Peer Support

A safe space

For over 40 years, the volunteers at Hope & Cope have supported people living with cancer at every stage of their journey. Our cancer-experienced volunteers have been there. They know what you’re going through and will help you overcome the challenges you face. Whether through individual or group support, wellness or physical activities, you can count on them and on us.

One-to-one peer support

You’ve just been diagnosed with cancer and have many questions and concerns. Our peer mentor volunteers can help.

Our team includes over 100 trained peer mentors who have lived the experience of cancer. 

Our oncology program coordinator will do her best to match you with a volunteer who has had the same cancer or treatments as you, and according to your preferences, is the same gender or similar age to you and, if possible, of the same language or cultural background. 

Your peer mentor will answer your questions, provide information and support and make your cancer journey seem less daunting or overwhelming. 

Hospital Visits

Support in Cancer Clinics

Sitting in a hospital clinic area waiting for your appointment, a test or while having chemotherapy, especially for the first time, can feel overwhelming.  Hope & Cope’s cancer-experienced volunteers are there to offer support in multiple ways.

They are easy to spot in their teal blue coats and just as easy to talk to. They will be more than happy to offer you support, whether it’s getting you a glass of water, a blanket, showing you where to go or simply talking or listening to you.

If you need to be hospitalized for a few days or weeks at any point in your treatment, the medical team may request that volunteers with our Hospital Visiting Team pay you a visit to ease your isolation and perhaps arrange a visit with one of our therapy dogs.

Our volunteers can also give you more information about Hope & Cope so you can be matched with the right program for your needs when you are discharged.

Support Groups

Cancer can cause feelings of isolation for you and your loved ones. Joining a support group is an effective way to connect with other people who understand what you’re going through. Our groups are led by professionally trained volunteers. You’re free to tell your story or just listen to others. Either way, you’ll develop new strategies for coping with the challenges of cancer, and maybe even make some new friends.

Stronger Together

For all cancer survivors

Bro's Club

For men 18 to 39 years old

Men's Club

For men over 39

Breast Friends

For women with metastatic cancer

Focus on the future

For people post-treatment

Living with Loss

For coping with the death of a loved one

Medical advances and better care have led to longer lifespans for many people with cancer. However, sometimes the disease progresses to the point where a cure is no longer viable. When palliative care becomes necessary, we’re here for you and your family. The goal of palliative care is to manage the symptoms of illness by reducing pain and discomfort. To do this, our specialized team of volunteers works hand in hand with the professionals in the palliative care unit. 

Our trained volunteers offer compassionate care that takes into account the emotional and spiritual needs of the whole person. They are sensitive and respectful of each person’s religious, cultural and personal practices, beliefs and values.  They also provide special attention to family members.

Most young adults say that the hardest part about having cancer is the profound sense of isolation they feel.
Hope & Cope offers innovative programming and a safe place where young adults from 18 to 39 and their supporters can recharge, connect, and empower themselves and each other. This can happen online or at the Wellness Centre.
Our En famille program provides extra support for young families in which a parent or grandparent has cancer.


Men and women experience cancer differently, both in terms of the illness itself and how they talk about it. They might be less likely to express vulnerability or seek emotional support for fear of appearing weak. Many men are very private and don’t share their health concerns. They may be more comfortable sharing facts rather than feelings.

We offer a safe, secure space where men of all ages coping with a cancer diagnosis can confide in each other, learn, and connect in a supportive environment.

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