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Support Programs

Ensuring you receive information and support before, during treatment and beyond
Counselling & Info

Patient & Family Counselling Services 

It is natural to experience a great deal of stress, fear, anger and helplessness when you or a family member are faced with a diagnosis of cancer and its treatment.  Professionally trained counsellors and social workers who specialize in cancer care are available to support you through the course of your illness and can provide individual, couple and family counselling support.  They also offer a number of group programs.  Please refer to the Monthly Calendar tab above to view the monthly group calendar.

In addition, there are often many practical and financial concerns to attend to.  Patient and Family Counselling staff can provide assistance and information about transportation, accommodation, financial resources, community services and other practical resources.  They can be contacted at 250.712.3963.

Learn more about our family counselling services and support programs

Free support group programs are available at the Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior.  Read more information on our support programs in Kelowna.

Click on the "Group Programs" tab above for groups at our Centre, or the "Monthly Calendar" tab above for scheduled groups for the next few months.

Vocational rehabilitation program

A counsellor is available to help patients with vocational assessment, resource referral, information, advocacy assistance and counselling related to work related issues for cancer patients. Call Patient & Family Counselling for more information.

Counselling  services are available to patients, families, caregivers and friends, before, during and after treatment. For more information or to make a counselling appointment please contact 250-712-3963 or toll free at 1-888-563-7773 local 683963.

Online support for children and teens

Cancerinmyfamily is a website especially made for kids ages 6-12. They will be ‎taken on a journey to understand how cancer is affecting them.

Facts4teens offers web resources for teens to help in understanding the facts and feelings related to having cancer.

Free Programs

For information on Free Support Programs at the Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior see here for support programs in Kelowna.

Many people experience stress related to a cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Relaxation and stress reduction programs are available.  For more information see our brochure here Relaxation and Stress Reduction Programs.

Programs offered at the Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna

Managing Life with Cancer - Interactive Education Sessions

1.  Dealing with the Emotional Experience of Cancer

  • Understanding common reactions to cancer diagnosis
  • Exploring the mind and body connection
  • Resources and strategies you can use to support yourself
  • Self-empowerment through communication with family, friends, and professionals

2.  Eating Well and Being Active

  • Healthy Nutrition and its impact on cancer
  • Healthy eating ideas
  • Debunking nutrition and cancer myths
  • Use exercise to improve energy levels and reduce fatigue
  • Feel better and manage side effects during cancer treatment
  • Get started on designing an exercise program just for you

3.  Reimagining Life Beyond Cancer

  • Discuss common reactions throughout your cancer experience and adjustment to “new normal”
  • Dialogue  on common fears
  • Q & A with guest presenter with lived experience
  • Resources and tools for ongoing personal growth and self-care

For more information and to register call 250-712-3963. Next session Spring 2018.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 

Mindfulness refers to the practice of directing your awareness, in the form of non-judgmental attention, moment by moment, in lived experience.  Use of these practices allows participants to reduce stress and distress, improve mood and become an active participant in improving their health and well-being.

This program runs for eight weeks with one session per week. For more information and to register call 250-712-3963. Next session Spring 2018.

Relaxation Group

Relaxation techniques can help counteract the effects of stress. This weekly group is drop in (no registration required), open to patients, their family members and support persons. Join us on Wednesdays 10:00-11:30, 2nd floor Okanagan Room. Wear something comfortable. Please see here for information on the  Relaxation Support Group or contact Patient and Family Counselling Services at 250-712-3963.

Exercise and Fitness Group

Join this safe and social class, which is geared for those who are going through or who have just completed cancer treatment. The class includes cardio, strengthening, stretching, and balancing exercises in a supervised environment with a registered kinesiologist. All levels are welcome. For more information and to register call 250-712-3963.

Art Therapy

Artistic creation can foster a safe space in which to explore and reduce the negative emotion and psychological effects of anxiety, depression, grief and loneliness. Please contact us for more information at 250-712-3963.

Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program

The Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program is a comprehensive survivorship program for prostate cancer patients, their partners, and family from the time of initial diagnosis onwards.  The Program consists of 'modules' which are primarily intended to provide education and information. The modules are as follows: 

  • Introduction to Prostate Cancer & Primary Treatment Options
  • Managing the Impact of Treatment on Sexual Intimacy & Function
  • Nutrition Advice for Prostate Patients
  • Exercise and the Prostate Patient
  • Recognition & Management of Treatment-Related Side Effects of ADT (hormone therapy)
  • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Urinary Incontinence

For more information and to register call Angela at 250-712-3900 (ext. 686522) or

Laughter for the Health of It (Laughter Yoga)

Gentle stretching, therapeutic laughter, Pranayam (deep) breathing, laughter meditation, guided visualization. Please contact us for more information at 250-712-3963.

The Children's Group 

The children's group is offered when there is sufficient demand. Please contact Patient and Family Counselling Services at 250-712-3963. 

Look Good Feel Better program

These sessions are led by trained volunteers and held at the Rotary Cancer Lodge. To sign up or for more information visit their website Look Good Feel Better or call 1-800-914-5665.

Online Groups

Cancer Chat Canada offers online chat groups led by professional counsellors. Groups are available for patients and family supporters. To sign up call 1-844-725-2476 or go here to the Cancer Chat Canada website.

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