Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

Ortho Connect

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Description & Services
Description Ortho Connect is a free, telephone-based peer support program through which people newly referred for bone and joint surgery are matched with trained volunteers who have already undergone similar surgical treatment. Volunteers are trained to listen, support, and encourage, and to refer clients to community resources for information and assistance based on individual client needs and desires. 
The purpose of the program is to enable patients to learn, understand, and become comfortable with their upcoming surgery, supported by a person who knows what they’re going through. After receiving a request for service, the Foundation matches a volunteer to the request usually within 48 hours. The program is similar to peer support programs such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Reach-to-Recovery Program.
Dates Year round
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Accessibility Not Accessible
Languages English ; French
Fees Membership ; Donation - Gratefully received ; If you are interested in becoming a corporate partner, please contact us at:
Areas Served Canada
Toll Free Phone 1-800-461-3639 ext. 221
Mailing Address PO Box 1036 
Toronto, ON M5K 1P2
Office Phone 416-410-2341
Primary Contact Patti Watkins, Administrative Coordinator; Phone: 1-800-461-3639 ext 221; Email:
Primary Executive Isla Horvath, Executive Director; Phone: 1-800-461-3639 ext 225; Email:
Search Categories
Subjects Arthritis ; Information and referral ; Musculoskeletal diseases ; Osteoporosis ; Telephone support


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