Past Activities

Register now for CCSN's Advocacy Toolkit webinar on November 12, 2013!


Don't miss this opportunity to attend CCSN's Advocacy Toolkit webinar! This informative, free webinar will be of interest to patients, survivors, family, friends, caregivers, and any member of the community interested in ensuring the best possible care and follow-up for cancer patients and survivors.

Webinar attendees will:

Better appreciate the importance of utilizing key advocacy tools to effect change.
Be taken through the practical development and implementation of some of those key tools, including advocacy packages, petitions, postcards and collective letters.
Understand the practical steps to hosting a “Day at the Legislature”, one of the most impactful advocacy tools an organization can utilize.

Take this free opportunity to obtain insight and information from Ryan Clarke, the President of Advocacy Solutions, who is committed to providing a voice to organizations and individuals through the development and implementation of impactful advocacy strategies. Ryan has spoken about advocacy across Canada and internationally, teaching and training thousands of people on how to make their voices heard.

How to register:

To participate, please register by first sending an email to CCSN will then email you the link for participating in the webinar and login instructions.

Wheels of Hope

Wheels of Hope
Wheels of Hope

Until November 9th only: Along with raising funds for research for all cancers, the Canadian Cancer Society provides transportation and support for those living with cancer. Our Wheels of Hope campaign raises funds to ensure that this program continues to support those in need. It is especially vital for people without vehicles or a license, with no local family or friends to help, nor the financial means to make the often daily trips to their appointments.

In order to continue offering this invaluable service to the Ottawa community, we need your help!

The need for the Society’s Transportation Program is growing with an average monthly increase of 25 new clients. Last year alone, our volunteer drivers helped 15,500 patients in Ontario and drove more than 12 million kilometres, a distance that is equivalent to driving around the world almost 300 times. In Ottawa alone our drivers made over 2,990 trips and the need continues to increase.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, the Canadian Cancer Society has been helping patients travel to their cancer-specific medical appointments for over 50 years. Our Transportation Program is the only one of its kind in Ontario to provide assistance to those living with cancer.

Your contribution helps the Society make the road to recovery a little easier for cancer patients and their families.

We would like to thank Carling Mazda, Bytek Volkswagen, Carling Volvo and St. Laurent Volvo for generously supporting the Wheels of Hope campaign through their test-drive donation program. Learn more about their program at

Stick it to Prostate Cancer

First time in Ottawa - On Saturday February 4th, 2012, Prostate Cancer Canada hosted a prostate cancer awareness event called “Stick it to Prostate Cancer,” at the 2 pm hockey game between the Ottawa 67s and the Kingston Frontenacs. It's at the Ottawa Civic Centre on Bank Street.

PCCN Ottawa (Ottawa’s prostate cancer support group) promoted and helped PCC with this effort. As part of the event, tickets to the game were sold with a portion of the sales going to fight prostate cancer.

Truffle Project Raises $ 9,473.50 for Patient Emergency Fund

Truffle Ad
Truffle Ad

We invited you to be part of this unique fund raising event, “The Truffle Project”, where all monies go to the Cancer Patient Emergency Needs Fund.

Well did you come through – as participants, sellers, buyers and through your donations.

The Truffle Project started two years ago, raising $ 2,000. Last year this doubled to $ 5,000. This year we reached out to the community to help us reach a goal of $ 8,000. Well that was accomplished and then some, with the final tally being $ 9,473.50 !!

Out of town support came from sea to sea - Agassiz BC, Winnipeg, London, Smiths Falls, Charlottetown, to name a few.

Everyone involved should feel proud of working diligently making this happen. We know that a cancer diagnosis puts added stress and a burden on the finances of families, especially at this time of year. For some it can become a choice between food and rent.

We had loads of help. This started with my friend, Margo Ledoux, making a ton of truffles. Thank you, Margo. I thought we were all good with our flurry of truffle making in October but as we approached the last two weeks of sales it became obvious that we needed more!

A very special thank you goes out to my wife, Judith Robertson. Thank you dear, for understanding the kitchen and dining room chaos!! Twelve weeks is a long time.

We more than doubled the number of bake sales this year from ten to 22!

And thanks goes out to all those volunteers who invested their time – to Margo L, Sara L, Judith R, Gerry G (who helped scheduling), Karl L (a Carleton University student), Fred N, Doug H, Bill D, Doug C, Bert B, Mike S & Ron M (who made a record of single bake sale sales), Linda C, Solange H and Jenny W.

A very special thank you to our support group, PCCN Ottawa, for donating all the ingredients and packaging. This made it possible to donate 100% of all truffle sales to the Patient Emergency Needs Fund. This fund is administered by the Social Workers of the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre.

Also a special thank you goes to Dorice Thibealt and her team at the Ottawa Hospital Foundation for the posters, handouts and bake sale arrangements.

And finally to my friends at the gym, Stephanie Woodward – our banker, Evyanne Wooding – and Pierre Kharyati, who took orders.

In three short years we went from a four person to a 22 person team. This was a true team effort from people who believe in supporting of the Cancer Patient Emergency Fund.

I suspect next year 2012, we will grow, engaging more wonderful people.

Your efforts and truffle purchases will let cancer patients know that they are not alone. There are people who do care. People like you!

You have made a difference in the daily lives of those living with cancer.

Thank you !!

John "the Truffle Guy" Arnold