Posts from ‘Westerkirk House at Sunnybrook’

Kate Smith

Posted on May 5th, 2015 | 2 Comments

                All Wellspring programs are led by exceptionally talented and committed professional leaders. One such leader is Kate Smith, the program manager for the four GTA Wellspring centres.  Kate, a registered kinesiologist, has been working with Wellspring since 2009 when she joined as the cancer exercise leader. Since… [Read More]

New Faces at Wellspring

Posted on May 5th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Janet Turner – Chief Development Officer               We are pleased to announce the appointment of Janet Turner as Chief Development Officer. Janet left a career in radio and television news to raise funds for cancer, following the death of her mother, Beth, from breast cancer. Since that time, Janet… [Read More]

By: Pamela Bowes, M.Ed.  Manager, Money Matters and Workplace Programs The Employment Insurance (EI) Compassionate Care Benefit offers partial income replacement for people who are employed and need to leave work to care for a gravely ill family member. Here are some of the present facts about the program: The employee must have worked a… [Read More]

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]