Address 10 Quarry Ridge Road Barrie, Ontario L4M 7G1 Phone 705-726-5199 Fax 705-726-7101 E-Mail

Why Support Gilda’s Club?

For people learning to live with cancer, the feeling of emotional distress can be hard to bear. Maybe you have seen this with someone you care about.  Members of Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka what that feels like. Every member of Gilda's Club has felt the impact of cancer. They've also felt the power of the emotional and social support they find in the cancer support community at Gilda's Club. Here they find the information, companionship and emotional support they need to make it through their cancer journey, whatever the destination.

Noogieland™ is specifically designed for children and teens ages 4-17, who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves, or are grieving the loss of a loved one. Noogieland™ is named after the “noogies” that Todd (Bill Murray) gave to Lisa (Gilda Radner) on Saturday Night Live. Aimed at educating, supporting, and connecting families impacted by cancer in any way, the free Noogieland™ program for children and families features:


Our free kids’ support groups are facilitated by licensed clinicians and provide a safe environment for kids to share their feelings. These groups are structured around providing age appropriate cancer information, learning relaxation and coping skills as well as building support and social connections, through creative art and play.
Support Groups include:
Kid SupportTM – designed to provide education, creative expression, relaxation techniques, healthy communication and socialization for children who have a diagnosis of cancer or who have a loved one living with cancer.
Kids Grieve Too – designated group for children that have lost a loved one to cancer, the group will focus on helping children remember and celebrate family members as well as providing them with tools to understand and process difficult emotions as they move forward.


We offer a variety of free kids’ workshops. These workshops allow the kids to explore various avenues of expression, while building a community with the other children who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves or are grieving the loss of a loved one. Workshops include:
Family Fun Nights – nights devoted to families having fun together.
Creative Kids- creative arts workshops that encourage self-expression while promoting socialization and an outlet for fun.
NoogieNights- children gather to play, socialize and engage in special activities with other children who are impacted by cancer.


Offered as a day camp in the winter and summer breaks from school, Camp Sparkle and Kids Summer Kamp provides fun themes, specialized workshops and lots of laughter for children and youth who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves or are grieving the loss of a loved one. There is no fee for Camp Noogie but registration is required as there is limited space.


Teens gather monthly to hang out and socialize with other teens who know what it is like to have cancer themselves or to have cancer in the family.


Somewhere for the whole family to get together! Whether it is a parent, sibling, grandparent or other relative impacted by cancer, we are inviting everyone to be a part of these fun filled days. Please be sure to RSVP in advance so that we are prepared for everyone!