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PCSO: The Annual Barbecue is ON!

After two long years of COVID restrictions, finally we can celebrate – it’s our annual PCSO barbecue! We’ve held it in June in the past, but this year we decided to have it on the eve of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which is September.

When: This year’s date is Friday, August 19 starting at 4:00 pm with food starting around 5:00 pm.

Where: The event is being held once again at the Maplesoft-Jones Centre at 1500 Alta Vista Drive at Industrial Ave., Ottawa (see map below). Note – there is no outdoor seating, so remember to bring lawn chairs.

Food: Lolachers Catering is providing both a burger and a sausage, beverages, and snacks.

Please advise us by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) not later than August 12 if you and possibly a guest are coming, and your burger choice for each: Beef, Chicken, or Veggie. The sausage, (included), is mild German (pork).

Please note that if you are a recent member or have not been to a monthly meeting lately, or ever, you are most certainly welcome. The barbecue is a profoundly un-stressful occasion, and it is a great way to meet other members in a very casual setting on the beautiful grounds of the centre.

Please be aware that in this COVID-19 era, masks are welcome but not mandatory.

We hope you and your partner will join us for this festive occasion and remember: bring lawn chairs.



Upcoming Meetings

Our First In-Person Meeting in Over 2½ Years!

Mark your calendars for 15 September 2022!  All are welcome to join us at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 930 Watson St, for our first in-person general meeting since March 2019.

After so many months of having to comply with COVID restrictions, we’re finally going back to in-person PCS Ottawa meetings. To make sure that everyone feels as safe as possible, we’re planning this meeting to accommodate both in-person and virtual attendees. This will be our first attempt at conducting this ‘hybrid’ type of meeting, so if we encounter technical difficulties prior to the meeting, we’ll let you know by e-mail in plenty of time that the meeting will revert to the usual virtual format using Zoom. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Here are the details –

When? Thursday, 15 September 2022, 7 pm.

Where? St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 930 Watson St (see map below).

Format? This in-person and ZOOM sharing meeting will allow you to renew contact with other members, get information based on other members’ experiences and provide updates on your personal medical situation. All participants are reminded to treat any information provided as confidential, and no details will be recorded.

Attendees? Current members and anyone wishing to learn more about prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Special Instructions

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Past Events

Thursday, July 14, 2022 – Zoom Meeting, 7pm

Sharing Session with a special focus on attendees with Advanced Prostate Cancer.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - Zoom meeting, 7pm

“Managing fear of cancer recurrence: Tips for patients and caregivers”.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022 - Zoom Meeting, 7pm

Annual General Meeting & Sharing Session

Includes review of the yearly financial summary, overview of activities, and the election of directors in place of those retiring.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022 - Zoom meeting, 7pm

Justin Lorentz, M.Sc., Genetic Counselling.

Justin practices clinically out of the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre in their Cancer Genetics and High Risk Program. He will bring us up to date on genetics as it relates to Prostate Cancer.

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Thursday, March 17, 2022 - Zoom meeting, 7pm

Kristen Parise Registered Physiotherapist, PT BSc. MSc. BHSc. PT.

Kristen is the Clinic Owner of Blueberry Therapy in Dundas Ontario. Her topic will be Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Erectile Disfunction. For more about Kristen, go to

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Thursday, February 17, 2022 - Zoom meeting, 7pm

Dr. Lori McFarlane MD, CCFP, a Supportive Care Physician from Inspire Health. This British Columbia firm provides guidance on healthful diet changes, stress reduction, emotional counselling, decision-making, exercise, and personal coaching.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022 - Sharing Meeting (Zoom) - 7pm

Join us for our sharing meeting on Thursday, February 10 at 7pm on Zoom.

As a special feature this time around, Bob Neufeld (M.Ed.) of Optimal Sexual Experiences will attend and offer us a short overview of the work he does with his wife, Marlene (MSW, RSW).

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Year-end 2021

Year-end 2021

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