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

Meghann Darroch (Eastern Ontario)
1 (844) 316-6990
mdarroch@liver.ca

Natasha Filedman (GTA & Central Ontario)
(416) 491-3353
NFieldman@liver.ca

Sheila Hughes (Southwestern)
(519) 682-9805
shughes@liver.ca

Community Highlight: LIVERight Galas

GTA

On November 3rd, 2017 the 16th Annual LIVERIght Gala “Step Up to Save a Life” took place at Palais Royale in Toronto; it was an amazing evening! Our fundraising evening featured the iconic Canadian Music legend Randy Bachman. Our crowds got out of their seats and danced and sang with the band.  We heard inspirational stories from our liver patients spokespeople, Julie Chessell and Alicia Zabolotney on how research saved their sons’ lives. The LIVERight Gala was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and was talked about for many weeks after the event.

Ottawa

Thanks to the generous support from our volunteers, attendees, special guests, sponsors and donors, we are thrilled to announce that the 2017 LIVERight Gala was a great success across the country. This national event raised over $1.2 million dollars in support of liver research and education! We are happy to be one step closer to a world without liver disease. In Ottawa, our guests danced the night away to the tunes of the popular band Take 5. Guests were also inspired by the uplifting stories of our special guests Lillian and Adam’s families.

The 2018 LIVERight Gala will be held on Friday November 16, 2018 at Palais Royale in Toronto and on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at the luxurious Ottawa Convention and Events Centre in Ottawa. To learn more about these exciting events please visit the LIVERight Gala 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.

Directions:

• 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 June 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 Committee Room #3 Topic: Physical Activity and Liver Health, presented by Imelda Gunawan, DC Monday, June 11, 2018 Peer Support and Sharing Session

The Canadian Liver Foundation acknowledges the following organizations for their support of “bringing liver research to life” to benefit the liver health of all Canadians through research, education, patient support, and advocacy.

National 2018 Sponsors

Gilead Logo    Speciality Rx Solutions logo

 

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 chinese@liver.ca.

Directions:

• 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