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Update: March 18, 2020
  • We have closed the Maplesoft-GumDocs Centre for Cancer Survivorship to the public.
  • If you wish to call the Maplesoft-GumDocs Centre, please call 613-247-3527 and follow the prompts to leave a voicemail. Our voicemail will be checked regularly and your call will be returned as soon as possible.You can also email info@ottawacancer.ca.
  • Our staff is working remotely and can be reached during regular business hours by dialing 613-247-1920 followed by their extension. Click here for a staff directory.
  • As of Monday, March 16th, all Cancer Coaching appointments have been moved to telephone or online delivery. New and existing clients can schedule virtual appointments through our secure NexJ platform, by emailing coaching@ottawacancer.ca or by calling 613-247-3527 ext. 327.
  • All events until April 5, 2020 have been either cancelled or postponed, including Crush It for Cancer Presented by Beyond Yoga. We will continue to monitor the situation closely in order to make decisions about events occurring after April 5th. If you have any questions about our events, please email events@ottawacancer.ca.

Cancer Champions Breakfast

  • The Cancer Champions Breakfast has been moved to Wednesday, September 16th, 2020.
  • The Breakfast was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 13th at the Infinity Convention Centre; however based on the current recommendations from Ottawa Public Health regarding limiting gatherings of 50 people or more, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our guests and our community to move the event to a later date.  This important decision will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.
  • If you have any questions about the Cancer Champions Breakfast or the new date, please contact Paula Muldoon at 613-247-1920 ext. 258 or email paula@ottawacancer.ca.

Update: MARCH 16, 2020
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reduced our building hours to 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday. Our staff is working remotely and can be reached by dialing their extension. Click here for a staff directory.
  • As of Monday, March 16th, our Cancer Coaches have moved all of their Coaching appointments online, with some occurring by phone at the client’s request, to make sure we are helping our clients stay healthy and safe. New and existing clients can schedule virtual appointments through our secure NexJ platform or by calling 613-247-3527.
  • All events until April 5, 2020 have been either cancelled or postponed, including Crush It for Cancer Presented by Beyond Yoga. We will continue to monitor the situation closely in order to make decisions about events occurring after April 5th. If you have any questions about our events, please email events@ottawacancer.ca.

STATEMENT ON THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS: MARCH 13, 2020

In order to do all we can to protect the community’s health while continuing to support and provide the best cancer care in Eastern Ontario, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation will be adjusting certain programs, policies, procedures, and events to reflect the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ultimately, the goal is to encourage social distancing as recommended by public health authorities, and to protect the health of our stakeholders and the more vulnerable members of our community.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely as it evolves and update our programs and services as required.

These are proactive, preventative measures that we are taking to mitigate the risk for all of our staff, our families, our clients and our other stakeholders.

To our clients:

  • Effective Monday, March 16th 2020, all one-on-one Coaching appointments will be held either by phone or online through the secure NexJ Platform. Cancer Coaches and Coaching staff will reach out via phone or email as soon as possible to let clients know about these changes. If you have questions about your Coaching appointment, please reach out to us at 613-247-3527.
  • Group Cancer Coaching programs like Yoga Thrive and CLIMB will be postponed until further notice.
  • Appointments for additional care services such as Reiki and the Infrared Sauna will be cancelled until further notice.
  • Independent support groups who meet at the Maplesoft-GumDocs Centre for Cancer Survivorship will be asked to host their meetings through virtual spaces like Skype or Google Hangouts.

To our volunteers:

  • Effective Monday, March 16th 2020 we will be postponing evening programming, and so on-site volunteers at the Maplesoft-GumDocs Centre for Cancer Survivorship will not be required until further notice.
  • For our volunteers who have committed to help at an event, we will follow up with you separately in regards to the situation specific to the event.

To our event participants:

  • We have made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming Crush It for Cancer event.
  • If you are currently registered for an event or have RSVPed to one of the Cancer Foundation’s events, we will be following up with you directly to discuss the situation surrounding your event.
  • All upcoming events being hosted on-location at the Maplesoft-GumDocs Centre for Cancer Survivorship in the months of March and April will either be cancelled or postponed.

 

STATEMENT ON THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS: MARCH 11, 2020

As Ottawa today confirms its first case of COVID-19, we will continue to monitor the situation closely in order to help keep our community as safe and healthy as possible. Currently, the risk to the public is still low, but to reduce the chance of spreading germs that can cause the novel coronavirus, we ask that you refer to the Ottawa Public Health guidelines at www.ottawapublichealth.ca/coronavirus and continue reading our recommendations below for the Maplesoft-GumDocs Centre for Cancer Survivorship.

To our clients: If you are not showing any signs of illness (e.g. fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath), please use your own discretion in regards to attending your Coaching appointments in person versus attending by phone or online. All clients have access to our secure NexJ platform where they can video chat with their Cancer Coach without having to reschedule their appointment, and are welcome to complete their appointment over the phone if that is preferred. If you are not feeling well, stay home and contact your doctor to determine your next steps. If you have any questions or concerns about your Coaching appointments, just give us a call at 613-247-3527.

To other visitors: Some of the people you meet at the Maplesoft-GumDocs Centre for Cancer Survivorship may have a pre-existing health condition or compromised immunity due to cancer treatment. This means if they are exposed to the coronavirus, they may be more likely to experience severe illness or complications. We encourage anyone who is planning to come to the centre for a meeting to have their meeting by phone or via email instead, and to follow recommended community guidelines for keeping themselves and the people around them healthy. This is especially important for anyone who has recently traveled outside of Canada, to any country.

To all: Follow public health guidelines for good hygiene at all times, starting with the steps here: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-services/stop-the-spread-of-germs.aspx. If you are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness, public health officials urge you to avoid close contact with others and stay home. If you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, including cough, fever, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath and your symptoms are not immediately severe, call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or your own physician before presenting to any emergency department or doctor’s office in person. Take special care to avoid hospitals, long-term care homes, and other areas where you may put more vulnerable people at risk.

If you are feeling nervous about all of this information, rest assured our public health teams are doing everything they can to keep the community healthy and to keep lines of communication open. Follow public health guidelines for keeping yourself healthy, follow @OttawaHealth on Facebook and Twitter or visit www.ottawapublichealth.ca/ for the most up-to-date information, and stay home if you are not feeling well. If you are experiencing emotional distress, it never hurts to get in touch with the Ottawa Distress Centre at 613-238-3311.

For anyone planning to attend one of our upcoming events or group Coaching programs, we will be in touch with you directly in advance of the event should anything change.

Cancer Coaching Location

Because Cancer Coaching is now offered at a number of locations across the Ottawa region, we ask that you tell us your preferred Cancer Coaching location before completing your registration. This will help us match you with a Coach.
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