Ostomy Canada Connects May 2024 eNews

Executive Director’s Message

As we welcome the vibrant blooms of May, I am reminded of the resilience and growth that each of you embodies. This month, we not only celebrate the beauty of spring, but also the strong, supportive ties that bind our community. The Connects newsletter is a vital tool for the Ostomy Canada Society to maintain and enhance its connection with the community. Here’s what you can expect to read in any of the newsletters and how it serves the community. Read more…

Petition: Urging ADP Ontario to Honour 75% Reimbursement for Ostomy Supplies

The Ostomy Canada Society is leading a crucial petition for the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) in Ontario to recognize and adjust for the rising costs of ostomy supplies. Join us in urging ADP to honour its commitment to reimburse 75% of these expenses. Sign the petition today to support the dignity and well-being of persons living with an ostomy in Ontario. Learn more…

Ostomy Care Tips

Ostomy Reversal and Rectal Leakage

Ostomy Reversal & Rectal Leakage

Are you experiencing rectal leakage after your ostomy reversal surgery? Learn more about ostomy reversals and rectal leakage. Understand potential side effects of reversal surgery, such as rectal leakage and fecal incontinence, which can impact daily life. Discover how adjusting your diet, medications, and exercise can significantly help manage symptoms post-surgery. This knowledge can empower patients to make informed decisions and prepare for the recovery journey ahead.

Take control of your rectal leakage

Resuming Physical Activity After Ostomy Surgery

Tired of sitting on the sidelines? Discover essential tips and crucial safety advice for resuming physical activities after ostomy surgery. Explore the optimal approaches for participating in sports like swimming, running, and high-intensity exercises. Learn the strategies for slowly reacclimating your body to exercise, tailoring your regimen specifically to accommodate your new situation, and regaining the confidence to safely enjoy your preferred activities.

Get ready to get active with your ostomy

Managing Ileostomy Blockages

Discover valuable insights on navigating ileostomy blockages with guidance from Ostomy Canada’s Ambassador, Nadia. Uncover practical strategies for managing ileostomy blockages, ranging from dietary adjustments to physical care techniques. Gain from Nadia’s firsthand experiences and find encouragement to handle the complexities of life with an ileostomy with grace and assurance.

Read Nadia’s blockage experience and learn some tips

Get Involved With Ostomy Canada

Ostomy Canada is currently looking for volunteers for our Marketing Team!

Newsletter Editor – Do you possess editing abilities, organization skills, and proficiency in both English and French? Join our Marketing Team!

Ostomy Canada Ambassadors

Gutsy Girl Diaries

Discover the power of collaboration and hope with Nadia from Gutsy Girl Diaries. Learn how connecting with others facing an ostomy can transform feelings of isolation into a supportive community. Join us in sharing experiences and finding strength together.

Read Ostomy Canada Ambassador Nadia’s inspiring blog post

May Is Planned Giving Month!

This May, Ostomy Canada invites you to celebrate “Planned Giving Month.” By considering a bequest or legacy gift in your will, you can make a lasting impact that extends beyond your lifetime, supporting others living with an ostomy. Your contributions help us continue our mission of advocacy, education, and support. Join us in making a difference for the future of our community. Together, we can create lasting change.

Read Ann’s story about her decision to include Ostomy Canada in her will

Local Ostomy Event Listings May 2024

Find local support. Learn ostomy tips. Join the Ostomy Canada community! 

Explore these fantastic ostomy events listed below. Please be aware that the RSVP hyperlink will lead you to either the online event listing or the Ostomy Canada group listing. Some chapters and peer support groups have a website or Facebook group, while others may have a phone number or email address. Feel free to reach out to find the personalized support you need for your ostomy.

  • May 19 at 2:00 pm – Ostomy Saint John General Meeting – RSVP
    Chateau de Champlain, 300 Boars Head Road, Saint John, NB 
  • May 21 at 7:00 pm – Ostomy Fredericton Hybrid Meeting ft. Convatec – RSVP
    Woodbridge Centre, 180 Woodbridge St., Fredericton, NB | MS Teams
  • May 21 at 7:30 pm – Ostomy Hamilton Hybrid Meeting – RSVP
    Bennetto Community Centre, 450 Hughson St. N, Hamilton, ON
  • May 22 at 7:30 pm – Ostomy Manitoba Hybrid Meeting ft. Coloplast – RSVP
    Manitoba Possible Building, 204 – 825 Sherbrook St, Winnipeg, MB | Zoom
  • May 26 at 1:30 pm – Ostomy Moncton Meeting ft. Convatec – RSVP
    YMCA,  30 War Memorial Ave, Moncton, NB
  • May 27 – Comox Valley Ostomy Support Group – RSVP
    Driftwood Mall – Quality Foods – 2751 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, BC
  • May 27 – Victoria Ostomy Support Group – RSVP
    Quality Foods – 27 Helmcken Rd #110, Victoria, BC
  • May 28 – Calgary Ostomy & J-Pouch Virtual Support Group – RSVP
    Calgary, AB | Zoom
  • May 28 – Ostomy Halton-Peel Retailers Night – RSVP
    Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House – 2545 Sixth Line, Oakville, ON
  • May 28 at 7:30 pm – Ostomy Toronto Virtual Meeting ft. Personal Trainer – RSVP
    Zoom | Toronto, ON
  • May 29 at 7:00 pm – Ostomy Charlottetown Meeting – RSVP
    Murphys Community Center, Room 207 – 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PE
  • May 29 at 1:00 pm – Ostomy Sudbury Support Group – RSVP
    New Sudbury Public Library – 1346 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, ON

Find a group in your are on our website at www.ostomycanada.ca/find-a-chapter-peer-support-group.

Step Up For Ostomy: Save The Date!

Ostomy Canada Annual Fundraiser

Get ready to Step Up For Ostomy! This is our annual event that supports Canadians with an ostomy, which is organized to raise funds and awareness for Ostomy Canada Society. Our national planning committee will provide information on fundraising, event planning, and how to get involved soon. We aim to make this our biggest event yet and reach our goal of $100,000. Please mark your calendars for the next Ostomy Awareness Day on October 5, 2024!

Stay tuned for updates at StepUpForOstomy.ca

Ostomycanada.ca Homepage Updates

We are excited to unveil our newly revamped homepage at ostomycanada.ca! Our redesigned site delivers an improved user experience, simplifying your access to essential information and resources. Discover everything from the “Ostomy Journey” to local support groups and financial resources with ease.

Visit ostomycanada.ca today and discover your one-stop destination for all things related to ostomy care and support in Canada.

Ostomy Canada Awards

Ostomy Canada Awards and Nomination deadlines for 2024 are coming up soon. Our awards include:

Find Support, Get Connected!

You are not alone! Did you know that Ostomy Canada has over 50 affiliated Chapters and Peer Support Groups?

Connect with a local ostomy group

Speak to a Certified Ostomy Visitor for personal support for your ileostomy, colostomy, urostomy, j-pouch or reversal.

Request a Certified Ostomy Visitor

Ostomy Canada YouTube Channel Updates

Would you like to delve into the art of mastering ostomy care? Explore invaluable tips and clever techniques to confidently navigate daily challenges. Whether you’re a newcomer to ostomy care or seeking advanced strategies, this presentation promises practical insights for a smoother journey. Don’t miss out on empowering yourself to live life to the fullest with your ostomy!

Watch the Managing Your Ostomy webinar recording on YouTube


The Ostomy Canada Connects May 2024 eNews is brought to you by the Ostomy Canada Marketing Team.

Disclaimer: The information contained within these web pages are presented expressly for informational purposes only. In no way are any of the materials presented here meant to be a substitute for professional medical care or attention by a qualified medical practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. ALWAYS check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your condition, or before starting a new program of treatment. The producers and administrators are not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any form of damages whatsoever resulting from the use (or misuse) of information contained in or implied by these articles.

The testimonials, statements, and opinions presented are applicable to the people depicted. These testimonials are representative of their experiences, but the exact results and experience will be unique and individual to each person.


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