2014 Events and Activities



Remember that our public meeting on

Thursday, September 25 7:00 at the Italian Cultural Centre 

will replace our usual 3rd Thursday meeting at 55Plus.


Join us and celebrate 20 years of providing education & peer support for men with prostate cancer at our Prostate Cancer Awareness Month activities. 


Don't foget to tell family and friends so that they know too.



"Prostate Cancer Detection in 2014 -  Building from Our Experiences"


Dr. Rajiv K Singal  MD, FRCSC

Endourology, Urologic Cancer and Robotics Surgery, Toronto East General Hospital


Thursday, 25-September-2014  7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre




“Men Make It Happen”  Free PSA Screening


Sunday, 28-September-2014 12:30-4:30

55Plus Centre on River Street


Bring your OHIP Card!


Lakehead Antique and Classic Car Club Display


Music by: Phil Junnila

Flipper Flannigan’s Flat Footed Four

Richard Pepper

Hilldale Boys





After returning from our trip visiting towns in NOW and giving open meetings about prostate cancer, I got the report from our vice-president, Brian Scott about Kaitlyn Piles presentation.  “She is a lovely young lady, competent and gave an excellent presentation. There were about 48 people in attendance.” Kaitlyn is from the Continence Clinic at St. Joes.


I missed her presentation, so I will be at the teleconference Monday, May 26 at 7 in St Joes.  If you missed the meeting or want to hear it again, come to the area by the elevator at St Joes shortly before 7.  Someone will meet you and show you to the basement teleconference room.


Ed Long


Bring your calendars to the May 15th meeting.  We can use your help and your speaking about prostate cancer helps others know they can deal with it like you are.

 Monday, May 26 7:00     If you miss the meeting with Kaitlyn on the 15th, or want to hear it again, come to the teleconference room in the basement of St. Joe’s. Come to the stairs by the elevator and someone will direct you to the room. Kaitlyn will be sharing her knowledge on continence rehabilitation.

 Saturday, June 7 11-4 BBQ at Marks. It is a busy day at the store and lots of people stop for information and a sausage.  Sign up to help.

 Friday June 13 is the Relay for Life. Bring your Survivor’s Victory Lap form back, or fill one out at the meeting.  Come and walk with us. We need the Luminary purchase forms back at this meeting too. $5 to purchase a candle to remember or honour someone. These look wonderful and inspirational around the track. We need these forms at our May 15th meeting.

 Thursday, June 19 is our Beef-on-a-Bun meeting.  We gather at 5:00 get the salads and desserts that you bring laid out and get ready to eat and talk with friends.  It is at 55Plus.

 Bordercats games will begin and we will be doing the 50/50 draws again.  We don’t know the dates yet, but give your name to Bill Horde and he will call you when he has the schedule. Fun, exercise selling tickets and a ball game makes a good evening.

 Thursday, August 14 2-8 is the Rural Health Fair  Volunteer to spend some time at our display and spread the word of early detection and the support we offer.

 We will have our regular meetings during the summer.  3rd Thursday of the month at 55Plus


See you there.


Ed Long





Men of PCCN-Thunder Bay and the region,

To members of PCCN-Thunder Bay and the region,

We have been invited to join in and Active Surveillance Focus Group with Marg Fitch – Thursday, April 24, 2014   7-9pm 55Plus in Thunder Bay

It will be a discussion about how we made the decision to go on Active Surveillance, or Watchful Waiting it was called when I was diagnosed, or active treatment.  She has met with men from urban regions, but wants to meet with other men and has asked us to participate. To qualify for this group you must fit the following requirements.


1. You were offered Active Surveillance but opted for treatment

2. You have been on Active Surveillance but switched to treatment

3. You are currently on Active Surveillance

It will be a round table discuss about why and how you made your decision.

If you would like to participate in this discussion about the decision making process, please respond with your Name & phone/email.


Studies like this will help men make good decisions in the future.


Thank you for your consideration of this.


Ed Long, President

PCCN-Thunder Bay



“The Good Old DRE” 

At our March 20th meeting, we will take a look at ourselves through humour. Laughter, and the release of endorphins, brings physical and emotional pain relief.  We usually have a good deal of humour at our meeting, but at this one, “807 Improv” will be leading it.  Richard Pepper, who wrote “The Good Old DRE” is part of the group and will sing the song for us. Come ready to laugh and learn.  Regular time and place: 7:00pm 55Plus on River St.


We are sorry to tell you that Peter MacDonald, the speaker for the video conference has to be away because of a family emergency and we are unable to arrange another speaker at this late date.  The March 17 video conference with the communities in the region will be a video conference meeting between the leaders in Thunder Bay and the leaders in the region.


Ed Long

PCCN-Thunder Bay members and supporters,

 You are invited to participate in the video conference we will be broadcasting on Monday, January 27 at 7:00pm from St Joseph’s Hospital.  It is a video conference to regional groups for their education and to support their local programs. They are about to ask questions and comment from their location.  You will be the live audience in front of the presenter in Thunder Bay.

 On January 27, Peter MacDonald, who spoke at our November meeting, will be speaking again on the role of communication in the treatment of prostate cancer.  If you missed his well-received presentation you are welcome.  If you want to come again with questions or thoughts that you didn’t get to voice in November, you are welcome.

 Peter will be speaking about how we can clarify issues, fight fears, communicate with doctors, communicate with families and more.  Good communication can make or break this experience, and he will help us find ways to make it better through good communication.

 The video conference room is in the basement of St. Jo’s.  Take the elevator to the basement and walk around the wall facing you when you exit the elevator and you will be there.

 All are welcome.

 Ed Long






Fort William Male Choir Prelude To Christmas

once again allowed us to have an information booth at the

community auditorium during their performances.

Also shown below is Tim Slack accepting a Christmas donation from

FWMC President Gerrard Trembley. 

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Once again PCCN-Thunder Bay is at the forefront of Prostate Cancer information.  
Shown here is Beth long and Bill Bartley taking their turn at our information booth during the 55 Plus Centre's Open House.
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MAKES DONATION of $7,500.00 to PCCN Thunder Bay

Ryan Syroid (General Manager) presents cheque to Prostate Cancer survivors.  L to R: Steve Dychko -  PCCN Honorary Lifetime  Member , Ryan Syroid ,  Bill Horde- PCCN Fundraiser Chairman, Cy Zurba -PCCN Director. Proceeds will directly benefit men in Thunder Bay.

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Photos: (top)Thank you to Dawn Murray of Little Lions Day Nursery and Valley Central and all of the students.

(bottom left) With Robert Danylko is his grandson, Conner, a student at Valley Central.

(bottom right) The three girls are the Valley Central student organizers and will be dying Principal Mr. Glen Cunningham's Movember mustache pink because they raised more than $250.  A picture of that may follow from Dawn.

It was all great fun!  Thank you!



Welcome to the new Executive for 2013

President: Ed Long  *   Vice President: Brian Scott   *   Past President: Bill Vantour

Secretary/Treasurer : Bill Bartley


 Welcome to our new Directors after the 2013 AGM Elections


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(l/r) Jim Holmes, Robert Danylko and Bob Lavoie

Thank you for your service gentlemen!




Video Conferencing

Regional Groups


       On Monday, September 23, 2013, our first Video Conference will take place from St. Joseph’s Hospital @ 7:00 pm EST.  The presentation by Evelyn Armstrong is all about PSA Testing.  Evelyn is the manager of the Diagnostic Laboratory at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre. Live at 7 p.m. for about an hour and then Q&A for about 1/2 hour.



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If you have a lab slip from your doctor, you can bring it.

If not, bring your Ontario Health Card and you can obtain one at “Men Making it Happen.”



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 PCCN-Thunder Bay donates $8500 to Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Centre to help with radiation treatments.

 The donation will purchase Knee and Foot Lock Positioners.  These will help Prostate Cancer Patients who are receiving radiation to remain still and comfortable during the treatments.

 The donation will also purchase Sterile Gold Markers, which are placed in the prostate to allow precise targeting of the cancer cells, and thus, reduction of harm to healthy tissue.





June 9th


presented by


Arthur Street


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Royal Canadian Legion, 229 Van Norman St.
Take Out 2-5 p.m. $10.00
Eat In 5-7 p.m. $12.00
Tickets available at the service desk or at the door


June 13th



Mark's Work Wearhouse

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.




June 14th


Canadian Cancer Society



Saturday, June 15th



Arthur Street Safeway

(corner of Edward)

Rent your spot for only a $10.00 donation

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"first come first serve for the best spots"

buy your tickets at the Customer Service Counter 



Saturday, June 22nd


Come and meet local Prostate Cancer Survivors and other volunteers as all local Safeway Staff help raise needed funds for research. 

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Phil and Marilyn Junnila with some of the Safeway team.  $16,600 raised with one day to go!.JPG

Above photo shows some of last years volunteers at the Arthur Street Store.  We'll be there again so come on by and say hello.

Many draws and even fresh popcorn help raise funds! 


May 16th meeting

The speakers will focus on the 2 prostate cancer treatment side effects that cause problems for most of us: erectile dysfunction and incontinence.

 There will be 2 nurses from BLISS Angela Saunders and Lori Hygaard.   BLISS stands for Balancing Life, Intimacy, Sexuality and Survivorship

  There will also be a physiotherapist Susanna Puiras,  who has taken advanced training to treat pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. 

 Put it on your calendar. 


We have been contacted by CCS seeking our help in manning their proposed daffodil sites.  They require personnel to work 2-hour shifts at various sites across the city from Wednesday April 3 to Sunday April 7, between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


   Some are located at:


-- Walmart (2)   

-- LCBO Stores (3)

-- Northern Credit Union (2)

-- Superstore

-- Scaffs


If you wish to assist them, please contact Patti Cameron at CCS 344-5433.



January 17th, 2013

Monthly meeting 7 p.m.

55+ Centre, River Street

Featuring  a Power Point Presentation


Dr. Terry Hill 

During the last 18 months, Dr. Hill has been part of 32-person Committee organized by Cancer CareOntariocalled the “Disease Pathway Management Team for Prostate Cancer”.

Their mission was to look at how men are diagnosed and the treatment and pathway that men have had to follow.  Their purpose was to streamline and improve the system.

 The results of the committee’s work are available on the Cancer Care Ontario Website under “Pathway”.

 Dr. Hill’s presentation will present their findings as well as their recommendations.


2012 Recent Events or Activities at


PCCN - Thunder Bay


December  Christmas Social


This year our Christmas Social was held in the Auditorium of the 55+ Centre.  There was a full turn out for the fun, prizes and food.  Special recognition was given to Bill Horde and Stan Cano for the hard work they have put in month after month, year after year.


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A Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all.






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Top photo:

TD Canada Trust opened their new bank and as part of their celebration made a $5000 donation to a charity of their choice. They chose PCCN-Thunder Bay. We were honoured and pleased to receive it.




Bottom photo shows the official opening. Congratulation to all of the staff in their new building.

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Stride Orthropaedic and Foot Wear donated $5 for each pair of specified
shoes they sold during November to PCCN-Thunder Bay.

We are pleased to be recognized in this way for the work we are doing in
Thunder Bay and NW Ontario.





2012 Annual General Meeting


Thursday October 18th, 2012

55 Plus Centre, River Street


Our AGM this year was one that saw our finances are in fine shape. Many of the projects run in the past year were funded from unconditional grants and other fund raising initiatives leaving our core funding in place.  With some large projects coming through the pipeline that's a very good thing.

The meeting was run by Steve Dychko (outgoing V.P.) and John Filipovic, Secretary. (Lower left photo) The election of officers was supervised by Mr. Bill Everitt.



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The elections saw two new directors in Cy Zurba and Bill Bartley while Lorne Sampson was also brought back to the board after an abscence.  Brian Scott, Ed Long, and Stan Cano were re-elected for another term.

Phil Junnila gave a bitter sweet Presidents Report as he has left the board but praised the volunteers and the group as a whole for all of the hard work throught the last year.




Day Four 2012 Regina Conference

And when the conference was over......... 

.....SURPRISE !! Singer songwriter Dan Hill was playing in town. 

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It turns out that Dan is a PC survivor and has been helping PCC.  He's given many interviews and written a book.  You can find out all of this and more at danhill.com 

Pictured here: Ed Long, Anne Scott, Beth Long,Dan Hill and Brian Scott.





Laughter is good medicine!!

 We found out why laughter is really such good medicine, the actual biological changes our body goes through.  Then we were treated to an understanding of what an un-sung hero is.  Many reading this will be volunteers working hard behind the scenes for the benefit of others. So, go ahead and laugh. It's good for you!

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Day Three 2012 Regina Conference

Today was lots of sharing with other survivors and lots of learning from Dr. Gerard Morton on Brachy Therapy and clinical trials, Dr. Joyce Davison, of prostate cancer education and decision making, and Dr. Mark Moyad on preventive and complementary medicine – what works and what is worthless.

It will be good to share information when we get home.


Day Two 2012 Regina Conference

And the winner of the 2012 Founders Award is...

(insert drumroll here)

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Congratulations Bob. A well deserved honour.


A bit of news announced during dinner was that 2 new groups have joined PCCN to make a total of 75 across Canada.  PCCN-Brandon and PCCN-BINS (Blacks In Nova Scotia). Men of African heritage have a 60% higher incidence of PC and are often diagnosed with advanced cancer. 

The mortality rate is 2 ½ times that of the rest of us. 



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 The evening saw us all hosted for dinner at the RCMP Heritage Centre, the site of the very first R.C.M.P. post.  The Centre offered tours and a short film.  Dinner included Bison Stew and of course Saskatoon Berry Pies.

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Below: Brian Scott speaking about setting up regional support groups while on the right Marcel and Dianne Girourad from Hearst smile as they made it through a very long and productive day.

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 Day One 2012 Regina Conference


Betty and John St. Amand, Terrace Bay,

Beth and Ed Long

Anne and Brian Scott

Diane and Marcel Girouard, Hearst

Marilyn and Phil Junnila After the Gala Dinner opening night. Regina delegates


Betty St. Amand birthday


Rory Allen (aka Elvis) singing to

Betty St. Amand from Terrace Bay

for her birthday.


2012 Recent Events or Activities at

PCCN - Thunder Bay



September's monthly meeting is to be held Thursday, September 20th, 7 p.m. in the Itailian Cultural Centre, Algoma Street.  There will be a question and answer session following the meeting.  Everyone is welcome!

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Our monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, August 16th, 7:p.m. in the 55 Plus Centre, River Street.

This month's topic will be incontenance.  We will have a round table discussion featuring questions, problems and some solutions that our members have had.  A must for anyone with a concern in this area.

Coffee and conversation after the meeting. 


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Last night was the last Border Cats home game of the year celebrating 10 years of good baseball making for great family entertainment.  They, along with sponsor Muscle White Mines, combined for a donation to PCCN-Thunder Bay of $1,800.  Muscle White made a donation for every run the Boarder Cats scored in a home game and the guys took up the challenge!  We also have to thank the Border Cats for allowing us to sell 50/50 tickets at a number of home games!


Take Me Out To The Ball Game........

Great thanks go out to the Thunder Bay Border Cats for allowing us to sell 50/50 draw tickets at many of the home games.  Add to that the donation for every run scored during a home game from Muscle White Mines and it's been a great fundraising season.  Make sure that you are at the game early on Friday, August 10th, 2012 for a cheque presentation!

(photo: Bill Everitt and Bill Horde selling tickets at the ballpark)



Photo: Great thanks go out to the Thunder Bay Border Cats  for allowing us to sell 50/50 draw tickets at many of the home games.  Add to that the donation for every run scored during a home game from Muscle White Mines and it's been a great fundraising season.  Make sure that you are at the game early on Friday, August 10th, 2012 for a cheque presentation!
(photo: Bill Everitt and Bill Horde selling tickets at the ballpark) 

A great July Meeting!

A standing room only crowd filled the 55 Plus Centre meeting room to participate in a presentation from the Thunder Bay Naturopathic Centre. Dr. Tracy Cook and Dr. Jessica Carfagnini spent almost an hour and a half sharing information and answering the many questions raised by the attendees. An interest note regarding the meeting is that almost 10% of the attendees were women.  Remember any one is welcome to our meetings.


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   A great deal of information from the

   Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic.




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 Left, the good Dr's show off thier new awareness ties.  Right, they discuss naturopathic medicine with PCCN-Thunder Bay president Phil Junnila






June 29, 2012

Phil and Marilyn Junnila are shown here with some of the Canada Safeway team. With one day 
left to go in the campaign they had already raised $16,600.

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Canada Safeway is showing how big their heart is during the month of June.  I got this button from the Arthur Street store when thanking the managers for the effort they put in to this.  Now it looks like my wife and I will be helping out by selling popcorn on Friday June 29th from 10 am t0 4 pm.  Come down and say hi.  If you wish to volunteer, call Phil at 475-5706.

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 Proud of our RELAY FOR LIFE team.


By taking part in the Survivors Lap these gentlemen show engouragement to surviors everywhere.
Special thanks to Bill Horde for helping to organize us this year.
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June 21, 2012   5:30 pm at the 55+ Centre, 700 River Street. 

Come on down and don't forget to bring your partner!

Spouses To Talk To -- Fifth Meeting of this Informal New Group


Monday, 12 March 2012
Spouses talked to spouses/partners of men with prostate cancer

Six spouses volunteered to be available to talk one-on-one with a spouse or partner of a man with prostate cancer. Their contact information is listed on the Spouses To Talk To page at left.

If you are willing to be on the list of people to offer this service, or wish more information, please contact Beth Long at 983-2353 or Ev Burki at 768-8744.


February 2012 Regular Monthly Meeting


Thursday, 16 February 2012
55 Plus Centre on River Street
7 p.m.

Guest speaker was Dr. Abdel-Malak, one of the top urologists anywhere. This meeting was open to the general public and was of special interest to those who are facing or have just been through Prostate Cancer.



January 19th General Meeting featured Mario Audet from the Northern School Of Medicine.


Thursday, 19 January 2012
January 19th General Meeting

The knowledge that he shared regarding PSA testing was soaked up by all 45+ attendees. He stressed getting a baseline and then keeping a journal with all of your results because YOU are ultimately responsible for your own health. Using the same lab and doctor where possible helps to lower the chance of a miss read on a test as well. He then spent the rest of the time answering the myriad of questions. A great meeting!

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Bill Horde and Tim Slack
put on their happy face
while working the door.
Mario Audet and
President Phil Junnila
get the projector set up.
(yes most times it takes two!!!)

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