Canada has over 60 Prostate Cancer Support Groups that meet once a month. This Richmond group in British Columbia is founded in 2013 by volunteers and focused on providing help to Chinese-speaking men, but everyone is welcome. We speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin, meet on the second Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Seniors Centre of Minoru Centre for Active Living (7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond, BC V6Y 1N9 Multipurpose Room 1 (1033)). Join us for the professional presentation and talk to other men and family members who have been dealing with prostate cancer for weeks, months or even years.

No registration is required and all ages are welcome. Please swipe your Facility Pass ($36/year for seniors 55+ or spouses) or pay a $5 drop-in fee at the front desk when arriving for each session.

If you want to chat one on one with a survivor, you may drop in our walking club. The Richmond Blue Walkers walk 5-10 km on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am-11 am, along the beautiful river dykes and parks in Richmond (Walk in the Richmond Shopping Centre during the rainy days or cold seasons). Click here for the schedule or contact Daniel Leung at 604-836-6423 for the locations and meeting places.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

SIRvivor BC Exercise For Prostate Cancer - New class in Richmond, Sept 14 - Oct 22, Wed/Sat 2-3 pm


What is SIRvivor BC?

The SIRvivor BC Prostate Cancer Community Exercise Program runs for 6 to 12 weeks, consisting of 2 one-hour sessions each week. The program is tailored to men living with prostate cancer and focuses largely on strength development through resistance based exercise. The program is delivered by exercise trainers certified through the BC Recreation and Parks Association. This program is also being evaluated under a research study, which seeks to gather feedback from the program participants on their experience in the SIRvivor BC program. We hope to use this feedback to help us improve and grow the program over the course of the next few years.

Who is eligible for SIRvivor BC?

All men who are 19 years of age or older and have had a prostate cancer diagnosis are eligible for the SIRvivor BC program. All participants will also be asked to complete a simple pre-exercise screening with a certified exercise physiologist.

Where is SIRvivor BC offered?

Fall 2022 programs:

LADYSMITH, Frank Jameson Community Centre, 810 6th Ave, Ladysmith
Sep 20-Oct 27 and Nov 8-Dec 15, 2022, Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:00pm
Information: or 250-245-6424

CITY OF KELOWNA, Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna
July 4 – August 29, 2022, Monday/Thursday 3:00-4:00pm
Information: or 250-469-8800

RICHMOND, Minoru Centre for Active Living, 7191 Granville Ave, Richmond
Sept 14-Oct 22, 2022, Wednesday/Saturday 2:00-3:00pm, 

Registration Class #175554: Online at / Call Centre 604-276-4300 (Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm) / In-person at any Richmond Community Facility

CAMPBELL RIVER, Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex, 225 South Dogwood St, Campbell River
Sept 12-Nov 2, 2022, Monday/Wednesday 3:15-4:15pm
Information: Contact recreation coordinator Justin Wolfe at or 250-830-6739

Frequently asked questions:

How will SIRvivor BC benefit me?

The majority of men who have had a prostate cancer diagnosis are not meeting the recommended exercise guidelines! SIRvivor BC provides you with a structured environment in which you can learn and practice safe, effective exercises and help you meet exercise recommendations. Resistance-based exercise may also help combat some side effects of long-term prostate cancer treatment, such as decreased muscle strength and bone density. SIRvivor BC also gives you an opportunity to interact with men who share similar experiences to you and build your community.

What if I am new to exercise or have not worked out in years? Is this program right for me?

Yes! SIRvivor BC is designed for men of all fitness levels, abilities and backgrounds. The exercises are easily modified to be manageable for each individual, and the program is run by certified fitness trainers who have specific knowledge on working with men who have had a prostate cancer diagnosis. They will be able to guide and coach you through the program to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience!

The cost of the program: what if I cannot afford it?

The average cost of the SIRvivor BC program is $50.00 when you join for the first time.  The program is two classes per week for approximately 12 weeks, for a total of 24 sessions.  That works out to $2.10 per class. For repeat participants, the program is $120.00, or about $5.00 per session – the same price as a Grande latte from Starbucks!  If cost is an issue, please talk to the recreation centre about municipal subsidy programs that may be available.

Can I continue working out at home after the program ends?

We encourage all participants to re-register in the program – exercise is most beneficial when it becomes a regular part of your lifestyle! Please contact your community centre for information on how to register for future offerings.

Current SIRvivor participants, please see the attached documents for home-based programs you can complete if you are not registered in a program:

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For more information, please contact our research coordinator:

Phone: 604-827-1914

The implementation of this program provincially has been funded by the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program.

To access additional information on the PCSC Program offerings and supportive care for men with prostate cancer, visit the PCSC at

InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care - August 2022 Newsletter


Reta and John found the support they needed at InspireHealth
"I cannot say enough wonderful things about InspireHealth." Reta, Victoria

After having her esophagus removed due to cancer in June 2020, Reta was in pain, had no energy, and her weight fell to 92 lbs. Through her difficult journey, InspireHealth was there every step of the way with counselling, exercise, and nutrition support.
Read Reta's full story here
"It's scary to think how I would have coped without them." John, Kelowna

John was a very healthy 69-year-old, so was in total shock when he learned he had prostate cancer. He went to InspireHealth to get support through our team of supportive care physicians, counsellors, dietitians and exercise therapists and is now cancer free.
Read John's full story here

It is only through the generosity of supporters like you that we can continue offering essential supportive care services at no-cost to our patients. 

Please consider supporting our summer campaign.

Quick and Tasty Summer Eats

As we head into the last month of summer, you may want to be spending less time in the kitchen and more time with a great book, being in the garden, wandering the forest, or swimming at the beach. This month our nutrition team is bringing you simple and satisfying snacks and meals that can be useful all year round but particularly when time is short. 
Quick meals and snacks can still be nutrient-dense and delicious. Whether we are experimenting with spices, combining vegetables, using up fresh local berries, or trying something new, our recipes this month will hopefully inspire you. August is a great month for local foods whether growing greens in a pot on your porch or finding a berry patch for picking, if you have the energy, it can be a good time to harvest and stock up the freezer for the fall and winter.
If this sounds interesting to you, join us on August 11th for Simple Summer Snacks (register by 3:00 pm, August 10th) and August 25th for Sheet Pan Dinners and Berry Crisp.
August 2022 Class Schedule

Program Highlights



Thursday, Aug 18
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Nutrition Workshop: Encouraging Kindness: Normalizing Emotional Eating 

This workshop will explore a unique perspective on emotional eating and how it may be helping to support your body.
Thursday, Aug 25
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Cooking Class: Sheet Pan Dinners & Berry Crisp

Join us for some simple, easy sheet pan dinners and a delicious berry dessert.

Inspired Conversations

Wednesday, Aug 17
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Creativity for Self-Care 

In this workshop we will explore how creativity can help us revise, reframe, and reimagine ourselves in difficult times.
Wednesday, Aug 31
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Spirit & Well-Being 

Connecting with our own unique sense of spirit/soul/essence/life force can help transform fear and worry and bring us a sense of peace, joy, gratitude and freedom.

Gather Your Friends and Take Advantage of Our Early Bird Summer Table Rate!

Don't miss out on the A Night to Inspire Gala on October 18th at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver. Our largest fundraiser of the year will be more memorable than ever! Enjoy top entertainment, an unrivalled live and silent auction, and emotional patient stories that will deeply touch your heart. Help us raise funds for essential programs and services to support cancer patients across the province.
Early bird tables of 10: $4,050 | Tickets: $450 each
Buy Tickets
Participate in Supportive Cancer Care Research by BC Cancer & UBC

Share Your Story

Your story matters.
We want to give the world a deeper understanding of how the last two years have been especially challenging and isolating for our cancer patients. We are especially looking for stories from patients not in Vancouver. If you are comfortable, we would be incredibly honoured if you shared how you found inspiration in your cancer journey.

Not sure where to start? Please email Leanne at for help.
Please note: We will always respect your privacy, and there are many ways to share what impact InspireHealth has had in your life, like writing a testimonial, sharing a photo with a caption, or creating a short video.