Programs at the Sobey Cancer Support Centre

The Sobey Cancer Support Centre offers programs and activities for both guests at The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives as well as visitors to the Day Respite Room in the Programming and Wellness Area. In addition to the activities and programs listed below, we have already started developing some additional programs and we look forward to working with a variety of health professionals to ensure we are meeting the needs of Nova Scotians.

Currently we offer the following programs and services:

Transition Volunteer Program

The Society now offers a transition volunteer program to provide support and information to individuals as they complete treatment and begin the follow-up phase of care. 

With advances in prevention, early detection and treatment, the number of cancer survivors in Canada is growing. Survivors have expressed that they need support to be the healthiest they can be after completing their cancer treatment. Transitioning between cancer care and primary care has become a priority and it is an important part of the treatment plan.

Trained, experienced and committed volunteers meet and work with guests of The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives on a weekly basis. The follow-up care once they leave The Lodge takes place as needed during the following three months.

This program is a collaboration between the QEII Cancer Care Program, the Canadian Cancer Society (Nova Scotia and British Columbia) Cancer Care Nova Scotia and the BC Cancer Agency. It is funded in part by the Canadian Partnership against Cancer (CPAC).

Visit our Centre Program Schedule to find out what activities are happening this month.

Healing Touch

Healing Touch is an "energy therapy" that uses gentle hand techniques thought to help re-pattern the guest's energy field and accelerate healing of the body, mind, and spirit. Healing Touch is based on the belief that human beings are fields of energy that are in constant interaction with others and the environment. The goal of Healing Touch is to purposefully use the energetic interaction between the Healing Touch practitioner and the guest to restore harmony to the guest's energy system.

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Reiki is a spiritual, vibrational healing practice used to promote balance throughout the human system. Reiki does not involve physical manipulation or the ingestion or application of any substances, but works with the subtle vibrational field thought to surround and penetrate the body. (Reiki is commonly translated from the Japanese as universal life energy.) Reiki treatment is usually facilitated by light, non-manipulative touch to a clothed recipient.

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Hara Alignment

The Hara Line is a line that runs vertically down the centre of your entire body. It serves as the energetic core of the human energy system. When your Hara is aligned, you are synchronized with the whole mind, body and spirit. During the session, the guest lies fully clothed on a treatment table. The practitioner uses a pendulum to assess the position of your Hara, determine if your Chakras are connected to it and if there are any cracks, breaks or tears in your Hara. Non-invasive advanced energy healing techniques will be carried out to make any adjustments.

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Deb’s Restorative Yoga 

Restorative Yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts of the body, such as the heart or lungs. Moving slowly through the poses allows you to explore your mind and body at a steady and natural tempo. Deb’s Restorative Yoga Class will practice ways of letting go, and being in supported stillness and comfort. This class uses props and blankets (provided) to allow for deep rest of both the mind and body. No experience is needed and all props will be provided.

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Group Exercise

Join Avril, Certified Personal Trainer, for 30 minutes of gentle movement and functional exercises in a small group setting. Avril will guide you in using resistance bands, light dumbbells, and your own body weight to help you build or maintain strength that will aid in the activities of daily living. All exercises/ movements can be modified to suit your level of fitness and ability.

Group Exercise is from 6-6:30 Tuesday evenings

Therapy Dog Program

Therapy Dogs bring comfort, affection and happiness to people recovering from crisis. In all their activities, therapy animals provide unconditional acceptance to those they visit. Spending time with animals produces marked improvements in humans, affecting the physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of their well-being.

Dogs visit Tuesday, Wednesday at various times.

Hair Care and Manicurist

Volunteer hair stylists offer complimentary, basic hair-care services to Lodge guests and those using the Day Respite room. Wigs and head wraps are generously donated to the Canadian Cancer Society, and are free to our guests and cancer patients in need. We are working on a weekly schedule for our hair salon, and looking for qualified volunteers to provide these much-needed services. Currently, our long-term volunteers, offer hair and manicurist services.

Please call ahead to book an appointment.

Walking for Wellness

The Lodge Walking Group is led by volunteer Avril Young. Once a week, Avril will lead a low-impact outdoor walk which varies in distance and route from week to week. There are rest stops built in along the route.

A season event. Please check with staff. 


A wide range of mastectomy bras and breast prosthesis are available to patients, free of charge. A staff member will be able to assist you in finding a temporary bra and breast form. Please note that we are not certified fitters, and our inventory is donation based so we may not have the size, shape or colour that you are looking for. 

Please call ahead to inquire/ book an appointment.

Meditation or Quiet Rooms

There are two quiet rooms available to allow for meditation or reading.

Introduction to Model Building

Volunteer, Robert loves to teach his craft! If you have ever thought that model building might be a fun hobby but didn’t know where to start, join us to learn all the steps!

Every second Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm – space is limited

Weekly Bingo

Bingo happens regularly throughout the month and is always a popular activity. A great opportunity to socialize and share a few laughs!


Join us for entertainment throughout the month with Anna Marie and Friends, the CPS Singers and other musical guests.

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Educational Workshops