November 1, 2016 – Easter Seals Canada is delighted to announce today that we have been accredited under Imagine Canada’s national Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. With this achievement, we join a growing community of more than 200 organizations dedicated to operational excellence.

The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to strengthen practices in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.

“We’re extremely proud to receive this important accreditation,” says Dave Starrett, President and CEO of Easter Seals Canada. “It’s a symbol of how we operate as an organization—one that has been trusted by Canadians living with disabilities from coast-to-coast for more than 90 years.”

Easter Seals Canada’s policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance were evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector, and were found to be compliant with the Standards Program.

“It’s no small feat for an organization to earn Standards Program accreditation,” says Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “It’s a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that is meant to build public trust and confidence in the charitable sector. These organizations take accountability and operational transparency very seriously. We’re glad to have them on board.”

The goals of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program are to increase the transparency of charities and nonprofits, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole. Trust is the foundation for what matters to Easter Seals Canada, our stakeholders and those who support us. Accredited organizations invest in what matters—trust.

The Standards Program Trustmark is a mark of Imagine Canada used under licence by Easter Seals Canada.

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