Online Programs & Webinars

For Patients, Caregivers and the Public

Free Online Programs Extended to June 30, 2021

With the generous support of donors we are able to extend offering fully subsidized online programs, at no cost to patients and caregivers, during these times of COVID-19. Thank you!

Information Sessions

Join us online to learn more about the Centre for Health Innovation, and the therapies we offer. Hear about our approach to care and ask us any questions you may have.

Open to: ALL – general public and healthcare professionals
Facilitated by: Our Intake Coordinator
When: Every second Thursday from 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE

WEBINAR: Lyme Disease Basics with Caitlyn Keates

This webinar is perfectly timed as the weather starts to warm up and the ticks start to appear! It is important to note that the number of Lyme disease cases reported in all Canadian provinces increased from 144 in 2009 to 992 in 2016. Of those in 2016, 88% were reported from Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia!

Join this webinar to find out the basics of Lyme disease which can include:

  • Background and information on Lyme
  • Areas in Ontario of concern
  • Tick removal procedures
  • Symptoms to note
  • Testing protocols
  • Repellents and treatment options
  • Debunking common myths

Open to: ALL – patients and all members of the community
Presented by: Caitlyn Keates
When: Thursday, March 25th, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE

WEBINAR: Lymphedema 101 with Sarah Butler, PT, CLT-LANA

Join Physiotherapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist Sarah Butler for an informative webinar, as she takes you through the lymphatic system and sheds light on the condition of lymphedema.

  • Get to know your lymphatic system.
  • What is lymphedema?
  • Understand how to reduce the risk of developing lymphedema.
  • Brief introduction to lymphedema management strategies.

Open to: ALL – patients and all members of the community
Presented by: Sarah Butler, PT, CLT-LANA
When: Monday, March 22nd, 12:00 -1:00 PM; OR Wednesday, March 24th 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE

Guided Meditation for Troubled Times

The rhythms of our everyday lives have been shattered. This is really hard, and we all need support right now. These online guided meditation sessions, led by certified yoga therapist Lisa Paterson are provided to support participants reaching a space of calm and equanimity.

Open to: ALL – patients and all members of the community
Facilitated by: Lisa Paterson (M.Ed., ERYT-500, C-IAYT)
When: Thursdays from 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM;
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE

Gentle Yoga

A gentle yoga class originally designed by Anne Pitman for people facing cancer. Everyone is welcome! This class is slow and gentle and keeps in mind pics/ports/surgical sites, BUT you will be ultimately following your own body and be responsible for the safety of your own movement. Folks with chronic lymphedema should keep in mind the cumulative effects of weekly exercise, and might choose to be still and imagine some movements. Please note: this class is not yoga therapy.

Important note: If you would like one-on-one advice with regard to yoga or an at-home program, please contact the Centre for a Yoga Therapy appointment - available online!

Open to: ALL - Patients and members of the community
Facilitated by: Anne Pitman (M.Sc., EYRT-500,C-IAYT) or Lisa Paterson (M.Ed., ERYT-500, C-IAYT)
When: Fridays from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE

Consciously Creating Calmness

During this time of physical distancing there is increasing interest in creating a sense of personal calmness, mindfulness and being mindful.

• Gain control of your emotions - both positive and negative
• Retrain your mind to think and respond more positively
• Reduce stress and create a sense of balance
• Calm your mind and let go of unhealthy thoughts
• Feel good about yourself and others

Facilitated by: Mindset Cultivator, Moira Hutchison
When: Every Tuesday from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE

Living With Uncertainty Support Group

Jennifer Turner is very committed to providing group work for cancer patients who are challenged to learn to live with uncertainty, and in the spaces between all the disruptions and fear that a cancer diagnosis creates. When people are able to gather and share these feelings and experiences - community is created and people feel less isolated. Often patients feel pressured by well-meaning loved ones to be “positive” at all times. It is important to have a guided and supported place where everyone “gets it”and genuine growth can occur.

Open to: ALL – patients at the CHI (and those not patients of the CHI) and their caregivers
Facilitated by: Jennifer Turner, Psychotherapist
When: Every Second Monday from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE

Head Start Program for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer

Head Start is an empowerment program for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer to help women feel less alone and confused, and better prepared for what lies ahead. Head Start’s combination of support, empowerment, and hands-on lifestyle modifications covers topics including: cancer navigation, integrative cancer therapies, mind-body techniques and coping tools.

Open to: Women recently diagnosed with breast cancer (do not have to be patients of the Centre)
Facilitated by: Anne Pitman (M.Sc., EYRT-500, C- IAYT)
When: February 25 - April 1, 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE
Registration deadline: February 23

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Inspire Now Program for those living with lung cancer

People with lung cancer may have physical and emotional concerns such as fatigue, shortness of breath, worry, pain, sadness, and may experience stigma. Additionally, they often have the desire to learn what they can do to support their health. Inspire Now aims to help people with these unique concerns through the support of a warm and caring group setting.

Open to: Anyone living with lung cancer (do not have to be patients of the Centre)
Facilitated by: Anne Pitman (M.Sc., EYRT-500, C- IAYT)
When: February 25 - April 1, 9:30PM - 12:30PM
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE
Registration deadline: February 23

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Into the Body: A Guided Meditation for Everyone.

This audio recording promotes body awareness, relaxation, stress relief, and help with sleep.

With Yoga Therapist, Anne Pitman, Music by Jared Davidson.

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