HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre to Become WellSpring Grand River Effective January 2016
Kitchener After 20 years of operation, HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre will join forces with Toronto-based Wellspring to become WellSpring Grand River, effective January 1, 2016. The event to announce the transition was be held last Thursday.
HopeSpring is the Region’s leading provider of psychosocial services for cancer patients, their families and caregivers. It operates programs in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Mount Forest. “By becoming an affiliate of Wellspring, we gain access to innovative programming, and a model for developing, testing and benchmarking services,” says Chris Hyde, chair of the board of directors at HopeSpring.
Similar to HopeSpring, Wellspring is a two-decade old not-for-profit with a mission to assist those affected by cancer. It currently operates four centres in the GTA, and has affiliates in Niagara, London, and Calgary, with further plans to expand into Halifax, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
“We’re thrilled to have Wellspring Grand River join our network,” says Christina Smith, chief executive officer at Wellspring in Toronto. “There’s strength in numbers, and greater results with resource sharing.”
With nearly 4,000 new cases of cancer identified in the Region each year (according to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre), HopeSpring has seen a dramatic increase in the demand for its services, which include programs like yoga, tai chi, and nutrition, as well as short-term counselling, and music and art therapy programs for caregivers.
Says chair Chris Hyde, “We truly believe that this is what’s needed in the community for the next 20 years. Since 1995, HopeSpring has done ‘good’ work on behalf of our members; the challenge now is to become ‘great’ at what we do.”