Support At Home

Just because we’re far apart doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected.

Welcome to #SupportAtHome.

 

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s #SupportAtHome campaign is all about staying connected. Where we can’t be there in-person, we continue to do everything we can to close the distance online.

Many of our in-person groups are now virtual, while our Facebook Q&A and Community Call-In sessions let you speak directly with our support staff in real time, all across Canada.

One of our most popular new features is our #SupportAtHome concert series featuring talented artists performing for the brain tumour community. And for the kids in our BrainWAVE and GOcervo programs, we have some fun and challenging family activities to keep busy during isolation.

VIRTUAL SUPPORT – Ask away

We’re excited to announce two new virtual #SupportAtHome initiatives – Facebook Q&A and Community Call-In – to connect you with our support staff in an open and meaningful way.

(Brought to you by our Support Group Program)


Community Call-In for Caregivers

Date: Tuesday, July 21 from 1 – 2pm EDT

Are you a caregiver? Want to have an online chat to learn more about programs and resources for YOU as a caregiver? Join Todd Goold, Support Services Specialist and Janic Gorayeb, Senior Health Education & Engagement Specialist to learn about Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s programs and services available to caregivers, and resources you can access online. Got a question? We will do our best to answer it and direct you to the right resource.
Please register here to attend this LIVE Community Call-In.


Facebook Q&A – Ask a Support Services Specialist

With Todd Goold and Denis Raymond


Thursday afternoons from 1-3pm EDT

Join our excellent Support Services Specialists each Thursday on facebook from 1-3pm EDT for one-on-one question and answer time. These informal sessions will be conducted through facebook messenger, and provide a great insight from Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s amazing support staff.

Weekly sessions will alternate between Todd (EN) and Denis (EN/FR).

 


VIRTUAL SUPPORT

To register for the virtual support group in your area, click here.
PLEASE NOTE: Most support groups do not meet over July and August.
For Edmonton Support Group, please register online with the Virtual West Support Group. 

July Virtual Support Group Dates

July 27 – Sudbury Virtual Support Group – 6 – 7:30pm EDT
July 29 – Burlington Virtual Support Group – 7 – 8:30pm EDT
August 5 – Ajax Virtual Support Group
August 10 – *NEW* Kitchener/Waterlook Virtual Support Group. 7-8pm EDT
August 19 – Winnipeg Virtual Support Group


Virtual support group services

Patients & Survivors
Caregivers 
One-on-One support  
Private Facebook Support Groups

One-On-One Support is Available:
Contact Support Staff today: 1-800-265-5106 or locally 519-642-7755. Calls are answered Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (EST).

Email us here.

LIVE CONCERT SERIES

As part of our #SupportAtHome program, we present live concerts by several local artists.

Thursday, August 13 at 7pm EDT

Kettie Belance

Kettie Belance is a Canadian singer, performer, and songwriter who has launched three albums which express her passion and character. She always wanted to create an album where she could use different facets of her life as examples of hope and perseverance. With her experience as a backup singer combined with her entrepreneurial spirit, she has offered her services to various artists including Wyclef Jean, Senaya, Jennifer Meade and many others. Kettie shares her art by performing at weddings, non-profit events and in her own shows. She will charm and move you with her voice.

As she says: “I think you always have to fulfill your dreams. Without us knowing it, we live in a time where everything is possible. You just have to believe and go for it. I want to be recognized as an artist who knows how to touch people’s hearts while naturally remaining myself.”

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kettie.belance

Apple Music https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/kettie/354840701

PAST CONCERTS:

Rhonda Head Live Concert – July 9, 2020

Sarah Smith Live Concert – June 25, 2020

Christee Palace Live Concert – June 19, 2020

Darren Powers Live Concert – May 19, 2020

Nathalie Renault Live Concert – May 9, 2020

Aaron Allen Live Concert – April 30, 2020

John Shrier performs songs for smiles – April 8, 2020

FAMILY FUN

Keep your mind sharp while having some fun with these #SupportAtHome activities.

 

Brain Buster - Rebus Challenge

Puzzling pictures and cryptic clues – here is a rebus just for you!

See if you can solve these visual clues to some common phrases and figures of speech. Download a copy or view it online, and feel free to make a rebus of your own!

Download a copy

Neighbourhood Scavenger Hunt

Summer time is perfect for getting out and exploring the outdoors. There is so much to see and do, and you don’t even have to go far from home to take it all in. Next time you are out for a walk, take along this scavenger hunt list and see if you can spot everything on it.

 

Download your copy here

Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Ready for some detective work? Get your thinking caps on, kids, and see if you can find all the items on this cryptic list!

HINT: Everything on the list can be found right in your own home – a perfect rainy day (or any day) activity!

Download your copy here

Easy Bake Cookies – #SupportAtHome

Hosted by Montreal Brain Tumour Walk Coordinator Myriam Boucher-Pinard
Saturday, July 5 at 2pm EDT

In this 45-minute, bilingual activity, Myriam will be walking you step by step through her easy, 4-ingredient chocolate chip cookies. Make sure you have the ingredients ready at the start of this virtual activity along with all the baking tools you need.
Myriam Boucher-Pinard
Ingredients
– 1 cup of peanut butter
– 1/2 cup of sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 cup of chocolate chips
Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven at 325 degrees Celsius, with the grill placed at the centre of the oven
2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix in the peanut butter, the sugar, and the egg
3. Once the mixture is uniform, mix in the chocolate chips
4. On a cookie sheet covered in a baking (parchment) paper, roll the cookie dough into 24 balls
5. Place in oven for 20 minutes or until golden
6. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes and then remove
7. Finished!
8. Upload a picture of your cookies so we can see your masterpieces!
Myriam is one of our Co-Coordinators for the Montreal Brain Tumour Walk. She got involved with the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada first as a student researcher after her father was diagnosed with brain tumours, and now she is an AMAZING volunteer for our community.

Brain-Buster: Birds, Brains and Elephants

Put your math skills to the test by figuring out how many brains it takes to weigh as much as an elephant! Brains not your thing?

How many hummingbirds in a robin? How many robins in an elephant? Download this activity page and get calculating!

DOWNLOAD PDF

 

CHECK OUT OUR OTHER FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES

OTHER INITIATIVES

Here are other activities that are part of our #SupportAtHome program.

Brain Music/Musique pour le Cerveau

Add your song to our list!

Thanks to your wonderful suggestions, we’ve created a ‘Brain Music’ Spotify playlist created by the brain tumour community for the brain tumour community. Listen here. If you have a song you want to add, visit our Brain Music page and submit your choice and a few words about why it’s the song that lifts you up.

Visit our Brain Music page

Funding for our virtual support programs generously provided by:

Adam Fanaki Brain Fund