TVAC and its mission
TVAC AND ITS MISSION
The Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada is a non-profit charitable organization, which represents over a hundred Canadians who were born disabled as a result of the thalidomide drug, a drug prescribed in the late fifties and early sixties to pregnant women to relieve morning sickness. Members of the organization define themselves as "thalidomiders". Regrettably, four of our members passed away over the course of the last few years as a result of their precarious health situation; this reaffirms the importance of TVAC’s mission to provide preventive assistance to our members via TVAC’s Accommodation Program.
The Thalidomide Victims Association was founded to provide peer support, information exchange, non-monetary programs and services, and to promote the interests of Canadian thalidomiders.
Among other things:
Our “Accommodation Program” is financed exclusively through funding by private companies and the general public.
In addition, now with thalidomide being re-introduced on the market, TVAC has taken on the mission of informing the public about the devastating effects of this drug and advocates caution and vigilance in the use of any currently available teratogenic product. TVAC is also committed to gathering and disseminating information, as accurately as possible, on the original tragedy. Through this commitment, TVAC makes sure that the thalidomide tragedy is never forgotten and, consequently, that the medical community, health care decision-makers and the pharmaceutical industry become the promoters of an ethical and fully accountable system for managing the research, prescription and marketing of all medications, but most especially those that are teratogenic.
In order to promote the interests of its own members as well as the welfare of the entire community of disabled persons in Canada, TVAC takes pride in its membership in the following organizations:
As the thalidomide tragedy originated in Europe before being spread over five continents, TVAC is also in contact with other national and regional organizations throughout the world. These organizations, as is the case with TVAC, also represent thalidomiders.
To find out more about how you, as an individual or as a company, can support TVAC’s initiatives in its mission on behalf of Canadian thalidomiders and the wider public, do not hesitate to contact us.
A bit of TVAC history
The Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada was formed in December 1987 with the assistance of the War Amputations of Canada. It was originally founded to support the efforts of the War Amps’ Thalidomide Task Force set up to seek compensation for Canadian-born thalidomide victims. The objective of this action was to remind the Canadian government of the promise its Health Minister made in 1963 and the government’s obligations towards the victims.
The five founding thalidomide victims were:
On June 23, 1988, TVAC was incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act.
The first gathering of Canadian thalidomide victims was held in Ottawa, from August 2nd to 4th, 1988, to celebrate the creation of the organization
On December 15th, 1991, TVAC was restructured into its present form, which requires it to be wholly managed and controlled by its members.
TVAC has been recognized as a charitable institution since May 1st, 1992