Vernon’s Jacqueline and Chris Marioni are champions for organ donation after she received a new kidney and he donated one through the donor exchange program.

Vernon’s Jacqueline and Chris Marioni are champions for organ donation after she received a new kidney and he donated one through the donor exchange program.

Organ donation assistance debated in Vernon

Differences of opinion exist on how the City of Vernon can help promote organ donations.

Differences of opinion exist on how the City of Vernon can help promote organ donations.

Council has agreed to make the B.C. Transplant poster and fact sheet available to city staff.

However, Coun. Juliette Cunningham would like to see the information also posted on the city’s public website.

“With something as fundamentally important as organ donation, we need to look at it,” said Cunningham, who has a relative who was recently a donor.

“When you look at the wait list, it’s really shocking. It’s a gift for those waiting for a donation and it’s a gift for the family of the donor.”

However, opposition to adding the information or a link to the website came from city staff.

“Who makes the decision on what goes on the website and what doesn’t go on the website?” said Patti Bridal, director of corporate services.

“Where would we put it, what would be appropriate?”

Coun. Scott Anderson believes posting B.C. Transplant information on the city website could establish a precedent.

“Once we start putting things on the web, people will think it’s grossly unfair we’re not putting their cause on the website,” he said.

In the end, council agreed to review how the city can possibly assist non-profit organizations.

“We have a lot of these agencies and we should have a discussion about how we help them and promote their causes,” said Cunningham.

 

Vernon Morning Star