- Maria Can’t Imagine Life Without Wellspring
- Writing for the Health of It
- Butterfly Gala 2010
- Sled Ride of Hope
New Board Member
- Founding Partners
- The Board
Welcome to the first edition of The Butterfly,
containing news from the Wellspring Chinguacousy Foundation. In
each issue we will share our members’ stories with you and show the
impact that Wellspring’s programs are having on their lives. We
will tell you about our fundraising activities and recognize our
Because of you and your continued generosity, we
are able to help hundreds of individuals and families, who are living
with cancer in our community. The Wellspring Chinguacousy
Foundation is grateful for your partnership, as are the many people
whose needs are being met through the tireless work of our volunteers,
program leaders and staff.
Your financial and volunteer
support allows us to operate and provide our services free of charge to
cancer patients and their families. We count on your continued
generosity and are privileged to have you as a friend and supporter.
The Wellspring Chinguacousy Foundation would
like to recognize our Founding Partners who made it possible for us to
build this amazing centre and fund its first three years of operation.
Thank you for your incredible vision and commitment, and for giving
hope to people living with cancer.
Chinguacousy Health Services Board
The Greenpark Group of Companies/M.A.M. Group
Townwood Homes Inc.
Graham Munro Charitable Foundation
Great Gulf Group of Companies
Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc.
Kaneff Group of Companies
The Kerbel Group
Mattamy Homes Ltd.
Metrus Developments Inc.
The Ontario Trillium
Wellspring Chinguacousy benefits from the
generosity of many individuals and groups who organize community events
on our behalf. We would like to recognize and thank the
organizers of the following events.
July 29, 2010
Power Networking Lunch, at Wellspring
Chinguacousy, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Event contact: email@example.com
August 13, 2010
Paul Tobey in Concert at the Rose Theatre,
8:00 p.m. Tickets are $36.00 per person or $75.00 for dinner theatre
package. For show tickets call 905-874-2800.
For dinner theatre call NEXUS at 905-796-0212.
4th Annual Cruisin’ for a Cure, Powerade
Centre, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. www.cruisinforacurecanada.com
Rock Against Cancer, Rose Theatre Garden
Square, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., www.rockagainstcancer.org
Oscar’s Roadhouse, 7th Annual Cancer
Fundraiser, until 2:00 a.m., 1785 Queen Street East, Brampton
October 3, 2010
4th Annual ATV Ride of Hope
Port Severn, Ontario 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
more information on any
of these events, please contact
We would like to hear from you. If you
want to know more about what we do, become a member or a volunteer, or
make a donation, call us at 905-792-6480. If you would like a
tour of the centre, drop by anytime from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to
5 Inspiration Way
Brampton ON L6R 0L7
Judi Perry Brinkert, Regional Director
Michelle Adamski, Centre Manager
Amita Kapil, Program Administrator
Shannon Doherty, Fundraising Manager
Regional Councillor, Wards 7 & 8, City of Brampton
Commissioner, Public Works, Region of Peel
Executive Director, Brampton Safe City
Partner, McCabe, Filkin & Associates
Minister, North Bramalea United Church
Chief of Oncology, Brampton Civic Hospital
Commissioner, Corporate Services, City of Brampton
Mayor, Town of Caledon
Imagine Life Without Wellspring
When Maria Whipps visited Wellspring Chinguacousy for the first time, her
connection was immediate. “To
my surprise I was in a beautiful home where I found the atmosphere so
Diagnosed three and a half years ago with Multiple Myeloma, a blood
cancer where the white cells attack the bone tissue, she attributes
Revlimid, administered with steroids as being responsible for giving her
energy and removing pain. Maria has faced the fact that her cancer
is treatable but not curable. She’s on palliative care to maintain her
quality of life. One might say that her motto is, “Accept the cancer and then you
can go on.” Instead of being angry with her diagnosis,
this feisty yet delicate woman believes that “Cancer was an enormous lesson for me. We
complain about the past and worry about the future when what we should be
doing is focusing on the present moment. Cancer changes you, hopefully
for the better.”
While she has attended many programs at Wellspring Chinguacousy it’s the
human contact and the positive energy she feels there that has helped her
the most. “Wellspring
gives you the tools to let go of stress and resentment in order to cope
with day-to-day living. But, it’s the positive energy and the
common element of cancer that have helped me the most.
There’s energy in there that makes me feel very relaxed and
welcome.” Maria also takes advantage of Wellspring’s
free transportation services to attend programs.
Visualization is one of my favorite programs because there’s a lot of
dialogue and a lively exchange and sharing. We do a meditation and
then the leader invites members to share with the group. There’s always a
core group, and a few new members each week, so it varies a little bit.”
Maria also enjoys the Knitting Program, held every Friday. “Knitting has a certain rhythm
that is very relaxing. It’s an open forum so we can talk about the
silliest things. If you don’t want to talk, you don’t have
to.” Before the group begins or at breaks, many participants
sit around the kitchen table enjoying coffee and tea together. Some bring
their lunch, while others bring cookies or Indian food to share.
Maria is also a regular monthly donor. “We
are given so much at Wellspring that we should give a little bit back.”
After a bit of thought, she adds, “I
wish I could give more. If you spend say ten hours at a place
week after week after week, like I do, you should give something”.
However, Maria’s main reason for being a donor is that “Wellspring is in my heart,
it’s really part of me. I couldn’t imagine life without
for the Health of It
– A Member’s Perspective
There we were at the first of eight sessions of Writing for the Health of It.
Since it was the program’s debut at Wellspring Chinguacousy, none of the
seven of us knew exactly what to expect, but we were game.
Our facilitator‘s gentle manner created a safe environment in which we
could share our deepest feelings and experiences, if we so desired.
She made it clear that this wasn’t about our writing ability or
technique. Instead, the purpose was to get memories onto
paper, to consider things we wanted to change in our lives, and to write
about our hopes and fears for the future. Rather than solving
problems, through writing we would work through them, along with any
challenges that lay ahead.
This was my first experience attending a Wellspring program. What I found
to be most fascinating was each person’s response to the writing
assignment. With absolute freedom to write what surfaced within us, some
responded to the exact question or statement, while others elected to
either tell a story aloud or they wrote on a different aspect altogether.
We learned that none was incorrect. For what was important was reflecting
on the topic, being introspective and seeking our respective responses
and then getting out what emerged from inside each one of us in a
It was through the interest from other women writers in the group that
our confidence grew both in writing and in sharing. We evolved into more
confident women, who weren’t embarrassed about participating in a “show
and tell” exercise or to laugh at ourselves or shed a few tears as we dug
deep and cheered each other on. By the last session, we had a
better understanding of ourselves and a deepened respect for the road
each of us is travelling through our respective cancer journeys.
Writing for the
Health of It
is one of 26 cancer support programs being offered at Wellspring
Chingaucousy. For more program information visit www.wellspring.ca/chinguacousy-brampton
Butterfly Gala 2010 Presented
by Mayor Susan Fennell
Wellspring Chinguacousy Foundation wishes to thank the supporters,
volunteers and attendees of the 3rd Annual Butterfly Gala held at the Rose
Theatre on April 16, 2010. This year’s show featured a talented group of
Music Theatre Program students from Sheridan College performing music
from the popular TV series “Glee”. Your participation
generated $20,000 in net proceeds, funding which enables us to continue
to offer cancer support programs free of charge to individuals and
Councillor Gael Miles
Rose Theatre Brampton
Brampton Board of Trade
Gagnon & Law Urban Planners Ltd.
Region of Peel
Jazz Mechanics Trio
Councillor John Sanderson
City of Brampton
Effie Mathews Costume Designs
McLean-Sherwood Party Rentals
Metrus Development Inc.
Councillor John Sprovieri
Access Career Solutions Inc.
David B. Searles Surveying
Four Valley Excavating/Zancor Homes
Heritage Draperies Ltd.
R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited
Vineland Estate Winery
PARTACC West Developments Inc.
Inzola Construction Inc.
International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers L.U. 353
Steve Hutton and the Sled Ride
When Steve Hutton’s Dad was diagnosed with
prostate cancer in 1999 he saw the need to raise public awareness, so he
formed the Prostate Extreme Team (PET). In 2005, after being
inspired by the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run, he decided to do his
own snowmobile event. The Sled Ride of Hope was created “because of what happened to my
Dad and I am also an avid snowmobiler so it just made sense to combine my
passion for prostate cancer awareness with the sport I love”.
Wellspring was chosen as the recipient for
proceeds from the February 13, 2010 event held in Parry Sound, because
Steve has always wanted to help prostate cancer survivors directly. “Wellspring does so
much for survivors of not only prostate cancer but all cancers and we are
now strong supporters”.
The Foundation would like to thank
Steve Hutton, his Dad (who is still fighting the fight), PET and the 65
riders who collected over $12,000 in pledges. A portion of these funds
are being used to support the centre’s first ever Prostate Cancer
Exercise program which launched in May 2010.
Gael Miles, President of the
Wellspring Chinguacousy Foundation is pleased to announce that Caledon
Mayor Marolyn Morrison has been appointed to the Board of
Directors. Mayor Morrison brings a wealth of experience to
her Board position and will be the driving force behind building
awareness of the centre in the Caledon community.
Thomas family who own and operate New Directions Aromatics (NDA) recently
formed a partnership with Wellspring because it is a cause close to their
hearts. In December 2009, Abraham Thomas the founder of NDA
in Sydney, Australia and brother of Alex Thomas, the Canadian CEO, was
diagnosed with terminal cancer. In honor of Abraham, NDA will
be donating two percent of sales from their new retail line called POYA
(meaning “pure”) that features, skin, bath and hair care products.
For product/order information visit: www.newdirectionsaromatics.com
would like to thank everyone who has recently supported Wellspring
Chinguacousy, especially the following generous contributors:
The Ontario Trillium Foundation
Rotary Club of Bramalea
Chinguaocousy Lions Club
Rod and Sandra Rice
Lloyd Carr Harris Foundation
Joanne Chapman School of Dancing
Brampton Professional Fire Fighters
Richard Dusk and Bonnie Neely
Matt Dusk (Royal Crown Records)
McCabe, Filkin, Garvie D.C.
Rotary Club of Brampton
– Heart Lake
Corporation of the City of Brampton
Ontario Music Teachers Association
Thank you to our
Founding Partners who contributed to their Foundation pledges over the
Greenpark Group of
Metrus Development Inc.
Hydro One Brampton