#CAPO2021 VIRTUAL Sponsorship & Supporter Program

The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) promotes an equitable, diverse, inclusive, accessible, and culturally safe environment for all members to feel welcomed, valued, and integrated. The CAPO community stands together with other healthcare organizations to condemn racism, racial disparities and inequalities in cancer care and research. As such, CAPO is committed to reducing barriers that might be encountered by equity seeking groups, including women, Indigenous peoples, racialized people/visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+.

The mission of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) is to foster the science and practice of psychosocial oncology to improve the care for people affected by cancer through partnerships, research, public policy, advocacy and education.

Our 2021 Conference marks the 36th year that CAPO has brought together a diverse group of cancer care professionals. This forum encourages new partnerships and allows for the dissemination of ground-breaking research to professionals and the general public about psychosocial oncology, the psychological, social, behavioural, ethical and psychobiological aspects of cancer. Last, this forum allows us to recognize exceptional contributions from around the country to the field through our CAPO awards of excellence.

Your contribution is critical to ensuring that we, as a charitable organization, continue to bring together ideas and advancements from around the country to a broader audience.  Our ultimate goal is to ensure consistent, best in class care for all affected by cancer.

Patient Advocate Sponsorship Recipients

Sponsored by 

Sondria Browne

Sondria was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012.  The diagnosis led her to become connected to the breast cancer community in Newfoundland and Labrador. She had the privilege to meet people from all over the province and discovered that education, knowledge, and resources were the tools necessary for recovery, and are paramount on one's road back to wellness. Her passion to process and share her story, as well as the stories of others, began when she partnered with a local Newfoundland artist, Malin Enstrom, and through her creativity the "One Out of Nine" art exhibit was born. www.oneoutofnine.org. She has been an active member of the Sharing our Strength support group, and the yearly organization of the Newfoundland and Labrador Breast Cancer conference. She currently serves as the patient co-investigator on Dr. Sheila Garland's ACTION study out of Memorial University. 

Kim MacIntosh

I am a Lung cancer survivor diagnosed in 2017 with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. NSCLC EGFR. Since diagnosis I have been advocating for Lung Cancer Awareness. My background education is as a Psychiatric RN for 27 years. I believe that Lung Cancer support needs a wholistic approach that includes both Medical and Psychosocial support for well-being.

Taude Plexman

Taude Plexman is a compassionate advocate who connects with the power of people to achieve a positive impact. She is mom of two kids ages 10 & 11, a wife, cancer survivor, volunteer patient advocate and now Executive Director for Enliven Cancer Care in Muskoka, Ontario. A sociology degree and a Community Development work history have positioned her well to further develop and enhance community cancer supports for patients, survivors, care givers and health care providers throughout the rural region she lives in. Taude is excited about attending the CAPO conference and truly looking forward to learning about new ideas around how to support the cancer space in her community.

Chantale Thurston

I am honoured to receive a 2021 CAPO Conference Patient Scholarship.  I look forward attending the workshops, being able to share my story of being diagnosed with Stage IV Appendix Cancer and my hopes that the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer outcomes can continue to be improved. 

Don Wood 

Don Wood is a Caregiver and Family Advisor based out of Calgary. His late Wife Sherry passed away in 2020 from Stage 4 Metastatic Colorectal ND Lung Cancer. Both. Don is on the PFAC group for the New Calgary Cancer Centre, is on the Cancer SCN Core Committee for Alberta, is an active patient advisor with 3CTN, AHS PFAN, Alberta Cancer Foundation, and is also a regular guest speaker with a focus on Research in Oncology (as Sherry was passionate about Research). In his spare time Don owns a HazMat, Environmental Consulting company and he has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. TWITTER: @thisisdonwood, Linkedin, Instagram.    

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