November 6, 2013
As I write this, I am excited to see so many people making bids on the items up for auction on our first ever online auction. The website address is: http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/10546/auctions/11525. The auction continues until November 15. I’ve put in a few bids and already someone has out bid me on the items I really want. Hope I win the Canadian Tire $100 gift card with my bid of $57.
Special thanks go to Rosemary Gaffray who has volunteered to take one of the vacant positions on the board of directors. The board appointed Rosemary at our October 19th online board meeting.
Congratulations go to UOAC past-president Pat Cimmeck who was elected to be NCACOA president at the meeting in Argentina in October. Congratulations also go to Lisa Gausman who was elected to the vice-president’s position. I’m sure they will do a great job!
On Saturday, October 5, 2013, the United Ostomy Association of Canada hosted the 1st Annual Stoma Stroll Awareness Walk in various cities across Canada to celebrate Canada Ostomy Day.
Ostomy Chapter members in Moncton, Calgary, Gander, London, Niagara, Halifax and St. John’s pulled together actual walks in a very short time. There was also a very successful virtual walk. Other chapters organized teams under the virtual walk. Indeed a super job by all involved!
I put together a video of all the walkers and put it on Youtube. Check it out here: http://youtu.be/2TEw1nYOllk
We started out small with just a few chapters and we made a few mistakes along the way. But the committee hung in there and worked out the problems as best as they could. Lessons have been learned and will be corrected for next year.
initial figures show that we have surpassed our goal of $20,000. We have proven that this fund-raising idea works and helps to raise awareness. We look for bigger and better next year!
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. A twelve page procedure manual will be sent 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, November 16.
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 will be mailed out to each chapter president.
The fall appeal letters will be going out this month. Please be generous in your donations. And thank you for your continued support.
Our friends over at The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) have developed a new program on their website called "Find An ET Nurse". Click on the link below to go to their site. https://members.caet.ca/etfinder. We also have links to their website on our website.
Our next biennial conference will be in St. John’s Newfoundland in 2014. Dates are July 31 to August 2. Our confer-ence chair is Carol Wells and 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!
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Peter Folk, President
United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc.