Advocacy Volunteer Program
Our Advocacy Volunteer Program plays an important role in telling the chiropractic story to government officials and other stakeholders. While they attend various events with Ontario’s Members of Provincial Parliament and other government agencies, government officials are often pleased to meet with health care professionals who live and/or work in their constituencies.
If you are interested in becoming part of the Advocacy Volunteer Program, you don’t need to be an expert in policy or politics. Your clinical expertise as a working health care professional in Ontario’s health eco-system and your patients’ experiences can send powerful messages to our government partners.
Here are some examples of our Advocacy Volunteer Program opportunities and how we support your efforts.
How We Support You and Help You Prepare
|Meeting your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) at their office or inviting them to visit your office.||We give you print resources and guides, training through group webinars, teleconference or one-on-one calls to help you prepare. You also have access to a network of other advocates. And we provide support and resources for meeting follow-ups.|
|Staffing the OCA booth at a stakeholder event|
Occasionally, we participate in a stakeholder event to build a relationship and increase our visibility with that organization (e.g. a booth at an Ontario Academy of Medicine).
|We provide you with print resources/handouts, background information and key talking points in advance.|
|Attending a political event (e.g. demonstrating stretches or other health information at a political golf event, attending a cocktail reception, BBQ or other event in your riding)||We give you key talking points and a full briefing via phone or email prior to the event.|
|Provide onsite support during an OCA Advocacy Day when we lobby government about important issues affecting chiropractors and our patients. This opportunity includes a two-hour pre-event planning meeting and eight hours on the event date.||We give you a training session in advance of the event and provide you with print resources/handouts, background information and key talking points.|
If you have questions about the Advocacy Volunteer Program’s role, please contact Dr. Jennifer Nash at email@example.com
Apply to Advocacy Volunteer Program
To apply for any OCA volunteer program, except the New Graduate Volunteer Membership Program, you need to first complete an online volunteer application form, which adds your name to ‘My Impact,’ our online volunteer system. Once you’re set-up in My Impact, you can login for updates about your selected program and opportunity.