Hydrocephalus Canada

In November of 2017 the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario (SB&H) began a process of change. We became Hydrocephalus Canada (HC), after supporting families, individuals and healthcare professionals in Ontario for more than 40 years as The Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario.

Hydrocephalus Canada incorporates the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario (SB&H). As Hydrocephalus Canada, the new association continues to offer the same valued programs and services that the Ontario community relies upon. But more than that, we are expanding our mandate to include the growing number of people across Canada living with hydrocephalus and Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus.

This national expansion will strengthen the growing community of people living with hydrocephalus and enable us to better support advances in treatment for hydrocephalus and related neurological conditions such as spina bifida, the sharing of education and knowledge, and standards of care. Our mission is to offer strength and support for people living with hydrocephalus and related neurological conditions, and to contribute to awareness and research. At the same time, we will work to find a cure.

The new association will build on the legacy of SB&H in Ontario and use our experience, knowledge and drive to outreach, offer useful information and support for members, and share relevant research and treatment news across medical communities, academia, associations, and industry partners, provincially, nationally and globally.


Meet our November artist, Marianka Cantin from Hearst and read about them and their art:

Living in Northern Ontario, Marianka is a hard-working grade 10 student in High School.  In the last year, she has started her own business in photography for a hobby.  Surrounded with animals especially Tex, Marianka is the happiest girl.  Now self-taught the piano and plays it when the time permits, she is adding more hobbies to her list!



1. How did you come up with the idea for this drawing that is included inside the calendar. 

I really love Disney, so I think that it would be a good idea to put one of my passions in my drawing.  Also, Disney shows that everything is possible, and if you can dream it, you can also do it.  So that’s why I decided to do something with Disney on my drawing. 

2. Why do you like drawing/painting or taking pictures?

I like drawing/painting because I can express myself in the different artwork that I do.

3. How did you feel when you heard your artwork was selected for the TGIF Calendar?

I was happy and it encourages me to continue do drawing for the next years.

4. What are your hobbies and interests?

My hobbies and interests are playing with my dog, teaching him new tricks, photography, playing outside and also playing piano. 

5. What do you want to be when you grow up?

When I grow up, I would like to be a photographer and/or a pet groomer.

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