The West Island Cancer Wellness Centre is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka (Mohawk), a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst many First Nations including the Kanien’kehá:ka of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Huron/Wendat, Abenaki, and Anishinaabeg.
We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.
WHO WE ARE
The West Island Cancer Wellness Centre (WICWC) is a registered charity dedicated to offering compassionate care and support to anyone experiencing cancer – either having it themselves or supporting someone with cancer. We exist in response to the demand for a whole-person integrated approach to wellness that focuses on improving the health and well-being of people living with cancer by addressing their emotional, physical and spiritual needs.
Thanks to generous donors, partners and our own fundraising efforts, all our programs and services are free of charge and are created to fulfill the need for psychosocial cancer care and to complement traditional medical practices. Through our wellness programs, participants will receive personal support, gain coping mechanisms, discover additional alternatives, and become better educated about their specific illness. We will help them gain more control of their lives, find strength, reduce feelings of isolation, and continue to foster hope, regardless of the stage of their disease.
In 2018, the WICWC launched, phase 1, of its National initiative called Live Well with Cancer Network (LWWCN), a phoneline offering support, referral and information service, in response to the voiced need. In 2020, phase 2 was launched that included remote access to our Cancer Wellness Virtual programming, which is open to all Canadians living with cancer ( Registration into the Centre is required to promote safety- to request registration proceed to the Registration tab). And in 2022, we launch our rural Canada and Indigenous outreach.
OUR VISION AND GOALS
To become recognized as a leader in cancer wellness.
To be “top of mind” as the place to turn to when cancer affects your life.
Provide innovative, integrative therapies and reliable resources & information on intervention and preventive cancer care.
Petition health practitioners and educate the public on the necessity for psychosocial care as part of the cancer continuum.
Sustainable financing to address the cancer crisis in Quebec and continue to provide people living with cancer, the benefits of a whole-person integrated approach to wellness.