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When a person is diagnosed with cancer, they and their loved ones may feel like their world has turned upside down. We know that talking to others who’ve gone through a similar experience is comforting.

Our free Peer Support Service connects people living with cancer with trained volunteers who listen, provide hope, offer encouragement and share ideas for coping – all from their unique perspective as someone who’s been there. You can also contact us at 1-888-939-3333 or

  • How can this help me?

    Many people who have used this service say it helped them get a better understanding of what to expect throughout their or their loved one’s cancer experience, making them feel more hopeful and less anxious. It helped them cope.

  • What can I expect?

    Peer support is provided over the telephone. This confidential service is tailored to your needs and preferences. We match you with a volunteer based on a number of factors, including cancer type, sex, language and lifestyle.

  • How do I sign up?

    The service is easy to access throughout Canada. Call 1-888-939-3333, email, or request a call. One of our staff will register you with the service.

  • Who can use this service?

    Our Peer Support Service is available to people with cancer and their caregivers who are 18 and over.

    In some cases, your needs may go beyond what our volunteers can offer. If that is the case, we’ll suggest other services that may be able to help. You don’t have to go through cancer alone.

  • Referrals by a healthcare provider

    If your patient or their caregiver would like to speak to someone who's had a similar cancer experience, complete and submit a healthcare provider referral.

    The personal information collected on the referral form will only be used to contact the individual regarding our services.

    You can also contact us at 1-888-939-3333 or

Local PEI Division Programs
  • Reach To Recovery Program

    In addition to our Peer Support Service, the Canadian Cancer Society PEI Division offers one-to-one, in-person support to women with breast cancer through our Reach to Recovery program.

    Women who have had breast cancer are available to visit women who have recently been diagnosed and to share their experience and provide hope. When volunteers visit, they will provide a kit containing:

    • informative pamphlets and booklets
    • a temporary prosthesis
    • props to assist with post-surgery exercises
    • information about community resources
    • a locally knitted Wrap of Love

    To request a Reach to Recovery visit, contact the Canadian Cancer Society PEI Division:

    Toll-free: 1-866-566-4007 
    Telephone: 902-566-4007

    In addition to our peer support programs, self-help groups in the community offer emotional and social support as well as practical help and guidance.

    Find out more about these peer support programs using our Community Services Locator.

  • Community Service Ambassadors

    The PEI Division of the Society has partnered with community volunteers to help promote, educate, and support those living with cancer. The ambassador is a volunteer in various communities throughout Prince Edward Island.  The goal of the ambassador is help direct those living with, caring for, or knowing someone on a cancer journey access the services they need by referring them to a CCS program.

    If you would like to contact a volunteer in your community, our current ambassadors are listed below:


    Bill & Alice McDonald-  902-854-2036


    Carol Anne Gaudette-  902-882-2176
    Eleanor Perry-  902-882-3895

    Della Sweet-  902-859-3657



Mary Antonenko We all need our own personal support system, but no matter how good your own personal support system is, it’s not the same as connecting with other survivors.

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