Make a Difference!

The Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) Community Support program works with dedicated people like you, to organize, promote and drive organ and tissue donor registration initiatives throughout Ontario.

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 advocacy groups including donor families, community volunteers, faith leaders, health care professionals, youth and non-governmental organizations, government, and supportive private sector companies.

But we can’t do it without your help.

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TGLN Transplantation TV feature (Versha) from Trillium Gift of Life Network on Vimeo.

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BeADonor Month

BeADonor Month occurs every April across Canada. It can be a rewarding way to give back to your community. The best part about BeADonor Month 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.

Get involved!

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.

 

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Due to the overwhelming interest from advocates across Ontario, TGLN has designated April as “BeADonor.ca Month”.

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!

Here’s what you can do

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.

Make a Difference

There are many ways you can help to raise awareness about registering consent to donate organs and tissue.

Here are some ideas to explore:

  • Start your own campaign.
  • Schedule an information session at your church, synagogue, temple, or mosque.
  • Arrange for your workplace to display BeADonor.ca business cards and brochures.
  • Organize a local community event during Ontario’s BeADonor.ca month in April.
  • Contact the facilities department of a local shopping mall and arrange to set up an a registration booth.
  • Write an article for your workplace newsletter, or if you belong to a professional association submit an article to be published in the association's newsletter.

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The importance of culture and religion

Culture and religion play a significant role in end-of-life experiences, including how people respond to illness, how grief is demonstrated, what rituals are important at death and which members of the family are present.

Most religious groups support organ donation and/or respect the individual's choice. Beliefs about tissue donation vary as some groups may consider tissue donation life enhancing, separating it from organ donation which saves lives.

If you have specific questions about your faith, speak to your religious leader. In the meantime, here are some widely held perspectives:

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Workplace registration drive initiative.

Hosting a workplace organ and tissue registration drive is easy.

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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. 

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Toolkit for Legal Professionals

Discussing organ and tissue donation during end of life planning (Will and Estate).

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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. 

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Start your own campaign.

Another way you can encourage the registration of organ and tissue donation is by creating your own campaign.

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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.

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Youth Programs.

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.

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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. 

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