How to Know that a Charity really is a Charity

January 29, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Bill Adair is Chief Executive Officer of the Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, http://www.sciontario.org/. Susan Manwaring is the National Chair of Miller Thomson’s Charities and Not-for-Profit Group, www.millerthomson.com/charities-nfp. They discuss the definition of charity and the accountabilities and responsibilities expected of one. Bill describes the obligations that his charity applies to itself. Susan discusses the legal principles governing charities. They identify the things that family caregivers should consider when, for example, contributions to a charity will be requested as a way of honoring the life of a deceased family member. They explain the types of questions that families should ask of a charity. They discuss what family caregivers and donors can do if the information they receive in response to their questions seems insufficient. They say what more can be done to help family caregivers considering a charitable donation, and share their messages for family caregivers.

Family Caregivers Unite!

Family Caregivers Unite!

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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.

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Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.

Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.

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