Programs at the Sobey Cancer Support Centre

The Sobey Cancer Support Centre offers programs and activities for guests at The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives. n addition to the activities and programs listed below, we are consistently developing some additional programs to ensure we are meeting the needs of Nova Scotians.

Visit our Centre Program Schedule to find out what activities are happening this month.

Transition Volunteer Program

The Society now offers a transition volunteer program to provide support and information to individuals as they complete treatment and begin the follow-up phase of care. 

With advances in prevention, early detection and treatment, the number of cancer survivors in Canada is growing. Survivors have expressed that they need support to be the healthiest they can be after completing their cancer treatment. Transitioning between cancer care and primary care has become a priority and it is an important part of the treatment plan.

Trained, experienced and committed volunteers meet and work with guests of The Sobey Cancer Support Centre on a weekly basis. The follow-up care once they leave The Lodge takes place as needed during the following three months. 

This program is a collaboration between the QEII Cancer Care Program, the Canadian Cancer Society (Nova Scotia and British Columbia) Cancer Care Nova Scotia and the BC Cancer Agency. It is funded in part by the Canadian Partnership against Cancer (CPAC).

Healing Touch

Healing Touch is an "energy therapy" that uses gentle hand techniques thought to help re-pattern the guest's energy field and accelerate healing of the body, mind, and spirit. Healing Touch is based on the belief that human beings are fields of energy that are in constant interaction with others and the environment. The goal of Healing Touch is to purposefully use the energetic interaction between the Healing Touch practitioner and the guest to restore harmony to the guest's energy system.


Reiki is a spiritual, vibrational healing practice used to promote balance throughout the human system. Reiki does not involve physical manipulation or the ingestion or application of any substances, but works with the subtle vibrational field thought to surround and penetrate the body. (Reiki is commonly translated from the Japanese as universal life energy.) Reiki treatment is usually facilitated by light, non-manipulative touch to a clothed recipient.

Hara Alignment

The Hara Line is a line that runs vertically down the centre of your entire body. It serves as the energetic core of the human energy system. When your Hara is aligned, you are synchronized with the whole mind, body and spirit. During the session, the guest lies fully clothed on a treatment table. The practitioner uses a pendulum to assess the position of your Hara, determine if your Chakras are connected to it and if there are any cracks, breaks or tears in your Hara. Non-invasive advanced energy healing techniques will be carried out to make any adjustments.

Restorative Yoga 

Restorative Yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts of the body, such as the heart or lungs. Moving slowly through the poses allows you to explore your mind and body at a steady and natural tempo. Restorative Yoga practices ways of letting go, and being in supported stillness and comfort. This class uses props and blankets (provided) to allow for deep rest of both the mind and body. No experience is needed and all props will be provided.

Group Exercise

Join Avril our  Certified Personal Trainer, for 30 minutes of gentle movement and functional exercises in a small group setting. The trainer will guide you in using resistance bands, light dumbbells, and your own body weight to help you build or maintain strength that will aid in the activities of daily living. All exercises/ movements can be modified to suit your level of fitness and ability.

Keep Moving

Our personal trainer works with guests to develop an exercise program unique to each guest, taking into account different fitness levels and the restrictions of the participant. This individualized approach encourages all participants to continue exercising and practicing good health while they stay with us, and can be adapted as needs change.

Nutrition Time

This is a group session led by a registered dietitian and health coach.  Sessions cover various topics, and follow Canadian Cancer Society and Canada Food Guide recommendations to promote optimal health.  These sessions promote good health while residents stay with us, and allow residents to continue practicing good nutrition once they return home.

Therapy Dog Program

Therapy Dogs bring comfort, affection and happiness to people recovering from crisis. In all their activities, therapy animals provide unconditional acceptance to those they visit. Spending time with animals produces marked improvements in humans, affecting the physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of their well-being.

Hair Care and Manicurist

Volunteer hair stylists offer complimentary, basic hair-care services to Lodge guests and those using the Day Respite room. Wigs and head wraps are generously donated to the Canadian Cancer Society, and are free to our guests and cancer patients in need. 

Walking for Wellness

The Lodge Walking Group is led by volunteer Avril Young. Once a week, Avril will lead a low-impact outdoor walk which varies in distance and route from week to week. There are rest stops built in along the route.


A wide range of mastectomy bras and breast prosthesis are available to patients, free of charge. A staff member will be able to assist you in finding a temporary bra and breast form. Please note that we are not certified fitters, and our inventory is donation based so we may not have the size, shape or colour that you are looking for. 

Please call ahead to inquire/ book an appointment.


Join us for entertainment throughout the month with Anna Marie and Friends, the CPS Singers and other musical guests.

Support Groups 

Brain Tumour Support Group

Brain Tumour Support Group offers support and resources in a place where everyone can feel supported.  This group is not just for those living with or who have experienced a brain tumour, but their care givers and loved ones are also welcome to attend.

This group is open to the general public.

Living With Cancer Support Group

The Living With Cancer Support Group offers support and resources in a place where everyone can feel supported.  This group is not just for those living with or who have experienced a brain tumour, but their care givers and loved ones are also welcome to attend.

This group is open to the general public.

Caregiver Coffee Chat

Facing cancer is equally difficult for care-givers and loved ones. This informal session allows caregivers the opportunity to share their experiences and find support with others who are on a similar journey.

This group is open to the general public.

Educational Workshops

From time to time, The Sobey Cancer Support Centre hosts Educational Workshops covering topics such as Coping with Depression, Managing Brain Fog, and Cancer Healing. 

Led by local doctors, therapists and other qualified professionals, these workshops are open to the public.  Watch our facebook page for announcements regarding future workshops.