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The Value of Membership


OACRS exists to provide leadership to champion the collective needs of the children’s rehabilitation sector. We work collaboratively with our members to advance public policy priorities essential to improving the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families, to strengthen the children’s rehabilitation sector and to implement high quality services.

Membership fees in OACRS are set on a sliding scale and run for a period of one year. Delivering value for money is the essence of all OACRS activities. We work to strengthen our relationships with members and to ensure an equal voice for all regardless of size.

Exclusive membership services offered by OACRS include:

Government Liaison and Advocacy

  • Building consensus amongst our members for strong policy positions
  • Coordinating advocacy efforts of OACRS and its members on shared policy issues
  • Maintaining effective relations with key provincial government officials
  • Building key strategic alliances to support policy priorities at a provincial level
  • Advancing the role played by children’s rehabilitation providers in the delivery of high quality and outcome based services
  • Providing leadership to assist members’ own advocacy efforts
  • Increasing access to government decision makers at senior levels

Networking and Professional Development

  • Providing forums for members to gain and share knowledge at all levels of the member’s organization
  • Seeking the expert advice of members in the setting of OACRS positions and priorities
  • Representing the interests of members on regional and provincial committees and coalitions
  • Facilitating the provision of professional development opportunities
  • Providing opportunities for the advancement of professional skills
  • Enabling a rich network of peer support and information exchange

Annual Conference

  • Delivering a well received OACRS conference with an excellent mix of keynote speakers, workshops and panels to meet the needs of clinicians, managers, senior staff, volunteer leaders and families
  • Employees of Member Centres receive discounted rates on conference registration

Knowledge Exchange

  • Monitoring and distributing relevant information about sector trends
  • Coordinating and sharing data and information to support policy recommendations and practices
  • Opportunities to work together to improve the children’s rehabilitation sector across Ontario through various Standing Committees, Work Groups and Action Teams.

Communications

  • Raising the profile about issues of importance to OACRS members through communication materials
  • Our Web site linking to the Web presence of each of our members
  • A secure Member’s Only Area for the posting and sharing of information

Voting Privileges

Each member is entitled to:

  • One voting seat at the OACRS Board of Directors
  • One seat at the OACRS Leadership Council
  • One seat at the Family Advisory Committee

Professionalism

  • OACRS experienced, professional staff are dedicated to serving the needs of its members

What Our Members Say...

“OACRS provides members an opportunity to advocate effectively with government on behalf of both our sector and the families we serve, while at the same time providing us with opportunities for all members to work together to achieve common goals which will benefit our clients, but which would be unattainable if approached centre by centre. The opportunity is really to leverage the power of the collective to benefit all of us in our quest to improve the lives of the families and children who need the services that CTCs provide.”

 
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