In 2011, I moved from the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan to the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa, where I hold a Canada Research Chair in Creative Practices and Well-being.
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Arts & well-being poster

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After holding two visual arts workshop series with women who have experienced cancer, we presented a poster of our findings at the Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology Conference in Toronto.  Briefly, our research shows that being creative helped promote a sense of peace and engagement in the present.  Participants experienced "flow" or being in the moment and appreciated the opportunity to create alongside others who shared similar experiences with illness.  All participants wanted to continue art-making after the workshops ended.  Based on the positive responses to this work, we plan to offer more workshops in the near future.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be placed on a list of potential participants.

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New arts workshops for women with cancer

Following a successful round of workshops in October 2017, we are now offering a new series of workshops facilitated by artist Mary Pfaff.  Please email Viviane Grandpierre for more details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Free lymphedema toolkit now available

hand with compression garmentTogether with Dr. Ryan Hamilton at the University of New Brunswick, we have just launched a new lymphedema toolkit, designed to help support those living with lymphedema after cancer.  The toolkit is available at no charge and includes a video, handbook, and PowerPoint presentation.  Although the materials were created for use by small groups, individuals may also work through the materials independently.

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