"Diagnosis of ovarian cancer doesn't have to be a diagnosis of isolation. The Peer Network reminds me that I am not alone and empowers US to navigate our path of survivorship together."

Dr. Mona Gauthier,

Peers Co-founder 

"We are all women at different stages on the road to survivorship. Ovarian cancer has its unique challenges. It's comforting to have a welcoming place for like-minded women to meet and discuss our common issues.”

Margaret Jeffrey,

Peers Co-founder 

"The collective voice of our peer network group, through advocacy and education, adds an audible chorus of awareness and support to women ovarian cancer survivors and their health care teams."

Niki Bledin,


"There is so much that needs to change to better meet the needs of women facing Ovarian Cancer. This network provides an opportunity to share experiences, with the possibility to advocate as a network for system changes."

Cindy Cowan,

Peers Co-founder

"The Network provides a safe place where we can talk freely and share information. We have a pretty good idea what the woman beside us is going through. It makes me feel stronger – I hope the same for all."

Sharon Halpern,


"For the first two years following diagnosis, the aloneness, in spite of family, friends and a wonderful medical team, sometimes was overwhelming. Joining the OVCA Peer Group was a real turning point. Now I was among remarkable women in a place where we could all talk and share experiences, be understood immediately and learn together. There is so much to learn about OC to help the survivors and to promote finding early diagnosis for those that follow."

Frances Anderson,


"This is a support group where others facing Ovarian Cancer REALLY understand. No question is too silly! We are able to share experiences, offer tips about navigating our health care and support one another."

Lyn Howlett,



Margaret Jeffrey, founding member, forum and executive committee member, sadly passed away on September 5th.


Margaret will be missed by her family, friends and friends at our peer support group.


Margaret has requested that any donations go to our peer support group:
Donations can be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust:
Branch #1832

Account #0601-5233073
Payable to: Ovarian Cancer Peer Support Network.