- John Westhaver – Burn Survivor and Conference Speaker
- Sweet Leilani – Corrective Make-Up and Conference Participant
- Phoenix Society – Burn Support Network
- Winnipeg Travel Website
- IAFF Local 3591 Website
- Trial By Fire; Lives Reforged
- The BCPFFBF British Columbia Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund
- The Winnipeg FFBF
- The Victoria group
- The Nova Scotia Fire Fighter’s Burn Treatment Society
- Camp Buck0
Burn Units and Organizations
Canadian Burn Survivors Community
C/O Deborah Ward
110 Bambrick Rod
Middle Sackville, NS
The Canadian Burn Survivor Community connects members and is the conduit for members of the Burn Community. The Community includes Burn Survivors, Fire Fighters, Health Care Professionals and anyone affected by the trauma of burns. The Canadian Burn Survivor Community enables burn victims to draw on one another strengths, experiences and provide resources in their journey to becoming Survivors.
The CBSC assumes the responsibility to choose the host city that will hold the Canadian Burn Survivor Conference that is held every second year, in Canada.
Nova Scotia Burn Treatment Society
Post Office Box 481,
Dartmouth Main Dartmouth,
Nova Scotia, B2Y 3Y8
The NSBSG was formed in 1986 and they held their first meeting on October 25th of the same year. The main goals of the Group is to provide support to burn victims as well as their family and friends during their stay in the hospital as well as after discharge, with the aim of reintegrating the survivor into society as soon as possible. This goal is accomplished by various efforts of the group.
The Nova Scotia Burn Support Group ensures that all patients and their families at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and the children’s hospitals have the opportunity to receive a visit by a member of the group. If the patient or family does not wish to see anyone during their stay at the hospital, they are given a business card containing a contact name and phone number so they may contact a group member at their convenience.
CAMP CONNECT: The NSFFBTS, influenced by the QEII and the IWK burn units, established a camp where adult and child survivors of burns could come together. The camp started in 1998 and has been a great success ever since.
The primary purpose of the camp is to provide an opportunity for burn survivors to come together in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy all the fun that a camp can provide. It’s also an opportunity for the campers, if they wish, to join in discussions about being a burn survivor.
Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society
Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society
2234 30 Avenue NE
Canada T2E 7K9
The Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society is a registered non-profit charity organization supported by 1000+ professional Calgary Firefighters. We are comprised of a 5-member executive supported by a board of directors.
We dedicate and volunteer our off-duty firefighting hours towards raising funds and awareness for the Calgary Firefighter’s Burn Treatment Centre at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta. This fundraising ensures that money is available for upgrades, as necessary, to the highly specialized equipment. It also provides the burn unit health care team with opportunities to attend continuing education programs to remain current in new treatment techniques. The money we donate is accumulated through various fundraisers, public and private donations. The various fundraisers include our annual “Ladies Night Out”, sales of the “Hotstuff Calendar”, corporate barbeques, golf tournaments, a celebrity baseball game and other special events. We would like to thank the Calgary Firefighters Association – Local 255 for their continued support.
Firefighters Burn Fund Victoria
2504 Richmond Road
The Fire Fighters Burn Fund Victoria, BC is a non-profit volunteer society dedicated to the treatment, support, prevention and education of burn and fire injuries. The “Burn Fund” has been serving Vancouver Island for over 33 years. The Fire Fighters Burn Fund Victoria, accompanied by dedicated doctors, nurses and support personnel in our hospital and support staff in our fire departments will assist you through the entire process from injury to recovery, and we don’t stop there…..
The Fire Fighters Burn Fund was founded in 1978 by two fire fighters from the Victoria and Oak Bay fire departments. Now called the Fire Fighters Burn Fund Victoria, BC it is supported by firefighters from Victoria, Oak Bay, and the Department of National Defense. The fund supports the prevention and treatment of burn injuries. This includes the purchase of medical equipment for the Burn Unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital, patient and family support (including the Burn House) and fire and burn prevention programs in the community.
B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund
3891 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V 3P1
The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund is a registered charity established in 1978 by the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Association. The Burn Fund provides life-saving, life-supporting, and life-enriching services to the people in British Columbia. The Burn Fund Executive and Board of Directors are represented by professional fire fighters and medical staff from around the province who donate their time. All positions are unpaid.
More than 3,900 professional fire fighters from fifty-three communities in BC and the Yukon are also helping to build the Burn Fund’s vision. They dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public’s knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the Burn Fund does with its provincial Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention Programs.
“The Future is Mine” – Adult Burn Survivor Program has a variety of social, support and educational programming – typically several events each month are scheduled throughout the Lower Mainland, Victoria and other parts of Vancouver Island as well as throughout the Province. Currently, three annual Bursary Awards are offered to the adult burn survivor community for continuing education.
The Burn Fund hosts young burn survivors for one week of camp each July. Almost one thousand children from BC and the Yukon between the ages of six to 18 have attended since 1994. The Burn Fund camp is a significant highlight of most young burn survivor’s lives. The experience provides an opportunity for child burn survivors to share and be with others who have the same challenges. A place where these children don’t have to worry about hiding their scars or disfigurement and physical challenges. Our camp councilors strive to build self-confidence and self-worth in every child. This includes encouragement toward self-efficacy and positive social interaction.
The Burn Centre, located at 23rd and Main Street in Vancouver, has 8 suites offering accommodation for patients and families while undergoing treatment, on discharge transition or returning for follow-up medical treatment. In addition, the Burn Fund Centre will be the “home” for monthly peer support group meetings and workshops as delivered to all parts of British Columbia through technology for the adult burn survivor community and their families.
Our programs also include: ‘Too Hot For Tots!’ developed to teach parents and caregivers of young children how to prevent burn and scald injuries in the home. The annual ‘Burn Awareness Week’ invites all Elementary Schools to participate in a poster contest to win prizes and learn about burn safety. The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund continues to provide financial support to the Burn Units at VGH, BCCH, Royal Jubilee and Northern Interior Health; while also providing assistance to those burn survivor patients that need aid with the purchase of pressure garments and other medical provisions.
350 Sparks Street, Suite 403
Representing more than 23,000 professional fire fighters across eight provinces and two territories, IAFF is a strong, unified voice to advance the profession and advocate for fire fighters’ safety and rights on Parliament Hill. The IAFF represents full-time, paid employees engaged in fire fighting, emergency medical or rescue service activities. Active membership in the IAFF through its chartered locals, state or provincial associations, and joint councils.
Edmonton Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Society
Suite #1, 7024 101 Avenue NW
The Edmonton Firefighter’s Burn Treatment Society raises funds and awareness for research, treatment, and the recovery of thermal injuries since 1977.
The Burn Treatment Unit is where you will find highly educated, strongly motivated and extremely caring and dedicated individuals who give of themselves to the burn survivors and their families when they need it.
The Alberta Fire Fighters Burn Camp in partnership with Easter Seals Camp Horizon hosts a week long camp for young burn survivors. Camp is held in August of each year and 70 campers between the ages of seven to 17 attended camp. Doctors, Nurses and Fire Fighters donate their time as organizers, medical staff and mentors. Burn camp can be a life changing event for many of the kids who attend.
Mamingwey Burn Survivor Society
303 – 83 Garry Street
Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for burn survivors, their family members, friends and caregivers to share their stories, support and learn from one another, and encourage healing of the psychological aspects following a burn injury. We hold annual conferences for burn survivors treated at the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Unit and their families as well as other burn survivors in our community. The annual “Go For the Burn Run” is a community event and fund raiser for our society. We are affiliated with the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund Inc.
Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund Inc.
303 – 83 Garry Street
The Firefighters Burn Fund of Manitoba is a volunteer run charity that was incorporated in March, 1978. We raise funds to support improving the care and outcomes of adult and child burn survivors. We strive to accomplish this through the funding of the purchase of specialized equipment, supporting ongoing education opportunities for members of the Burn Team, and funding burns research initiatives.
The Mamingwey Burn Survivor Society is our affiliate and they connect with burn survivors and their families to promote psychological healing. Since 1986 we have funded and operated a children’s Burn Camp: Camp Phoenix North. Each year the camp hosts 30 – 40 children aged 6 – 16 years. Recently the camp has been managed by Momenta, a professional camp management organization.
From 2011 – 2015, we have overseen the purchase, outfitting and delivery of a fleet of 21 Fire Safety Trailers to Fire Departments throughout the province. For a number of years, we funded and delivered smoke alarms to parents of newborn children through our SAFE Baby program. Following a tragic house fire in which 4 boys perished, we partnered with Red River Mutual and the OFC to create the SAFE Family program in which we supply lithium powered smoke alarms to Fire Departments who see to their being installed in homes in their communities.
Funds are raised through a province wide raffle, a firefighter’s calendar, golf tournaments, payroll deductions, corporate and private donations, and opportunities that come our way. We are not members of the United Way, nor do we receive government grants.
265 Port Union Road, #15549
Camp BUCKO (BUrn Camp for Kids in Ontario) provides an opportunity for children recovering from burn injuries to meet other children who share similar feelings and experiences in a camp environment. Camp gives these children temporary freedom from the everyday frustrations of being burned, a chance to share their stories and to bond with each other. Most of all though camp is a place to have fun and learn new things. It is a benefit for children in these circumstances to attend a program such as this to build self-esteem to cope with life beyond their burn injury.
Saskatchewan Burn Support Network
The first meeting of SBSN was held in Saskatoon on September 8, 2015, and was officially launched February 6, 2016 during Burn Awareness week.
The Saskatchewan Burn Support Network is dedicated to supporting the ongoing recovery and healing of those affected by a burn injury. Our goal is to provide support through education, advocacy and community resources to burn survivors, their families, friends and caregivers.
Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund
SPFFA Burn Fund
c/o Brian Belitsky
62 Milne Bay
The Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Association established the Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund in 1974 as a non-profit registered charity. Our main purpose is to raise and distribute funds to help Saskatchewan families of burn patients with treatment, care, and rehabilitations. All funds raised by us stay in this province. We have also provided the province’s two burn units in Regina and Saskatoon with state of the art equipment and the first hyperbaric chamber in Saskatchewan, located in Moose Jaw.
Through the SPFFA, we have been able to sponsor continuing education programs for nurses and doctors who treat and provide care for burn patients in both of Saskatchewan’s burn units. We are also dedicated in providing public education and awareness campaigns for burn safety and prevention. We have over 700 members all over Saskatchewan in our eight affiliates in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Prince Albert, Yorkton, North Battleford, and Weyburn.
Camp Phoenix North
303 – 83 Garry Street
(204) 808-9722 x102
Camp Phoenix is for children and youth aged 6 to 16, who have been patients in the Children’s Hospital burn unit. Every year between 30 and 40 children and youth from Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Nunavut, attend Camp Phoenix. The camp is fully funded by the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund, is coordinated and staffed by Momenta with support from an Occupational Therapist that works with the campers in the hospital setting. Each year volunteers attend the camp to provide additional support, volunteers include camp alumni, firefighters, burn survivors, health and education professionals. Camp Phoenix is one of the longest running camps in North America of its kind, and provides an environment for children to be themselves and talk with other burn survivors about their experiences.
Entraide Grands Brûlés
2575 Place Chassé
Montréal, Québec H1Y 2C3
The mission of Entraide Grands Brûlés is to support burn victims in their physical and psychological healing processes. From the time a person is admitted to the burn victims unit, we are available to offer support to the major burn victim, as well as to their loved ones throughout the course of the victim’s treatment.
In Quebec, one person is a victim of major burns each day. This also means one new family must face difficult new challenges each day. One time out of six, the victim is a child. We are aware that often the person who was burned is not the only one that needs help. This is why we have established several types of support services and programs, such as financial support for victims and their families while in hospital or rehab, psychosocial care, camp for burnt children, accommodations for victims’ families or themselves if in rehab or waiting for one-day surgery.
Fondation des Pompiers du Québec (Québec Firefighters Foundation)
Fondation des pompiers du Québec pour les grands brûlés
2575, Place Chassé, suite 200
Montréal H1Y 2C3
The Québec Firefighters’ Foundation (FPQGB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting burn survivors’ in Québec. They contribute by funding and supporting specialized care, basic and clinical research, direct assistance for burn survivors’ and their families, collaboration among firefighters and burn survivors, and promoting fire prevention education.
Thanks’ to the commitment of Québec’s firefighter’s, volunteers and partners, the Foundation has been able to collect more than 15 million since its inception in 1983.
The FPQGB, has 3 major sources of financing: 1) “Agir à grande échelle” (Act in a big scale), where firefighters and their partner, SSQauto, collect donations from the public and private donors, 2) “Lotovoyages” (Vacation lottery): 52 draws per year, 1 every week, 6000 tickets sold, and 3) “Firefighters calendar”: 12 firefighters volunteer for the annual calendar. Additional fund raising activities include: hockey tournaments, bike rides, motorbike rallies and other special events.
Association des grands brûlés F.L.A.M.
Centre médical Laennec
1750, avenue de Vitré, bur. 102
Québec (Québec) G1J 1Z6