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Step Up For Ostomy Planning Committee

Step Up For Ostomy Planning Committee

When: Monthly meetings & planning between May 18 and Oct 1, 2022. Where: Calgary, Alberta Contact: Tiffany Shorson Contact Email: tiffany@calgaryostomy.ca Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

Calgary Ostomy is looking for volunteers within the ostomy community to form a planning committee for the Step Up For Ostomy Charity & Awareness Walk that will be taking place on October 1st.

Step Up For Ostomy is the primary fundraising event for the Ostomy Canada Society. Steps Up For Ostomy walks take place in communities all across Canada – raising funds in support of programs and services; raising awareness of Ostomy Canada; and eliminating the stigma of living with an ostomy. All Step Up For Ostomy walks are planned and organized by volunteer committees. We are seeking volunteers to help plan Step Up For Ostomy in Calgary, Alberta.

Committee volunteers work to promote the event in the community, secure sponsorships and donations, handle logistics, recruit day of event volunteers and more. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, Step Up For Ostomy raised nearly $80 thousand last year to support the healing journey of persons undergoing ostomy and other bowel and bladder diversionary surgeries. 

Last year, the Calgary Ostomy executive committee had some big shoes to fill. We feel that with the help of extra volunteers, this event can be bigger and better! We welcome those with an ostomy or j-pouch, supporters, NSWOC nurses, medical professionals, ostomy manufacturers, and vendors.

The planning cycle typically begins in the spring and continues until the walk is held on October 1st. Volunteers contribute approximately 1-5 hours per month – attending the monthly meeting/conference call and following up on action items. The time commitment will vary for each person depending on their assignment. The time requirement typically increases in the weeks before the walk. Volunteers may also serve for event day volunteer duties, but we will post another listing specifically for that in the coming months.

Volunteer duties may include:

  • Goodie Bags (obtain ostomy related samples, assemble bags)
  • Public relations (Prepare a press release. News, and media contact person)
  • T-shirts (obtain quotes, coordinate distribution)
  • BBQ lunch (Coordinate menu, and obtain donations and/or shop for supplies)
  • Event sponsorship (find sponsors for t-shirts, lunch, supplies)
  • Please see the planning manual from 2021 for more info. Note: there are several changes being made to the manual for 2022.

Steps Up For Ostomy committee positions provide opportunities to network with the ostomy community, enhance existing skills and learn new ones, and contribute to the success of a wonderful event that is making a significant difference in the lives of families who have experienced ostomy surgery.

We will be holding our first meeting via Zoom on May 18, 2022, at 7 pm to identify goals and discuss volunteer roles and their related duties.

Take your support for Step Up For Ostomy to the next level by joining your local planning committee!

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