Past Meetings

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

Christmas Potluck and Social Evening

Tuesday, 9 December 2014 - 7:00pm
Cruisin' Survivor Shirt Front
Cruisin' Survivor Shirt Front
Cruisin' Survivor Shirt Back
Cruisin' Survivor Shirt Back

Our annual Christmas Potluck and Social Evening will feature good food, good people, door prizes and our unique 50:50 draw where 50% of the pot goes to one ticket holder and the balance goes to another ticket holder. Anne Breakey Hart of Prostate Cancer Canada will be our special guest again this year.

Please do come out and bring your favourite recipe. We will provide a birthday cake to mark PCCN Brampton’s 20th Birthday. As in years past, it is unlikely that anybody will go away hungry. Contributions to the door prize pool are most welcome.

In addition, we have obtained a limited number of Cruisin’ for a Cure SURVIVOR shirts in white only. They will be available at the meeting, priced at $5 for a short-sleeved shirt, $10 for a long-sleeved version with pocket and $20 for a zippered hoodie.

You can also forward your questions or suggestions to:

We look forward to seeing you in Room #2, upstairs at
The Terry Miller Recreation Center,
1295 Williams Parkway, at the southwest corner of Williams Parkway & Bramalea Road.

Parking as always is free.

Dr. Robert Bristow

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 - 7:00pm
Dr. Robert Bristow
Dr. Robert Bristow

Dr. Bristow is one of PCC Brampton's favourite speakers. He has presented many fascinating topics to us over the years and his presentations always generate worthwhile discussions.

Dr. Mojtaba Beheshti - 20 Years!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 - 7:00pm
Dr. Mojtaba Besheshti
Dr. Mojtaba Besheshti addresses our April 2006 meeting.

To mark our 20th Anniversary as a peer support organization, our special guest will be Dr. Mojtaba Besheshti, who will share his thoughts on our history and on “Prostate Cancer Survivors’ Unmet Needs”. Dr. Beheshti is a urologist with 35 years of experience and is still practicing in Brampton. He is also a member of the Canadian Urology Research Consortium.

Dr. Beheshti is looking forward to seeing his patients and old friends at the meeting. It has been far too long since we have seen him at a meeting!

It is only fitting that Dr. Beheshti be our honoured guest at this very special meeting. Twenty years ago, assisted by Norm Oman from Us TOO Winnipeg, he presented the peer support concept to a group of 150 interested men and women at Peel Memorial Hospital in Brampton. Dr. Beheshti's vision and passion subsequently inspired many.

In the beginning, he was ably assisted by two local nurses, Sandy Stevens and Jackie Gray. With the dedicated guidance and support of these three professionals, a number of local men created Us TOO Brampton Prostate Cancer Support Group, which recently became Prostate Cancer Canada Network Brampton Inc.

Our late, beloved chairman, Fred Norris, describes the early days in the History section of our website at As Fred remarked at the end of his writeup, "We have come a long way since 1994. I am proud that we, as a group, have helped so many along the way."

Please join us for this landmark meeting!

Remember that we meet at:
Terry Miller Recreation Centre
1295 Williams Parkway, Room #2 (Upstairs - there is an elevator)
Brampton, Ontario.
(at the southwest corner of Williams Parkway & Bramalea Road)

Parking is free.

Annual June Potluck & Social Evening

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 - 7:00pm

Due to an e-mail block caused by new Anti-Spam regulations, not everyone received the notice of the meeting and so our attendance was down slightly for the meeting. Those who were able to attend had a good time and some even went home with one of the many door prizes we had available.

A special guest, personal trainer Ian King of Total Body Fitness visited to describe his exercise programs for cancer survivors. Ian also consented to lead the warmup exercises at our Do it for Dads Father's Day Walk/Run at Mississauga Valley Park.

Jim Dorsey put together a video review of the many events that the group participated in during the year. For a small group we accomplish a great deal.

Dr. Sheila Tervit, Psychologist

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 7:00pm
Dr. Sheila Tervit
Dr. Tervit, Registered Psychologist

Topic: “The Emotional Rollercoaster: From diagnosis to survivorship, a review of the emotional reactions individuals may experience when faced with prostate cancer.”

Dr. Sheila Tervit, C.Psych., Psychologist received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY) in 2001. After completing an internship at the London Health Sciences Centre in Behavioural Medicine, Dr. Tervit went on to hold professional positions with Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital (Greater Chicago area), Trillium Health Centre, and the Peel Regional Cancer Centre (PRCC) at Credit Valley Hospital. Dr. Tervit has been working in private practice full-time since 2010.

In addition to her private practice work, Dr. Tervit works with the Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation providing short-term counseling to individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families. She also facilitates support groups and is a frequent guest speaker with this organization.

Dr. Tervit is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ontario Psychological Association and Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation’s Program Committee. Dr. Tervit takes great pleasure in being able to share her knowledge and experiences and has had the good fortune to teach undergraduate courses at SUNY and Niagara University. Presenting in an informative and engaging manner, Dr. Tervit has given seminars and workshops for Cancer Care Ontario and Lung Cancer Canada as well as parenting and support organizations in the community.

Dr. Tervit is skilled in a variety of evidenced-based treatments and utilizes a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. Her areas of specialty include treating depression and anxiety disorders as well as assisting individuals in coping with medical illness, managing pain, and adjusting to loss.

Dr. Tervit's practice is located in the heart of the village of Streetsville in Mississauga, Ontario. Her office address is:

168 Queen Street South, Suite 202
Mississauga, ON L5M 1K8
Tel: 905.464.6142

The venue for our meetings is:
Terry Miller Recreation Centre
1295 Williams Parkway, Room #2 (Upstairs - there is an elevator)
Brampton, Ontario.
Parking is free.

Please forward your questions or suggestions for Dr. Tervit to:

PCC Research Programs

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 7:00pm
Dr. Stuart Edmonds
Dr. Stuart Edmonds

Dr. Stuart Edmonds, Vice President, Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship at Prostate Cancer Canada will discuss the many innovative research programs being sponsored by PCC.

Dr. Stuart Edmonds joined Prostate Cancer Canada in February, 2011. During his time at the organization he has spearheaded the launch of the Research Strategic Plan, providing the direction for research and survivorship activities for 2012-2015. From this plan, PCC has launched numerous new research programs based on the key pillars: Collaboration, Innovation and Talented People. Dr. Edmonds has also instituted a fair and transparent peer review process to steward and safeguard funds raised in support of prostate cancer research and to ensure that only the most promising, high quality research is funded.

Prior to joining PCC Dr. Edmonds held leadership roles at the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Stuart holds a doctorate in pharmacology from Oxford University.

The venue for our meetings is:
Terry Miller Recreation Centre
1295 Williams Parkway, Room #2 (Upstairs - there is an elevator)
Brampton, Ontario.
Parking is free.

Please forward your questions or suggestions for Dr. Edmonds to:

PCC Survivorship Programs

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 7:00pm

Maureen Rowlands, the Director of Support Services at Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) did a wonderful job, first describing the support and awareness activities currently offered by PCC and then offering a confidential overview of a number of exciting new programs that will be undertaken nationally once all the required agreements are in place.

Maureen started by explaining that all programs undertaken by PCC must make sense to all affected parties (patients, family and friends), must be accessible, must be easy to navigate, must take a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach, must stress healthy living and self-management and must encourage both physical and psychosocial wellness. Finally, a continuous process of evaluation and improvement is followed.

She spoke about current and future brochures and videos in both English and French and then answered questions about the new Prostate Cancer Information Service (PCIS) and the Expert Angle Webinars described elsewhere in this newsletter.

Maureen assured us that during the coming year, regional training programs will be offered to train PCCN members to provide peer to peer counseling for both patients and caregivers. Those who took the first training in Halifax in 2012 will be retrained.

Then she got into the exciting part, after swearing us to secrecy. However, we found that the Current Programs section under Support on the PCC website,, offers some teasers about “A Survivorship Action Partnership” (ASAP):

ASAP will provide information and resources on a variety of topics, such as physical, mental and spiritual well-being, to help improve the lives of prostate cancer survivors and their partners, caregivers and family members across Canada.

For ASAP, a survivor is any individual with a diagnosis of cancer through to the end of life. This includes the needs of the partner, family and caregivers throughout the cancer journey and after death.

Traditionally, survivorship care focuses on the post-treatment phase of the cancer journey; however, all phases of the cancer journey need to be addressed in order to effectively treat the ‘whole patient’.

Receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer may not be easy for everyone to manage. We hope that ASAP’s comprehensive solutions will ease the burden faced by survivors, their partners, caregivers and families.

Specifically, the goal is for survivors to effectively deal with possible late-effects and side-effects of cancer treatment such as anxiety, depression, fatigue and erectile dysfunction.

Maureen advises that it will take one to three years to carry out all the necessary research, development, pilot projects and evaluations, but we have some exciting times to come in the years ahead!

Wellspring Chinguacousy

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 - 7:00pm
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Cheque presentation
Wellspring Chinguacousy Entrance
Wellspring Chinguacousy Entrance

Gael Miles and Larry Zacher, Board Members of Wellspring Chinguacousy, joined us Tuesday February 11th to speak about Wellspring and the programs they offer.

Gael herself went through breast cancer in 2004 and admits to feeling isolated at the time and she came to believe that more support was necessary for patients, families and caregivers. She became involved with the Bramalea United Church’s “Evening of Hope” and later was instrumental in bringing Wellspring to Brampton. Founded in Toronto in 1992, Wellspring is an innovative network of centres providing high-quality cancer support, education and coping skills to a growing number of individuals, family members and professional caregivers in Canada.

This wasn’t an easy task since Wellspring has fairly demanding requirements that must be met before they will sanction a centre in a new area. Initial and ongoing operational funding must be secured, a suitable site selected and a building constructed. Members of the Brampton community stepped up big time with both land and construction costs being donated to the cause. A foundation was created to provide ongoing support for the centre and they quickly raised the two years of funding required to proceed with the centre’s construction.

The Wellspring Chinguacousy Centre is located on the Southwest corner of Torbram and Father Tobin. It is operated by a team of some 100 volunteers providing a variety of support programs to cancer patients and their supporters.

These programs provide help dealing with the fear and stress of a cancer diagnosis. There are various support sessions including financial counseling, nutrition, exercise, yoga and a whole variety of programs that help patients realize that they are not alone in the battle with cancer. As we have seen through our own support group, meeting with other cancer survivors and sharing their journeys helps empower patients in ways that make them feel that they can have a positive effect on their own prognosis.

During the year PCCN Brampton and The Prostate Extreme Team and Steve Hutton, in particular, help to raise ongoing funds for Wellspring Chinguacousy.

During the meeting we presented Gael and Larry with a ceremonial cheque from PCCN Brampton for $2,000, which amount we had actually provided in December.

You can visit Wellspring Chinguacousy's web-site at for additional information.

Cancer Related Fatigue

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 7:00pm
Swapnil Rege, MSc PT
Swapnil Rege, MSc PT

Swapnil Rege, MSc PT, will address the topic of Cancer-Related Fatigue. He is the Clinic Director and a Physiotherapist at Centric Health’s LifeMark Physiotherapy office on Fisherman’s Drive in Brampton.

Swapnil described his presentation thusly: “Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is one of the most common side-effects reported as a result of treatment and the cancer disease process. CRF can last for months or even years post-treatment. Recognizing CRF is the first step in determining appropriate treatment strategies. This talk outlines the causes of CRF, identification of CRF and different strategies to decrease fatigue”

Centric Health is an integrated healthcare company with multiple offices. The company offers many patient services including home care, home medical equipment, orthotics, pharmacy, physiotherapy, seniors wellness and a sleep clinic. More information is available at