Paul Henshall will once again lead us through the Stop / Start / Continue exercise to discuss what we do now that we should stop, what we should start doing and what we should continue doing. YOUR ideas and suggestions and complaints will be most welcome.
Remember that our group’s two objectives are:
- To support men and their families affected by prostate cancer, especially those newly diagnosed.
- To increase public awareness of prostate cancer
We accomplish the second objective through our various awareness activities at trade shows, at church and corporate health fairs and at car shows and cruise nights, with our flagship event, Cruisin’ for a Cure, being the most impactful. We will continue with these activities unless someone can come up with a better way to reach men and their families.
However, for a variety of reasons, meeting our first and arguably more urgent objective is becoming increasingly difficult, due to such factors as every man’s natural reluctance to open up to strangers, the wealth of resources available online and the continuing controversy surrounding the use of the PSA blood test to test for potential prostate cancer.
Rest assured that all support groups are scrambling for ways to increase or perhaps just to maintain their membership levels. That is always the topic most discussed whenever the leaders of support groups get together. It has been suggested that we consider a second daytime meeting on the same day as the evening meeting. Discuss. J
PCCN Brampton continues to represent Ontario on the Canadian Prostate Cancer Support Group Council with support group leaders from other Provinces. None of us can come up with any really good ways to contact newly diagnosed men without huge budgets for advertising and/or many volunteers to approach local Family Health Centres or to staff a support room at Brampton Civic Hospital if one could be made available. There are no fixed clinic days at BCC; hence we would have to staff a support room five days a week.
You can forward your questions or suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 905-458-6650.
We look forward to seeing you at Wellspring Chinguacousy Cancer Support Centre, 5 Inspiration Way, Brampton, ON L6R 0L7. The building is located west of Torbram Road and south of Father Tobin Drive.
Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there is an elevator!