Posts from ‘Westerkirk House at Sunnybrook’

Inside Story- Karen Nichols

Posted on April 8th, 2015 | 3 Comments

“Wellspring is my home away from home,” says Karen Nichols, a Wellspring member and long-time volunteer. When Karen was first diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in September 2006 a friend encouraged her to visit Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House (Halton-Peel at the time). “The first time I went there, I found myself nervously sitting in… [Read More]

Inside Story: Deb Davis

Posted on April 8th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Years spent working in the Airforce, which included frequent moves to new locations, helped Deb Davis become very comfortable with change. However, since her retirement, volunteering at Wellspring has been a constant in Deb’s life that has helped her keep grounded, and in one place for the past 16 years. “The fact that I can… [Read More]

CPP Disability and Benevolent Employer

Posted on December 19th, 2014 | 0 Comments

CPP Disability and Benevolent Employer By: Pamela Bowes, Manager, Program Development One of the special application provisions of the CPP Disability Program is the Late Applicant Provision. In order to be eligible for CPP Disability, an applicant must meet both application criteria – both the contributions rule and the definition of disability rule and meet… [Read More]

Inside Story: Elli and Olivia

Posted on December 5th, 2014 | 1 Comment


What’s in your Medicine Cabinet for the Cold and Flu Season? By: Claire Edmonds, Ph.D. The flu season is upon us and we are all interested in protecting our health. We all have our favourite strategies; hand washing, flu shots, vitamin C, and herbal teas. How about adding meditation to your arsenal? On November 24,… [Read More]

Inside Story: Gilles Bazinet

Posted on December 5th, 2014 | 1 Comment

                    For the past four years, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Gilles Bazinet has dedicated part of his day to transporting Wellspring members to and from Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House. Gilles is part of a dedicated group of volunteers who keep Wellspring’s Transportation Program available to… [Read More]

How to Survive Financially After a Health Crisis By: Damian Borges, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C, Canfin Financial Group, is a practising Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (CH.F.C.) and mortgage agent in the Greater Toronto Area.   The women in my family have been plagued with cancer for as long as… [Read More]

Celebrating Ten Years with Wellspring

Posted on October 6th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Several Wellspring program leaders were recently recognized for 10 years of dedication and making a difference in the Wellspring community. Marguerite Arbour Marguerite has been a yoga instructor at Wellspring since 2004.  She teaches yoga and gentle yoga at Wellspring Downtown and Wellspring Westerkirk House at Sunnybrook. Marguerite is a very dedicated leader and the… [Read More]

New faces @ Wellspring

Posted on August 8th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lauren Bryson Program Coordinator, Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House  Members and volunteers at the Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House might notice a new face in the centre. We are delighted to welcome Lauren Bryson to the Wellspring community as Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House’s new program coordinator. In addition to scheduling programs at the centre, Lauren will also… [Read More]

            Leader turns Member By: Lisa Shamai I have thoroughly enjoyed my years of leading healthy cooking sessions for people with cancer at the Sunnybrook, Brampton and Oakville Wellspring locations. But when I received a diagnosis of AML Leukemia in March this year, my oncologist jokingly said “there goes your… [Read More]