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New Website at www.accountablecas.ca
UPDATE: RIDE DATE CHANGED TO JUNE 1ST NOT JULY 1ST
PRINT AND DISTRIBUTE OUR BROCHURE
Download the brochure and distribute it freely! Leave copies on a bus, in the bus shelter, at your local CAS office, dentist, doctor or other waiting room, ... we have to get the word out! [Brochure]
Hello, my name is John Dunn. I am a former foster child. I lived in foster care for sixteen years and I am now the founder and volunteer executive director of the Foster Care Council of Canada, an organization whose mission is "Involving current and former child-welfare service clients and their supporters in the process of improving the transparency and accountability of child-welfare services through a strong and united voice".
Bicycle Ride from Ottawa to Windsor in 2010
As such, I am embarking upon a bicycle ride from Ottawa to Windsor Ontario in an effort to increase public awareness of the need for Transparency and Accountability of Children's Aid Societies through improved internal, external and ministerial oversight.
You are invited to look around this website and to "sign in" (top right corner) in order to receive weekly updates. If you have any questions just contact me! In the mean time, click on Introduction to learn more about the RACAS!
Volunteer Executive Director
Foster Care Council of Canada
613-220-1039 (9am - 4pm) (or text any time)
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Thank-you to the following for their support: (in no specific order)
Bev Yates (x3)
Don J Lester (x7)
Kimberley A. Pegg Barristers
Yvonne Craig (x2)
Nancy Kinney AdviceScene.com
Resume To Go
Sam Fragomenni CorruptionCentral.ca
In order to make this ride a reality, your donation is needed and appreciated. Westjet has donated return tickets for two to any of their Canadian, American, or other vacation destinations.
These who donate over $100 in support of RACAS will have their names entered into a raffle to be drawn in September of 2010 for Round-Trip Westjet Airline Ticket for two to Canada, the US, or International!
] to see who has supported us so far, how much we have raised and spent
Resource Options [here
Raising funds before the ride will enable us to have the following items to ensure the ride's success in the summer of 2010.
- a vehicle, driver, and fuel for approximately 30 days to accompany John along the ride and return him home
- food and lodging for both John and the driver of the vehicle along the 30 day ride
- large banners mounted to the vehicle promoting the RACAS website which will educate the public about the need for external accountability of Children's Aid Societies in Ontario and the many associated issues
- information packages for distribution along the ride which will educate the public and professionals about the need for accountability of Children's Aid Societies in Ontario, associated issues, and websites.
(Anything helps. You can donate $1,000, $500, $100, $50, $20, $10 or even $5. We are also open to corporate sponsorships by May 30, 2010.)
The banner clad vehicle accompanying John along the roadside will drastically improve the visual profile of the ride, therefore increasing both public and media awareness of the need for accountability of Children's Aid Societies in Ontario
Aside from the pre-ride fund-raising, the ride itself will also attempt to attract individuals or corporations and organizations who would be willing and able to finance potential legal actions which will have as their goal, to bring accountability to child welfare services generally across the province such as seeking orders from the court requiring the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to properly monitor Children's Aid Societies as is their duty, and more.
(The Council is not a registered charity as doing so would limit our ability to perform advocacy, therefore donations do not get reimbursed from the Government in your tax return)