ARCOLA - Kennedy Tessier is passionate when it comes to fighting cancer, as her family has seen enough of it over the years.
Tessier’s grandmother had breast cancer, her aunt passed away from cancer in 2020 and her dad also died from the horrible disease a few years ago.
Tessier, originally from Regina, moved to Arcola and married Scott Tessier, who is Arcola’s mayor. Together they have three children, Harrison their nine-year-old son, Ryker their three-year-old son and Milo their one-year-old son.
When Tessier’s dad passed away, it hit her hard and felt the struggles that families go through with cancer firsthand. “
“My dad rung the bell at the cancer clinic in Regina and then a month later he was gone,” she recalled.
Her father had a rare throat cancer, but he had not smoked in 30 years, said Tessier.
Tessier is a professional photographer and she wanted to give back to those who have battled or are fighting cancer, not only breast cancer, but all forms of the disease.
Her business, This Moment Photography, will be doing photo shots of cancer victims in the hopes to make them feel beautiful, even if it is only for a fleeting period of time. A few of her sessions will be held at Government House in Regina, during May or June when all the flowers are in bloom. She calls them empowerment sessions.
Her cancer campaign includes approximately 30 people, who will have their photos taken for free.
She wants to bring awareness for breast cancer and will be doing a few short videos on self-checking and stories from her clients that are willing to share.
Tessier receives a great deal of support from her husband, who got the studio going for her when she moved to Arcola. Her mom, Lyla Adnam is also a great supporter, as is her brother Bailey Adnam. They are always ready to offer a lending hand when Tessier needs help.
A care package is being put together which includes donations from some lovely local businesses from Carlyle, Estevan, Weyburn and Redvers, and Tessier is very thankful for this.
Tessier feels it is her way to give back to those that struggle in these challenging times, and hopes that it will make a difference and help them smile, even if it is only for a short time.
Tessier recently celebrated her fifth anniversary. She has a small studio set up at the old Chaparral Restaurant in Arcola, which is owned by her husband’s parents.
She takes a wide range of photos of weddings, families portraits and pets.