The Sobey Cancer Support Centre

The Canadian Cancer Society-Nova Scotia Division celebrated the completion of a $15 million campaign and the expansion of The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives with the announcement of a new name —The Sobey Cancer Support Centre. The name is a nod to the incredible generosity and contributions of the Sobey family who provided resources, funds and leadership throughout the campaign.

Marsha Sobey, Chair of the Daffodil Place Campaign, also served as the Chair of Leadership Gifts and has donated a multi-million dollar gift that included a project management team from Sobeys onsite throughout the construction.  In recognition of these significant contributions of the Sobey family, the Canadian Cancer Society has named the newly expanded building The Sobey Cancer Support Centre.

The Sobey Cancer Support Centre is comprised of The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives, The Programming and Wellness Area and the Divisional Offices of the Canadian Cancer Society-Nova Scotia Division.

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The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives

“The Lodge” as it is affectionately known, is a residence style accommodation that is considered like a “home-away-from-home” for cancer patients who must travel 50kms to Halifax for cancer treatment. The Lodge welcomes guests Sunday evening for check in until Friday morning for check out and can sleep up to 62 guests and their companions. While many who stay at The Lodge love the well-appointed and clean rooms as well as Chef Adam’s famous home-cooked meals, it is often the supportive and family-like atmosphere that guests cherish most. Something as simple as a cup of tea or a game of cards with the other guests can offer invaluable comfort and friendship during a challenging time.

Bedrooms are shared with one other guest unless you come with a companion. On the original Lodge side we have 36 single beds, all (18) rooms are double occupancy, two room are barrier free, with 1 adjustable (hospital) bed in each. On the new expanded side we have a total of 28: 2 family rooms (1 double, 1 single) 2 single rooms and 10 double occupancy rooms. Each floor includes a laundry room, reading room and a shared TV room for guests on that floor.

The patio offers a quiet spot to reflect or enjoy the fresh air and is a favourite gathering space. In the evening there are walks throughout the neighborhood or to the waterfront organized by volunteers. Volunteers, who often have a connection to cancer, can offer an amazing amount of support and comfort.


The Programming and Wellness Area

This area of The Sobey Cancer Support Centre offers enhanced and expanded supportive care and programs. There are additional common spaces in which to gather with fellow Lodge guests. Guests who are staying at The Lodge can enjoy the multi-purpose space to join in a board game or finish off a puzzle, watch television in the shared TV room, or check email in the computer area. Wi-Fi is provided free of charge so guests can connect with loved ones online at any time.

The Programming and Wellness Area will offer a variety of programs and services for guests and their companions.

Some of those will include:

Health and Recreational Programming
Healing Touch/Reiki
Yoga classes
Quiet Meditation Rooms
Educational Workshops
Exercise Equipment Room


The Day Respite Room

Not only are there services available to guests who are staying at The Lodge, but The Sobey Cancer Support Centre welcomes patients and their families who may be at the hospital for day treatments. During consultation with patients and health professionals, we uncovered an unmet need. Often patients can spend several hours sitting in hospital waiting rooms, perhaps between appointments and treatments, or waiting for someone to pick them up. Guests can join us for a few hours to relax, access our programs, watch television or read a book and have a cup of tea.