The new cancer support centre has 15 programs operating as local leaders mark official opening
Edmonton, Alta., June 1, 2017 – Provincial and local health leaders today commemorated the official completion of the Wellspring Edmonton cancer support centre, a facility that offers support programs for people facing cancer, their caregivers and families, thanks to the generosity of Edmontonians and Northern Albertans.
Since the new centre started operations five months ago, Wellspring Edmonton has welcomed almost 1,000 visits to its 15 programs designed to help support the emotional, social, practical and restorative needs of people facing cancer. Wellspring Edmonton will add more programs over the next two to three years.
“The most important part of what we do is bring people together who are going through the same challenges in a welcoming, safe, encouraging and non-clinical environment,” says Dr. Glenn Hundleby, Wellspring Edmonton Board Chair. “We have over 100 volunteers and expert facilitators delivering the programs and supporting the centre, many who have had cancer themselves.”
Wellspring Edmonton’s programs cover eight areas, including coping skills, individual and group support, nutrition, health restoring, expressive arts, informational and returning to work.
“Receiving a cancer diagnosis is extremely difficult for patients and their families. The range of programs provided at this beautiful facility will help ease that burden and are an excellent complement to the medical care provided to cancer patients in Alberta’s health-care system,” says Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health.
Private, corporate and community donations contributed a total $7 million to building the facility and supporting operations for the first three years. This included materials and labour donated by over 125 local builders, suppliers and construction companies to build the 12,000 sq. ft. facility.