Organ Donor Awareness
Kin History: Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness
Promoting organ donation awareness was the first national public awareness project of Kin Canada. Established in 2001, the Kin Organ Donation Awareness Campaign (Kin-ODAC) honoured Andrew Hatfield, a St. John’s East Kin Kid with a congenital heart disease who died waiting for a heart transplant. Andrew dreamed of helping other transplant hopefuls by raising awareness about the importance of organ donation. Because of Andrew, Kin have been raising awareness in communities across Canada so that, one day, no one will have to die waiting for an organ.
Partners for Life
Organ and tissue donation awareness is a natural extension of our partnerships with Cystic Fibrosis Canada and Canadian Blood Services. This is because most people with Cystic Fibrosis eventually need a lung transplant in order to live with the disease. Canadian Blood Services is an integral part of the donation and transplantation system.
Organ and Tissue Donation Facts
Register as an Organ and Tissue Donor
If you wish to be an organ and tissue donor, it is important that you officially register through the registry in your province.
Talk to your family!
Even if you have documented your wishes by registering through a provincial registry, it is vital that your family knows about your decision.
In most provinces, hospital staff will still talk with the next-of-kin of potential donors about what their loved one requested.
Donor families say they are comforted by the feeling that their loved one's death was not in vain.
Organ Donation Registries
It is important to register to be a donor.
There are different ways to register and decide what you want to donate depending on your province or territory.
Organ Donation Ontario
Nova Scotia Legacy of Life