Ostomy Canada Society provides many areas of support. Check out these helpful programs:
Ostomy Canada Benefit Finder
- A national network of community ostomy support groups;
- Financial assistance to attend Camp Horizon in Alberta;
- The Shane Banfield Memorial Fund to offer financial assistance to attend camp for children with bladder issue caused by a birth defect, cancer, or a motor vehicle accident;
- Post-secondary student award of $1000 for qualified applicants;
- NSWOC nurses award of $1500 for successful completion of NSWOCC ETNEP training;
- Assistance in applying for the Disability Tax Credit;
- Support through the Visitor Program;
- Participation in special interest groups such as Parents of Children with Ostomies, SASO, etc.
- Access to an ET/NSWOC for regular checkups with your stoma system. (Find an ET/NSWOC link below).
- Access to a physiotherapist that knows about perineal and/or abdominal surgery and exercises to strengthen those areas. Ottawa Ostomy Support has a great file here. Saskatoon Ostomy Association has a great file here.
Find Your Local Chapter or Support Group
Located throughout Canada, face to face chapters or support group meetings provide support, understanding and share information.
Find a NSWOC
Our friends over at Nurses Specialized In Wound, Ostomy And Continence Canada [NSWOCC] (formerly called The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET)) have renamed their new program on their website. It was formerly called “Find An ET Nurse” and is now called “Find a NSWOC“. Click on the image to the left or link here to go to their site.
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Shane Banfield Memorial Fund Criteria
WHAT – Full sponsorship of camp registration fee and transportation costs – air, rail or bus
HOW MANY – Maximum 3 campers/year
WHO IS ELIGIBLE – Children ages 9-18 years who have or have had birth defects of the bladder i.e. bladder extropy; epispadias; bladder incontinence; self- catheterization because of a birth defect or disease i.e. spina bifida; disease i.e. Bladder cancer; trauma i.e. Motor vehicle accident.
- Must be a first-time camper (will receive Shane Banfield sponsorship only one time)
- Can reside anywhere in Canada
- Must agree to have name and photo published in any or all Ostomy Canada Society media.
- Monies donated to Shane Banfield Memorial Fund cannot be used for any other purpose.
If you are wanting to support a worthwhile charity, please consider the Shane Banfield Memorial Fund, started in 2011 by ConvaTec and Ostomy Canada Society.
Shane was diagnosed with a rare form of bladder cancer when he was 14 months old. He underwent Chemotherapy for 2 years and also radiation. He underwent numerous surgeries over the years and did end up having his bladder removed – hence an ostomy. Shane attended ostomy camp (Camp Horizon, Bragg Creek AB) when he was 9 years old until he aged out. He then volunteered at camp until his untimely passing at age 30 years due to a massive stroke. As I recall he only ever missed 2 times at camp, both due to illness. Even his employers gave him time off from work to attend. We would very much like this fund to continue, it enables children/youth from across Canada to attend this camp. We would very much like to hear these kids say also “I am not the only one!” I cannot say enough good things about how this camp helped and encouraged our son. Please and thank you – a grateful mom and dad.