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This week on Focus Montreal: May 14

MONTREAL — Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to people who are shaping our community, bringing their stories into focus.

It airs on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and at midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week on Focus Montreal:

Click to play video: 'Focus Montreal: ‘Motherhood Out Loud’' Focus Montreal: ‘Motherhood Out Loud’
Focus Montreal: ‘Motherhood Out Loud’ – May 15, 2016

‘Motherhood Out Loud’

Some might say that being a mom requires a sense of humour and that’s  where Motherhood Out Loud, a new play at the Centur Theatre, comes in.

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From birth to child-rearing, to playground politics, the play celebrates the adventure we call motherhood with humour.

It also reveals the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations.

The Canadian premiere of Motherhood Out Loud will be presented at the Centaur Theatre from May 19 to May 22.

The Centaur’s former artistic director, Gordon McCall, is back in Montreal to direct the show and he joins senior anchor, Jamie Orchard, to discuss his latest project.

Click to play video: 'Focus Montreal: Let’s Roll for Kids Bike-a Thon' Focus Montreal: Let’s Roll for Kids Bike-a Thon
Focus Montreal: Let’s Roll for Kids Bike-a Thon – May 15, 2016

Let’s Roll for Kids Bike-a Thon

A south shore father is doing his part to give back to the Westmount organization that is helping his son Cammy cope with severe disabilities.

Yaldei is a private, not-for-profit, early intervention centre dedicated to helping children with developmental challenges reach their full potential.

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Finnegan Craig, Cammy’s older brother, has seen first hand how the centre has helped his little brother prosper.

Now Cammy and Finnegan’s dad, Christopher, is promoting the Let’s Roll for Kids Bike-a-Thon to raise money for Yaldei.

This year’s goal is to raise $300,000.

That money will be used to help families pay for the expensive therapies offered at the centre.

Christopher Craig dropped by Focus Montreal studios earlier this week to share his family’s story.

To support Team Cammy and the Yaldei Centre or to register for the race, visit the I Support Yaldei website.

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Focus Montreal: ‘How Can I Help’ – May 15, 2016

‘How Can I Help?’

Toronto psychiatrist Dr. David Goldbloom returned to his hometown of Montreal  this week to launch his new book .

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Goldbloom signed copies of his first book at the Paragraph Bookstore downtown on Wednesday night.

How Can I Help? portrays a week in his life working at the largest psychiatric facility in Canada.

From his poignant reminder in the first chapter that “they are us,” to his guidance on “listening for a diagnosis,” Goldbloom’s book takes us on a rare behind-the-scenes look at the life treating the mentally ill.

Goldbloom sat down with senior anchor Jamie Orchard to discuss his deep commitment to helping people with mental illness and his desire to break down the stigmas associated with the psychiatric profession.

 

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