February 2016 Support Group Meeting







                     Topic Prostate Cancer Research



Dora Cavallo-Medved, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Windsor

Dora Cavallo-Medved received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Windsor in 2000. She was awarded a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship to study cancer progression and invasion at Wayne State University and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan, where she was later appointed a Research Assistant Professor. She returned to the University of Windsor in 2008 as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her main research interest is on the development of 3-dimensional cellular models to study both the breast and prostate tumour microenvironment. In addition to her research, she has also developed a great interest and passion for Science Education. She currently teaches Introductory Biology for Science majors and mentors undergraduate Biology students. She has been awarded several pedagogical grants and recently published a Biology textbook for college and university students. She also founded the UWindsor Science Academy Program for top science students and is currently developing a Science Student Network. Dr. Cavallo-Medved is on the Executive Committee of the Windsor Cancer Research Group and the Chair of the Strategic Development and Public Outreach Committees. She is also a recipient of the Roger Thibert Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Science.



Dr. Luis Rueda received his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of San Juan, Argentina, in 1993, and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Carleton University, Canada, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He is currently a Full Professor within the School of Computer Science at the University of Windsor, Canada. His research interests are mainly focused on machine learning and bioinformatics in transcriptomics, interactomics and genomics. The main applications of his research are in detection of biomarkers associated with prostate cancer progression and breast cancer subtypes. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Seeds4Hope Grant for prostate cancer research. Dr. Luis Rueda holds three patents and has published more than 100 articles in prestigious journals and conferences in machine learning and bioinformatics. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Science Society, the International Society for Computational Biology and the Windsor Cancer Research Group.

November 2015 Support Group Meeting

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 November Speaker Gary Switzer

To speak on why the new hospital is needed in Windsor.


Gary Switzer, Chief Executive Officer
Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network

Gary Switzer joined the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in August, 2005 as the inaugural CEO. As the first employee, he has built the organization to oversee the planning, integration, and funding of over 80 local health service providers including seven hospitals, with an annual budget of $1 billion.

Gary has a genuine passion for health care that drives him and the LHIN staff to make a difference in the lives of Erie St. Clair residents. Through his leadership, the Erie St. Clair LHIN has focused on improving system accountability, and reducing surgical, emergency department and diagnostic wait times. Gary provided the local introduction of innovative programs including Home First, Palliative Care Outreach, and Health Links.

Prior to joining the health care sector, Gary was a senior executive within the telecommunications industry. The national and international business experience he brings to the LHIN, provides a fresh perspective and leadership presence needed for thinking outside of the health care box.

The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN) is one of 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) in Ontario. The LHINs were established in 2006 to manage the planning, integration, performance, and funding of the health care system.

LHINs are community-based, non-profit organizations funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to plan, fund and coordinate services.

October 2015 Support Group Meeting


Flo Hartlieib, R.N and Sharron Parrott, R.N.,B.A.   Members of the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario and Teachers Collective.
Will be presenting on Therapeutic Touch at our October 13 Monthly Meeting.
Therapeutic touch is a non-invasive holistic approach to facilitate healing. A consciously directed process of energy exchange during which the Practitioner uses the hands as a focus for healing. A technique to help people relax, relieve their pain, and help them heal faster.
Therapeutic touch is thought to promote healing through balance in the body.
Following the Presentation
Their Practice Group participants will offer Therapeutic Touch sessions to those who would like to experience a hands on session.
Review their web site for Therapeutic Touch Workshops.

September 2015 Support Group Meeting


We are pleased to have Pharmacist Tim Brady as our Guest Speaker for September 8th.  Over the years Tim has amassed a wealth of information about Health Care Drugs, how they work, their side effects and how they react with each other. 
We as patients, have the right to understand our medications and make informed decisions, to be able to gauge the benefits and risks of treatment, as well as grasp important cost issues.
Tim will help us with this and answer our questions.

August 2015 Support Group Meeting



Our guest speaker for Tuesday, August the 11th will be
Audrey Logan, from Cancer Care Ontario.   Audrey is an Aboriginal patient Navigator for Erie-St. Clair Regional Cancer Program.
Audrey will speak about her role as the Aboriginal Navigator and the service that she provides to the Aboriginal community located in Erie St. Clair.  Audrey works with First Nations, Inuit and Metis clients in every stage of the cancer journey.  The Aboriginal population gets diagnosed at later stages of cancer and this work is in its early stages.


June 2015 Support Group Meeting



Dr. Tom Deklaj, MD, FRCSC, originally from Windsor, obtained hisDoctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto and Internship and Urology Residency at Halifax’s DalhousieUniversity. Most recently, he held a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Urology Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at the University of Chicago. Dr. Deklaj is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Canada, an Endourological Society Fellow and a member of the Canadian Urological Association.

January 2015 Support Group Meeting


Keep Calm and Relaxed

Christine will be presenting simple relaxation techniques to calm the mind and body. For time and location, please click here.

Christine Maria Gross is Coordinator of Complementary Programs at The Hospice and has a private practice in Natural Health Care. Cancer free for 24 years, Christine’s goal is to support others in learning the pillars of good health and through a variety of techniques, workshops and individual consultations. A published author and public speaker, Christine holds professional memberships with the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists, the Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario and is an Authorized Instructor of The Radiance Technique®.

Please click on the image above  for more information on Christine’s book.

Judy Lund featured Speaker at October Meeting

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Judy Lund,Manager, Canadian Cancer Society, Windsor-Essex Community Office.

Judy will be speaking about the various services that are offered at the Canadian Cancer Society on Tuesday October 14th.

Judy got her BA from the University of Windsor studying business, nursing and psychology, with ongoing education from Queens School of Business.  She has worked as the Director of Housing Information Services; as well as the Assistant Executive Director of Labour Sponsored Community Development Group Windsor/Essex and Peel/Halton Regions and the CAW’s Child Care Services.  

Over the years, Judy has been an active volunteer board member for St. Mary’s Early Years Centre; Friends of Ford Test Track Park, St. Anne’s French Immersion Elementary School Council, Project Green Windsor-Essex and Rose City Athletic Organization – Aikido Canada.  Judy achieved her Aikido Black Belt 1st degree ranking in 2011.

In 2007, Judy began working for the Canadian Cancer Society as the Manager of the Windsor-Essex Community Office.  This cause is near and dear to her heart as she has lost many family members to cancer: including her mother to cancer 11 years ago and grandmother to ovarian cancer when Judy was in high school.  

November 2014 Support Group Meeting


Trust, Will, Estate Lawyer

Kathleen Montello, Lawyer, Montello Law Firm

Kathleen will be speaking about Estate Planning on November 11th.

Kathleen practices in the area of Corporate/Commercial, Real Estate and Estate Law. She is the principal of the Montello Law Firm.

She was educated at the University of Windsor where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and LLB.

Called to the bar in 2000, Kathleen is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She has served on several boards and committees including as a Director of he Essex Law Association, President of the Windsor Executives Association, a Director of the Windsor Lawyers Feed the Hungry initiative  and Co-President of the Essex County Association of Women Lawyers.

September 2014 Support Group Meeting

Dennis Solet

Dennis Solet – Living with Cancer

CAN-CERVICE – Join Dennis for an evening of Inspiration and Hope. Despite a poor prognosis Dennis chose to embrace life to the fullest and set off on an amazing journey that has seen his life extend 11 years beyond the few months he was told was facing him. With 101 chemotherapy treatments and his own plan of family, music, good food, exercise, supplements and complementary Intravenous Vitamin C therapies Dennis approaches each and every day with an attitude of Love, Thankfulness and Gratitude.
The Hospice Wellness Band will provide live entertainment along with his presentation of “Living Life with Cancer.” The evening of Inspiration and entertainment comes free of charge, it just needs you for success.


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