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Anishnawbe Health Toronto – Diabetes Education & Management

Group Name: Anishnawbe Health Toronto – Diabetes Education & Management

Description: Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT) is a vision of the late Elder, Joe Sylvester. Initial efforts began with a diabetes research project, which realized that a more comprehensive approach to health care was needed by the Aboriginal community. As a fully accredited community health centre, AHT offers access to health care practitioners from many disciplines including Traditional Healers, Elders and Medicine People. Ancient ceremonies and traditions, intrinsic to our health care model are available.

Our multi-disciplinary team of Dieticians, Diabetic Nurse Educators, Social Workers and a Chiropodist provides individual, family, and caregiver support for diabetes. Our culturally-based program integrates Traditional and Western approaches to provide health education and help prevent complications of diabetes. In addition to providing education and support, our services include: oral medication, disease management, insulin monitoring and management, nutritional counselling, foot care, and lifestyle management.

Where: 225 Queen Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 1S4

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-360-0486 | 416-891-8606 (24/7 Crisis) | aht.ca

Asian Community AIDS Services – Men’s Program

Group Name: Asian Community AIDS Services – Men’s Program

Description: Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) is a charitable, non-profit, community-based organization located in Toronto, Canada. We provide safer sex education and services to the East and Southeast Asian communities and support services to persons living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ communities. Our programs are based on a pro-active and holistic approach to HIV/AIDS and are provided in a collaborative, empowering, and non-discriminatory manner.

The objective of the ACAS Men’s Program is to reduce the spread of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among Asian Men, including gay, bi and men who have sex with men (MSM). Men’s Program for gay, bi, and MSM East and Southeast Asian Men:

  • Asian Bathhouse Night at Spa Excess every third Thursday of the month
  • Community Based Research: Asian Men Pathways to Resiliency (AMP2R) Study
  • S.L.A.M! (Sex. Love. Asian Men!): Community sexual health forum for and by gay, bi, straight, trans Asian men

The Locker Room Project for straight, heterosexual East and Southeast Asian Men:

  • Educational outreach to straight, heterosexual Asian men in Toronto with a focus on promoting men’s health, sexual health and HIV/STI awareness and prevention.
  • Active physical events such as Rock Climbing and Muay Thai Boxing
  • Weekly posting of Facebook articles related to men’s health issues, sexual health and nutrition tips.

Where: 260 Spadina Ave, Suite 410 | Toronto, ON M5T 2E4

Contact: Ryan Tran 416-963-4300 Ext. 236 | mensexualhealth@acas.org | info@acas.org | www.acas.org

Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Support for Women

Group Name: Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Elan (empowerment, love and networking)

Description: The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) serves South Asian populations in the Greater Toronto Area, including its surrounding suburbs and regions. We offer health promotion and support for South Asians living with and affected by HIV and work with diverse communities on prevention education.

ELAN is a program fostering health and wellness among South Asian Women and Trans Women Living with HIV/AIDS. This along with the Connecting to Care group offer:

  • Annual Health and Wellness Retreat
  • Health Promotion Workshops and Resources
  • Referrals/Assistance with Health Care and Social Services
  • Language Interpretation
  • Modest Financial Assistance

Where: 120 Carlton Street, Suite 315 | Toronto, ON M5A 4K3

When: Please contact for more information.

Contact: Chhiring 416-599-2727 Ext. 232 | womensupport@asaap.ca | info@asaap.ca | asaap.ca

Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Living with HIV/AIDS

Group Name: Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Connecting to Care

Description: The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) serves South Asian populations in the Greater Toronto Area, including its surrounding suburbs and regions. We offer health promotion and support for South Asians living with and affected by HIV and work with diverse communities on prevention education.

Connection to Care is a support program for both women and men that aims to create a space where South Asians living and aging with HIV can connect with one another, access services, inform resources and optimize their health.

Where: 120 Carlton Street, Suite 315 | Toronto, ON M5A 4K3

When: Please contact for more information.

Contact: Shazia 416-599-2727 Ext. 223 | phasupport@asaap.ca | info@asaap.ca | asaap.ca

JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Group Name: JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Description: For over 40 years, JDRF has been searching for an end to type 1 diabetes (T1D), through both research funding and advocacy. During that time, we have always talked about a cure as a singular destination: a return to normal physiology. But today, we realize that we are engaged in a process of curing T1D – that a cure is not just a destination but also a journey along a path. And we recognize that a part of our mission must be to help those living with T1D today to live healthier, easier, and safer lives until we arrive at the end of that path.

Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) as an adult can be difficult. People often don’t know much about T1D, and don’t expect an adult to be diagnosed with the disease. As an adult, you already have responsibilities and tasks that you need to perform each day, and you may be feeling that diabetes will get in the way of what you want to do.
Would meeting other type 1 adults and sharing common experiences be of interest to you?

Where: 2550 Victoria Park Avenue, Suite 800 | Toronto, ON M2J 5A9

When: January 22, February 19, March 26, April 30, May 21 and June 18 (2015) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Loblaws, Maple Leaf Gardens (upper level next to the LCBO). Underground parking is validated at Customer Service. Please contact for future dates.

Contact: Sherry 647-789-2038 | splant@jdrf.ca | 647-789-2000 | 1-877-CURE-533 | www.jdrf.ca

Testicular Cancer Canada

Group Name: Testicular Cancer Canada (TCCan)

Description: Testicular Cancer Canada (TCCan) was incorporated as a non-profit organization and received its charitable status in October of 2007. Testicular Cancer Canada is dedicated to giving men the tools to catch testicular cancer early, while acting as a support community for those who are and have been affected through our awareness & educational programs, so they can avoid painful, lengthy treatment and life-altering complications. Working directly with testicular cancer patients and their caregivers to offer support and education from the start of their diagnosis to the end of treatment, and into survivorship.

If you or someone you know has testicular cancer — we can help. While your doctor is your primary resource for treatment, this service is available for all testicular cancer patients, caregivers and survivors. You don’t need to have a serious problem to sign up for one of our programs; if you’re finding it hard to cope for any reason, then this may be of some help.

Online support requires registration and available are:

  • Telephone Support – One on One
    Our free Peer Support Service connects people who have been through testicular cancer with volunteers who listen.
  • Email Support – One on One
    Some people prefer to stay private, this one on one support could be what you need.
  • Face-to-Face Support
    Let us set up a private video chat room for you and your volunteer on your own computer.

Where: 45058-310 Fairway Road South | Kitchener, ON N2C 1X0

Contact: 519-894-0134 | support@testicularcancercanada.ca | www.testicularcancercanada.ca

Carcinoid-NeuroEndocrine Tumour Society-Canada (CNETS Canada)

Group Name: Carcinoid-NeuroEndocrine Tumour Society-Canada (CNETS Canada)

Description: The Carcinoid-NeuroEndocrine Tumour Society-Canada (CNETS Canada) was formed in 2007 to assist the Canadian community, primarily patients, with this type of disease. CNETS provides workshops and seminars on issues dealing with conditions associated with carcinoid and related neuroendocrine tumour diseases, establishes support groups to provide support services for those affected by carcinoid and related neuroendocrine tumour diseases, and increase awareness of and educate the public and health care professionals on carcinoid and related neuroendocrine tumours, their diagnosis, treatment and management.

Contact us for live support: Mondays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

CNETS Canada offers support at no cost to NET patients, caregivers and families. The services offered by our dedicated Patient Coordinator include:

  • help you understand a NET diagnosis and diagnostic tools
  • provide awareness of potential treatment options
  • facilitate provision of information and resources to help you make informed decisions about your healthcare
  • direct you to the neuroendocrine cancer expert(s) and support services that are closest to you, so that you can obtain the best available care
  • connect you to Support Groups and or Support Contacts in your area.

Where: 4103-3219 Yonge Street | Toronto, ON, M4N 3S1

When: Please call about in-person support meetings.

Contact: Live Support 416-628-3189 | 1-844-628-6788 | support@cnetscanada.org | www.cnetscanada.org

Canadian Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Foundation

Group Name: Canadian Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Foundation

Description: The Canadian Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Foundation’s purpose is to help pemphigus and pemphigoid patients and their caregivers improve the quality of their lives. To do this, we work with patients and their caregivers, the healthcare community, and other stakeholder organizations to ensure compassionate and caring support programs, deliver innovative educational activities and support relevant research initiatives.

Support groups bring people together for many reasons: For example, they can provide an opportunity to:

  • Share your feelings about living with your condition;
  • Discuss ways to communicate with your friends and colleagues about the disease,
    learn about the latest treatments and health management strategies, and,
  • Equip yourself with information to help educate healthcare providers about your disease (Yes many healthcare professionals have never seen a “real” case of pempihgus or pemphigoid!).

Where: Please contact for more information on support meetings.

Contact: Karen Wong kw_pemphigus@sympatico.ca | Rena Sky rsky@rogers.com | info@pemphigus.ca | www.pemphigus.ca

Ovarian Cancer Canada

Group Name: Ovarian Cancer Canada

Description: Ovarian Cancer Canada is a registered Canadian charity solely dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer. We provide leadership by:

  • Supporting women living with the disease and their families
  • Raising awareness among the general public and health care professionals
  • Funding research to develop early detection techniques, improved treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

Face to Face Support Groups
Dedicated to sharing thoughts, experiences, and resources, support groups provide an opportunity to learn more about how others navigate the journey with ovarian cancer.

Online Groups
Ovarian Cancer Canada, in partnership with CancerChat Canada, convenes online support groups for women living with ovarian cancer. To connect, please contact the regional office.

Education programs
Ovarian Cancer Canada hosts webinars, workshops and events developed specifically for women and families living with ovarian cancer. For a complete listing, visit ovariancanada.org.

Ongoing Communications
Seeds of Hope, our electronic newsletter, and Ovarian Cancer Canada’s social media pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter provide information on ovarian cancer and inspiration from women and families living with the disease.

Where: 205-145 Front St. East | Toronto, ON M5A 1E3

When: Second Tuesday of each month at the Wellspring Downtown 4 Charles Street East, Suite 400, Toronto from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Every four weeks at Gilda’s Club GTA from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-962-2700 | Gilda’s Club 416-214-9898 | alaurin@ovariancanada.org | www.ovariancanadaregional.org | ovcapeers.com

The Canadian Addison Society

Group Name: The Canadian Addison Society

Description: Since 1990 when the Canadian Addison Society was founded, the membership has grown from 13 to about 150 members. The number of people with Addison’s disease varies with surveys in different countries depending on how these surveys are done, but in the United States, between 6 and 11 out of every 100,000 people will be diagnosed with this disease. The statistics are probably the same in Canada. The primary purpose of our site is to offer information about Addison’s Disease. Through our various support groups, we have contacts who may be able to provide information to the many questions a newly diagnosed Addisonian might have; as well as the opportunity of personal contact with somebody who has experienced some of the concerns associated with the disease. Our third goal is to help educate not only the medical society but also the public to aspects of the disease.

When diagnosed with Addison’s Disease, it is good to know that you are not alone. There can be a steep learning curve for both the individual and the family. Joining a local support group is an opportunity to have personal contact with others who have experienced the same problems as you are having, to get new ideas, and to get questions answered. A support group is a gathering place where Addisonians and family members can come together to exchange information and get ideas on how to cope. Support is one of the best tools for living with Addison’s disease.

Where: 193 Elgin Avenue West | Goderich, ON N7A 2E7

When: Meets twice a yearly. In May at the Erin Mills United Church, 3010 The Collegeway, Mississauga ON L5L 4X9 and in October at The Brantford Police Station, 344 Elgin Street, Brantford ON

Contact: Harold Smith 519-742-8170 | Roger Steinmann 519-575-6590 | 1-888-550-5582 | www.addisonsociety.ca

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