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.

Megan Wong

Megan Wong

Social Media Coordinator

 Megan is a 4th year student at the University of Victoria on the Lekwungen territories. She is passionate about activism, the arts and advocacy work. She’s so excited to be working with CIPO and connecting with 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.

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.

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.

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.

Lauren House

Lauren House

Administrative Assistant

 Bringing over 15 years of experience in her field, she embraces the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth. She hopes to share her voice and ideas to create change and assist CIPO with our goals.

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.

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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