Localife Toronto


The Next Event

This Valentine’s, Localife Toronto invites you to love and appreciate your bodies and the stories they hold.

Young adults who were diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15-39 and are currently between 18-39 will follow along as illustrator Natalie Very B. teaches us how to create an empowering version of a self portrait with ink and tell YOUR story through visual imagery.

During the painting process you’ll look at yourself with a newly found kindness and appreciate your own body as lovable and a real work of art. This workshop will focus on body positivity and a variety of inking techniques.

When: Sunday, February 16
Where: The Blue Heron Studio (57 Devon Rd., Toronto)
Register here:

For more information, please email [email protected].



There’s a new Localife Toronto leader trio! (October 19, 2018)

YACC is so happy to announce that Dani Taylor and Samantha Hayes have joined forces with Anne Marie to form a force to be reckoned with!

Thank you, Nicole and Chris! (August 22, 2018)

Localife Toronto has been lucky to have our amazing Nicole Furey and her incredible supporter, Chris Dunne, as two of Toronto’s “Three’s Company” for two incredible years. But the time has come for them to step down.

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

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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.


I’m 28 years old and deeply looking forward to being “thirty, flirty, and thriving.” I’m originally from Sarnia, but I have been living in Toronto with my partner for the better part of the last 10 years (with a few detours here and there). I would describe myself as a creative person; I love to act, write, direct, perform, sing… whatever feeds my desire to be seen and heard. A few years ago, I returned to school to study social work so I could help people feel seen and heard on their terms. It’s been an amazing career shift and I currently work for another cancer support organization.

I came to YACC in 2015 after finishing treatment for stage IIIa colorectal cancer (diagnosed in 2013 at 23). I’ve completed both the Retreat Yourself and the Retreat Yourself Adventure programs as well as a few Survivor Conferences. In 2018, I was able to join as a peer facilitator at the Ontario Retreat Yourself. Joining the Localife Toronto team is the newest chapter to my YACC journey, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity.





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