POGO Interlink Nurses understand the challenges of families whose children have cancer. They move with the patient and family between hospital, school, community and the home, and serve as the critical connection for children and families to access the support they need at all stages of cancer care.
POGO Interlink Nurses:
- Provide healthcare and health education
- Help families navigate the healthcare system so they can locate and access community and hospital resources
- Work with schools and communities to build support systems for children with cancer
- Teach community nurses involved in childhood cancer care
- Monitor, research and evaluate health service delivery
For more information, please read our brochure.
“We have a connection with our POGO nurse that we will never forget and I can’t imagine what we would have done without her, or the support we received from POGO.”
– Sherry Cranstone, Mom
Today, eleven POGO Interlink Nurses work across Ontario.
Lisa Arnott, RN, BScN
416-813-7654 ext. 201590
Email Lisa Arnott
Jennifer Wolfenden, RN, BHScN, CPHON
905-521-2100 ext. 74005
Email Jennifer Wolfenden
Jessica Payton, RN, BHSc, BScN (Currently on leave)
519-685-8500 ext. 57014
Email Jessica Payton
Sarah Mathison, RN, BScN
519-685-8500 ext. 57014
Email Sarah Mathison
Graham Robinson, RN, BScN
613-737-7600 ext. 3995
Email Graham Robinson
Isabelle Sjoberg, RN, BScN
Email Isabelle Sjoberg
Vicky Wilton, RN, BPHE
705-522-6237 ext. 2107 or 1-800-293-2309
Email Vicky Wilton
Arvinder Aulakh, RN, BScN
Email Arvinder Aulakh
Tina Hamalainen, RN, BScN
POGO Interlink Team Leader, Interim
416-813-2185 ext. 2
Email Tina Hamalainen
Cory Murphy, RN, BScN
416-813-2185 ext. 1
Email Cory Murphy
Toronto East/Durham/York Region
Email Sara Belot
416-813-7654 ext. 224771
Email Jessica Brooks
To learn more about how POGO Interlink Nurses work with families whose children have cancer, please contact Tina Hamalainen, POGO Interlink Team Leader.
Resources for Families
School Support for Children with Cancer answers the many questions parents have following their child’s cancer diagnosis about going to school and maintaining friendships. Download PDF.
Resources for Educators
Children with Cancer: A Guide for Educators is a practical guide developed by POGO Interlink Nurses for educators and administrators striving to support children and adolescents throughout their cancer journey. Download PDF.
Helping Schools Cope with Childhood Cancer
Developed by the psychology department at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences, Helping Schools Cope with Childhood Cancer gives educators information, suggestions, and the confidence to meet the needs of children with cancer, their families and their classmates and peers. Visit the Children’s Hospital website to download Helping Schools Cope with Childhood Cancer.
Resources for Caregivers
Video Education for Childhood Cancer Care at Home is a novel video-based series for parents and caregivers that helps improve understanding and confidence in the care of children newly diagnosed with cancer, after the first discharge from hospital. Learn more.