WHEREAS over 4,400 Canadians need an organ or tissue transplant and, every year, an average of 250 patients die waiting; and

WHEREAS over 90 percent of Canadians support organ and tissue donation; yet fewer than 32 percent have registered their decision to donate; and

WHEREAS Bill C–202 enacted National Organ Donor Week in Canada in 1997; and

WHEREAS only through education and increased public awareness can individuals be encouraged and inspired to join Canada’s Lifeline and register to donate their organs and tissues.

THEREFORE the Township of Severn hereby proclaims April 18 to 24, 2021 as National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week in Severn. We encourage all citizens to register their decision to become organ and tissue donors and share their decision with their family.

—Mayor Mike Burkett