Supporting a Family Member who is Navigating Cancer

This session is for individuals seeking to support their loved one who is navigating cancer. This session will offer guidance for family members seeking to offer their support throughout a cancer diagnosis. The information shared will focus on supporting adult caregivers, who are caring for a family member or loved one with a cancer diagnosis. Information about supporting parents and children throughout a family’s cancer experience will also be shared. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about supportive resources.

Facilitators: Tory Hagerman & Zeba Tayabee, Gilda’s Toronto

Tory Hagerman (she/her), holds the Family Coordinator position with Gilda’s Toronto and is a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Within the past 14 years, Tory has worked with a diverse group of children, youth, and families in clinical, community, and home settings. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, Tory is passionate about providing family-centred care while supporting the health equity and psychosocial needs of children, youth & families, through life changing events.  Tory has extensive experience engaging children in play-based learning and emphasizes inclusion and accessibility in her work. Along with working with Gilda’s Toronto, Tory is engaged in collective national and community networks, sitting on the leadership for the Canadian Alliance for Childrens Grief, and is proud to have contributed to bringing accessible grief and bereavement resources to children, youth, families, and professionals within the community.

Zeba Tayabee (she/ her) is a Registered Social Worker who currently works at Gilda’s Toronto as the Membership Engagement Coordinator. Within the last 10 years, Zeba has worked in a variety of roles with individuals, families, and communities. Zeba is passionate about finding ways to support and advocate for people to access services for positive well-being and quality of life within the healthcare system and beyond. Outside of Gilda’s Toronto, Zeba is a member of different committees focused on highlighting patient voices within the cancer system, and uses her experience to contribute to cancer research.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also welcome to attend. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.