Serving the Calgary Ostomy Community


The Calgary Ostomy Society

Serving the Calgary Ostomy Community

The Calgary Ostomy Society is a member of the Ostomy Canada Society and is dedicated to helping persons with an ileostomy, colostomy, urostomy or J-Pouch. It is a self-governing non-profit, educational health service agency with medical advisers. The Society operates a volunteer visitor service to ostomates and holds quarterly information and social meetings. Meetings are open to all ostomates, their families, friends and supporters.

The Calgary Ostomy Society provides:
– Trained volunteer visitors (all of whom have ostomies/j-pouches) who aid ostomy and j-pouch patients before and after surgery
– Help for ostomy patients to adjust to the emotional and psychological results of ostomy surgery
– Tips for everyday appliance management
– Quarterly meetings with relevant speakers, opportunities to meet Enterostomal Therapists (ET)s informally and to learn about new products from manufacturers and vendors. These meetings provide important support as ostomates and their families gain understanding of how to achieve their best quality of life.
– Quarterly Newsletter and Educational Publications

We also offer regular support groups, including:
– Small Support Group (for all ostomy types and ages)
– Gutsy Gang Social Club (for those with a bowel & bladder diversion, ie ostomy, j-pouch, between the ages of 18 to 40’s)
– J-Pouch Support Group
– Spouses and Significant Others Support Group

The Calgary Ostomy Society (COS) is a member of the Ostomy Canada Society. Paid membership to the COS includes membership to the Ostomy Canada Society with access to all of its services, including
their national glossy publication “Ostomy Canada”.

Executive Committee

Meet our Executive Committee. We are all ostomates. We are all COS Members. 

Pat Cimmeck


Tiffany Shorson, 37, Ileostomy

Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, Gutsy Gang Coordinator

“I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis as a child in 1991, and had my first ostomy in 1992. I had reversals (Straight Pull Through, J-Pouch & Koch Pouch) for many years, but in 2011 needed a permanent ileostomy. I have been volunteering with COS since 2015, as the newsletter editor, webmaster and I coordinate the Gutsy Gang Social Club, (a social group for young adults with bowel & bladder diversion surgeries).”

Helmut D.


Charlene Needham

Volunteer Visiting Coordinator

“I’ve been volunteering with COS since 2013. I have a jujenostomy for 8 years & prior to that I had an ileostomy. I am married & retired

Kaylee Janse, 38, Ileostomy

Volunteer Visiting Coordinator

“I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2007 and in 2013 my medical journey resulted in my permanent ostomy. I have been volunteering both with the local Calgary J-pouch group and the Calgary Ostomy Society for over 5 years. I currently help to coordinate volunteers for both groups to help new and existing patients incorporate the results of their diversion surgeries successfully into their lives.”

Contact us

For general inquiries about COS, please use the form below.