Our History

The Sunshine Room was created from the vision of Helen Densmore Cleary, a wife and mother of three who had cancer and advocated for others living with the disease. Helen recognized that patients should experience the same level of compassion and support that she received from friends, family and her community. Determined to fulfill her vision, Helen, with support from Cancer Care Nova Scotia, the Cancer Care Program and Volunteer Services, began an 18-month journey to make her vision a reality. Shortly after the room opened in June 2003, Helen died. The Sunshine Room remains a symbol of Helen’s dedication to improving the quality of life for Nova Scotians living with and affected by cancer.

I have been here several times over the last 4 years and found it healing mentally, physically and emotionally.- Patient/ Caregiver Comment