For Facilitators

Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada is excited to announce our upcoming Volunteer Training Workshop for Ontario

Now accepting applications!

Peer support  fills an important void in the breast cancer and high risk communities, allowing women to connect with others who have walked the path before and share stories of how to cope and find new hope.

Willow offers workshops throughout Canada that provide breast cancer survivors and high risk women with the skills and tools they need to start and sustain community-based peer support: both through support groups and in one-on-one situations. The three day workshops also provide an excellent networking opportunity for volunteers to connect with others doing similar work, share experiences and lessons learned, and become rejuvenated in their role by practicing self-care.

Thanks to funding from Scotiabank, all eligible participant expenses including registration, accommodations, transportation and group meals (from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch) are covered. 

We  welcome applications from people interested in starting or sustaining peer led (breast) cancer or high risk/BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 support groups or becoming a Community Outreach Volunteer. Preference will be given to those who have not attended a workshop in the last 12 months. Approval for participation in this program will be on a case-by-case basis.

Ontario Volunteer Training Workshop


When:  September 20-22, 2013

Starts 6 pm Friday and concludes at 1 pm on Sunday


Where:  Kingbridge Conference Centre - King City, ON  (near Markham)



To begin the application process or for more information please contact

Danielle VandeZande at: 1.888.778.3100 ext. 237 or



Willow continues to offer training to both new and veteran peer support group facilitators. In addition, our workshops are expanding to include Community Outreach Volunteer training.

This exciting new opportunity will allow volunteers to work with the newly diagnosed in their communities, reduce their sense of isolation and connect them with available resources and services.

Training is provided by Willow staff and a team of veteran facilitators who have professional and personal expertise in the field of breast cancer support.

For more information please contact Danielle VandeZande - see below for details.


Sustaining a group

Willow works hard to provide you, our valued facilitators, with the information and support that you need to keep your support groups vibrant and flourishing. Willow staff members are always available to you as a confidential sounding board, to brainstorm group and facilitator challenges

For all inquiries, please contact:

Danielle VandeZande
Manager, Community Support Program
1.888.778.3100 ext. 237


Promotional tools for support groups

Willow has created a free support group poster template with space for details about your group's meeting and contact information. Please send us your support group's name, contact information, location (if appropriate) and meeting time/date. We will print the posters and mail them to you.

Click here to see an example of the poster

We also offer free business cards with information about Willow on one side and your support group's information on the other. Please contact us directly to place your order.

Don't forget to inform us of any changes to your group's contact information so that Willow can refer women to your support group.


Willow's Community Support Group Program is funded by Scotiabank.

The Scotiabank Group supports communities and women active in breast cancer self-help groups