Anyone who is experiencing cancer between diagnosis and one year post-treatment. All ages, all types of cancer.
No. The Centre fundraises year-round so that we can offer our programs for free to anyone living with cancer.
Our programs complement traditional medical therapy. While doctors treat the cancer, we address your physical, emotional and spiritual needs to help you live well with and through cancer.
Doctors are often the ones who refer participants to the Centre (although a referral is not required). During registration you’ll be given a medical authorization form to present to your doctor. This form lets your medical team know you’re participating in our programs and provides the WICWC with pertinent medical information. If your health status changes after you’ve completed this form, it’s your responsibility as a participant to make sure we receive a revised medical form.
Yes! When you register, you can register with a caregiver (e.g. spouse, child, parent, friend). We do have support programs offered to caregivers. Anyone living with cancer (non-caregiver) or their caregiver is eligible between the time of diagnosis and one year post treatment. Note: In the unfortunate situation of a death of a non-caregiver (cancer participant), regrettably caregivers can no longer benefit from our programs & services. However, we will refer you to some excellent resources in the community to support you and should you wish to continue using the services of our professionals outside of the centre, you can find all of their coordinates here.
We ask you to register with us as a participant. Simply call us (514 695-9355) for an appointment to meet with a Wellness Guide who will talk to you about your needs and the Centre, and who will follow up with you periodically. As soon as your file is finalized and all the information needed is complete, you can begin using our services.
This link takes you to our Programming Calendar otherwise you can get there from our Programs & Services section of our website. It is updated every 2 weeks and you will receive an email from us with those updates as well as the dates and times for you to register. Registration takes place every two weeks. You select what you wish to attend and then call us at 514 695-9355 to sign up for your choices.
As often as you wish; but please note, in fairness to all and sometimes due to popularity, we may have to place restrictions on how often you can attend a particular program or service.
Discussion topics vary according to the type of group and needs of the individuals in the group. Each meeting usually has a set topic that varies depending on the week, the group and the facilitator.
If I choose to attend a support group session, do I have to share my story or can I just sit and listen?
You can participate as much or as little as you wish. The WICWC is about you deciding what programs meet your wellness goals.