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Use your cancer experience to help others

Peer support volunteers know what it’s like to live with cancer because they are cancer survivors or were caregivers to someone with cancer. Through CancerConnection, our nationwide telephone support program, peer support volunteers offer encouragement, compassion and practical support – from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond – to the person living with cancer and their family.

The Society also offers adult support groups in many communities across Canada. The types of groups available in each area may vary. Some groups are specific to one type of cancer, while others may offer general support for people living with cancer.

Peer support volunteers are matched based on factors such as type of cancer, sex, treatment, side effects, relationship to the person who is diagnosed, age and family situation. All volunteers receive extensive training and ongoing support.

To become a CancerConnection peer support volunteer in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, please apply one of the following two ways:

  1. Complete and submit our online application form
  2. Print and complete the PDF application form and submit to your local Canadian Cancer Society office

Your volunteer application will be reviewed and you will be contacted shortly by one of our Volunteer Engagement coordinators. Please note that if you are under 18 years of age, you must obtain parental consent.

You may also call our support service volunteer coordinator directly at 403-303-3520 or volunteer@cancer.ab.ca.

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