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It’s National Volunteer Week!

It’s National Volunteer Week and we just want to say thanks!

Island Prostate Centre has now been serving men and their families on Vancouver Island for 17 years. Since IPC has always had a very small staff complement, you can imagine how important our volunteers have been, and continue to be for us!

Incredibly, we have volunteers who have been with us from day one and those who have joined us more recently. Our volunteers undertake very committed roles, from providing nurse support, varied aspects of peer support to men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and lots of projects and activities in between.

We thank all of you! A few months ago, we posted this blog ‘You make a difference in the dash’ . Please know that your dashes have helped us in so many ways.

Lately, we’ve been spending a lot of time with our Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run Committee! As you know, this run is coming up on Sunday, June 18, Father’s Day. Hundreds of hours are spent by our volunteers in planning the route, organizing prizes, food, entertainment and even organizing all of the volunteers who help out on the day. Yup, even our Volunteer Coordinator is a volunteer herself.

We simply could not begin to do what we do for men and their families in our community if we didn’t have our community of volunteers supporting our efforts. Are you thinking about volunteering for our Father’s Day Walk Run this year? Click here!

And if volunteering isn’t for you, that’s okay. There are so many other ways to support Island Prostate Centre. Participating in our Raymond James Father’s Day Walk Run is one of them! Click here to register today!   To make a donation in support of our event, please visit our website.

I want my Poppa to stay alive so he can see me grow up to be a big, strong man like him.

Hi. My name is Owen and I am 9 and a half years old.

My Poppa is one of the most important people in my life and I love him so very much. Four years ago my Poppa was told he had prostate cancer.

I wanted to help my Poppa, so I decided to start fundraising for the Island Prostate Centre through the Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run. I have tried lots of different things for fundraising: I did not ask for birthday presents or Christmas presents, instead I asked my friends, family and even Santa to please donate money for Poppa’s cancer. I have done lemonade stands, sold Popcorn for Poppa and Freezies for Fathers. Every month I take our bottles to the bottle depot and the money I get I donate.

The doctors need to find a way to make Poppa’s cancer go away, and all the other cancer in the world. I want Poppa’s cancer to go away because I love him very much. I want him to stay alive so he can see me grow up to be a big, strong man like him.

When I started fundraising, my goal was to raise $1000 and now four years later I have raised over $15,000!!!

Sometimes kids think they can’t make a difference in the world but we can. We have the power to make peoples lives better. Being kind, smiling and being friendly are all good ways to help the world. I would like to challenge all the kids out there who know someone affected by prostate cancer to step up and do some fundraising. It can be lots of fun and helpful at the same time! Let’s prove to all the grown ups, that kids care and want to make the world a better place!
I need your help so together we can defeat cancer. I am not going to stop fundraising until there is a cure for cancer. I want to help people and I need your help! So please, won’t you help me?

April 18th is the last day for early bird registration.  Sign up today to join Owen and his Poppa at this year’s event.
Want to support Owen in his fundraising or help by making a donation?  Please click here for more information.


We know we can’t run from prostate cancer so we are running for it!​

Run with Us!

April has finally arrived in Victoria and along with the blossoms (finally!) and warmer air (well, sometimes!) comes the preparation and training for the Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run.

Did you know that our Early Bird price of $30 is open until April 18! Please run with us!

Running with us means that Island Prostate Centre can continue to deliver our top quality prostate survivorship programs. You are helping to empower men and their families to make the right treatment and health decisions for them and their families.  When you run with us, you are surround by like-minded people who are running or walking for the same reason you are!   One in Eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year – and you are raising valuable funds for IPC while doing it.  Need help with some ideas of getting your fundraising going, click here for some really easy tips!

Running with us might not feel like you are saving lives, but tell that to Mike Heit! Your fundraising supports our early screening program. If Mike hadn’t attended our Country Grocer Men’s Health Day last September, he would not have known that for him, prostate cancer treatment was needed immediately.

Running just for running’s sake may not be enough reason to tie up those running shoes, but raising valuable funds for IPC might be great motivator to maintain your running/walking training plan!   To put some fun into your fundraising, we have an amazing list of incentives from supporters in our community who care about men and the services available to them. Check it out!

If you are running with us for a very special reason, please share with us as your story may inspire others to participate. Remember, the early bird registration ends April 18 and with $150 raised, you can run with us on Father’s Day at no cost!

If you can’t run from it, run for it . . . run with us!    Register today!

April Prostate Cancer Support Group Meeting

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 11th as Dr. Peter Black, Urologist from the Vancouver Prostate Centre, will be the guest speaker at our Prostate Cancer Support Group.

He will be addressing the topic “Pet Scans for Prostate Cancer”.

7:00 pm at Begbie Hall, everyone is welcome.

To view past monthly support group presentations, please click here

Free Wills Program

It could be the most important document you write.

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Writing a Will may be at the bottom of your to-do list, but financial and legal experts say that laying out your wishes can ensure your money goes where you want and may save your Estate from unnecessary expenses after you are gone. Drawing up a Will is one of the biggest financial planning steps you can take.

When people die without a Will, it is considered intestate (by definition “Having made no will”) and the courts will appoint an executor to administer an estate with the assets distributed according to the rules laid out provincially and not necessarily according to your desired wishes.

For many of us, we would prefer that our estate be distributed to areas important to us such as family members, good friends and charities that we believe in.  If you do not currently have a will or your current will is in need of an update, Island Prostate Centre can help through our affiliation with The Canadian Free Wills Network. The Canadian Free Wills Network will provide a valuable service to our most loyal donors by providing an opportunity to have a simple will prepared free for you if you are 55 years or older, (limited number to be provided in 2017) written at a discount rate through participating lawyers in Victoria and the lower mainland.

Please contact us if you would like to have a simple will written or updated at no cost to you. While there is no obligation that you include Island Prostate Centre in your Will, it is our hope that you will consider doing so, when you have your Will written for you.

Here is how it works:

When you advise us of your interest in accepting this free offer, we will provide your confidential contact information to the Canadian Free Wills Network.  They will contact you directly with a list of the participating lawyers/notaries in your area and you choose whom you wish to assist you with the preparation of your will. You then call the lawyer of your choice from the Network meet and prepare the necessary documents. The lawyer sends us the discounted legal bill and we pay it directly to the Network.  Island Prostate Centre has a limited budget for this program that will run in 2017 for loyal supporters of IPC.

For more information or to enroll in the Free Wills Program, Contact Karen Frost, Manager of Philanthropy at 250.388.0214 or philanthropy@islandprostatecentre.com or if you would like to see how you can support Island Prostate Centre in other ways, click here for options.

Happiest of Holidays from Island Prostate Centre

13-25-52-870_640Please note that Island Prostate Centre will be closed for the holiday season from Friday, December 23rd, 2016 to Monday, January 2nd, 2017 inclusive.

Wishing everyone the best for the holiday season with health and happiness in the new year!

You make a difference in the dash

At this time of the year, when we are busy getting ready for the Christmas season, it is also an opportunity to reflect back on the past year, which I suspect will be over in the next blink of the eye.

This past year has seen the development of new programs, the success of many of our events which added to our sustainability and many men who have benefited from our services. In short, we certainly got the job done.

But, the biggest reflection (and more of a sense of gratitude in actuality) is that behind all of the busy work being done, are these wonderful people who we are so fortunate to call our volunteers, quietly working away to help in any way they can.

A lot of times, there is no glamour or high recognition for this vital work. But that’s ok, they don’t expect it anyways.

I once read a paper titled “You make a difference in the dash”.   Love this and it makes so much sense!

Essentially, the author was saying that life is short.  On our headstones will be the etching of when we were born and the date when we died.  For example 1960 – 2050

The best part of the paper, and the piece that has stuck with me for years though, is that what matters is not the two years mentioned. It is the dash. That little dash.

That’s our life. That represents to me the short time we have, here, to make a difference, or not.

And making a difference means so many different things to so many people.  But for you, the volunteer, what you do during that dash is most significant.

It is so very true that without our strong core of volunteers, we simply could not exist.  We are a very small staff compliment but only strengthened by the sheer numbers of dedicated and passionate volunteers who help us in our daily work.

I wish I could mention every single person who has volunteered with us.  The lists of names would be amazing!

But I can say “THANK YOU” to each and everyone of you who played some part – whether big or small – in all of the successes we have seen this year.  You are all the backbone to this Centre and we are so fortunate, in a time when volunteers are hard to get, that you not only help but stick around as well.

It is so true that nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.  You all do something that makes a difference – please know that your little dash is helping in so many ways.

Leanne Kopp, Executive Director

“Shave it” or “Save it”?

movember-poster-1200sqRob Derkitt wants to raise $12,016 or more to shave his mustache off…or not…in support of the Island Prostate Centre.

He has had his mustache for 44 years but is willing to do something about it for prostate cancer!

Rob is offering prizes for the following:

  • Most $money pledged by a female
  • Most $money pledged by a male
  • Best mustache grown during the month of November

Once you donate, in the message section, tell us if you are wanting Rob to “Shave it” or Save it”. The vote (shave or save) with the most money raised will be the determining factor if the mustaches goes or stays!

Pledges can be made on-line until November 30, 2016.

Tax receipts will be issued for all donations.

Let’s help Rob do this!!


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