Olive Branch of Hope

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The Olive Branch of Hope (TOBOH) is our main community partner for this resource project. TOBOH was founded in 2001. It is the only Black breast cancer survivor-led organization in Canada advocating for Women of African Ancestry (WAA). TOBOH’S purpose is to save lives and provide a broader scope of knowledge through seminars and workshops that address the breast cancer survivorship needs affecting Black women around the country and in the Caribbean. TOBOH hosts an annual “Think Beyond Love Pink” International Conference each year in October.

At the core of TOBOH is Support, Outreach and Education. Many studies have shown that those who attend support groups often cope better with stress and anxiety and feel less isolated than those who do not.

TOBOH support group sessions allow women the freedom to discuss the disease and its impact in a caring, judgment-free environment with women just like themselves. Caregivers are welcomed and encouraged.

These meetings are informative, uplifting and inspiring.  Bring a friend or loved one!

The group is facilitated by one of TOBOH’s six Ambassadors who are all breast cancer survivors. Each one has their own story and unique way to lead the discussion on various health matters relating to your cancer journey.

The goal is to bring together survivors, patients and caregivers of African Ancestry in an informal setting where confidentiality is mandatory, and you are respected. You will be given the opportunity (although not obligated) to share your experiences and challenges of living with cancer and learn from each other.

For your convenience, meetings are held in the GTA and Peel Region:

  • The Toronto support group is held every 3rd Saturday of each month.
  • The Peel Region support group is held every 2nd last Saturday of each month.

During COVID-19 and until further notice, all meetings are held virtually by zoom.

For further details, please contact us at olivebranch@theolivebranch.ca or visit us at www.theolivebranch.ca

  • Respect
  • Confidentiality
  • Empathy
  • Compassion

  • Women of African Ancestry living with cancer
  • Caribbean Women/Black Canadians
  • Breast Cancer Survivors
  • Patient Advocates
  • Caregivers, family members, friends and anyone supporting someone on the cancer journey
  • Anyone interested in learning about cancer and how it affects WAA
  • Health care providers who would like to understand the culture of WAA and how they respond to health issues
  • Faith leaders (to specially invited sessions)
peter giligan centre for womens cancer logo and the olive branch of hope logo

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