Guardian Angel Caring Room

How we look can have an impact on how we feel. One of the side effects of cancer treatments may be hair loss and other appearance-related changes. CancerCare Manitoba’s Guardian Angel Caring Room is a place where you can receive help with this from compassionate, knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

For program information or to donate items, contact
Stephanie Plaitin
Program Coordinator
Phone: 204-237-2789
splaitin@cancercare.mb.ca

 

Wig Lending Service

The Caring Room offers a wig service, head coverings and laryngectomy stoma covers at no cost.

Patients experiencing hair loss can borrow wigs and other head coverings. All wigs are cleaned and sanitized before being loaned out. Patients are asked to return the items when they are no longer needed.

To make an appointment or for more information, contact one of the CCMB's Guardian Angel Caring Room’s two Winnipeg locations:

Room ON 1046
675 McDermot Ave.
204-787-4180 or toll free 1-866-561-1026
Open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Appointments or drop-ins.

St. Boniface Hospital
409 Taché Ave.
South Entrance, Ground Floor (orange door)
204-237-2789
Morning appointments only.

For additional information and a list of retail outlets, please view the Guardian Angel Caring Room Brochure.

Look Good Feel Better Program

This program provides hands-on workshops for skin care, makeup and head-covering techniques.

Promoted by CancerCare Manitoba, this initiative of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation (CCTFA) is a national program to help women with cancer learn techniques to manage the appearance-related side effects of their treatment.

CCMB provides space for the monthly workshops, which are run by teams of volunteer cosmetologists and wig specialists. Participants meet in small groups and receive free makeup kits donated by the CCTFA Foundation.

Workshops are held monthly at four sites:

CancerCare Manitoba
675 McDermot, Winnipeg
Grace Hospital
300 Booth Street, Winnipeg
Victoria General Hospital
2340 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg
Brandon Regional Health Authority
300 McTavish Ave East, Brandon

There is no charge for the workshops, but you must register on-line before you can attend a session.
To register for any location please go to www.lgfb.ca. For those without access to a computer, or if you have any questions, please call 1-800-914-5665.

Hair Donations

Hair donations across Canada are processed through the Canadian Cancer Society. Through its partnership with Proctor & Gamble Canada and the launch of the Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign, wigs have been created, donated and distributed to women all across Canada. On average, it takes seven donations to make one wig.

If you’re interested in donating your hair, please visit the Canadian Cancer Society for more information or call them at 204-789-0886.

Headwear - Patterns

The Guardian Angel Caring Room provides copies of sewn, knit and crochet headwear patterns for patients and families.
If you would like to make and donate any headwear items, please contact the co-ordinator at 204-237-2789 before you start to discuss what is needed.

These patterns are also available electronically. Please click on this link to see the most popular patterns.