Founder’s Greetings

Sheila KussnerAlthough it is hard to believe today, when I founded Hope & Cope in 1981, the word “cancer” was still whispered and the idea of experienced volunteers helping patients through the cancer journey was considered risky.

We were true pioneers then and I am proud to say that more than three decades later, Hope & Cope is still innovating and still leading the way, with confidence, creativity and compassion.

If you have cancer, or are helping a loved one through this often overwhelming experience, we are here for you.


Sheila Kussner, O.C., O.Q.

A History of Firsts

Wellness openingWe’ve been providing compassionate, supportive, evidence-based cancer care for over three decades. In fact, when Hope & Cope opened its doors in 1981, the very concept of providing peer support within a hospital cancer setting was considered revolutionary.

Founded by Sheila Kussner, O.C., O.Q., and affiliated with the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Hope & Cope is a non-profit organization comprised of 500 volunteers managed and guided by a professional staff. Together, we support cancer patients and their caregivers from the moment of diagnosis through all stages of cancer, with a special focus on survivorship.

Recognized nationally and internationally for our pioneering approach and evidence-based programs, we have a proud history of many “firsts” in Quebec.

We were the first to create a support group for women newly diagnosed with cancer and then, years later, the first to create a group called “Breast Friends” for women with metastatic cancer.

We established the first Men’s Club for men with cancer as well as male caregivers.

4women_BronfmanBack in 1985, we were the first to recognize that young adults have specific needs and challenges. We responded with a support group that eventually developed into CancerFightClub, a dynamic, innovative community for young adults and their supporters, both locally and on-line. And when parents with cancer wondered what to tell their children and how they would cope with raising a family while undergoing treatment, we responded with En famille.

Congratulations to Dr. Bernard Lapointe, winner of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. The award is "in recognition of his sustained and lasting contribution to palliative medicine and to the CSPCP."

Félicitations au Dr Bernard Lapointe, chef du Service des soins palliatifs, pour ce prix bien mérité!

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Our thanks to Bernie Gurberg, owner of the Dollar Cinema in Decarie Square, and his staff for donating over $800 in tips to Hope & Cope as well as free movie passes for cancer survivors.

Merci, Bernie, pour votre générosité !
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On International Women’s Day, we salute the smart, savvy, bold and inspirational women who are part of Hope & Cope’s Executive Advisory Board. A huge high-five and thank you to: Sheila Kussner, Marlene King, Susan Wener, Sylvia Vogel, Roslyn Slawner, Joëlle Berdugo Adler, Deborah Bridgman, Sylvie Grégoire, Robin Krakower, Dr. Carmen Loiselle, Eden Flomen and Suzanne O'Brien. #Internationalwomensday, #womenshealth #cancer #hopeandcope

En cette Journée internationale de la femme, nous tenons à saluer les femmes intelligentes, avisées, audacieuses et courageuses qui font partie du comité exécutif de L'espoir, c'est la vie. Nous adressons donc toutes nos félicitations et un grand merci à : Sheila Kussner, Marlene King, Susan Wener, Sylvia Vogel, Roslyn Slawner, Joëlle Berdugo Adler, Deborah Bridgman, Sylvie Grégoire, Robin Krakower, Dre. Carmen Loiselle, Eden Flomen et Suzanne O’Brien.
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