The Sobey Cancer Support Centre

In September 2016,  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  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 Steve and Kathy Smith Programming and Wellness Area and the Offices of the Canadian Cancer Society-Nova Scotia.

In  memory of Dr. Susan K. Roberts, The Lodge That Gives is now known as The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives. Dr. Roberts, a long-standing and beloved Halifax-area dentist, who left a generous legacy gift to The Lodge. After leading a life of generosity and care, this dedication means Dr. Roberts can continue making a difference for those who need comfort during their cancer treatment. 

The Dr. Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives is comprised of two floors of accommodations in addition to the original main floor. There are 32 bedrooms in total with a shared laundry, linen room, and a TV room, and reading area on each floor. 

Steve and Kathy Smith were early supporters of the Campaign and provided a generous gift which helped expand programming and services offered to guests. The Lodge holds special meaning for Steve who, for many years  has supported many different cancer initiatives. The Lodge is primarily used by cancer patients from the rural areas of Nova Scotia where our Central Supplies stores have been located. Supporting the Lodge which has done so much for rural Nova Scotians who must travel to Halifax for treatments, is a way that we can give back to our friends, customers and communities." says Steve. 

The Steve and Kathy Smith Programming and Wellness Area includes rooms for activities such as yoga and Reiki, a multi-purpose room for games or meetings, an exercise room, quiet or meditation rooms, an expanded wig and breast prosthesis fitting room, a TV room and a computer area.

Sobey Cancer Support Center

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  more than 50kms to Halifax for cancer treatment. While many who stay at The Lodge love the well-appointed and clean rooms as well as  home-cooked meals, it is often the supportive and family-like atmosphere that guests cherish most. Something as simple as a cup of tea with the other guests can offer invaluable comfort and friendship during a challenging time.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the Lodge is now operating on a single occupancy model. Most of our rooms however have two beds, so that patients may travel with one support person. We also have two accessible rooms for those with differing needs.


The Programming and Wellness Area

Please note that at this time, many of our activity and common areas remain closed to adhere to Public Health guidelines and to ensure the health and safety of all our guests and staff. The Lodge team is currently looking for new ways to meaningfully engage residents and provide entertainment and support.


The Day Respite Room

Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, at this time our Respite Room, dining area and all other common spaces are closed to those not currently staying at the Lodge.