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This is what's happening remotely at HopeSpring this week. 
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This is part 2 of a 5 part series on cancer and mental health. This week Amy talks about depression and cancer. Knowing the symptoms and what to do are keys to managing. Read on
"The national theme of 2021's Volunteer Appreciation Week, held this past week- "The power of one. The power of many."...
Within our core DNA at HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre, the volunteer has always been the heartbeat of the organization. Without our volunteers we could not exist." ~Shawn Halowatzki, Board President for HopeSpring

We selected to spotlight a different volunteer everyday this week, not only to thank them but to highlight the varied backgrounds and situations that our volunteers come from. We have so many talented people that help run the wheels of HopeSpring.

Just as Shawn mentions, and as the national campaign theme chosen for 2021- the power of one. One person, one dollar, one hour, one gesture of kindness, can change our world.

To our Volunteers "You are important. You are appreciated. You are honoured. Not just this day, week but EVERYDAY. Thank you." Shawn Halowatzki

More on volunteering at HopeSpring. Read the volunteer ambassadors for HopeSpring stories.
As appeared in the Record National Volunteer Week.
Programming Information and Updates at HopeSpring
Catch them while you can! Available for a limited time.
Peer Support Chat Series-Coping with Stress and Mental Health
Coping with Stress and Mental Health.
Living with the pandemic and health-related concerns, we are all feeling stress and need to check how its affecting our mental health and obtain strategies to help us get through. Join the Peer Support team and Amy, our Cancer Care Counsellor for this chat series. Registration available on the Peer Support webpage or by following this link
NEW DATES ADDED! More info or to register go here
Know Your Lemons
Register for tonight's session. The mission of the Know Your Lemons Foundation is to help men and women find breast cancer as early as possible. They do this in part through helping others become better informed on breast health, breast cancer symptoms, screening and risk factors.
Family Programming- check for availability, most running through til August.
Puddle Jumpers Group-Based Supportive Care
**NEW-Puddle Jumpers Now Available Saturday and Sunday mornings. 
Is a group-based supportive care program for children aged 5 to 13. Each class has therapeutic lesson goals to help children who have a parent or caregiver going through cancer. Registration available here
Also check out Little Scientist and Expressive Arts below, rounding out our family programming.
Little scientist is a program designed to inspire learning in children ages 5-13 through a series of virtual at-home mini-science experiments. More info and registration 
Expressive Arts for Youth Family Programming
Expressive Arts provides a creative and safe outlet to express emotions through painting activity. Youth will learn coping strategies in a constructive way by drawings and assigning meaning from visuals and communicate through them. It will build self-confidence and provide a greater sense of awareness. More info and registration here.
Look Good Feel Better Bonus Programs Available
Look Good Feel Better Logo

To register or discover LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER visit

The above kit is provided to participants once they attend the Skincare and Cosmetics workshop. Register here
Alternate Programs Available 
The Prostate Cancer Support Group meets this week on Tuesday, registration below.
Prostate Cancer Support Group Waterloo-Wellington-Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
Scan above to go directly to PCCN website.
Are you a man with Prostate Cancer, a family member of someone with Prostate Cancer or a caregiver supporting someone with Prostate Cancer? The Prostate Cancer Support Group Waterloo-Wellington chapter is here for you. 
.For our next virtual support group meeting - In person meetings are suspended because of the  pandemic, but PCSG Waterloo Wellington meets via ZOOM the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Join our mailing list for meeting invites.

You may join our mailing group by clicking here. Keep informed of the activities of Prostate Cancer Support Group – Waterloo Wellington.   

World Ovarian Cancer Day Symposium / Symposium de la Journée mondiale du cancer de l'ovaire

Saturday, May 8, 2021
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Online / En ligne

This is a FREE event to attend
Food and nutrition for people with cancer
Looking for recipes for your diet style?
From: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre
"It’s important to make sure you get proper nutrition during and after cancer treatment. Here are some recipes our nutrition experts have created to help people make changes in their diet. You can search by diet type (e.g., low-calorie diet) or by cancer-related symptom."
Check out this site for a variety of recipes
What you need to know about COVID vaccines, information for people with cancer
Cancer Care Ontario
What You Need To Know About COVID Vaccines
Information for people with cancer
Program Planner 
Spring & Summer Programming, Schedules and Registration now available online

Please register for all programs by following the links below, visiting or calling 519-742-4673

This Week:

Monday, April 26 - Cancer Care Counselling via Telephone or Zoom, Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30pm, Caregivers Support Group with Amy via Zoom 4:00-6:00pm, Know Your Lemons via Zoom 7:00-8:00pm 
Tuesday, April 27 Women's Support Group Daytime with Tammy via Zoom 11:30am-1:00pm, Gentle Yoga For Symptom Management with Tammy via Zoom 1:30-3:00 pm, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30am-12:30pm, Qi Gong with Joel 7:30-9pm, Women's Support Group with Christina via Zoom 6:30-8:00pm
Wednesday, April 28 - Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30pm, Men's Support Group with Shawn via Zoom 6:30-8pm, 
Thursday, April 29 Cancer Care Counselling via Telephone or Zoom, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30-12:30pm, Tai Chi with Judy via Zoom 10-11:30am, Gentle Movement and Community Conversations via Zoom 10-11:30am, Meditation with Tammy via Zoom 6:30-8:00pm
Friday, April 30 Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30pm
Saturday, May 1 - Puddle Jumpers via Zoom  9-10:30am, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30am-12:30pm
Sunday, May 2 Puddle Jumpers via Zoom 9:00-10:30am, Little Scientist via Zoom 1030-11:30am

Following Week:

Monday, May 3 
Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30pm, Cancer Care Counselling via Zoom or Telephone, Therapeutic Touch with Sue via Zoom, Reiki with Beverly via Zoom, Peer Support Chat Series, Stress and Mental Health via Zoom 2:00-3:00pm, Small Steps to a Better You with Bindia via Zoom 3:00-4:00
Tuesday, May 4 - Women's Support Group Daytime with Tammy via Zoom 11:30am-1pm, Gentle Yoga Symptom Management with Tammy via Zoom 1:30pm-3pm, Qi Gong with Joel via Zoom 7:30-9pm, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, May 5 - Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30, Zentangle with Cindy via Zoom 1:00-2:30pm
Thursday, May 6 Cancer Care Counselling via Telephone or Zoom, Gentle Movement and Community Conversations via Zoom 10:00-11:30am, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30-12:30pm, Tai Chi with Judy via Zoom 10-11:30am, Yoga for Cancer Recovery via Zoom 6:30-8pm, 
Friday, May 7 Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30pm
Saturday, May 8 - Puddle Jumpers via Zoom 9:00-10:30am, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30am-12:30pm, Therapeutic Touch with Susanne via Zoom, Expressive Arts for Youth via Zoom 2-3:30pm
Sunday, April 25 - Puddle Jumpers via Zoom 9:00-10:30am, Little Scientist via Zoom 10:30-11:30am

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