Localife Toronto


The Next Event

Hello and happy summer from Localife Toronto! We are excited to announce our July event:

WHAT: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins (Localife/YACC will cover the cost of tickets, but not your refreshments).

WHERE: Rogers Centre

WHEN: July 24, 2018 at 7:07 p.m.

WHO: Young adult (18-39 years) cancer survivors and their supporters.

Due to the logistics and cost associated with purchasing these tickets, interested young adults must RSVP via email by Friday, July 13. Please let us know if you are bringing a supporter (also between the ages of 18-39), and indicate any mobility concerns we should be aware of when purchasing tickets.

Your devoted Localife leaders,
Nicole, Anne Marie, and Chris

For more information, please email localifetoronto@youngadultcancer.ca.



Gouging gourds over group gabbing (November 17, 2017)

Just as the weather started to turn from summer days to pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters and toques, Localife Toronto came together to carve pumpkins, listen to music, and eat some delicious snacks.

Dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge, and dismount? (August 26, 2016)

Toronto’s Localifers came together on August 7 for a game of trampoline dodge ball at SkyZone.

Ping pong-ageddon (April 20, 2016)

Late afternoon on Sunday, April 10, Localifers came together for a round-robin tournament at SPiN in Toronto.

Riddle me this (February 21, 2016)

Starting the new year with a bang, Toronto Localifers got the entire Riddle Room to themselves on a Saturday morning in January.

Adventures in Wonderland (November 3, 2015)

On October 25, 2015, Localife Toronto ventured out to Canada’s Wonderland for some thrills on a cool, beautiful fall day.

Get lost with us! (October 6, 2015)

Our hike on October 3, 2015 turned out to be a beautiful, adventurous day as we got together with fellow cancer survivors to conquer the unknown paths of the Beltline Trail in the heart of Toronto.

Paintlounge 2.0 (July 20, 2015)

Sometimes once isn’t enough. With the amazing feedback from the last Paintlounge event, Bonnie and Peter planned an event to showcase the east end location in Leslieville.

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Localife Leaders


I was diagnosed with stage 3A Adenocarcinoma of the lung in 2009 at the age of 30. I had just started my career as an educator and essentially had to put everything on hold. The one thing that struck me during treatment was that I was always the youngest person in the room. I was desperate to find someone like me because even though my support system was incredible, I felt alone and completely isolated. That was when I sought out YACC.

I attended my first conference in the beautiful province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and knew I had found my tribe. In 2011, I had a recurrence and became a “lifer”; it was my fellow YACCers who helped me get through the initial shock and challenges. It was comforting knowing I had friend who really got it. I feel truly honoured to be chosen as the new Localife leader for Toronto and can’t wait to meet and connect with everyone.


Hey Toronto! I’m a 26-year old Emergency Department Social Worker born and raised in Newfoundland, currently seeking out anything that smells like the ocean in this city.  When I was 19, I was diagnosed with a type of tumour called Chordoma. It was sitting on my brain stem, which was really inconvenient. I was introduced to YACC shortly after I finished treatment, and I’ve been involved in one way or another ever since. I’m super excited to be able to jump into this role as one of your Localife Leaders.

Some of my happiest moments are when I’m with my dogs and my supportive partner, hiking, at the beach, eating, and laughing. Let’s see if we can incorporate some of these things into our events.

Looking forward to having all the fun with you, Toronto!

Hi Toronto!

My name is Chris Dunne. I’m originally from Newfoundland, but moved to Toronto in January 2016. By day, I work in marketing and advertising; by night, I’m a sports fan, dog lover, home chef, and most importantly, a supporter to my wife, Nicole, who is a chordoma survivor. A supporter’s role is much different than that of someone living with cancer, and as a Localife leader, I hope to bring that perspective to the program. Oh yeah, I tend to bring high energy and positive vibes to all of our events, too.