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COMMUNITY

You do not have to go through this journey alone. There are countless ostomates & j-pouchers in Calgary, many of whom are a member of COS. Join our community today!

EDUCATION

A new ostomy can be a challenge, but we can help by offering education, advice and tips to make it stick! Learn from medical professionals, Ostomy Nurses and veteran ostomates.

OSTOMY VISITOR PROGRAM

Are you currently in the hospital? Did you recently have ostomy surgery? Our Ostomy Visitor Program offers peer support by trained and certified Ostomy Visitors.
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What We Offer

The Calgary Ostomy Society (COS) is an affiliated chapter of the Ostomy Canada Society and a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to all people with an ostomy or j-pouch, and their families, helping them to live life to the fullest through support, education, collaboration, and advocacy.

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EVENTS & SUPPORT GROUPS

Calgary Ostomy holds quarterly meetings, featuring guest speakers, new ostomy products, and more! We offer support meetings such as the Ostomy & J-Pouch Support Group, Young Adults Program & Ostomy Canada Youth Camp. We also participate in the national fundraiser, Step Up For Ostomy. Find an event…

OSTOMY VISITOR PROGRAM

The goal of the Ostomy Visitor Program is to reduce the emotional burden of people who have undergone or will undergo ostomy or j-pouch surgery, so they may return to their former physical, social and economic stutus. Speak to a Certified Ostomy Visitor today!  Learn more…

MEMBERSHIP

The Calgary Ostomy Society is a member-driven, non-profit organization that relies on income from annual membership dues and donations to operate. For only $30 a year, you will not only become a member of both Calgary Ostomy and Ostomy Canada, but help us reach our goals. Members will receive a subscription to the bi-annual Ostomy Canada Magazine. Become a member…

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Our Events

Join the Calgary Ostomy Society at our upcoming events. Our social, support and educational events are an excellent opportunity to meet others with an ostomy or j-pouch living in Calgary.

Ostomy & J-Pouch Virtual Support Group meetings are held on the last Tuesday every month, except for July and August. We hold quarterly meetings in person on the second Wednesday in March, June, and September, with a special Christmas function planned for December. Our Young Adults groups meets throughout the year, and Ostomy Youth Camp in July. The Step Up For Ostomy Awareness Walk will take place on September 21, 2024.

Events Calendar

Ostomy & J-Pouch Virtual Support Group

Join the Calgary Ostomy & J-Pouch Virtual Support Group on June 25, 2024 for support, resources, and advice on managing ostomies and J-pouches. This will be our final support group until September.

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Patient & Self-Referral

Connect with a Certified Ostomy Visitor for Personalized Support Post-Surgery

Have you, or someone under your care, recently undergone ostomy or j-pouch surgery? Engage directly with a Certified Ostomy Visitor for specialized support. Our visiting coordinator facilitates both self-referrals and patient referrals, guaranteeing a thoughtful pairing with a visitor who has undergone similar surgical experiences and shares a comparable demographic background—whether it be ileostomy, colostomy, urostomy, j-pouch, or reversal. This personalized interaction offers customized advice and support, aiding in your recovery process.

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News & Updates

Calgary Ostomy April 2024 E-News

Calgary Ostomy April 2024 E-News

Discover the latest updates from the Calgary Ostomy Society: product enhancements, event highlights, volunteer opportunities, and community initiatives. Stay informed about the transition to digital updates, educational conferences, and support group meetings to foster a thriving ostomy community.

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Farewell to the Calgary Ostomy Newsletter

After 55 years, the Spring 2024 Simply Ostomy Newsletter will mark the final edition of Calgary Ostomy’s quarterly publication. Check out our blog post for some info about the history of our newsletter.

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Calgary Ostomy E-News November 2023

Calgary Ostomy E-News November 2023

The Calgary Ostomy E-News for November 2023 includes several events, volunteer training and opportunities. Coming up, we have Ostomy Visitor Training, our final Ostomy & J-Pouch Virtual Support Group for the year, and a Christmas Social. Our Visitor Program is seeking volunteers for various surgery types, and we are in dire need of a treasurer, as well as marketing, communications and admin roles.

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GET INVOLVED

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

It’s impossible to imagine Calgary Ostomy Society without the support of volunteers who help with programming, administrative tasks, marketing, the Ostomy Visitor program, event coordination, fundraising and more. Join our brave and diverse network of volunteers, driven by values of support and hope!

Current volunteer opportunities include:
– Treasurer
– Marketing & Communications Volunteers
– Certified Ostomy Visitors

DONATE OSTOMY SUPPLIES

If you’ve undergone a reversal, experienced a change in your stoma size, or recently lost a loved one who had a stoma, consider donating your unused ostomy supplies instead of discarding them. There’s a global community of ostomates in dire need of these materials. Friends of Ostomates Worldwide Canada is dedicated to collecting and distributing donated ostomy supplies to those in need in countries like Kenya, Ukraine, and India, among others. If you’re in Western Canada, you can contribute by dropping off or shipping your donations to CB Medical.

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