabetes Day in 1991 in response to the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. It has since grown to become a globally celebrated event and an official United Nations (UN) awareness day. It is now the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign.

Detecting diabetes early involves the family

  • One in every two people with diabetes is undiagnosed. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to helping prevent or delay life-threatening complications.
  • If type 1 diabetes is not detected early, it can lead to serious disability or death. Know the signs and symptoms to protect yourself and your family.

Preventing type 2 diabetes involves the family

  • Many cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Reducing your family’s risk starts at home.
  • When a family eats healthy meals and exercises together, all family members benefit and encourage behaviors that could help prevent type 2 diabetes in the family.
  • If you have diabetes in your family, learn about the risks, the warning signs to look out for and what you can do to prevent diabetes and its complications.
  • Families need to live in an environment that supports healthy lifestyles and helps them to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Caring for my diabetes involves my family

  • Managing diabetes requires daily treatment, regular monitoring, a healthy lifestyle and ongoing education. Family support is key.
  • All health professionals should have the knowledge and skills to help individuals and families manage diabetes.
  • Education and ongoing support should be accessible to all individuals and families to help manage diabetes.
  • Essential diabetes medicines and care must be accessible and affordable for every family.

Diabetes facts and figures

  • 425 million adults (1-in-11) have diabetes
  • The number of people with diabetes is expected to rise to 522 million by 2030
  • 1-in-2 people with diabetes remain undiagnosed (212 million)
  • 3 out of 4 people with diabetes live in low and middle income countries
  • Over 1 million children and adolescents have type 1 diabetes
  • 1-in-6 births is affected by high blood glucose (hyperglycemia) in pregnancy
  • Two thirds of people with diabetes are of working age (327 million)
  • Diabetes caused 4 million deaths in 2017
  • Diabetes caused at least $727 billion in health expenditure in 2017 – that’s greater than the defense budgets of the US and China combined!

CSCE Diabetes Education Program

The Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie’s (CSCE) Diabetes Education Program allows all people with diabetes or prediabetes to learn the skills they need to take an active role in managing their condition daily. The Diabetes Education Program team is made up of a dietitian and a nurse whose mandate is to teach people with diabetes to take charge of their health and manage their disease. To do this, one group session along with personalized follow-ups are offered on topics. The program is available at our Alexandria, Bourget, Cornwall and Embrun locations.

To know more about Diabetes, visit or