Support Programs

You might think about joining a support program if you are feeling isolated, want a safe place to acknowledge difficult emotions, or want to meet others and learn how they are dealing with all the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

The healing benefits of a peer support group

  1. Provides a place to exchange ideas, ask questions and develop coping skills.
  2. Identifying with others brings more perspective to our own journey.
  3. Reduces the tendency to bottle up emotions by offering a safe place to express them.
  4. Gives peace of mind and a sense of relief to loved ones and family members.
  5. Creates an opportunity to learn from others and find new resources.
  6. Strengthens communication skills and self-expression.
  7. Decreases isolation and helps to bring more life balance.
  8. Brings about an immediate sense of relief by being a part of a supportive circle of others who are focusing on healing.
  9. Opens a window of opportunity for personal growth during a challenging time.
  10. Decreases stress and increases focus on healing.

HopeSpring offers the following support groups:

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Cancer Care Counsellor

HopeSpring offers an on-site Cancer Care Counsellor who provides counselling to those affected by cancer. We recognize the impact of the cancer diagnosis which often is debilitating for the patient and their family. HopeSpring gives the patient and their family the tools to navigate through the system with the support of the Cancer Care Counsellor.

We offer one-on-one counselling, couples counselling, family counselling, child(ren) with parent(s) and caregivers counselling through the phone or using Zoom video conferencing software.

Location: By telephone or Zoom

Monday by appointment:
August 31
September 14, 21, 28
October 5, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7, 14, 21

Thursday by appointment:
September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17

Designed for: 

  • individual one-on-one support,
  • couples counselling,
  • family counselling,
  • child(ren) with parent(s), and
  • caregivers counselling.

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Caregivers Support Group

Cancer not only has a significant impact on the patient but on the family and their caregivers. This support group provides family members, friends or persons who play a significant role in the care of the cancer patient the opportunity to meet with other caregivers. The group will share issues and concerns regarding the care of the cancer patient and the effect of the diagnosis on relationships, life style and emotions. This group is to help improve the ability to cope, communicate and live with cancer. Registration is required. 

Date: Monday
August 31
September 28
October 26
November 30
December 21 

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Designed for: Caregivers only

To Register:
To register for the August 31 session, please email

To register for September sessions and beyond, please use this green button:
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Funding for this program is graciously provided by the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation.

Men's Support Group

Come meet other men who are going through cancer. This program provides an opportunity for men who are patients in active or post-treatment and men caregivers to meet with each other for information gathering, networking, and conversation about their experience with cancer. Registration is required.

Location: Zoom video conferencing software (requires the internet and a mobile device or computer)

Date: Wednesday evening
September 9, 23
October 7, 21
November 4, 18
December 2, 16

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Designed for: men who are members and/or caregivers.

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Online Support

Meet others going through the same challenges as you are without leaving the comfort of your home. We are now offering online support through CancerChatCanada facilitated by psychosocial oncology professionals at collaborating cancer centres. They will host free, confidential, text-only, live online chat support groups for our cancer patients, survivors, and family members - regardless of where you live in Ontario. Meet once a week for 90 minutes over the course of ten weeks.

This program is for members.

Register through Cancer Chat Canada for the next available 10 week session

Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Women can share their concerns about the impact of living with Ovarian Cancer. This support group is professionally facilitated and offers education, information on resources, and caring support whether you are newly diagnosed or for women who are facing recurrence. The group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month. Registration is required. 

Location: Zoom
Date:Thursday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
September 17
October 15
November 19
December 17

Designed for: Those with Ovarian Cancer

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The Ovarian Cancer Support Group is graciously supported by:

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Shoppers Drug Mart Foundation

Women's Support Group

Support among the group is offered, tips are shared and strategies for coping discussed. A wide range of on top of mind topics are discussed each week including everyday life events, past, present or future. Come discuss concerns about your future cancer treatments, eating problems and relationship issues.  The group is warm and friendly and a good social circle for women with cancer. Registration is required.

Cambridge sessions with Tammy:
Date: Tuesday morning
August 25
September 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
December 1, 8, 15, 22

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom

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Waterloo sessions with Christina:
Date:Tuesday evening
August 18
September 1, 15, 29
October 13, 27
November 10, 24
December 8, 22

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Designed For: Members and open to all types of cancer.

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The Women's Support Groups are graciously funded by:

KWCF - HopeSpring multi logo-01Shoppers Drug Mart Foundation

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