National Cancer Series: Exercise and Cancer | The Ismaili Canada

National Cancer Series: Exercise and Cancer

February 22, 2021 | Canada

Exercise is associated with improved physical and mental health, and it is an essential part of cancer care. Join clinical exercise physiologist Rachel Mark along with moderator Nilusha Alibhai of the Ismaili Women’s Cancer Support Group for BC for the second part of the National Cancer Series. They will discuss the importance and impact of exercise on cancer incidence, recurrence, survival, as well as on overall quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.


Rachel Mark completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2007 at the University of Calgary, and her Master’s in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria in 2009.  She is a clinical exercise physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, an exercise therapy team lead at InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care in BC, and she is registered as a kinesiologist with the BC Association of Kinesiologists.

She is also a registered acupuncturist and a registered yoga teacher. Rachel has completed various additional training in cancer care, including Yoga for Cancer at the Salt Spring Island Centre of Yoga, and Dr. Prue Cormie’s EX-MED Cancer PD, a professional development course providing advanced training for exercise specialists in the cancer care field. Rachel believes that the road to health must take a “whole person” approach in order to find balance and healing of the body, mind, and spirit.

Nilusha Alibhai has over 25 years of experience as a senior executive in the financial services industry, where she was responsible for managing a portfolio of over $12 billion and a team of 400 employees. Her work has always been guided by a deep sense of social responsibility, with a particular passion for the empowerment of women and ensuring that everyone has access to the resources they need.

Throughout her career, she has also generously given her time to champion various community initiatives and has served on the boards of the Women’s Executive Network and the YWCA of Metro Vancouver. Nilusha continues to support women in their advancement and in navigating the path to reach their full potential through mentorship and coaching. Nilusha holds a Bachelor of Economics from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Ismaili Women’s Cancer Support Group for British Columbia.

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