The Olive Branch of Hope - In-Person Community Consultations

The Olive Branch of Hope - In-Person Community Consultations

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With 20 years of supporting Black women with breast cancer, The Olive Branch of Hope wants to hear from you in-person!

About this event

Hey Sister,

The Olive Branch of Hope (TOBOH) is an organization that has been supporting Black women and their families for over 20 years. Supporting the research into Breast Cancer and how it impacts Women of African descent is central to what our organization does.

TOBOH is undergoing a 12 month capacity building project funded by Tropicana through SBCCI and led by 2114 Consultancy Services. Through this work, we are hosting a series of in-person consultation groups with our larger community to hear from the lived experiences of our community with the goal of identifying areas that TOBOH can continue their work of advocacy and family intervention.

As an organization that provides breast cancer support for Black women, we want to know our impact:

  • Are we reaching the right people?
  • Are there other services that we should be providing?
  • How can we do more?

We have a strong belief that community voices and feedback greatly impact the kind of services we provide as they know what their community needs. having drawn from their pooled experiences. This connection brings insight, wisdom and strategically developed programs that will benefit individuals and families in their times of need.

This is why we need to hear from you, your friends, family and anyone you know whose life has been touched by breast cancer. Come prepared for large group conversation and to engage in breakout sessions for more intimate conversations.

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Here are the three scenarios that will be discussed:

Scenario 1

A teenager is the eldest of 3 siblings and is struggling with high school math. Dad works shifts and is often home just long enough to eat, shower and sleep. This teen finds out that Mom was recently diagnosed with cancer but mom doesn’t want teen to tell the younger children and asks her teen to keep it a secret from the extended family.

  • What help does this teen need?
  • What help does this family need?
  • Who are all the different groups of people who should help them and why?

Scenario 2

A 45 year old woman has recently moved to Ontario, doesn’t speak English very well and her work permit is about to expire. She finds that she is very tired and thinks she may just be depressed. She is single and her children are back home waiting for her to raise enough money to bring them to Canada with her. Her grandmother, mother and two Aunties have all had breast cancer at some point. She feels as though she recognises some of the symptoms but can’t allow herself to think about the time it will take to endure treatment.

  • What help does this woman need?
  • What help does this family need?
  • Who are all the different groups of people who should help them and why?

Scenario 3

A 33 year old man has just found out that his wife and mother of their 3 children has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. He is not completely sure what that means, but he is terrified. She had always been the strong one in the family and the children cling to her. He doesn’t know who to call or how to help and feels overwhelmed by it all. He wants to be there for her and their children, but he feels himself slipping away.

  • What help does this man need?
  • What help does this family need?
  • Who are all the different groups of people who should help them and why?

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