As you can see by the masthead above, our newsletter now has a name: Volunteer Voices, suggested by Sonia Hazan, a member of our Communications Committee. Our thanks to all the volunteers who responded to our “Name this Newsletter Contest” with creative, thoughtful ideas.

Volunteer Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 1, June 2019

Welcome! 

Hope & Cope is proud to introduce the first issue of this newsletter – by and for volunteers – that will be sent three times a year. Researched and written by the volunteers of the Communications Committee, with the input and supervision of Hena Kon, Communications Specialist at Hope & Cope, it responds to a need that many of you identified in the 2017 Volunteer Survey. In each issue, you will find information about upcoming and past events, resources and programs provided by Hope & Cope, education tips, volunteer profiles and the latest news from the Volunteer Management Council. But, we also need your input to find a name for this newsletter. We invite you to enter our “Name the Volunteer Newsletter” contest for your chance to receive a special gift. The winning title will be announced in the October issue. You may suggest as many titles in English or French as you wish! Please forward your suggestions to hopeandcopecommunique@jgh.mcgill.ca

Smooth Transition

By Sonia Hazan The Volunteer Management Council (VMC) is our voice at the Hope & Cope Board. Composed of volunteers representing a wide variety of areas within Hope & Cope, the Chair of the Board, the Executive Director and a few other staff, the Council...

Palliative Care Unit Holiday Gift-Giving Program

Once again, the Hope & Cope Palliative Care Team is organizing a heartwarming gift-giving program. For many patients, this will be the last Christmas or Chanukah that they will spend with their families and it means so much to them not just to receive, but to...

Support groups on Zoom : a new reality

By Suzanne Asselin Hope & Cope’s Cancer Wellness Centre has always provided a warm and welcoming environment for patients attending a variety of support groups. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Centre was forced to temporarily close its doors. In the blink of...

Volunteering in the Time of Coronavirus

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of human endeavour. The same goes for Hope & Cope, an organization that has always been focused on providing in-person support to patients with cancer. Since last March, we have faced a huge...

Volunteers and Personal Self-Care

By Marylin Smith Carsley Hope & Cope relies on the selflessness of its volunteers, and not even a pandemic will deter them from providing patients with support. Despite the public health requirements for social distancing, Hope & Cope’s volunteers are always...

Volunteer Recognition 2020: different format, same heart

Even a pandemic could not stop Hope & Cope from honouring its volunteers celebrating long-service milestones! While COVID-19 public safety measures precluded our traditional brunch or cocktail hour event, the Recognition Committee, chaired by Charlene Freger,...

Loneliness and Hope

Loneliness and Hope

By Guy Djandji Francis Lapon is one of many caregivers who benefits from Hope & Cope's services His role is particularly complicated because of the severity of his wife, Danièle’s condition, her frequent relapses, and the number of years that he has been caring...

Our patients and their families still need you!

Our patients and their families still need you!

By Suzanne Asselin The uninvited arrival of COVID-19 not only turned our personal lives upside down, it also affected Hope & Cope volunteers who work in the hospital as well as at the Wellness Centre. In an instant, everything changed as we were sent home to await...

Helping Children of Cancer Patients at Home during the Pandemic

 By Marylin Smith Carsley Cancer cannot be hidden behind a mask. Unlike the global pandemic, there is no cancer curve to flatten; cancer is a disease that persists despite surrounding circumstances, and is troubling for patients’ family members- particularly children....

Volunteer Management Council Update – September 2019

By Ida Teoli Council members have been very busy throughout the summer working on numerous important files and I would like to mention two in particular. The first is the Volunteer Manual which has been updated and improved by the Training Committee. This new version...