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Ostomy Canada Society is pleased to announce the 6th annual Canada Ostomy Day on October 5, 2019.
The purpose of the Canada Ostomy Day is to raise awareness of the estimated 70,000 people living in Canada with an ostomy.
Many chapters and peer support groups across Canada will join in the Stoma Stroll Awareness Walk, see our website www.stomastroll.ca for more information. We invite cities across Canada to proclaim October 5, 2019, as Canada Ostomy Day.
Purpose of the Walk
Ostomy Canada Society Inc. is a nationally registered Canadian charity (Charitable Reg. No: 119277093RR0001). The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness and funds in support of our mission. We do not receive government funding and rely on your efforts and support from our donors to fulfill our mission. The walk will also serve to create a sense of community and support for people living with an ostomy and their families in your region. In this respect, the walk is of immeasurable value.
Ostomy Canada Society’s Mission Statement
Ostomy Canada Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to all people with an ostomy, and their families, helping them to live life to the fullest through support, education, collaboration, and advocacy.
Canada’s voice for people living with an ostomy.
Live Life to the Fullest!
Our 2019 Stoma Stroll Awareness Walk website is now live: www.stomastroll.ca
Saturday, October 5, 2019, is Canada Ostomy Day. And the Ostomy Canada Society will host the 7th Annual Stoma Stroll Awareness Walk in various cities across Canada. If you cannot find a walk in your area you can organize a team or participate as an individual in our virtual walk.
With your help, we can reach our goal of raising $35,000 nationally. All funds raised will go towards supporting our mission. Ostomy Canada Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to all people with an ostomy, and their families, helping them to live life to the fullest through support, education, collaboration, and advocacy.
Please see www.ostomycanada.ca for more information about Ostomy Canada Society.
New this year – Each participant creating a page for the stoma stroll online must join a team. Click here to download instructions.Stoma-Stroll-2019-Signup-Instructions
Christine MacCallum, Facilitator of the Charlottetown Ostomy Peer Support Group has led her people in the right direction once again. Starting the Group just one year ago, Christine and her Group has been very active in assisting people, hosting meetings and participating in the Stoma Stroll this year. They had over 90 people partake and raised over $3,000.00 for Ostomy Canada’s largest fundraiser.
The Province says there are approximately 585 people living with an ostomy on the island and this group has worked very hard to meet all of the right people to request funding from their government for ostomy supplies and care. People like Robert Mitchell, the Minister of Health, Hannah Bell, member of the Green Party, Judith Bayliss, advocate for people living with disability, NSWOC Nurses who support and take care of their patients, have stood beside this group and helped them to achieve support from the government. PEI was the only province in Canada without funding. This is over, people are thrilled, government has come forward and Christine and her Group have succeeded once again.
On November 28th, Christine and her Group hosted a celebration party for all those that assisted them along the way. Her thanks go out to Ann Durkee, Atlantic Regional Administrator, Ostomy Canada Society and NSWOCC.
This tiny group has grown from 16 people attending the meetings regularly to a grand total of 56. They share stories about their success, their health issues and their difficulties through living with an ostomy.
Through support, all of these people will be happy and content and will enjoy the friendships that they make in their group with no responsibilities.