History

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.

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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.

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#NationalVolunteerWeek [TBT] From a small group of 10 volunteers when Hope & Cope opened in 1981, we have grown dramatically over the years. Our volunteer body now counts 460 volunteers who bring their heart, skills and compassion to their work.

À partir du petit groupe des10 bénévoles qui, à l’origine, ont fondé L’espoir, c’est la vie en 1981, nous nous sommes développés de façon spectaculaire, au cours des années. Nous comptons maintenant 460 bénévoles qui mettent leur coeur, leurs habiletés et leur compassion au service de leur travail.
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#NationalVolunteerWeek Volunteers Barbara Hops and Mariam Bowen are hard at work planning Hope & Cope's Annual Cancer Survivorship Day, which, this year, will take place on June 19th and feature guest speaker Susan Wener. Stay tuned for more details!

Notre Journée annuelle de la survie aura lieu le 19 juin. Conférencière invitée : Susan Wener. Détails à suivre.
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"The volunteers at the Wellness Centre are the spirit of the Centre. They inspire participants to live life at its best. They are a great source of inspiration for the participants and for us."
- Sophie Blondin, Coordinator of Education and Support Programs, Hope & Cope Wellness Centre

"Les bénévoles du Centre de bien-être incarnent l’esprit même du Centre. Pour les participants, ils sont la source d’inspiration qui leur permet de vivre leur vie à son meilleur. Ils nous inspirent tous, tant les participants que nous-mêmes."
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"The volunteers at the Wellness Centre are the spirit of the Centre. They inspire participants to live life at its best. They are a great source of inspiration for the participants and for us."
- Sophie Blondin, Coordinator of Education and Support Programs, Hope & Cope Wellness Centre

"Les bénévoles du Centre de bien-être incarnent l’esprit même du Centre. Pour les participants, ils sont la source d’inspiration qui leur permet de vivre leur vie à son meilleur. Ils nous inspirent tous, tant les participants que nous-mêmes."
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“I get so much more than I give.” That’s the answer we often hear when we ask our volunteers what motivates them to give their time to Hope & Cope. Compassionate, wise, knowledgable, creative and caring, our volunteers are the BEST! Thank you on behalf of the staff as well as the patients and caregivers whose lives you touch in ways too numerous to count!

“Je reçois tellement plus que ce que je donne.” C’est la réponse que nous entendons bien souvent quand nous demandons à nos bénévoles ce qui les motive à donner de leur temps à L’espoir, c’est la vie. Compatissants, pleins de sagesse et de savoir, créatifs et prévenants, nos bénévoles sont les MEILLEURS! Grand merci de la part du personnel, des patients et des aidants dont vous avez changé la vie de toutes sortes de manières, trop longues à énumérer ici!
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