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Our Impact

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive range of support, resources and programs so anyone living with cancer and the people who care about them can improve the quality of their lives.  We cannot do this alone. We need your help — so no one has to face cancer alone.

“Wellspring was like going to school. I learned so much about myself, about this disease, about life."
Rhonda Anderson
Wellspring member
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People living with cancer who were supported by Wellspring Calgary in 2020
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Communities in southern Alberta that had members participate in Wellspring Calgary programs in 2020
After participating in our 2020 programs, Wellspring members agreed or strongly agreed that they:

96%

feel less isolated

Feeling socially isolated is associated with a 26-50% increased risk of mortality.[1]

97%

find our programs beneficial

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the quality of life for those living with cancer.

99%

would participate in online programs in the future

Wellspring Calgary has created a new way to access support for those who cannot attend programs in person.

100%

would recommend Wellspring Calgary

"Wellspring is a great place to 'belong' to. It was recommended to me and I have recommended it to others." - Wellspring member

2020: the year of COVID-19

Created additional barriers

COVID has created further disruptions, barriers and chaos in all aspects of life for those living with cancer.

Cancer is not cancelled

20% fewer cancer diagnosis in Alberta

This suggests 500 people/month are living with a cancer they don't know about [2] . Until our health system can catch up, interruptions could have a significant impact on long-term cancer outcomes.

Centres closed

Wellspring temporarily closed its two centres on March 13, 2020

Our members' come first. Wellspring Calgary worked tirelessly to get online programs up and running within 3 days to ensure our members needs continued to be met.

Despite a global pandemic, Wellspring Calgary has continued to provide a community of support for those living with cancer, and has supported more people than ever before. In 2020, 2,000 people visited Wellspring 24,000 times through 3,800 hours of programming. 

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Online programs were added in the first 6 weeks of centre closures (on March 13, 2020)

Wellspring was able to quickly pivot to online programming. These programs saw over 2,000 visits.

"We started out going to Wellspring Randy O’Dell location in person to take this course but was switched to Zoom meetings. This switch was seamless. The online Zoom meetings we still had the personal connections & I could feel the energy from each one of us talking to each other & still being able to see each other’s face, felt like we were still all sitting by each other."
Shelley Harley
Wellspring Member

24,000

Visits to our programs

In 2020, since COVID temporarily closed our doors in Mid-March, our members continued to engage in our programs in our new online/phone format.

Reaching further

More people engaged from communities more than 100km from Calgary in 2020 than ever before.

Supporting more people than ever

Throughout 2020, we supported more people living with cancer than ever before. See our results in the chart below.

"Cancer has been one of the most difficult things I have ever been through, but being able to participate in Wellspring's programs has been profoundly important. They have helped me find my way through the impossible days and allowed me to celebrate the good days since my diagnosis last summer. Wellspring is a community I hope to be part of for many more years."
Kate
Wellspring Member

People served

Members living with cancer - those diagnosed, their caregivers and families - and the broader community supported by Wellspring Calgary

Our members, their families and the broader community choose which programs they take and how many times they want to take them. We're here to provide what works best for you.

People living with cancer served by program pillar for 2020

Members living with cancer - those diagnosed, their caregivers and families - and the broader community supported by Wellspring Calgary

Wellspring Member Stories

At Wellspring Calgary our members sometimes share a bit about their cancer experience and tell us how Wellspring impacts their lives. 

[1] Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T. B., Baker, M., Harris, T., & Stephenson, D. (2015). Loneliness and Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality: A Meta-Analytic Review. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(2), 227–237. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691614568352
Holt-Lunstad J, Smith TB, Layton JB (2010) Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review. PLoS Med 7(7): e1000316. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1000316

[2] Cancer Care Alberta, Cancer Strategic Clinical Network and in partnership with Primary Care: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page17277.aspx