Please Note: COVID-19 protocols in Ontario have recently changed with the removal of the mask and screenings mandate effective March 21.
Although it is no longer mandatory, Wellspring recommends the continued use of masks while in the centres. The requirement for proof of vaccines remains in effect until further notice.
We will continue to follow health guidelines and will update our COVID-19 protocols as the guidelines change. Remember, if you are feeling unwell, please refrain from visiting a Wellspring centre.
Below are Wellspring programs available in-centre at Wellspring Westerkirk House and Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House.
Relaxation & Visualization
This program provides a relaxing, peaceful experience that can improve your sense of well-being, reduce your stress and provide skills to help you cope. A professional leader will guide you in group visualization, followed by a discussion and networking opportunity for you to meet others in similar situations.
Registration to attend is required
Wellspring Westerkirk House
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House
Wednesdays, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Chi Life
This wellness exercise routine combines Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Meditation to promote good health and wellness, balance energy and improve circulation. Some benefits include a strengthened immune system, restored and improved energy flow, improved balance and coordination and a relaxed body and mind.
Registration to attend is required
Wellspring Westerkirk House
Thursdays, 1 - 2 p.m.
Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House
Thursdays, 1 - 2 p.m.
Healing Journey Level 1: Coping With Cancer Stress
This four-week introductory level is a good place for those new to the cancer experience. Open to both cancer patients and caregivers, this program provides an introduction to stress management techniques such as deep relaxation, healthy thought management, visualization, expression of emotions and goal setting. 
Wellspring Westerkirk House
Wednesdays, April 13 - May 4, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House
Tuesdays, April 12 - May 3, 10:30 - 12 p.m.
Cancer Exercise
Exercise improves both mental and physical well-being following a cancer diagnosis.
Under the supervision of an experienced cancer exercise leader, you will participate in an individual assessment, receive a personalized exercise plan and exercise with other cancer patients at the centre's fitness facility for 1 hour twice a week, for 20 weeks. The focus of the program is to improve flexibility, strength, cardiovascular endurance and overall quality of life. Send an email with your contact information and an Exercise Manager will follow up with you about your individual start time.
Peer Support
Sometimes we need to know that someone is listening, that someone understands what we are going through, and that someone cares. Such support is available through one-on-one conversations with specially-trained Peer Support Volunteers who will help you navigate your cancer journey and provide you with program options best suited to your needs, interests and time.

Specialized peer support for those experiencing myeloma, pancreatic cancer or bladder cancer is also available.

Drop in between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or book an appointment by sending an email with your contact information to the Centre Manager.
Self-Paced Learning Webinars
We've created a handy resource to help you quickly find and access any of our self-paced learning webinars available through Well on the Web. These webinars are available to help you 24/7 with no registration necessary.

Marion Vaclavik, Legacy Giving Donor
Giving Back to Wellspring, In Life and Beyond

Marion Vaclavik is a devoted Wellspring volunteer, monthly donor and a new planned giving donor. "I was always so impressed by those who could make significant gifts to Wellspring," said Marion. "But then I realized that one doesn't have to have great wealth to contribute and make a difference. So I make monthly gifts through the Roots of Renewal giving program and annual donations when I can, and I've been doing that for the past fifteen years. It's been an easy way for me to give back to an organization I believe in."
When A Loved One Has Cancer - Ten Ways to Be Most Supportive
Thursday, April 28, 7 - 8:30 p.m. ET
Family members and caregivers of those with cancer are welcome to join for another of Dr. Rob Rutledge's highly popular online Healing and Cancer Series.

In this presentation you will learn:
  • How to get the best care from the medical system
  • Defining your role as supporter/medical lead
  • The anti-cancer diet and other essentials
  • Opening up communication on difficult topics
  • The importance of self-care!
Wellspring Champions Needed
We're looking for Wellspring Champions to support this year's Ride for Cancer Support.

As a Champion you would:
  • Represent Wellspring as an ambassador, and participate in outreach activities associated with this year's event, The Atlantic Challenge.
  • Help raise funds to support the Ride through the "Friends of the Peloton" program to support the event and cancer cause.
  • Set-up an online fundraising page to support the Atlantic Challenge.
  • Share your experience of cancer and Wellspring's role in providing your needed support.
  • Travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia from August 26-28. (Accommodations, meals and per-determined travel expenses will be covered by Wellspring).
For more information, visit
Research Projects Looking for Volunteers

The following research studies are currently being offered to Wellspring members in collaboration with the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University: Participation in each is entirely voluntary. Click the links below to find out more information and/or apply: