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    Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation assumed the overall management and operational responsibilities of Wellspring Chinguacousy. This transition will help to strengthen and further enhance the leadership and fundraising capabilities of this already vibrant centre.

    2014/15 ACHIEVEMENTS

    More than 80 professionals and health care experts were guests of Wellspring presenting their knowledge, tips, information and advice on a wide range of topics as part of Wellspring’s ongoing Discussion Series. Attendance at these sessions is free of charge and open to anyone to attend.

    Two new programs, Taking Charge: Men’s Program and Program Navigation, were both successfully piloted, launched and introduced to the Wellspring community.

    A series of videos explaining each of our many program offerings were filmed at Wellspring. The videos will serve as resource tools on the new website and the internet.

    More than 3,000 new members joined Wellspring’s centres in the GTA and participated in program activity.

    The City of Toronto named a downtown Toronto lane after Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation in recognition of the site of the first Wellspring centre – the Coach House on Wellesley Street. The naming ceremony was officiated by Toronto councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.

    A new website, complete with capabilities for online memberships, program registration and virtual programming, was developed for the entire Wellspring network. The new site will be introduced to the Wellspring community in the summer of 2015.

    Wellspring donors and corporate supporters attended Champions of Wellspring, a special reception in their honour, featuring a presentation by acclaimed cancer researcher Dr. Tak Mak.

    Wellspring Westerkirk House celebrated 15 years of having served the north Toronto community.

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    The 2014-15 year at Wellspring was one filled with many rewarding achievements. The operations of the organization focused attention on expanded outreach opportunities; the development of strategic partnerships

    with health partners; the introduction of new programs; the strengthening of relationships with our volunteers, and as always, membership growth. It was a year of tremendous progress on many fronts.

    We took great effort to ensure we continually engaged our members, volunteers and partners in our plans. We focused on sharing information, and engaged in thousands of interactions through events, trainings, newsletters, social media interactions, stories told, presentations made and letters mailed. Each of these opportunities provided us with insights and understandings which will help inform our priorities and strategic directions for future years.

    Strengthened relationships with local health service providers helped Wellspring foster new partnerships. This past year, we worked collaboratively on a number of new initiatives with both the Carlo Fidani Cancer Centre at Credit Valley Hospital and the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook. We will continue to encourage new relationships with other community partners in order to develop innovative initiatives that will ultimately allow us to reach more people who could benefit from our services.

    We are always pleased to report a significant growth in our membership across the four greater Toronto area centres. In particular, we were delighted to see a significant growth in our newest Wellspring, the Downtown Toronto centre, and attribute much of this success to the recent physical transformation of the facility into the beautiful, warm and welcoming environment for which Wellspring has always been recognized.

    We were delighted to recruit sixty new volunteers to assist with program delivery, facility maintenance, child minding, transportation and administrative responsibilities at the Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House in Oakville. We were able to provide hands-on training on our updated processes and program delivery procedures for more than 350 of our long-serving volunteers.

    This past year, important steps were taken to ensure the continued strength of the Wellspring network of centres. The management and oversight of the Wellspring Chinguacousy centre was transitioned to that of the GTA network of centres, and we continued to fully engage the network in both the quality review processes and the development of the new Wellspring website.

    It was a busy year. New programs were launched; upgraded technologies were installed to assist in our administrative capabilities, and more than forty-five signature and third-party events were held to raise funds to support the provision of free programs and services for our members.

    We continue to be humbled by the generosity of those who choose to support Wellspring with their donations. I extend my sincere gratitude to the many who so tirelessly and generously give of their time and their financial resources to support Wellspring and the communities we serve.

    Christina Smith Chief Executive Officer

    CEO Report

    Christina Smith Chief Executive Officer

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    Peloton Challenge Twenty die-hard cyclists rode their bicycles for seven days to raise funds in support of Wellspring. Supported by a team of hard-working volunteers and Wellspring Warriors to give them inspiration, the cyclists rode more than 3,000 kilometers to reach New Orleans, and raised $350,000.

    Henderson Hoedown The bi-annual western-styled gala, featuring celebrity appearances and performances by The Jim Cuddy Band and more than 500 guests, raised $1.3 million through sponsorships, donations, and auction purchases. The leadership of the Hoedown was in excellent hands, under the direction of Honorary co-chairs, Joe Natale, TELUS, and Melissa Martin, and co-chairs, Bobbi Reinholdt, Wellspring board member, and Joe Goodbaum, of Telus Retail Ltd.

    AN “EVENT-FULL” YEAR Wellspring special events, both those considered ‘signature’ and those organized and executed by third party individuals on our behalf, are important sources of revenue needed to provide for the programs and services offered without charge to Wellspring members. By participating in Wellspring’s special events you are making an investment in the future of Wellspring in your community.

    Well Dressed for Spring The annual celebrity-studded fashion show in partnership with Holt Renfrew and Women in Capital Markets was a standing-room only, sold-out success, raising more than $244,000.

    Light Up Wellspring celebrated the Holiday season by brightening the centres with lights and hosting holiday open house events. This year, Light Up Wellspring raised $37,728 which is the equivalent to the cost of providing all the coping skills programs at all centres for an entire month.

    Nine Wine and Dine More than 88 guests celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Nine, Wine and Dine on the Sixth Line, golf tournament, raising more than $70,000 in support of Oakville’s Birmingham Gilgan House.

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    I was only 15 when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, disrupting my high school career in a big way. A few years later, when I thought all was well, I had a recurrence. My friends were busy with hectic social lives and planning for college/university, and I was once again, pulled out on a cancer- break. Then, again, a couple years later, just when I thought my life was getting back in order, I was dealt yet another blow. I was diagnosed with breast cancer; totally unrelated to the earlier thyroid cancer.

    An oncology nurse told me about Wellspring and soon my life began to change. At Wellspring I found support and the freedom to talk about my fears with others who were going through similar experiences. The Wellspring exercise program was exactly what I needed to patiently build back strength in my “new” body. But most importantly Wellspring gave me back my creativity. The Art Therapy program enabled me to express myself with ease, in a relaxed, non-judgemental environment. Sometimes it was an internal process, sometimes it was just a fun paint party. It is a great program, and a huge hit with other Wellspring members.

    I am now preparing to return to school and it’s all because of Wellspring. The variety of programs offers something for every step of the cancer journey. It’s a comfort to know that Wellspring will continue to provide me with a community of support as I regain my health.

    It had quickly turned from one of the best days of my life, to one of my worst.

    I was still celebrating having given birth, only hours before, to my second child, when my world changed. I found a lump in my breast. How could I find within me the joy of being a mother to my children, 2 year old Elliot and the new and beautiful Maelle, when all I could envision was surgery, chemotherapy, scans and endless medical appointments?

    I’m now a 38 year old woman with metastatic breast cancer, and the past three years have been like “whack-a-mole.” My cancer has spread to my lungs, it has invaded my liver and spine, and now brain metastases have left me unable to read or drive.

    Living with a terminal illness is lonely and isolating but Wellspring has given me a community of others who understand what I’m going through. Wellspring is like a family who gives me support, boosts my confidence and helps me have a voice that is both heard and respected.

    My loving husband Ian has shown great strength