Gilda's Club Greater Toronto

Cancer support So that no one faces cancer alone.

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Computer Basics
Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm
February 22, 29 -

This two part series will cover topics related to both understanding and using a computer more effectively. It will explain several basic concepts about computers and may give a better understanding of how they function. It will also go over some practical concepts geared to helping you feel more comfortable finding your way around one and teaching some nifty tricks for ease of use. Although we'll be using Windows, Mac users are welcome as well, but you would have to bring in your own laptop.

Finding Love in the Kitchen
Monday, 12:00-1:00pm
February 8 -

Join us pre-Valentines to learn new heart healthy recipes.  

Leukemia & Lymphoma Networking Group

Monday, 5:30-7pm
February 22 -

Offered through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 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 a registered social worker: a community partnership between Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto and the LLSC.

Macrobiotic Cooking 
Mondays, 5:30-8:00pm
February 8, 22 -
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.

Member's Feedback Night
Monday, 5:00-6:00pm
February 1 -

Let’s start 2016 together! Join the Gilda’s Club Program Team Staff to discuss programming ideas. This is an opportunity for members to share their thoughts, and to provide any feedback to staff. 

Mitzvah Technique: Body Alignment 
Monday, 4:30-5:30pm

February 8 - 
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:

Mondays, 10:00-11:30am 
February 1, 8, 22, 29 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend) -

These classes include: a gentle flow linking conscious breath with movement, restorative poses & guided meditation.


Creative Coloring for Adults
Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00pm
January 26 -

Do you remember how much fun colouring was as children? Well the fun doesn’t have to stop there! 
Colouring can be an amazingly 
THEREPEUTIC activity. It is a great 
technique to help you RELAX, DE-STRESS and REDUCE ANXIETY. Colouring can be 
because it helps the brain to FOCUS on the here and now. It also helps to 
improve fine motor skills! Come to Gilda’s Club and unleash your inner 
kindergartener and allow your 
creativity to run FREE!

Creative Movement with the National Ballet School of Canada
Tuesdays, 12:15-1:30pm
February 2, 16 -

All members 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. 

Frankly Speaking: Treatment and Side Effects
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
January 26 -

The workshop encourages people to discuss side effect management with their health care team as well as provides tools to help people manage potential side effects.

Friends and Family Support Group

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm

January 5, 12, 19, 26 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) 
February 2, 9, 16, 23 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) 
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
January 12, 26 -
February 9 -

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 & Anne can’t wait to share the fun of letting spirits soar together in song.

Kids Talk Out
Tuesday, 6:30-8:00pm
January 12, 19, 26 -
February 2, 9, 16, 23 -

Kids Talk Out is for children who currently have someone in their life who has cancer. Kid’s Talk Out aims to reach young people living with cancer in the family by offering an adult-led peer support program for children ages 4 to 12. Using a variety of art activities, engaging games and activities, children are able ask questions, express difficult feelings, and share common experiences.

Registration for this group is required To register your child for this group, please contact Chani Greenwald, Child, Youth and Family Program Coordinator at (416) 214-9898 or

Living with Cancer Support Group
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm

January 5, 12, 19, 26 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) 
February 2, 9, 16, 23 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend) 

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. 

Natural Face

Tuesday, 3:30-5:30pm
February 9
Make your own skin care right in your kitchen. Exfoliate, brighten, firm and lift all done by you.

Teens Filming Ourselves

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
January 12 to June 14 - 
Join Raymund, Facundo, Amy for Gilda's Club Greater Toronto’s Filming Ourselves adventure!!
Act 1
Filming Ourselves is a unique multi- faceted digital storytelling experience for teens whose lives have been touched by cancer to promote creativity, self confidence, self expression and peer
Act 2
This 6-month program culminates in a spectacular showcase at the end of June. Find your voice in this safe, no pressure environment. With hands on filming, photography, and fashion, with a dash of performance poetry, you will learn a lot and have fun!

Tired of Feeling Tired?
Wednesday, 12:00-1:30pm
January 27 -

Fatigue is the most common symptom experienced by individuals with cancer who are receiving treatments.
Come and learn about what things you can do to help improve this symptom. Facilitated by: Stephanie Burlein-Hall, RN, BScN, MEd, CON(C)
Advance Practice Nurse - Symptom Support & Education (ESAS)
Odette Cancer Centre  - Sunnybrook


Adult Art Therapy Group
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
January 6, 13, 20 & February 3, 10, 17, 24 -

This group is facilitated by students from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and is for any individuals who are touched by cancer. The focus of this group is on self-expression in a supportive and relaxed environment. Topics may include visualization imagery, wire sculpture, group painting, and poetry with the themes of empowerment.

Beginner's Guitar
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
January 6, 13, 20, 27 -

February 3, 10, 17, 24 (Not listed on calendar) -

Join us to learn about the guitar, how to pick, and even learn a new tune! Guitars are provided, open to beginners. Maximum 6 participants.

Cancer Transitions
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
February 3, 10, 17, 24 -

For members who have completed treatment, and are looking for new skills, and strategies for re-integrating into a new sense of normal. 

Core Strength Class

Wednesday, 10:45-11:45am
January 13, 20, 27 -
February 3, 10, 17, 24 -

Strengthening your core is a great way to improve posture, reduce back pain, and increase self-confidence. This fitness class will include strengthening moves that focus on creating muscle balance in your midsection, stretches that help to improve your posture and reduce tension, and relaxation to ease stress. Brigid Dineen is a fitness trainer, yoga teacher and life coach who is excited to help you translate your inner strength into outer strength. 

Creative Non-Fiction
Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00pm
February 3, 10, 17, 24 -

Join Ellen S. Jaffe for a dynamic Digital Storytelling Writing Workshop focusing on Creative Non-Fiction. This is a form without rules, using your own combination of journaling, story-telling, memoir, even poetry. We will also explore some digital techniques to help us get started. Warm up a cold season by sharing your stories in a cozy writing group. No previous experience necessary; all welcome. 

Finanically Thriving After A Critical Illness
Wednesday, 12:00-1:30pm
February 3 -

Join Jackie Porter from Carte Financial Service, as she covers topics like: Strategies to protect your cash flow during a crisis; Secrets that your insurance company doesn’t want you to know; Reducing your tax bill to Revenue Canada and  Often overlooked details that will have serious implications on your estate 

Gilda's Book Club
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am
January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10 -

A story is always more enjoyable when you have someone to share it with. Let’s try and make this winter a little cozier! Join Nicki and other Gilda’s members as we discuss a chosen book over tea. 
Max 12 participants

How Your Emotions Help You Series
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
February 3, 10, 17, 24 -

Our emotions are essential to our wellbeing and our innate wisdom.  Our social conditioning sends confusing messages about emotions:  repress, release, express,  or manage them – but we rarely hear, welcome them.   This 5 week series has been designed to deepen your understanding of emotions, and the tools you can use to help yourself channel them and benefit from their wisdom.   Each week we’ll take a deep dive into one of the key emotions that people report they struggle with the most – anxiety, fear, anger, shame, sadness and grief.    We will also spend some time with happiness, joy and contentment, and the conditions that support experiencing these emotions.    At the end of the series, you will have a deeper acceptance of the contributions of your emotions to your healing journey and in your life.

Intro to Photoshop: Tweaking the Story
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
January 27, February 3, 10 -

Explore hidden elements in your photos by learning to use Adobe Photoshop in this 3-week workshop with Alex Ramsewak. Every image tells a story.  Learn how to tell different stories by manipulating and tweaking your photos. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop and explore the different stories you want to tell. 
This workshop will be taught at a beginner’s level; however, all are welcome to attend.
This workshop requires ongoing participation. 


20s & 30s Support Group
Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

January 14, 28 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend)
February 11, 25 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend)

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

January 7, 14, 21, 28 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend)
February 4, 11, 18, 25 (please let us know if there are days you cannot attend)

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)
February 18
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.

Digital Storytelling for Adults (20+)
Thursdays, 6:00-8pm
January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10 -

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 you will create a short, first person video narrative using digital media- incorporating sounds and images. 

Emotional Freedom Technique
Thursday, 3:00-5:00pm
December 10, 17 & January 7, 14, 21, 28 -

EFT (Emotional Focused Therapy or Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a simple easy to learn & use system in which you tap on meridian points on your face & upper body with your own fingers to eliminate many negative elements in your life like anxiety, fear, the shock of your cancer diagnosis & even chronic pain. When these are reduced or eliminated, a person can focus on positive  elements and use of EFT to support those.

Fighting Inflammation in the Kitchen
Thursday, 2:00-3:00pm
February 25 -

Learn about different ingredients and recipes that have fighting properties to help control and eliminate inflammation throughout the body. 

Imagery for Healing
Thursdays, 3:00-5:00pm
February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3 -

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.

The January Sucks Show
Thursday, 6:30-8pm
January 28 -

An evening of Outrageous Fun and Laughter that will surly chase away the January BLAHS!!!!! Facilitated by: Rob Hawke and his Improv Troupe, The Coincidence Men

Kids Grieve Too

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm
January 14, 21, 28 -
February 4, 11, 18, 25 -

Kids Grieve Too is a weekly adult led peer support group which aims to provide kids ages 4-12 who are remembering someone who has died of cancer, a chance to talk with other kids about cancer and death and how it has affected them and their family.  Using a variety of activities, children are able to receive support, ask questions, express difficult feelings and share common experiences with other kids who have experienced a similar loss. Registration for this group is required To register your child for this group, please contact Chani Greenwald, Child, Youth and Family Program Coordinator at (416) 214-9898 or

Parent Bereavement
Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm
February 4, 18
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.

Ovarian Cancer Peer Support Group 
Thursday, 1:00-3:00pm
February 18 - 

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. 

Therapeutic Touch PRACTICE
Thursday, 1:00-3:00pm
February 11 -
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
January 7, 14, 21, 28 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend) 

February 4, 11, 18, 25 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend) 

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

January 7, 14, 21, 28 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend)
February 4, 18, 25 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend)

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!"


Mindfulness Meditation
Fridays, 11am-12:30pm

January 8, 15, 22, 29 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend)
February 5, 12, 19, 26 (please let us know if there is a day you cannot attend)

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 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.

Movie Friday: A Day Without Cancer
Friday, 1:00-3:00pm
February 26 -

 This is a documentary by Joseph Nanni who conceived the idea while he was researching, writing and directing public service announcements for The Princess Margaret Cancer foundation in Toronto.  A Day Without Cancer encompasses the stories of survivors, worldwide cancer experts and advocates as they chronicle the incredible progress being made in the pursuit of conquering cancer in our lifetime.  The documentary is narrated by the internationally recognized recording artist, Bryan Adams.   

Stories in Portraiture
Fridays, 2:00-4:00pm
February 12, 19, 26, March 4 -

In this 4-week Digital Storytelling Expressive Arts Workshop participants will experiment with various art techniques to explore portrait/self-portrait including photography, photo transfer, collage and paint. The portraits will reveal how we see ourselves, as well as reveal a little (or a lot) of or inner selves.
This workshop is suitable for beginning artists and has lots to challenge more experienced artists. 
Join Leslie Ashton on another creative storytelling journey!

Fridays, 2:00-3:00pm
January 8, 15, 22, 29 -

February 5, 12, 19, 26 -

Pilates class is an all-level gentle workout that focuses on strengthening the core muscles of the abdominals and back, through a series of focused exercises that encourage your body to realign and correct imbalances. The result is an ease in tension, increased flexibility, and and overall ease of motion. 


Advanced Care Planning 
Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm
February 21 -

Learn how the Advance Care Planning Process & Health Care Consent works in Ontario. Familiarize yourself with terms & concepts & learn why this process is so important. Resources will be shared. Open to the Public!

Super Sunday: PJ Potluck Brunch @ Gilda's Club
Sunday, 1:00-3:30pm
February 21 -

(Ages 1 to 100!)
No need to dress up!! Gilda’s Club is hosting a lazy day with a pajama brunch! February is all about the love and we are bringing it to Gilda’s Club! Families are invited to bring their favourite food dish for a potluck brunch, Gilda’s Club with have the toast and eggs covered. Enjoy themed crafts and special movie presentations for adults and kids. Snuggle up for a relaxing afternoon! There is fun for the whole family! 


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