Researched and written by the volunteers of the Communications Committee, 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, tips, volunteer profiles and the latest news from the Volunteer Advisory Council.

Virtual wig program meets patient needs during the pandemic

Virtual wig program meets patient needs during the pandemic

By Sonia Hazan Imagine you are a cancer patient, are losing your hair and we are in pandemic mode, with no access to any of the practical resources Hope & Cope offers free of charge, such as donated wigs, scarves and turbans. Time to panic? Not if Hope & Cope...

Sign of the times: exercise goes virtual

By Guy Djandji Social distancing due to the pandemic has brought new challenges to the physical activity programs offered to patients. One question remains: how to adapt services which are, by definition, personalized and dependent on the dynamic created by the close...

Meeting the Call of Duty Online

By Marylin Smith Carsley As the pandemic persists and COVID-19 fatigue sets in, the needs of cancer patients are as pressing as ever. In many ways, the public health recommendations for social distancing and isolation deepen the already emotionally taxing toll of...

Celebrating 40 years of exceptional cancer support

This year marks Hope & Cope’s 40th anniversary! Although it is hard to believe, in 1981, the word “cancer”, if spoken at all, was mentioned in hushed tones. It was within this context that our Founder, the indomitable Sheila Kussner, first presented her idea of...

A remarkable donor

By Suzanne Asselin It’s an undeniable fact – if Hope & Cope has been able to support tens of thousands of patients and their families over the past 40 years, it is thanks to the support of many donors from all walks of life.  Alex Trichas and his cousins Chris,...

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...