Online Programs & Events

Programs for Patients, their Caregivers and the Public


Free Online Programs Extended to December 31st. Thank You to Our Donors!

With the continued generous support of our donors we are able to extend offering fully subsidized online programs, at no cost to patients and caregivers, during these difficult 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 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: Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE

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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, offer support and connection during these troubled times.

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

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Gentle Yoga for those facing cancer

Feeling anxious? Needing to move and breathe a little? Enjoy quiet reflection and ease of movement in a unique unhurried yoga class. This class is interoceptive, and keeps in mind pics and ports and surgical sites BUT you will be ultimately following your own body and be responsible for the safety of your own movement. The class is one hour and we'll set aside time after the class if you'd like to talk and receive some optional group support.

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: Anyone facing cancer through diagnosis, treatment and post treatment; Caregivers are welcome too.
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

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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
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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 OICC (and those not patients of the OICC) 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

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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: October 8 - November 12 , 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE

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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: October 8 - November 12 , 9:30PM - 12:30PM
Registration Deadline: October 2nd
Where: Online with Zoom
Cost: FREE
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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.