February 14, 2014
Greetings all,Your UOAC board of directors met online on January 18, 2014. A great many items were discussed. One of the areas of concern is that a chapter has not come forward to host the 2016 conference. As a result, the board is considering not having biennial conferences and only holding AGMs once a year as a one day event. We realize that this goes against our wishes expressed in our five year strategic plan – to increase awareness, but without the support of member chapters, a conference is not possible. It is not too late for your chapter to put together a bid to host the conference in 2016. If you are interested, please let us know.
Mark your calendars now – the 2nd Annual Canada Ostomy Day will be held the first Saturday in October, 2014. We extend an invitation to all chapters across Canada to join in the Stoma Stroll Awareness Walk. We are in the process of updating the twelve page procedure manual and will send to all chapter presidents in the next while. UOAC will set up the walk webpage for your city, provide you with posters, postcards and pledge sheets, provide you with a certificate of insurance, pay for approved expenses such as permits and first aid staff.
The board of directors will continue to hold monthly online meetings (usually a Saturday at 9:00 a.m. CST). Any chapter president that is interested in sitting in as an observer is welcome. Please send an email to the office to get an invitation. Our next online meeting is Saturday, February 15.
The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act provides federal not-for-profit corporations with a new set of rules that are modern, flexible and better suited to the needs of today's not-for-profit sector. Our by-laws committee is working hard to have new by-laws ready for a vote at the AGM in St. John’s in 2014. Prior to that, we would like the chapters to look through and discuss the by-laws as well as the changes in the way that the organization will run. Packages have been emailed and mailed out to each chapter president as our lawyers have had a chance to draft the correct legal language. Member chapter feedback is requested, and a special online meeting will be held with chapter representativeson March 8, 2014. See the email that was sent from the national office for further details.
I’ve sent a letter to all Ontario chapter presidents announcing the formation of an ad hoc committee between members of the United Ostomy Association of Canada and Ostomy Toronto to advocate for an increase in the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Grant. To ensure we are inclusive, we encourage you to review our request with your members for feedback. In addition, if you, or any of your members, would like to be involved in the process, please contact Amy Taylor-Mitropoulos (email@example.com), the committee chair, for more information. You will be informed as updates become available.
In this issue of the UOAConnection, we are asking you to nominate someone from your chapter for the Maple Leaf Award. The Maple Leaf Award is the most prestigious award presented by UOAC. It is awarded to a UOAC member or associate who has done outstanding volunteer service for the benefit of UOAC and its members. Any UOAC member is eligible to receive this award, with the exception of members of the Executive council. Nomination forms are also available on our website. Deadline for nominations is April 30, 2014.
We are also asking for nominations for the Enterostomal Therapist Recognition Award. The ET of the Year Award is awarded to an E.T. nurse who has supported ostomates via involvement with his/her local chapter's activities and national functions. The award also enables UOAC members to acknowledge their E.T. nurse for their support and services. Nomination forms are also available on our website. Deadline for nominations is April 30, 2014.
And as always, you can nominate someone for the Unsung Hero Award. The Unsung Hero Awards is presented to those individuals who always work behind the scenes in any successful organization. They are also dedicated to UOAC, but do not seek the limelight. In fact they prefer to do their work and give their support in an unobtrusive manner.
Past winners of these awards are listed on our website. All of these awards, plus the President`s Award, will be presented at the Awards Luncheon at the conference in St. John`s Newfoundland this summer.
Our next biennial conference will be in St. John’s Newfoundland in 2014. Dates are July 31 to August 2. Our conference administrator is Delilah Guy, conference chair is Carol Wells. The St. John’s and Gander chapters are working together to put on a great conference. We hope to see you all there and take some time to tour around the “Rock” and enjoy the unique experience that is Newfoundland. Conference and hotel registration forms are already on our website, along with links to websites that show some of the other things you can go see when you visit Newfoundland. The link is: http://ostomycanada.ca/events/biennial_conference_of_uoac
Again this year we will be asking for donations from individuals and chapters for raffle and auction items. And we will be asking for advertisements for the program booklet. Janet Paquet has agreed to do the program book this year. The theme this year is “Ostomates Connect on the Rock”. Hope to see you there!
We thank you for visiting our website and hope that the information has been helpful. If you would like to contact UOAC, please address comments at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or fill out the form in the "Contact Us" section.
Peter Folk, President
United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc.