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November 2017 Group of the Month: Adoption Council of Canada

Adoption Council of Canada

Children need homes. They need love, they need hugs! The sad reality is that many children are without families and cannot get all the love, support, and life they wish to have. But this is where The Adoption Council of Canada comes in!

Meet Our Group of the Month

Our featured group this month, The Adoption Council of Canada, helps kids find the right families.

From the Adoption Council of Canada’s website:

The mission of the ACC, while broadly serving the entire adoption community of adopted persons, birth families, and adoptive families, focuses on three main objectives:

  • To raise awareness about the number of children available for adoption in Canada’s child welfare system, and to facilitate programs that will promote the placement of waiting children in permanent loving families.
  • To connect with provincial adoption agencies and organizations and support them in our common goals, by assisting them in communicating with government and the private sector about their specific provincial challenges.
  • To recognize and promote the need for post-adoption supports for all members of the adoption community. The ACC strongly believes that education, communication and connection to medical, social, psychological and educational resources are essential in ensuring the success and longevity of adoptive family relationships.

Mission and Values

The ACC is also the number one resource for current Canadian adoption news, publications, educational resources, events and provincial links.

The ACC believes in demonstrating consideration and respect for all members of the adoption constellation, and in the fundamental right of all persons to have open access to records and to their birth history.

Don’t Miss Our Video of the Month

Check out our video this month about The Adoption Council of Canada, featuring our CEO Paul W. Slusher, and his adorable daughter Amira:

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Ecojustice Takes the Stand

Ecojustice

The Biggest Battles Happen in the Courtroom

ecojusticeMost of us do our part to help the environment by doing things like recycling or carpooling, and that’s awesome! But who fights the good fight when the problem isn’t a stray soda can or dripping faucet, but instead a corrupt corporation, big industry, or even our own government? That’s where our group of the month, Ecojustice, takes up arms.

Incorporated as a charity in 1990, Ecojustice’s vision is to harness the power of the law to protect and preserve the environment. This charity model was originally developed by the American Sierra Club Defense Fund, which at the time included young Canadian lawyer Stewart Elgie. Following the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989 and seeing how its effects extended to his home country, Elgie recognized the need for a similar group in Canada, and returned to start Ecojustice, serving as a founding board member.

In the years that followed, the team has expanded to include over 20 lawyers and scientists from across the country, all dedicated to representing community groups, non-profits, First Nations, and individual Canadians in the fight for environmental justice.

Ecojustice on the Case

oil_duckHere’s an example of Ecojustice standing up to a multi-billion dollar company and the government at the same time:

In 2010, when 1,600 ducks died after landing on a Syncrude tailings pond in Alberta, neither the federal nor Alberta provincial government laid charges. So Ecojustice helped an Alberta resident file a private prosecution, prompting both governments to take over the case and lay charges. Syncrude was found guilty and agreed to pay $3 million which was, at the time, the largest fine for an environmental offence in Canadian history! But that’s just the start; the group has secured countless other legal victories, and in many cases these victories set a precedent for cases that followed.

Why We Love Ecojustice

Obviously, Mother Nature can’t go to court, which is why the world needs groups like Ecojustice, and that’s why Contactsforless.ca has chosen Ecojustice as July’s group of the month. They are a 100% donor-funded charity, so visit ecojustice.ca to learn more about their cause and to make a direct donation.

In addition, as our group of the month, Ecojustice will be the default charity on every Contactsforless.ca order. However, if there’s another cause that’s near and dear to your heart, remember that you can still choose from over 50 different organizations during checkout, where Contactsforless.ca is committed to donating 51% of all its profit!

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Save The Children: our Group of the Month for June 2016.

Save the Children

Save the ChildrenThe age old adage “Children are our future.” is often said by many, and yet children’s rights are many a time neglected and their voices unheard time and time again. Here at ContactsforLess.ca, part of our mission is to save the planet, but that doesn’t just mean protecting the environment or its resources: it also means ensuring the children of today have the rights and education needed to become future leaders of tomorrow. That’s the goal of our group of the month, Save the Children.

Founded in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb, Save the Children originally sought to alleviate the starvation of children in European countries affected by World War I. Since then, the organization has led global action for the well-being of children and has taken the initiative whenever the lives or rights of children are compromised. Save the Children not only helps provide lifesaving supplies and support to children in areas affected by disaster or war, but they also lead the campaign of improving the lives of children through easier access to food, water, and healthcare. In 1924, Jebb wrote the initial draft of the Charter on Children’s Rights and it was adopted by the League of Nations. That charter would later become the UN Declaration of Rights of a Child in 1989.

Since then, the group has grown into an international network of 29 member organizations serving over 120 countries around the world and has been there in nearly every major crisis and war that would involve the loss of young lives. They’ve even provided aid in Fort McMurray and the surrounding communities affected by the wildfires by establishing temporary homes for families and a safe place where children can feel a sense of normalcy and community.

Save the Children’s vision of “A world in which every child attains the rights to survival, protection, development, and participation” carries a lot of weight for us here at ContactsforLess.ca. That’s why we’ve chosen them as our June group of the month. You can go to SavetheChildren.ca to donate and learn more, and remember: when you buy contacts from us, 51% of our profits here at ContactsforLess.ca will be donated to Save the Children by default this month. You can also choose another charity of your choosing from the 50+ groups on our list.