Education

Learn about primary immunodeficiency through one of CIPO’s education tools. Attend a Patient Education Event near you, read our Educational Materials, or sign up for our newsletter. Don’t know where to start? Try the Glossary of PI Terms, a great resource for everyone.

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Support

Sick and tired of being sick and tired? You’re not alone. CIPO offers a variety of support programs. Our Patient Support Groups allow you to connect and share in a friendly and safe atmosphere. Newly diagnosed or looking for more personal support? CIPO’s new Peer Support Program offers the ability to connect with someone on a one-to-one basis.

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Advocacy

We are here to advocate for you! CIPO goes to all levels of government in order to have the needs of PI patients met. Currently, our advocacy work includes: SCID newborn screening, pay-for-plasma, comprehensive care, access to treatment and supplies, and earlier diagnosis through raising awareness.

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What is PI?

The world of Primary Immunodeficiency can be daunting, check out our guides to help find your way.

The Immune System
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The Immune System
Specific Disease Types
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Specific Disease Types
SCID Newborn Screening
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SCID Newborn Screening
Glossary of Terms
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Glossary of Terms

Living with PI

We’ve put together some resources to assist those living with PI in Canada.

MEET OUR TEAM

The CIPO team is a group of individuals from across Canada dedicated to addressing the needs of PID patients.

Whitney Goulstone

Whitney Goulstone

Executive Director

Whitney joined CIPO in 2014, identifying a need for support in Ontario. A PI patient herself, Whitney lends a strong personal voice to this role. With over a decade working in advocacy, she brings passion and drive every day.

Christine Duncan

Christine Duncan

Chair

Christine is a nurse educator and a CVID patient who brings a wealth of knowledge to the board and to the Ontario Chapter. Her journey with CVID has brought her all over Ontario – Thunder Bay, Sarnia, Toronto and now London.

Lee Strickland

Lee Strickland

Treasurer

Lee is a semi-retired Architect who has actively served on many professional and civic boards of directors over his career, several as president.  He strongly believes in supporting his profession and his community in return for the support he has received from them.

Jazmin Chase

Jazmin Chase

Director, Atlantic Canada

Jazmin is a Respiratory Therapist in Campbellton, NB. As someone who suffers with brittle asthma and anaphylactic allergies, Jazmin has spent much of her life in hospital as well as now working with patients. 

Erin Harder

Erin Harder

Programs Director

A mother of 2 with Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis (CMC), Erin has been  with CIPO since 2012. She has been an advocate for parents and children with PI, and hopes to implement a school guide in Canada.

Kaie Ramsden

Kaie Ramsden

Vice Chair

Living in Calgary and diagnosed in 2014, an almost retired aesthetician, Kaie enjoys volunteering and spending time with her 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Wendy Chandler

Wendy Chandler

Director, BC

A retired counsellor and CVID patient, Wendy runs support groups in Vancouver and is also CIPO’s Support Lead. Married, with two children and two grandchildren, she is as busy since she retired years ago as she was when working.

Elizabeth Doherty

Elizabeth Doherty

Director, Atlantic Canada

Elizabeth lives in Fredericton, NB and comes from an advocacy background and is affiliated with the NB Lung Association and the Canadian Lung Association. Prior to her PI diagnosis in 2014, Liz would spend over half of the year in the hospital.

Anna Riley

Anna Riley

Administrator

Anna, from Bristol, England, has a background working in Universities, but enjoys supporting the CIPO team with all their hard work and getting to know you all.

Alex Blake

Alex Blake

Secretary

Alex  is an experienced social service professional with over sixteen years of frontline, and program management experience; he has been employed in a wide variety of service streams in both Canada and the United Kingdom.

Martine Allard

Martine Allard

Director, Quebec

Martine is a CVID patient, Secretary for CIPO, and Vice-President for APIQ. We don’t know how she does it! Martine lives in Quebec City and enjoys running and Doctor Who.

Gina Lazor

Gina Lazor

Director, Alberta

Gina is a university student studying psychology in Edmonton Alberta, with hopes of counselling people with difficult health diagnoses. She was diagnosed in 2018 with Common Variable Immunodeficiency, and is strongly devoted to helping primary immunodeficiency patients.

NEWS & EVENTS

CIPO organizes patient events in locations across Canada. This is where you can find out what’s going on, and sign up.

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20th Anniversary Campaign: 20 Years, 20 Families

This year, CIPO’s goal is to be able to meet all requests made to us from those needing financial assistance, with this in mind we designed our “20th Anniversary Campaign: 20 Years, 20 Families”. Donate Now to help us reach our goal and help one of the many affected by primary Immunodeficiency diseases in Canada.

GET INVOLVED

Interested in connecting with a larger community? We'd love to hear from you! Check out the number of ways to get involved.

Volunteer with us

Our volunteers are who were are. Volunteer today and join a 20 year strong community. There are many ways your skills can be used, everyone is welcome.

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Find an event

CIPO has events across our chapters annually, be sure to see if we are coming to your town. If not, why not host your own event with our help!

Donate

Our vital services support the thousands of Canadians affected by PI. Learn how to help sustain these services and one of the many ways to donate.

Join CIPO today!

Become a member and become part of the only patient group for PI in Canada. Membership is free, receive newsletters, support and so much more.


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