Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation was founded in Toronto in 1992 by Anne Armstrong Gibson, who had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1988. Along with all her other fears about treatment, survival and the future of her husband and two young children, Anne experienced something more, an overwhelming sense of isolation. She quickly realized that this was an all-too-common experience among cancer patients, and became determined to fill the void.

With the help and encouragement of some of the leading experts in the field of oncology, Anne worked with family, friends and supporters to establish Wellspring, a charity offering psychological, emotional, social, spiritual and informational support to individuals and families living with cancer.  Anne’s vision for Wellspring was to create a Canada-wide network of community-based centres that would provide people with the tools they required to cope with cancer.

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Key Dates

Anne Armstrong Gibson is diagnosed with cancer. The idea of Wellspring is born and an advisory committee is established.
Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation is registered as a non-profit organization.
Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation's first centre, the Coach House, opens in Toronto, ON.
Anne Armstrong Gibson dies.
Wellspring Westerkirk House opens in Toronto, ON.
Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House in Oakville, ON opens.
Wellspring's first affiliate organization opens in London, ON - Wellspring London.
Wellspring's next affiliate organization opens in Niagara, ON - Wellspring Niagara.
Wellspring Centre of Innovation is founded.
Wellspring's first Alberta affiliate opens - Wellspring Calgary.
A Wellspring affiliate organization is formed in Brampton, ON - Wellspring Chinguacousy.
Another Alberta affiliate organization opens - Wellspring Edmonton.
Wellspring starts to offer online programs, available across Canada.
Wellspring Calgary and Wellspring Edmonton kick-off plans to expand their reach to rural Albertans.
Wellspring Calgary and Wellspring Edmonton merge into a provincial-wide organization - Wellspring Alberta.
Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation begins to offer programming within select Toronto hospitals.

Wellspring Chinguacousy

Wellspring Chinguacousy was formed in Brampton, Ontario in 2008. 

Wellspring is a registered charitable organization that relies entirely on donations from generous individuals, foundations, sponsors and corporations to sustain its programs and services. Wellspring receives no core government or hospital funding. The charitable registration number for Wellspring Chinguacousy is 84934 9568 RR0001.

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Why donate to Wellspring?

Your generosity improves the lives of those living with cancer.

Wellspring Chinguacousy charges no fees and receives no core government funding. Programs and operations are made possible only through the generosity of donors like you.

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