Public Education & Awareness

We work with the organ and tissue donation and transplantation community to improve the system for all Canadians. Through national collaboration involving organ donation organizations and transplantation programs across Canada we are working to increase organ and tissue donation, increase access to transplants and improve patient outcomes. 

In 2015, the Public Education and Awareness Committee (PEAC) was formed – a national group focused on public education and awareness for organ and tissue donation, comprised of members from all provincial organ donation organizations. This group is facilitated by Canadian Blood Services’ organ and tissue donation and transplantation program. We work collaboratively on events such as Green Shirt Day and National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week and other initiatives to honour donors and raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.

Members Organization
Ms. Roberta Koscielny (Co-chair)

Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life, Health, Science Centre

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ms. Peggy John (Co-chair) Program Operations, OTDT, Canadian Blood Services, Vancouver, British Columbia

Ms. Tina Robinson

Delegate: Elaine Yong 

BC Transplant

Vancouver, British Columbia

Ms. Michelle Bonnier

AHS - Foothills Medical Centre

Calgary, Alberta

Ms. Laura Grantham

Alberta Organ & Tissue Donation Agency – Acute Care

Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Margaret Lidstone

Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Erin Schimpf

Saskatchewan Transplant Program

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Ms. Betty Wolfe

Donation Program

Saskatchewan Health Authority

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Ms. Jessica Jackson

Delegate: Kelsey Macknak

Acute and Emergency Services Branch, Government of Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatchewan

Ms. Shilpa Sharma

Trillium Gift of Life Network

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Jenny Ryan Program Operations, OTDT, Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario
Vacant Transplant Quebec

Ms. Nadya Savoie

Alternate Ms. Rita Berry

Horizon Health Network

Moncton, New Brunswick

Ms. Janet Gallant

Legacy of Life and Critical Care Organ Donation

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ms. Angela Carpenter

Health PEI

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Ms. Kim Parsons

Eastern Health - OPEN

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Intent to donate

Each province manages its own system to record organ and tissue donor intent to donate. Developed in collaboration with provincial partners a national platform provides Canadians with a single portal to navigate to the organ donor registry in their province. Learn more: https://organtissuedonation.ca/en 

Resources 
2019 - NOTDAW/Green Shirt Day (English)
2019 - Semaine nationale de sensibilisation au don d’organes et de tissus  (French)