Past Meetings

Have a look at some of the presentations made at our past meetings, where available...

Annual Christmas Social Evening

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 7:00pm

This is our annual Christmas Social Evening, with no scheduled speaker. It will be a relaxed evening of visiting with members new and old and catching up. Sadly, our regular Christmas guest, Anne Breakey Hart of Prostate Cancer Canada, will not be available to attend the meeting this year due to major changes to PCC’s structure and executive.  She will instead come to our January meeting to formally accept our annual donation.

We will be reviewing 2017’s activities and describing our plans for the coming year. Hopefully, we will implement some major new programs in 2018. As always, your opinions and inputs are welcome.

The Steering Committee has again voted to bring in Chinese specialties from Mandarin Restaurant rather than holding a Potluck.  This has been very well-received for the past two years.

As we requested last year:

  • ALL members and guests MUST RSVP so that we can order enough food.
  • We are continuing to request a token charge of $5 per person to help defray the cost. 

Please keep in mind that while the Mandarin is noted for its buffet, what you will see on the serving tables is what we have for all to share. There will be no courteous staff restocking empty containers.  Last year, everything seemed to work out fine and nobody went away hungry.

PLEASE R.S.V.P. to GARY FOOTE @ 905-458-6650 OR EMAIL visact@rogers.com

Regardless, please have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2018!

Forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or call 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

Dr. David Palma, “Five Steps Toward Getting Top-Notch Treatment for Prostate Cancer.”

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 7:00pm
Dr. David Palma, London Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Palma is a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher at the London Health Sciences Centre and the author of the bestselling book Taking Charge of Cancer: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Treatment. The book was inspired by his best friend’s diagnosis of colon cancer. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to London Health Sciences Centre for cancer research.

He also runs the interesting patient website www.qualitycancertreatment.com.

In this talk, Dr. Palma will discuss the importance of obtaining high-quality cancer care and provide practical steps that patients with prostate cancer can take to ensure that they are getting good care, before, during, and after treatment.

Forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or call 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

Dr. Joelle Helou, MD, MSc - Quality of life following prostate cancer radiotherapy

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 7:00pm
Dr. Joelle Helou

Dr. Joelle Helou, MD, MSc, is a Radiation Oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Helou will cover Quality of life following prostate cancer radiotherapy in the era of new radiation techniques”.

She plans to compare a man’s quality of life after

  • brachytherapy
  • SBRT (stereotactic body radiotherapy) and
  • a combination of brachytherapy and SBRT.

Dr. Helou will deal with techniques that are offered either as current standards or as part of clinical trials. Many technical developments that seem promising have occurred since most of us underwent our radiation treatments. It will be interesting to catch up on these changes.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

Maureen Rowlands - Update on PCC's health promotion and survivorship information and services

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 7:00pm
Maureen Rowlands

Maureen Rowlands, who is the Director of Support Services at Prostate Cancer Canada, will provide an updated overview of the health promotion and survivorship information and services provided through PCC.

Maureen has presented to PCCN Brampton in the past and always provides us with useful information. Her presentation this time will cover a broad range of areas including:

  • Health information content and resources
  • The Prostate Cancer Information Service
  • The TrueNTH survivorship initiatives
  • Physician/Health Care Professional Education and Engagement

We have mentioned the exciting True Nth program in the past. As described on the Prostate Cancer Canada website:

TrueNTH is a global plan to improve prostate cancer care. Clinicians, researchers, patients and organizations around the world are working together to identify, trial and implement new ways of significantly improving the lives of men - and their partners and family members - living with prostate cancer.

TrueNTH is about making positive changes for men with prostate cancer. It aims to address the needs of men along all points of their cancer journey, helping them to achieve a good quality of life and to feel knowledgeable and confident about managing their disease.

In Canada, the work was awarded by Prostate Cancer Canada and is proudly funded by the Movember Foundation.

The Canadian organizations involved in TrueNTH include Cancer Care Ontario, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and London Health Sciences Research Centre in Ontario and similar high-quality organizations all across Canada.

More information is available at https://truenth.ca .

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

Annual End-of-Year Social Evening

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - 7:00pm

This is our annual the End of the Year Potluck and Social Evening.  Please bring your favourite recipe and a good appetite. Our members always put on a great spread for this evening; no one goes away hungry.

Prostate Cancer Canada continues to develop its annual Wear Plaid for Dad campaign. It's a simple way to raise funds for PCC’s research, awareness and support programs and to get people talking about prostate cancer.

This initiative is being supported by a number of celebrity Ambassadors, ranging from sports icon Don Cherry to noted Canadian actor Eric McCormack to comedian Dave Thomas to auto racer James Hinchcliffe. Check out the posts to the PCC Facebook page.

PCC has again partnered with Hudson’s Bay stores to sell plaid shirts for less than $40 each. $20 from each purchase goes to PCC.

So once again, let’s all wear plaid – the wilder the better – to the June Potluck and Social Evening so that we can take another group photo to submit to PCC.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at our [relatively] NEW meeting location, Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, Ontario.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

"Stop, Start, Continue" Meeting.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - 7:00pm

Our planned presentation on the TrueNTH Canada program had to be cancelled as the representatives from Prostate Cancer Canada could not attend. That session will be rescheduled for the Fall of 2017.

We have decided to conduct another "Stop, Start, Continue" meeting to assess the current state of our group's operations and to decide what we are doing now that we should stop, identify new things that we should start doing and decide which of our current activities should continue. We have done this in the past and it has been a valuable exercise.

At this stage in our group's history, we are faced with declining membership and increasing calls on the resources that we do have. Your suggestions will be most welcome.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at our NEW meeting location, Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, Ontario.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

Trish Lymburner, MSW, RSW - Sexual Health and Prostate Cancer

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 - 7:00pm
Trish Lymburner, MSW, RSW

Trish Lymburner, MSW, RSW is a clinical social worker at the Mississauga Halton/Central West Regional Cancer Centre.  She has received training through the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) in Sexual Health and Cancer, Sex Counselling in Cancer and Sexual Health and Prostate Cancer. 

Trish has been facilitating the Women's Sexual Health Program at Mississauga Halton/Central West Regional Cancer Centre for over five years and she is currently part of an interdisciplinary group that is working to establish a Men's Sexual Health Program.   She is also a specialist in ensuring that patient education addresses patient learning styles and has trained the interprofessional team in ways to maximize their patient education skills as ways to discuss sexual health with patients.

Trish says, "I will be discussing ways to cope with changes in sexual health due to prostate cancer and resources of where to receive additional support. I will also discuss coping strategies for couples who are experiencing these changes."

For more information about Mississauga Halton/Central West Regional Cancer Centre, go to http://mhcwcancer.ca/aboutus/Pages/Overview.aspx

You can forward your questions or suggestions for our April meeting to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

Anybody with an interest in prostate cancer is most welcome to attend our monthly meetings.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, Ontario.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

Margaret Wallis-Duffy, R.M.T. - 5 Keys to Living Your Healthiest Life

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 - 7:00pm
Today's seniors are living longer than ever, so it is now more critical than ever to live longer— better! 
 
Wellness and physical optimization are crucial for retired persons to thrive into their later years with grace, vitality and independence. Drawing from her experience working with countless seniors at Wallis for Wellness and at Brampton Civic Hospital, Margaret  will share the pillars of health that form the foundation of a long, healthy life, and she wants you to know that it's never too late to start adopting these healthy habits.
 
After working for years (25 to be exact) with all walks of life, Margaret has found 5 key aspects of health that need attention as a person ages:
  • pain
  • sleep
  • digestion
  • energy and
  • cognition. 
Addressing these 5 pillars can unlock many more years of quality time with family and help you make the most of your retired years. Come learn about what the latest science says about health and what natural, sustainable solutions you can employ to get to the root cause of your health concerns in order to live your healthiest holistic life. 
 
Margaret is a frequent speaker at wellness events and guest on TV shows.  We are looking forward to her presentation.
 
Contact information for Margaret:

Margaret Wallis-Duffy R.M.T.
Wellness Educator and Media Spokesperson

CEO of The WOW Group of Companies
mwallis@wallisforwellness.com
Office: 905-840-3486
Check out her latest health video, "Insight on Eye Health, A Holistic Look at Cataracts": https://youtu.be/8-yhgsTo3FI

Website http://www.wallisforwellness.com/

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at our NEW meeting location, Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, Ontario.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

February Monthly Meeting - Sharing Meeting

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 - 7:00pm

By popular request, this will be another sharing meeting, an opportunity for you to bring your questions about your own situation to the group and to share your journey with other members.
In addition, 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.

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 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 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. (For example, PCCN Brampton represents Ontario on a monthly telephone conversation with support group leaders from all ten 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 staff rooms at major cancer hospitals.)

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at our NEW meeting location, Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, Ontario.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

Rocco Rossi, President & CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada - Update on Prostate Cancer Canada

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 - 7:00pm

Mr. Rocco Rossi, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prostate Cancer Canada and Managing Director of the Prostate Cancer Canada Network, is the speaker for our first meeting of 2017.

If you have ever heard Rocco speak, either at an awareness event or in the media, you know what a dynamic individual he is.  He has brought the same enthusiasm that has made the Heart & Stroke Foundation into the success story that it is to the cause of prostate cancer awareness, support and education.

If you have never met him before, do not miss this opportunity!

PCC is once again running its very successful Rock the Road Raffle, with a modified Dodge Challenger donated by the Trillium Auto Dealers Association as the Grand Prize. Rocco will almost certainly have some raffle tickets available at the meeting. (Sadly, the suit is not included as part of the Grand Prize.)

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at our NEW meeting location, Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, Ontario.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful (we are no longer competing with hockey teams for spaces), well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

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