OPACC works with local community groups across the Province to build a network of local community-based Parent Support groups to ensure that families are supported once they are back home. 

OPACC-affiliated groups

OPACC Cambridge

Cambridge, ON

  • Facilitator: Karen Destun

  • Meeting dates and times: Last Thursday of the month from 7:00pm-9:00pm

  • Meeting location: Riverbend Place, 650 Coronation Blvd., Cambridge

  • Tel: 226-972-9543

  • Email:

  • During the pandemic, support is being provided virtually to families (contact Karen for details)

OPACC Hamilton

Hamilton, ON

OPACC Kitchener-Waterloo

Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

  • Facilitators: Lisa Skinner and Helen Robertson

  • Meeting dates and times: Second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 pm-8:30pm

  • Meeting location:  HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre, 475 King Street North, Waterloo

  • Website:

  • Tel: Lisa 519-208-8647 or Helen 519-885-6527

  • During the pandemic, phone support is being provided to families (contact Lisa or Helen for details)

OPACC London

London, ON

  • Faciltator: Kim VanderSchelde

  • Meeting dates and times: Varies but typically the third Tuesday of the month from 7:00-9:00pm

  • Meeting location: Varies

  • Tel: 226-238-9164

  • Facebook group:

  • Email:

  • During the pandemic, support is being provided virtually to families (contact Kim for details)

Parents of Children with Cancer - Niagara Chapter

Niagara Falls, ON

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Learn how you can sponsor a local support group here!

Don't see your location listed above? Interested in starting a group in your own community? Please contact us and we'll help you get started!

What can OPACC provide new groups?

  • Years of experience in helping to set up parent support groups, including Parent Facilitator training, mentor support and advice.

  • Regular promotion of your group to our thousands of member families through monthly e-blasts, social media postings, listing on our website, and through our in-hospital Parent Liaison program.

  • Template of group flyer that you can use for promotion & distribution.

  • Linkage to local Starbucks store that may be able to provide you with donations of coffee and treats for your monthly meetings.

  • Access to closed Facebook group for Facilitators to get peer support and advice from other parent group Facilitators.

  • Funds to use for group development (i.e. purchasing resources for group, special events, guest speakers, etc.).

  • Establish a fund for your group so that any donations made to it will be credited to your group.

What doesn't OPACC provide?

OPACC is not involved in the day-to-day planning and running of your group - that is up to the Facilitators only. Our limited funds also do not allow us to provide you with printed materials (though we can provide you with templates for you to print yourself), running a website and/or social media page for your group, providing you with treats and giveaways for your group (though we can connect you with your local Starbucks, which can often donate drinks and treats), communicating with your group members on your behalf, finding you a venue for your meetings, and local community advertisements - those are all your responsiblities as Facilitators.

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Other community parent support groups (not affiliated with OPACC):

Cancer Chat Canada


  • Cancer Chat provides free and professionally-led online support groups for Canadians affected by cancer, including patients, survivors and family members. Cancer Chat online support groups are suitable for those who are unable to attend a professionally-led face to face support group because they live in a rural area or have a busy schedule of medical appointments or caregiving duties. Groups meet once a week for 90 minutes, for about 10 to 12 weeks, in a live "chat" room on the Internet.

  • See website to register and for more information:

Candlelighters Simcoe Parents of Children with Cancer

Barrie, ON


London, ON

Sudbury, ON

  • About: Mike Squarzolo is a parent of a cancer survivor and a member of the NOFCC Board of Directors. Mike is available to any family for a one on one discussion. Group support sessions are available if the need is there. Please contact Mike to set up an appointment or if you need support or advice at any time.

  • Website:

  • Tel: 705 929-4527

Paeds & Parents Group

Oakville, ON

  • Facilitators: Elizabeth Dougherty, MSW and Lauren McLeod, CCLS

  • About: A professionally facilitated support group for parents of children living with cancer to meet for mutual support, sharing of ideas, discussion and networking, while the children meet separately for fun, themed therapeutic activities led by professionals. Registration is required.

  • Meeting location: Wellspring Birmingham/Gilgan House, 2545 Sixth Line, Oakville

  • Website:

  • Tel: 905-257-1988

Pediatric Cancer Family Support Program

Oshawa, ON

BrainWAVE Pediatric Support Program

Southern Ontario

  • About: A support program for families with a child (19 years of age or younger) with a brain tumour. Through the program, BrainWAVE offers you and your child/teen the opportunity to connect with other families in a similar situation and to obtain much-needed support, information and education.

  • Website:

  • Tel: 1-800-265-5106

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Email us:

A program of OPACC

Call us:

Toll-free: 1-888-290-5496

Local:         705-828-7965

Mail us: 

524 Bayfield Street North
P.O. Box 20005
Barrie, ON L4M 5E9


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