People are accessing most of their information online these days, and because of that the local chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society closed their doors on Tuesday.
It was no longer financially viable to keep their office open and there had been a significant drop in the number of people physically walking through their doors.
“And because of this shift in how people in Grande Prairie were interacting with the Society, we decided the financially responsible thing for us to do was to close that physical space. And re-direct those investments into furthering our other live-saving mission works, such as cancer prevention, research and support,” explained Chelsea Draeger, Executive Director for the Canadian Cancer Society Alberta and Northwest Territories.
They will, however, continue to have a large presence in the Peace Region.
“We have such a dynamic and amazing volunteer network in Grande Prairie,” Draeger said. “We will be continuing to do many of our fundraising events up there that you’ve seen in the past, such as Relay for Life. So, absolutely, the Canadian Cancer Society will be very present in Grande Prairie, and we’re so thankful for the generous support.”
Local cancer patients should not be affected, as they will still have access to all of their support services.
You can request a wig through the Wig Lending Program by calling 1-800-661-2262.
Their Cancer Information Service can be reached at 1-888-939-3333.
Online support can be found here.
A number of other offices have closed around the province, including in Lethbridge and Fort McMurray.