Gilda's Club Greater Toronto

Cancer support So that no one faces cancer alone.

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Bra Talk: Information Session 
Monday, 12:30-1:30pm
September 14 - RSVP NOW
Hosted by Alicia Vianga - Certified Bra and Breast Prosthesis Fitting Specialist. Join us for an info session on the After Breast Cancer Program that is hosted at Gilda’s Club GT each month! Refreshments provided. This event is open to EVERYONE. Topics covered include: Why wearing the right bra is important - How to choose the right bra - Bra style options - What is a breast prosthesis - Breast prosthesis options - Where to buy bras and prostheses

Creating World Peace in the Kitchen
Monday, 1:00-2:00pm 
September 21 - RSVP NOW
Join Chef Amy Symington in Gilda’s kitchen on World Peace Day, for a creative end of summer recipe! Demo and tasting included!

Leukemia & Lymphoma Educational Workshop
Monday, 6:30-8:00pm
September 28 - RSVP NOW 
Join us for an educational workshop to learn the ins and outs of blood, its function, and the role it has within our bodies. Engage in questions and answer, to ensure you have the information you need to take control of your health. We will learn from experts from the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Canada.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Networking Group
Monday, 4:30-6:00pm
September 28 - RSVP NOW
Connect with other people diagnosed and treated for a blood cancer such as Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma or Myelodysplasia Syndrome. Share knowledge, views and perspectives in a support group led by two registered social workers: a community partnership between Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto and the LLSC. 

Macrobiotic Cooking 
Mondays, 5:30-8:00pm
September 14 - RSVP NOW
September 28 - RSVP NOW
Learn how to prepare delicious healing dishes for prevention and recovery. Caregivers are encouraged to attend. Full meal included in workshop, facilitated by one of Toronto's foremost vegan macrobiotics educators, Alice Fava.

Men's Networking Group 
Monday, 6:30-8:00pm
September 14 - RSVP NOW
A networking group for men whose lives have been touched by cancer

Mitzvah Technique: Body Alignment 
Monday, 4:30-5:30pm
September 28 - RSVP NOW 
Improve your posture & release tension/stress at the same time! Enjoy gentle & practical sitting, standing & walking exercises. Can be readily applied to daily ,work & physical activities. Taught by Susan Green B.Sc., a certified teacher of Mitzvah Technique. Susan has been practicing, presenting & teaching for over 20 years:

Ovarian Cancer Peer Support Group
Monday, 6:00-8:00pm
September 28 - RSVP NOW 
This group is an advocacy/support group offered through Ovarian Cancer Canada, as a safe place where survivors of ovarian cancer add their voices in support of each other, share experiences & help navigate our path of survivorship.

Prostate Cancer Educational Workshop 
Monday, 6:30-8:00pm
September 14 - RSVP NOW
Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto welcomes Prostate Cancer Canada - Toronto Jim Norton. Join us on September 14th 2015, 6:30-8:00pm, to hear Jim’s story of being a Prostate Cancer patient, volunteer and advocate with PCCN Toronto and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Information on support programs and Prostate Cancer literature will be provided.


Friends & Family Support Group
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
For friends and family of someone living with cancer. Weekly attendance is required.
Note: This is not a drop-in group. In order to attend the group, you must first meet with one of our Program Staff and become a member.

GCGT Choir  
Tuesday, 6:30-8:00pm
September 22 - RSVP NOW
Like to sing in the shower? Want to be part of a choir? Join us in harmony, no experience (or soap) necessary! Co-directors Sondra and Anne can’t wait to share the fun of letting spirits soar together in song.

Living with Cancer Support Group
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW

For people living with cancer, from newly diagnosed up to 18 months post-treatment. Weekly attendance is required. Note: This is not a drop-in group. In order to attend the group, you must first meet with one of our Program Staff and become a member.

My Magical Moments Workshop (Acrylic Painting) 
Tuesday, 10:00am-1:00pm
September 15 - RSVP NOW
Explore the beauty and magic of acrylic painting as a way to relax and enjoy the creative process. You will learn a few techniques in order to help express yourself. All supplies will be provided and no prior experience is required. Facilitated by Kelly Thorarinson of Art for Cancer Foundation.

NoogieNight: S'more Camp Fun & Games!  (Ages 4 - 12 yrs) 
Tuesday, 6:30-8:00pm
 September 8 - RSVP NOW
Even though school has started let’s keep the summer going with a NoogieNight of fun camp activities. We’ll have fun with friendship bracelets and scary stories as well as indoor camp classics and some favourite outdoor games. As a special treat we will make s’mores to enjoy outside while we share our summer highlights. Let’s keep the summer spirit going together! This program is open to children 4-12.

Teen Corner: Teen Talk Radio (Ages 11 - 19 yrs) 

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
 September 15 - December 8 - RSVP NOW
Teens! Join us at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto this fall to make friends and express yourself on your very own radio show! Teen Talk Radio is a digital storytelling program led by facilitators Paulene, Ray and Facundo. Learn how to set up and run a radio broadcast with other teens like you. Each week teens get together to come up with creative topics and learn about radio equipment in a safe and supportive environment. Find your voice, interview special guests and talk about what is important to you with other teens. This program is designed for teens ages 11 - 19 whose lives have been touched by cancer.


Cancer Transitions
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
For members who have completed treatment, and are looking for new skills, and strategies for re-integrating into a new sense of normal.

Creative Cluster Series (6-Weeks) 
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
September 23, 30 & October 7, 14, 21, 28 - RSVP NOW
Join Nicki in this creative cluster workshop lightly inspired by The Artist's Way. Members will use a collection of artistic ways to express themselves (collage, music, drawing, painting, writing etc.) using creative expression to tell their story. All members welcome including those who have previously completed The Artist's Way Workshop.

Digital Storytelling for Adults 20+  (8-Weeks)  
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28 & November 4, 11, 18 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
Storytelling using digital media can provide a powerful and meaningful way of documenting personal experiences, ideas and feelings about your own/your loved one’s cancer while exploring your creative process and learning expressive skills in a supportive atmosphere.
During this 8-week workshop, generously supported by Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), you will create a short, first person video narrative using digital media- incorporating sounds and images. Creative support and technical assistance will be provided by  the Royal Conservatory’s Living Through The Arts program.

Guitar - All Levels 
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm 
September 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
Gilda’s Club is offering a brand new guitar workshop, welcome to all levels! Join us to learn about the guitar, how to pick, and even learn a new tune! Guitars are provided, and all levels of experience are welcome. Maximum 6 participants

Living with Cancer Support Group
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
For people living with cancer, from newly diagnosed up to 18 months post-treatment. Weekly attendance is required.
Note: This is not a drop-in group. In order to attend the group, you must first meet with one of our Program Staff and become a member.

Living with Thyroid Cancer 
Wednesday, 6:30-8:00pm
September 9 - RSVP NOW
Join us to learn firsthand, from a patient survivor panel their stories of what it is like to live with thyroid cancer. Patients will share what you can expect before, during and after RAI or surgery. Strategies and tips will be discussed, in hopes of helping others to learn to cope and live well with their cancer diagnosis. Three patients will sit on the panel to share their story, and answer questions about living with thyroid cancer.

Tam(oxifen) Talk
Wednesday, 12:00-1:30pm 
September 23 - RSVP NOW
Bring your thoughts and questions along with your own brown bag and join us for a Lunch and Learn Workshop with Pam Ng, drug information pharmacist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  Explore the “Who’s, What’s, and Why’s about Tamoxifen , and how it is used in the treatment of breast cancer.  This workshop is certain to enhance your  understanding of this widely used treatment.


20s & 30s Support Group
Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm
September 10 & 24 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
For adults in their 20s & 30s living with cancer, an opportunity to share experiences & discuss topics such as dating, sex, education, employment, career, spirituality, the healthcare system, fertility, parenting, clinical trials & alternative medicine. Bi-weekly attendance is required.

Adult Bereavement
Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm
September 3, 10, 17, 24 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
Share your experiences with others who have lost a friend or family member to cancer. Weekly attendance is required.

After Breast Cancer: Breast Education
Thursday, 1:00-5:00pm (30 minute session per person)
September 17 - RSVP NOW
Provides women with free new prosthesis and/or new or gently used bras. Schedule a customized fitting & consultation appointment with a bra & pros-thesis expert. Appointments are limited so please call & secure your spot in advance.

Beginner's Knitting
Thursdays, 12:30-2:00pm
September 10, 17, 24 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
These classes aim to introduce the novice knitter to the rhythm of casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, and binding off— skills needed before graduating to simple projects.  Classes are evolutionary in nature so each class builds on skills from the previous the lessons. Do you already know how to knit? You are welcome to join us and please remember to bring your current knitting project with you. Class limited to 10 beginner knitters. Ongoing participation required. Advanced students will be welcome to join in the class without instruction.
1) LIMIT 10 new knitters or those that need instruction!!
2) Classes enrollment will be closed after the second class due to the evolutionary nature of these classes and in fairness to currently registered members the teaching focus will be on their skill development. Those with experience are welcome to join in.

Family NoogieNight: Gold Dance Party - Let's P-A-R-T-Y!!!  (All Ages Welcome)
Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm
September 17- RSVP NOW
We’re making a special video for Taylor Swift to try to get her to make a special visit to Gilda’s Club!”If you like music … if you like to dance … you won’t want to miss this DJ Dance Party!!!  Special Guest, DJ “Pitbull” Lucas from Pure Entertainment will bring a contagious energy to the Clubhouse like never seen before!  Everyone will learn the catchy dance steps that are choreographed to DJ Lucas’s repertoire of THOUSANDS of songs from the hottest hits to old favourites that are sure to inspire a crowd of ALL ages!  Gilda’s is going gold to honour Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so bling yourself out. There will be light food, fun and lots of prizes for EVERYONE!!!

Imagery for Healing (6-Weeks)
Thursdays, 3:00-5:00pm
September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
Imagery can help deal with stress, illness and the grind of daily life. Get immediate positive feedback by learning easy-to-do imageries and gain a sense of control over your health.
***Please note that after session 2, this series is closed to new participants.

Kids Grieve Too: Parent Information Night
Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm
September 24 - RSVP NOW
Are you concerned about how to support the children and teens in your life after the death of a loved one to cancer? Parents, grandparents and guardians join Kids Grieve Too Facilitators Heather and Kate and Child, Youth and Family Program Coordinator, Chani Greenwald to learn more about the support available to your family at Gilda’s Club. Join us for this time of sharing, brainstorming and support. A concurrent fun Noogienight activity has been planned for the kids, so this time is just for YOU!

Men's Ball Hockey
Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm
September 17 - RSVP NOW
Join us and our Mo Bro friends at Movember Canada, for the first ever, Gilda’s Club MEN’S BALL HOCKEY TEAM!
All levels of experience are welcome. Join other men in physical wellness, and an opportunity to connect and have fun. Equipment will be provided unless you are superstitious and need your favourite stick!

NoogieNight: A Painter's Paradise
Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm
September 24 - RSVP NOW
Bring your messy clothes and get ready to have fun. Noogieland will be a painter’s paradise with paper and canvas or boxes to be covered by paint. Use sponges, brushes or hands to create your own work of art! While the paint dries let’s play some games!

Parent Bereavement
Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm
September 17 - RSVP NOW
Gilda’s Club welcome’s all parent’s/caregivers who have lost their child to cancer. Join other parents in a safe space, to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences of grief, monthly. Kids Grieve Too, is a program available for siblings to receive support, weekly, Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm.

Therapeutic Touch PRACTICE
Thursday, 1:00-3:00pm
September 10 - RSVP NOW
In the Therapeutic Touch Practice Group, members who have studied this modality have an opportunity to continue learning how to use it. They’ll also be able to both give and receive a session with supervision and feedback. Sophia Zoe, a Recognized Practitioner with the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario and a long time colleague of Crystal Hawk, will be the supervisor.

Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am
September 3, 10, 17, 24 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
These classes include: a gentle flow linking conscious breath with movement, restorative poses & guided meditation. Facilitated by passionate instructor with 7 years of experience, Mary Ciofli-Kohn.

Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm
September 3, 10, 17, 24 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
Zumba is described as an effortless, fun workout where you can lose yourself in the music and find yourself in shape at the original dance-fitness party. This low-impact Zumba® class will feature exotic rhythms set to Latin and international beats. It's easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating. This class will be taught by Carolyn, a passionate, professionally licensed and certified Zumba instructor who loves teaching Zumba because she believes that "every class feels like a party!"


Creative Movement with the National Ballet School of Canada
Fridays, 10:15-11:30am
September 18 - RSVP NOW
All welcome. No experience required. In partnership with Canada's National Ballet School, this creative movement class will explore, through contemporary dance, the full potential of the body & its relationship to music. The class will offer time for thoughtful physical work with a focus on breath, use of space & gentle stretching.

Mindfulness Meditation (4-Sessions)
Fridays, 11am-12:30pm
September 4, 11, 18, 25 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend) - RSVP NOW
Please join us for an introduction to mindfulness practices.  Mindfulness is used in many business, health and sports arenas to help us create focus and balance, and reduce stress and worry.  Mindfulness training is about learning to come into the present moment in a compassionate and kind way, and helps us to find ways to work with what life offers in each moment.  Participants will be guided through various meditation practices.  No special exercise clothing is necessary.  Participants will be sitting in chairs, or on the floor, as they prefer.  This program is a 4-session course led by Monica Maurin of  The course will be supported by online resources and audio guided meditations that each participant will have access to after the session.  4 Sessions - ongoing participation required. 


Super Sunday: Drumming - Rhythmic Storytelling
Sunday, 2:00-4:30pm
September 20 - RSVP NOW
Rick Monaco is back teaching ‘The Language of Rhythm’. No experience necessary!
Drumming is way of expression, storytelling and even a stress reliever. Come for one or come for all of these amazing reasons! In this hands on family friendly drumming workshop participants will review the basic elements of music and explore both orchestrated as well as improvised approaches to creating ensemble pieces, culminating in the creation and presentation of your very own group/family rhythm. Join us in the drumming circle to explore soundscapes and the language of rhythm! Lose yourself in the music!


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