Localife is back!

March 8, 2012

When I first heard about Localife, I thought it was Loca-Life—as in, Crazy-Life— which made sense to me since getting cancer as a young adult is pretty crazy. But this double entendre is simply a coincidence; the name Localife was chosen to highlight that this is a local initiative.

While Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) had had great success with national programs such as Retreat Yourself and the Survivor Conference, it was clear that there was a need for something local that young adult survivors (YAs) and supporters could access and connect through in the months between the national events.

Isolation is still the number one challenge identified by young adult survivors; it is our long-term hope that Localife will lead to local, sustainable, engaged communities of survivors and supporters across Canada so that isolation will no longer be such a prominent issue.

Localife was piloted in Calgary in 2010. Every month or two, YAs and their supporters had a chance to get together for fun social activities, such as movie night, curling, raftbogganing, and more! Due to some changes in YACC staff in Calgary, Localife was dormant for most of 2011. It is now back up and running and we are pumped!

Our first event for 2012 is a movie night at Wellspring on Friday, March 9; 7:30 – 9pm. This will be a great opportunity for Localife alumni to meet our new YACC staff member extraordinaire, Katy Bond; and for newcomers to be welcomed into the community. The familiar faces of Mikey and Bonnie Lang will also be there, so it promises to be a great night all-round! Children are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.

We will have a few more opportunities for YAs and supporters to connect throughout the spring and you can stay up to date with the latest schedule in the Localife section of this website:


If you have any questions, please give me a shout at shali@youngadultcancer.ca.

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