En Famille

“What do we tell the children?”

This is often the first thing that comes to mind when a parent is diagnosed with cancer. Our En famille program has many resources to help you and your children through this frightening and challenging time.

  • A series of illustrated booklets filled with great tips and strategies to help you talk to your children about cancer in simple, age-appropriate ways and maintain open and honest communication.
  • Telephone outreach and peer support offered by compassionate, cancer-experienced volunteers
  • Home cooked, nutritious meals (Kerry’s Kitchen), prepared by volunteers, for parents who are too exhausted to cook. Strict COVID guidelines are observed at all times.
  • Workshops for children and adolescents, allowing them to express their emotions through art, theatre and other creative ways, and to connect with children going through similar experiences. Some workshops include parents as well.
  • A library with age-appropriate materials such as books, journals, dolls to familiarize very young children with hair loss due to cancer treatment, and more.
  • Professional support and referrals to additional community resources

For information and support, please contact Sandy Lipkus, En famille Coordinator at 514 340-8222, ext. 22591.

Resources for families during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Families touched by cancer have faced additional challenges during the pandemic. In some cases, children have been homebound and isolated for months, affecting their mental health. Disruptions in schooling and adjusting to online learning can be especially hard for children of all ages. With that in mind, we have prepared a list of tutoring resources that you may find helpful.

Free resources:

  • Learn Quebec: Online classes and tutoring available in English and French.
  • Lester B. Pearson School Board: Online learning portals so students can keep up with their lessons.
  • English Montreal School Board
  • Allo prof : Online exercises and a homework helpline where a child can call a teacher for help. Only in french.
  • L’école ouverte – Open school: A website with thousands of resources available for learning, just like at school.  For all grades and all subjects in French and English
  • Télé-Québec en classe: Educational videos of subjects children learn in school For all grades, only in French.
  • C.A.R.I Covid Academic Relief Initiative: For grades 1 to 6 (primary school), offers group tutoring for math, science, French and creative arts.
  • Parents.Quebec: Website with many resources for parents and their children’s needs. Ex: Motivation at school, online learning, supporting children with special needs, children living personal or family life difficulties, etc.


Practical resources and support to young families coping with cancer

En famille artParenting can be challenging at the best of times. When a parent has cancer, life gets a whole lot tougher. This Hope & Cope program, geared towards the needs of young families coping with cancer, was launched officially on November 12, 2009.

Comprehensive booklets, children’s workshops, home-cooked meals (Kerry’s Kitchen), a library with age-appropriate books and resources are just some of the components of this unique program. For information and support, please contact the En famille Coordinator at 514 340-8222, ext. 22591.

For a list of books, websites and DVDs, please click here Bibliography 2018 – En famille