Survivor Conference FAQs

Here are some answers to the most common questions we get about Survivor Conference.


YACC has been hosting Survivor Conference since 2007. The conference brings together a group of people who “get it” to connect and learn things that can help them live with, through, or beyond the cancer experience. Through the conference, we want to give you information to regain some of the control you may have lost—or felt like you lost—while dealing with cancer, help you move forward, and to feel supported while doing it. We do this through keynote speakers, workshops, intentional social interactions, and free time.

We know it can be daunting to log on to a computer and “meet” a bunch of strangers online to participate in (quite likely your first ever) “cancer conference.”

You are not alone in these feelings. Typically, half of each year’s registrations are from first-time participants like you!

Secondly, our staff are trained professionals. We have been offering successful, life-changing, face-to-face programming since 2005, and we have been offering all of our programming online since spring 2020. You are in good hands.

One thing you can do before you get to the conference is to join and participate in our private Facebook group. It is a great place to “meet” people before the event. If you are not a part of this group, and you would like to be, just connect with Lesley ([email protected]) and she will make sure you get hooked up.

Also, once you register for the event, there is an “event hub” where all participants have the opportunity to create a profile for themselves and connect with each other in advance.

The simple answer is “no.” You don’t have to participate in anything you are not comfortable with. However, the vibe of YACC’s Survivor Conference is not your typically support group format. We mostly offer keynote speakers, workshops, panels, and free/fun time. If, however, your emotions do run a little high, don’t worry. We have opportunities for you to connect with our facilitators to help talk it through.

We absolutely want you to have the best experience possible at the conference. If you are not feeling up to participating in a session, or your home life is a little hectic during a workshop time, you are free to skip. We will post most of the sessions within the event hub at a later date, so hopefully you will be able to catch anything you have missed.


Survivor Conference 2021: Chill will be happening from January 29-31, 2021 and it will be presented to you digitally. You can sit back and relax in your own home and enjoy the multitude of great presentations and workshops we will have ready for you.

You can register online (If you have any trouble with this, please email [email protected]).

Once you register, please make sure you received an automatic email from us notifying you that we received your application. If you do not receive this email, connect with Lesley as your application may not have been submitted correctly.

Yes. We encourage you to bring a supporter (who also fits within the criteria of being 18-39ish years of age. If your closest supporter is older than 39, please connect with Lesley at [email protected] and we will discuss options).

When trying to decide on this supporter, please ensure it is someone you are completely comfortable with. Topics such as sex, relationships, fears, etc. may come up, and you want to make sure you are with someone that you are comfortable sharing these experiences with. A sibling, a best friend, or a romantic partner are all great choices.

Also, while we know some of you may have great relationships with your parents, not everyone does, and some topics may make participants uncomfortable to discuss in front of a parental figure, so we do not allow parents to attend as your supporter. If you do want to bring a supporter with you, they must also register before being confirmed. We understand that you will likely be watching together, but we would like your supporter to be able to set up their own profile within the “event hub” and there may be caregiver specific details we will need them to know.

The Survivor Conference will be a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions. We have created an “event hub” where, once registered, you will be able to log in, create a profile, connect with other participants, etc. This hub will also have a detailed agenda with links to all live and pre-recorded sessions. The live presentations will be presented using Zoom. For anyone not familiar with Zoom, we will have additional details included in the FAQ within the event hub site, accessible once you register. 

Canada is a very large country. We will try to find a good balance that will hopefully not have too many people up too early or others up too late. However, if the timing does not work for you, we will have all pre-recorded videos available on the event hub and we will do our best to upload all live sessions in a timely fashion.

Social Time

Of course. While this may look different for virtual events, we will have a committee social committee on hand during the weekend that will plan digital group events throughout the weekend. We also encourage you to connect with other participants via the event hub leading up to and during the event.


Please contact Lesley Morrissey, community engagement manager, at [email protected] or (709) 700-1977.

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