About the S2S Network
POGO is committed to supporting childhood cancer survivors and brain tumour survivors beyond diagnosis and treatment. We also recognize survivors as the experts in their journey. Designed for survivors aged 16 and over, our Survivor to Survivor (S2S) Network is a special series of interactive workshops where survivor facilitators present helpful information, lead discussions and share personal experiences about a variety of survivorship topics.
- Learn: Discover resources and tools to help you achieve your personal, educational and career goals
- Connect: Meet fellow childhood cancer survivors and brain tumour survivors
- Empower: Educate each other as the experts in your personal survivorship journeys!
We encourage you to register for one of the workshops in your area or contact us for more information. You may also wish to check out these inspiring video testimonials in which our 2018 S2S Network team members talk about their personal experiences and discuss the value of the S2S Network for survivors. Please sign up for our SAVTI eNews and follow POGO on our social media @POGO4Kids for announcements about new, upcoming workshops!
The Life Planning Department!
Childhood cancer survivors may encounter changes in many areas, like healthcare, education, work, and more. This workshop prepares you to successfully navigate expected and unexpected transitions in your life and cancer journey.
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Theatre Room (Downstairs), Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation – Maplesoft Centre, 1500 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1G 3Y9 (Google Maps)
Attendance Options: In person only
Becoming a Better You
As a childhood cancer survivor, stresses in your everyday life and your cancer journey can impact your personal goals. This workshop will help you:
- Learn practical strategies to manage your unique stressors
- Envision, plan, and accomplish your life goals
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Online sign-in at 11:20 AM)
Location: Boardroom A, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), 480 University Avenue, Suite 1014, Toronto, ON, M5G 1V2 (Google Maps)
Attendance Options: In person, online and video recording
Meet Our 2019 Team
Mentor: Josh McGonegal
A survivor of medulloblastoma, Josh is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Laurentian University. In addition to volunteering as the mentor to the S2S Network facilitators, he is the volunteer facilitator of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s East Virtual Support Group. Josh is very proud to have been on the Dean’s Honour Roll for every year of his enrollment at Laurentian University!
Facilitator: Abdullah Al-Haddad
A survivor of osteosarcoma and retinoblastoma, Abdullah is a second-year social work student and also works part-time. He takes great pride in his community involvement!
Facilitator: Marissa Kirton
A survivor of abdominal ovarian cancer that metastasized to her lungs, Marissa graduated from Seneca College’s Health Services Office Administration program. She is currently employed with Scotiabank and hopes to achieve her career goal of working in medical administration. Marissa actively volunteers for many different youth organizations and really believes in the importance of kindness in creating a better world!
Facilitator: Michelle Nedvetski
A survivor of medulloblastoma, Michelle is currently enrolled at York University, majoring in biology and the concurrent program to receive a teaching degree. She is really proud of her positivity and her ability to always make her friends laugh!
Facilitator: Nicole Waddell-Moreno
A survivor of germinoma, Nicole is currently working part-time while also caring for her grandmother with Alzheimer’s and her two dogs. She attends singing lessons and is now exploring options for post-secondary education. Nicole takes great pride in helping and inspiring others by sharing her story!
Video Reflections From Our 2018 Team
Josh McGonegal: S2S Network Mentor