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
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
|St. Boniface Hospital
409 Taché Ave.
South Entrance, Ground Floor (orange door)
Morning appointments only.
For additional information and a list of retail outlets, please view the Guardian Angel Caring Room Brochure.
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:
675 McDermot, Winnipeg
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.
The Guardian Angel Caring Room re-purposes synthetic wigs only. This is because synthetic wigs can withstand the sanitation solution used to clean them, whereas real hair cannot.
If you are interested in donating your hair, please to search the internet for a charity that takes hair donations, and mail yours in.
If you require more information, please feel free to call the Coordinator at 204-237-2789.
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.
|CancerCare Adult Beanie Pattern||CancerCare Cuffed Soft Cap Pattern|
|CancerCare Easy Wrap Turban Pattern||Crocheted Floppy Brim Hat|
|Fashion Flair Jersey Hat||Gretchen's Caps (crochet)|
|Head Huggers Crochet pattern 7||Head Huggers Crochet Pattern 9|
|Popular Knits||Simple Turban Pattern|
|Tie Back (or Head-n-Tails)||Turban-style headwear Instructions|
|Turban-style headwear for patients|