Become a Member or Supporter of Care Watch Ontario
In 2017, Care Watch’s Board of Directors affirmed the organization’s mandate to advocate for in-home and community support services to facilitate safe and positive ageing-at-home for Ontario’s senior citizens.
It also confirmed that Care Watch’s primary objective and operating strategy is advocacy – that is, influencing the direction of public policy regarding the development and maintenance of high quality, publicly funded programmes that make it possible for ageing Ontarians, including the frail elderly, the chronically ill and those with disabilities to remain in their homes and actively engaged in their communities as long as possible.
To achieve our objectives, Care Watch will also:
- Encourage users of home and community support services to participate in all aspects of their care, speaking out about the successes and failures they experience;
- Enhance community awareness of, and information respecting, the changes in the development and provision of in-home and community support services; and,
- Engage diverse groups of seniors, allied organizations and the public, in shaping public policy related to preventive and supportive home and community support services.
In 2018, Care Watch Ontario updated its criteria for involvement in the organization to ensure that it has access to the perspectives, experience and energy needed to advance its mandate and objectives. We amended the organization’s by-laws to facilitate membership and participation, including the creation of two ways to participate in our activities: as members or supporters/contacts.
Membership is open to individuals who are Ontario residents, are 18 years of age or older, and apply for membership. Care Watch currently does not charge an annual membership fee.
In addition to being interested in and willing to promote Care Watch’s objectives, members are expected to contribute actively to the organization through contribution to research and analysis of issues; development of policies and position statements or discussion papers; participation in public awareness/education or outreach activities; and/or advocacy activities and campaigns (e.g., public presentations or special events). Such participation occurs via involvement in the Board of Directors or a board committee, project task group or advocacy campaign.
Members are entitled to the following benefits:
- Voting at Annual General Meetings
- Seek nomination to, and be elected or appointed to, the Board of Directors
- Receive notice of meetings of the organization, including public meetings or events sponsored or co-sponsored by the organization
- Receive notice of position statements and other advocacy information published by Care Watch.
Note that only members are eligible to be nominated to Care Watch’s Board of Directors, the majority of which are required to be 60 years or older to maintain the leadership of seniors.
supporters and contacts
Individuals or organizations wishing to support and advance Care Watch’s objectives and positions or policies, or simply receive information on our policies, positions or campaigns, are encouraged to be a Supporter/Contact by registering their contact information with the organization.
Supporters and contacts are entitled to the following benefits:
- Periodic newsletters
- Notice of upcoming Annual General Meetings
- Notice of relevant information or educational sessions
- Notice of position statements and other advocacy information published by Care Watch or allied organizations
How to apply
Please download, complete and return this application form to let us know how you want to be involved and how to maintain contact with you.
Care Watch is an incorporated not-for-profit organization, funded by private donations and, occasionally, project grants. Donations to support the advocacy work of Care Watch are always welcome and appreciated. However, since its primary purpose is advocacy, Care Watch cannot issue tax receipts for donations.
Please send cheques payable to Care Watch to: Care Watch, 140 Merton St. 2nd floor, Toronto ON M4S 1A1.