Wheelchair donations pour in after Nunavik grandfather carted around Montreal health facility – CBC

Jun 14, 2023

‘Hard for me not to be emotional,’ says patient who inspired successful campaign

Jean-Guy St-Aubin has been getting emotional seeing new wheelchairs roll into the Ullivik centre in Dorval, Que., during his monthly stays in the Montreal area for cancer treatment.

They were purchased and donated following St-Aubin’s experience at the temporary housing centre that’s intended to serve as a safe space for patients who fly in from Quebec’s far north for medical treatment.

In March, St-Aubin, who has lived in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Que., a community located 1,500 kilometres north of Montreal, for over 40 years, was wheeled to his room on a luggage cart.

His family looked on in shock at the time.

“I was tired, I was feeling bad,” said St-Aubin, who had just returned from radiation treatment.

“Three times in a row I gave my wheelchair to the security. Security says, ‘okay, [I’ll] keep it for you,” he said. “And three times in a row, no more chairs.”

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