Support Groups

Making connections with other people who understand your circumstances can make all the difference in how you feel, cope and interact with those around you. It has been established that a person’s quality of life is enhanced by participating in support groups and making that contact with someone else with the same condition.

Dedicated caring volunteer members run the Support Groups. Through sharing useful hints and tips with one another, providing support to each other, and soaking-in information from a healthcare professional‘s presentation, people are able to live more comfortably with Sjogren’s.

Local Support Persons

Along with Support Groups, Local Support Persons continue to take root and grow across Canada. In the absence of a Support Group in the area, volunteer Local Support Persons provide information, coping strategies and support to Sjögren’s syndrome patients by telephone. Support Persons provide important assistance to people with Sjögren’s.

Alberta

Calgary
Support Group Leader:  Jeannette Bailey
Contact Information:  403-454-8886

Edmonton
Support Group Leader: Sandra Anderson
Contact Information: 780-434-8808

British Columbia

Fruitvale
Support Group Leader: Dawn Minton
Contact Information: 250-231-9766


South Fraser Region/Vancouver Island

Support Group Leader/Local Support Person:  Marilyn Mulldoon
Contact Information: 250-495-0666


Vancouver

Support Group Leader:  Sally Spears
Contact Information: 778-371-4664


Okanagan

Local Support Person: Desiree Roell
Contact Information: 250-838-9378

Manitoba

Winnipeg
Support Group Leader: Phyllis Hirota
Contact Information: 204-477-5158

Ontario

Brantford/Paris
Support Group Leader: Eden Hagan
Contact Information: 519-717-9140


Ancaster/Hamilton/Burlington

Support Group Leader:  Derya Kolcuoglu
Contact Information:  905-304-9193


Durham Region

Support Group Leader:  Kathy Karvonen
Contact Information:  905-668-9583


Halton Hills

Support Group Leader: Kelene Kinnersly
Contact Information: 416-629-0466


Cambridge/Guelph/Kitchener

Support Group Leader: Joyce Hambly
Contact Information:  (519) 632-9366


London

Support Group Leader: Lucie Sollazzo & Nancy Jevnikar
Contact Information: (519) 667- 1372


Sarnia

Support Group Leader: Carolyn Minielly
Contact Information: 519-542-4874


Toronto

Support Group Leader: Wendy Shingler
Contact Information:  416-960-0668


Woodbridge

Support Group Leader:  Mary Lou Rashid
Contact Information: 905-605-1826


Aurora

Local Support Person: Gail McIntyre
Contact Information:  905-727-4501


St. Catharines

Local Support Person: Elise Mathie
Contact Information: (905) 684-7569


Ottawa

Local Support Person: Gail MacDonald
Contact Information: 613-526-5433

Quebec

Montreal
Local Support Person: Amy Schellenberg (English only)
Contact Information: 514-208-3277

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer Support Group Leader or Local Support Person, please phone the Sjögren’s Society of Canada at 1-888-558-0950 or send an email to: info@sjogrenscanada.org.

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