Cancer wellness webcasts for adults

Wednesday, February 3rd /6:30 pm – 8 pm / on Zoom
Guest:  Dr. Christopher Labos

How is COVID-19 impacting cancer, diagnosis and treatment? How was the vaccine created so quickly? Is it safe? Should all cancer patients be vaccinated against COVID-19?

For answers to these and other questions, register for this webinar with our special guest, Dr. Christopher Labos with an introduction by Tracey McKee, media personality and graduate of the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre.

Dr. Christopher Labos completed his cardiology residency at McGill University where he served as chief resident and then completed a master’s degree and epidemiology before pursuing a research fellowship. Through no fault of his own, he started the Sisyphean task of working with the media to better communicate science and health news to the general public.  He has a regular column with the Montreal Gazette, is a regular contributor to CJAD radio and CTV Montreal news, and CBC Morning Live. He has written for the CBC, Maclean’s magazine and co-hosts the award winning podcast “The Body of Evidence.” No one pays him for any of this. Occasionally he practices medicine so he can pay his rent. He is a cardiologist at Hopital Notre-Dame and an associate with the McGill Office for Science and Society whose mission is to promote critical thinking and present science to the public. To date no one has asked him for his autograph.

Monday, January 11th / 1:30 pm / on Zoom
Guest:  Anthony Harubin

Topics covered will include: the different stages of clinical trials, the protocol, who sponsors, types of trials, phases, regulations, research approval and the adverse event reporting.

Anthony Harubin is a consultant in clinical research.

Tuesday, November 24th / 1 pm / on Zoom
Guest:  Dr. Mary Jane Esplen
A link to the webcast is available below

Cancer and treatment can have an impact on body image, emotional well-being and relationships. In this webinar, Dr. Esplen will discuss this as well as strategies to restore a sense of self, body image and improved quality of life.

Dr. Mary Jane Esplen is a Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

(Tuesday, August 25, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Guests: Stéphanie Côté-Marcoux, Voluntas Commémoration Inc.

More and more people are pre-planning their funerals to save loved ones the stress of having to do it during such an emotional time. Join us for a talk by our guest, Stéphanie Côté-Marcoux of Voluntas Commémoration Inc. on how pre-planning can save money and give you the peace of mind of knowing your wishes have been made known and will be carried out.

Stéphanie Côté-Marcoux is the founder of Voluntas Commémoration, a licensed funeral service provider that specializes in offering economical solutions for meaningful personalized funeral services and for discreet guidance through the maze of administration a family must face at their time of loss.

(Held on Tuesday, August 11th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Guests: Debbie White & Giovanna Daniele
A link to the webcast is available below.

Every person is unique, but we all have the common desire to live a whole, balanced, and joyful life. Join us on Tuesday for an interesting conversation on how applying pressure through the thumbs and fingers to reflex points can stimulate and encourage different body parts to heal.

Debbie White is the owner of Blossoming Spirit. Her practice is geared towards helping others discover and transform patterns that create roadblocks and reorient them towards that which will support fulfillment of their desires.

Giovanna Daniele, Reflexology Therapist, is also a professional volunteer at the WICWC since 2017. Giovanna’s goal is to introduce Reflexology and its many benefits to as many people as possible, and to help it become accessible to all

Laura Palma, MSc, CGC, CCGC, Certified Genetic Counsellor

(Held on Tuesday, July 28th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Guest: Laura Palma, MSc, CGC, CCGC
Webinar Recording Available Soon!

Topics will include:
⇒ The genetic and non-genetic risk factors for cancer
⇒ Red flags for hereditary cancer
⇒ Who is eligible for genetic testing of hereditary cancer?
⇒ What are the possible outcomes of genetic testing?

You will not want to miss this fascinating discussion on genetic testing!

Laura Palma, MSc, CGC, CCGC, Certified Genetic Counsellor, is certified by both the American Board of Genetic Counselors and the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors. In her role as a senior cancer genetic counsellor, Laura counsels patients and families at risk for a variety of hereditary cancer syndromes, both in the adult and pediatric settings.

Catherine Fournier, Notary

(Held on Tuesday, July 14th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Guest: Catherine Fournier, Notary
A link to the webcast is available below

Did you know: You are not legally required to have a will, but without one, the provincial laws will decide how your estate is divided?

Catherine Fournier, Notary, has more than 10 years of experience with all aspects of the Notarial field, including drafting wills and protective mandates. Her relationship with clients is based on taking the time to understand their needs to give them the best legal advice required by their situation.

Colleen Jorgensen

Osteopathy and Yoga for Pain Care
(Held on Tuesday, June 30th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Guest:  Colleen Jorgensen
A link to the webcast is available below


Osteopathy, yoga and mindfulness are tools that can help to manage pain. Studies show that physical activity and exercise can help you to live well with cancer.

Colleen Jorgensen holds an Athletic Therapy degree from  Concordia University, Canada and an Osteopathy degree from Le Collège d’études ostéopathiques de Montréal. She is the owner of CORE BASICS Centre d’ostéopathie et de pilates. Colleen is also certified in several yoga specialties, rehab pilates, somatic approaches to movement and professional pain care education.

Celena Scheede-Bergdahl, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

(Held on Tuesday, June 16th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Guest:  Celena Scheede-Bergdahl
A link to the webcast is available below

Studies show that physical activity and exercise can help you to live well with cancer. Our guest, Celena Scheede-Bergdahl, will explain  the benefits of staying active  to help you improve your health and well-being.

Celena Scheede-Bergdahl has a BSc in Exercise Science (Concordia University, Canada), MSc in Kinesiology (Université de Montréal, Canada) and PhD in Medical Physiology (University of Copenhagen, Denmark).She is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University and has been working with the Perioperative Program and Dr. Franco Carli at the Montreal General Hospital  for the past 6 years, contributing to both the prehabilitation program and the development of guidelines for early mobilization as a part of Enhanced Recovery Canada for Colorectal Cancer.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Guest:  Dr. Rob Rutledge
A link to the webcast is available below

  • What are the attributes of a remarkable cancer survivor ?

  • How can cancer wellness activities help you become one?

  • What can you do to help yourself recover from cancer?

Dr. Rob Rutledge is a Radiation Oncologist in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. In addition to his commitment specializing in breast, prostate, and pediatric cancers, he generously invests his personal time as a dynamic and passionate speaker, presenting scientific knowledge and providing insight gained from serving  people dealing with life-threatening diseases. He has touched the hearts and minds of thousands with his compassion and wisdom.