Our job is to provide you with the necessary tools and supports so that you can inspire your community to share the gift of life. We work with many groups including donor families, community volunteers, faith leaders, health care professionals, youth and non-governmental organizations, government, and supportive private sector companies.
Today there are over 300 volunteers across Ontario who actively encourage their friends, family, and the community-at-large to register their consent to donate organs and tissue. Not only that, but throughout the year, there are more than 400 volunteer events promoting organ and tissue donor registration! This is all due to the generous support from people like you.
If you are a donor family member, a transplant recipient, transplant patient family member, patient awaiting transplant, tissue donor, or tissue donor family member; please consider volunteering your time. Your unique message will be an inspiration to others.
TGLN is currently in need of a number of volunteers throughout Ontario who would consider at least a nine month commitment, and a minimum of 20 hours of work dedicated to raising awareness for organ and tissue donor registration and transplantation.
National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW) occurs every April across Canada. It can be a rewarding way to give back to your community. The best part about NOTDAW is that everyone is welcome to participate. Ideas for events can range from planning an information display in your workplace, to organizing a donor registration drive, to hosting a community event like a block party! You can make it as small or as big as you like. What’s important is that your event is helping to raise the awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Simple event ideas can range from information displays in your workplace, to organizing a donor registration drive, to hosting a community event like a block party! It can be as small or as big as you like. What’s important is that your event is helping to raise the awareness of this great national cause.
Here is your opportunity to join other communities across the province and help increase awareness for organ and tissue donation. Activities can range from on-campus awareness, workplace health and safety seminars, institutional health fairs, lay and professional association meetings, to community service club presentations. It just takes one person to get the momentum going and that one person could be you!
Please download and complete the Community Event Support Materials & Speaker Request form. This form asks for the coordinator’s name, the date, time and location of your event, and the number of people you expect to attend. Complete this information early to receive requested materials and/or to book your speaker in time for your event. Once you have answered all of the questions, just click the ‘submit by email’ button at the bottom of the form and it will be sent to a TGLN community events’ coordinator. If your event is a public event, TGLN will post it on the Calendar of Events page of this site.
Workplace registration drive initiative.
Hosting a workplace organ and tissue registration drive is easy.
With the development of Beadonor.ca registering your consent only takes two minutes online. A workplace registration drive is a great way to encourage your colleagues to register as organ and tissue donors, and demonstrate your organization's good corporate governance. Best of all, it doesn't take away from company productivity.
Get started today by visiting beadonor's website and downloading the toolkit. It contains a menu of customizable documents, suggested event ideas and timing for a workplace registration drive to help make implementation turn-key. TGLN is here to help make your drive a success. Please contact us for more information.
Toolkit for Legal Professionals
Discussing organ and tissue donation during end of life planning (Will and Estate).
As a vital component of end of life planning, TGLN is working closely with legal professionals across Ontario to ensure that organ and tissue donation becomes a standard discussion in the Will and Estate Planning process. Legal professionals are uniquely aware of the importance of clarifying one’s final wishes, and how leaving these important decisions unknown can create confusion and added stress for loved ones during an already difficult time. Before an individual can become an organ and tissue donor, their family will always be consulted to make the final decision. When a person is a registered donor, families have clarity around their loved ones wishes, and consent to donation over 90% of the time. However, when a person is not registered, the rate of family consent drops to just 60% when an individuals final wishes are left unknown.
If you are a legal professional, and would like to ensure that your client’s wishes around organ and tissue donation are made clear in their end of life planning, please download our easy to use legal toolkit here. The toolkit provides information about the legal community’s role in informing their clients about organ and tissue donation. It also contains an example letter to clients regarding the issue, information on how to quickly and easily register as a donor, and a FAQ and myths section that provides clarification around common misconceptions about organ and tissue donation that often prevent people from registering. If you are a legal professional and would like to learn more about talking to your clients about organ and tissue donation, please contact us for more information.
Start your own campaign.
Another way you can encourage the registration of organ and tissue donation is by creating your own campaign.
Be the first in your local community, at your place of work, or encourage an association where you belong to participate. All you need to do is to create your own campaign on Beadonor.ca. Use your influence to encourage others to register their consent.
There are different ways you can participate. You can create a personal campaign, an organization campaign, or a workplace registration drive whereby you can encourage friends, family and colleagues to register their consent for organ and tissue donation. You can use a customized page that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and email. Check out what others have done. You'll be amazed.
One Life...Many Gifts is a curriculum resource to educate senior secondary school students about the vital importance of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. High Schools Outreach Initiative offers secondary school students the unique opportunity to hear from world class healthcare professionals about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
It was developed by the Trillium Gift of Life Network, the London Health Sciences Centre's Multi-Organ Transplant Program, The Kidney Foundation of Canada and an anonymous donor.
The curriculum brings to life the drama, generosity and the life-saving promise of donation and transplantation. It is designed to be cross-curricular so that any teacher who is passionate about donation and transplantation can create an educational program for his or her students from science to geography. Visit One Life...Many Gifts for information regarding being a Pilot Program Teacher and "I'm New to One Life... Many Gifts".
The High Schools Outreach Initiative offers secondary school students the unique opportunity to hear from world class healthcare professionals about organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Developed by the University of Toronto Transplant Institute in partnership with Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), this initiative sees transplant healthcare professionals from the three top tier transplant hospitals in Toronto: SickKids, University Health Network and St. Michael's Hospital partner with a TGLN representative and organ recipeint or donor family member to deliver an engaging presentation. Using real life transplant and donor stories, presentations made to high school students provide a holistic look at organ and tissue donation from registration to transplantation.
Presentations are informative and engaging and can be delivered at assemblies or to subject-specific classes. Students are encouraged to be inquisitive and are also provided with materials to share with their families.
Presentations are booked on a first come, first serve basis. For more information or to book your presentation, please contact us.
Beadonor.ca is the simple, electronic and quick way for you to register your consent for organ and tissue donation. It only takes a moment to register with results that will be long-lasting and positive. Register today.