Localife Ottawa

The next event

Localife Ottawa is getting together to celebrate the holidays on December 16 from 4-8 p.m.! One of your leaders is opening up her Kanata home for you to hang out and enjoy some festive cheer (the address will be provided when you RSVP).

There will be loads of snacks and good times, drinks are BYOB, and there is an optional $20 gift card gift exchange for anyone who would like to take part.

RSVP to localifeottawa@youngadultcancer.ca by December 14!

Email localifeottawa@youngadultcancer.ca to stay in the loop!



Karaoke night (November 19, 2017)

On a rainy Saturday evening in downtown Ottawa, eight young adults living with cancer let loose and picked up a mic to sing along to some fun songs as we laughed the night away at Pop Star Karaoke.

We came, we saw, we ate, we laughed (October 16, 2017)

On Friday, October 13, Localife Ottawa met at The Grand Pizzeria in the Ottawa Byward Market.

Localife Ottawa takes a (haunted) walk (June 12, 2017)

The rain subsided by the time we exited the Bytowne, and we parted ways, though none of us walked away alone…

Meghan’s made her mark on Localife Ottawa (April 27, 2017)

Meghan has been a leader of Localife Ottawa for four years (two full terms!), and it is now time for her to “retire” from this position.

Localife Ottawa holds sweet event (April 26, 2017)

On March 26, 2017, Localife Ottawa made its fifth annual trek to a local sugar shack.

Snow and ice and oh-so-nice (March 2, 2017)

On a chilly day in February, Localife Ottawa braved the cold and headed over to Winterlude for one of the opening weekends.

Roasting marshmallows (November 7, 2016)

We may have had a smaller turnout for our November 5 bonfire than we originally planned, but we had a wonderful evening at our second Localife event of the 2016-17 season!

Ending the season on a high note (July 26, 2016)

On July 7, Localife Ottawa held its last event of the season and headed to Absolute Comedy for some laughs.

Localife Ottawa vs. the Ottawa Senators (April 21, 2016)

Localife Ottawa is always trying to surprise our Localifers with new events. This year was no exception as we carefully planned our budget to be able to take ten survivors to an NHL game!

Who’s your Maple Sugar Daddy? (April 18, 2016)

Localife Ottawa made their fourth annual trip to a local sugar shack on April 3.

Getting “cancer” at the holiday potluck (December 21, 2015)

As usual, Localife proved no one understands what it’s like to be a young adult dealing with cancer like other young adults dealing with cancer.

Cool walks (November 5, 2015)

On October 25, 2015, Localife Ottawa went on a hike in Gatineau Park along the Pink Lake Trail.

Though the weather seemed cold at first, it was actually perfect for a hike, and we got to enjoy all of the wonderful colours of the fall leaves.

It’s (probably) not what you’re thinking (October 5, 2015)

Though many questioned this event as the one to start off our Localife season (it was a very polarizing activity), all those who attended thought it was great. It was a perfect way to set the tone for the rest of the activities we have planned this season.

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Localife Leaders


Hello current and future YACCers! Cancer is a three-letter word for me: GBM, a Grade IV brain cancer. As a 26-year old teacher living in Ottawa, I certainly didn’t appreciate my body’s decision to mess with my head, in the most literal sense. Though never an easy task, dealing with the challenges became less overwhelming due in part to connecting to Ottawa Localife and attending several national YACC events such as the Retreat Yourself (2013) and Survivor Conference (2014) in Ontario, and Retreat Yourself Adventure (2015) in Newfoundland. The YACC community has proven invaluable to the development of my positive life outlook, despite the [expletive] cancer. I am very proud to give back in my role as Ottawa Localife Leader.

Hi my name is Katie Chanter and I am currently 35 years old. I was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013 and papillary thyroid cancer in 2015. After sitting in front of the YACC poster for six months at the doctor’s office, I connected with Localife Ottawa. I have attended Retreat Yourself Ontario 2014, and Survivor Conference 2015, 2016, and 2017. I am excited to be able to give back to YACC by becoming the new Localife Leader in Ottawa.

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