The FCERO is concerned with everything that touches the very essence of Osteopathy. Thus, in 2018, the foundation modified its letters patent with the Canadian Revenue Agency in order to add a “defense of osteopathy” component to its original mission.
The Foundation has therefore set itself the goal of defending osteopaths in Quebec, the principal actors in its mission, as well as Osteopathy in allowing it to continue the quality of treatments, teaching and research, and to make every effort to ensure that there is no obstacle to this objective.
Given the current lawsuit by the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) against three students, two supervisors and the external clinic of the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal, the foundation has mandated a committee of volunteer osteopaths with the management of a fundraising campaign in order to collect donations to support the defense of these parties.
According to Dr. Charles Bernard, the ex-president of the CMQ, this attack from the CMQ serves as an example for all osteopaths, thus it is the entirety of the osteopathic community in Quebec that is targeted and concerned by this event.
Management of the donations
In order to maintain transparency, Mr. Druelle, president of the CEO, left the board of directors of the FCERO in 2018. Two separate bank accounts were created with distinct purposes.
The first bank account serves to collect donations for the FCERO from the parents of children treated during Children’s Day, or during meditation sessions or other activities. These funds serve to finance teaching during Children’s Day, as well as to provide funds for osteopathic research grants.
The second bank account collects the funds from the current fundraising campaign to pay for the cost of the lawyers involved in the defence of the students, supervisors and the external clinic of the CEO.
Both funds are managed independently from each other and transparently.