My Community – Ontario

A group of Stroll for Liver participants pose with each other on a grassy field

Celebrate the CLF and learn about your Region!

CLF Ontario is made up of three Regional Chapters: The Southwestern Ontario, GTA, and Eastern Ontario (Ottawa). The GTA and Ottawa chapters are currently housed in the National Office. The coordinators’ roles are to improve public awareness and understanding of liver health and liver disease, raise funds for research and education with our two signature events the Stroll for Liver and the LIVERight Gala, assist with third party events and reach out to liver disease patients and their families.

Your Regional Contacts

Jennifer Turack (GTA)
(416) 491-3353

Sheila Hughes (Southwestern)
(519) 682-9805

Community Highlight: LIVERight Galas


On November 4, 2016 the 15th Annual LIVERIght Gala “Step Up to Save a Life” took place at Palais Royale in Toronto; it was an amazing evening! We honoured the transplant teams of Toronto General Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children who every day are saving the lives of liver patients who need vital transplants. People like our liver patient spokesperson Betsy-Amores Budziak and her daughter Delfina. Our keynote speaker Hannah Alper and our MC Eric Alper helped us appeal to our supporters and attendees to make a difference and support the Canadian Liver Foundation. Our participants were treated to an intimate and upbeat performance by the Barenaked Ladies. Our crowds got out of their seats and danced, sang with the band and were treated to a special rendition “Livers in a dangerous time.” The Gala was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and was talked about for many weeks after the event.


On November 5, 2016  the LIVERight Gala was held at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. Our theme was “Inspirational People” and five individuals that have been touched by liver disease were honoured. Jenn Bruno, Matthew Marchand and Theresa LeBane each stepped up to save a life by becoming living donors, while Faith Arial fought back against biliary atresia with a liver transplant from her mother.  Virginia “Gina” Lofaro lost her battle with cancer that spread to her liver but her legacy of love and community service lives on. Our participants were treated to live entertainment from American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre.

The 2017 LIVERight Gala “Beat the Odds” will be held on Friday November 3, 2017 at Palais Royale in Toronto and on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the luxurious Ottawa Convention and Events Centre in Ottawa. To learn more about these exciting events please visit Participate page.

Support Programs and Services

The National Help Line:

This help line gives you and your loved one somewhere to turn for answers after diagnosis, helps you understand your disease, and provides you with the resources you need.  You can call 1 (800) 563-5483 Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM EST. 

The Peer Support Network:

This program is a national network of people living with liver disease that have offered to share their experiences with others. It was developed by the Canadian Liver Foundation as a means to link Canadians like you who have been diagnosed with a liver disease, have a family member who has liver disease or care for someone who suffers from liver disease to talk about your concerns with a peer with a similar experience.  

If you would like to be connected with a peer supporter in your area, or would like to join the peer support network, please call 1 (800) 563-5483 or email Billie Potkonjak.

Living with Liver Disease Program (GTA): 

A forum for liver disease patients and families to connect with each other in person, to learn about their disease and learn how to cope. The program consists of nine sessions covering topics ranging from nutrition and exercise to treatments and transplantation. Guest speakers include liver specialists, social workers, nutritionists, psychotherapists, liver transplant nurses and kinesiologists.

When: First Monday (some exceptions may apply) of each month from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Note: There are no meetings in January, February, July, August, and September.

Location: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street, committee room area (look for Living with Liver Disease signs posted there).

Cost: Free! There is no charge to attend the program.

Registration:  No need to pre-register. Join at any time during the year by simply showing up at the session location.


• TTC: Get off at the North York Centre, follow the signs to the North York Civic Centre.

• Car: There are metered parking spaces on Yonge Street and on Beecroft Road, one block west of Yonge Street behind the Civic Centre Complex. A paid parking lot is also available on Beecroft at a flat rate of approximately $3.

October to July Living with liver disease sessions:

Monday, November 6, 2017
Topic: Nutrition and the Liver
Speaker: Shannon Richter MScFN, RD

Monday, December 11, 2017
Council Chamber
Topic: Liver Disease – an overview
Speaker: Dr. Aliya Gulamhusein
Toronto Centre for Liver Disease

Monday, March 5, 2018
Peer Support and Sharing Session

Monday, April 9, 2018
Topic: Liver Transplantation and Living Donation
A Panel Discussion

Monday, May 7, 2018
Topic: TBA

Monday, June 4, 2018
Peer Support and Sharing Session

Living with Liver Disease Program (GTA Chinese Session): 

Chinese sessions are available in the GTA April to October. Guest speakers include specialists, nutritionists, kinesiologists and other experts.

When: Saturday morning from 10:00am to 11:30am.

Location: 105 Gibson Center, 105 Gibson Drive, Markham ON L3R 3K7

Cost: Free! There is no charge to attend the program.

Registration:  416-491 3353 extension 4924, or 1-800-563-5483 extension 4924, or email to


• TTC: Get off at the Warden Avenue or Steeles Avenue, walk to the intersection of Gibson Drive & Warden Avenue to  get to 105 Gibson Center.

• Car: There are plenty of free parking spaces at 105 Gibson Center.

April to July Living with liver disease (Chinese) sessions:

Saturday, April 28, 10:00am -11:30am
Topic: Healthy Food Choices and Chronic Disease (Cantonese)
Speaker: Edwina Leung, Registered Dietitian & Diabetes and Obesity Educator

Saturday, May 26, 10:00am -11:30am
Topic:  Bile duct and gallbladder disease (Cantonese)
Speaker: Dr. Yvonne Tse, Gastroenterology Specialist from Toronto Western Hospital

Saturday, July 21, 10:00am -11:30am
Topic: A Primer on Hepatitis B (Mandarin)
Speaker: Dr. Danny Chen, Infectious Disease Specialist from Mackenzie Health