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Start the conversation in your school about organ donation

BC Transplant encourages students and teachers to introduce conversations about organ donation into their schools.  We believe that more lives can be saved when more people understand organ donation, what it means to register as an organ donor, and the lifesaving benefits of transplantation.

This program is aimed at high-school science classes and aligns with BC curricular competencies and content.

We are actively seeking high-school science teachers who would like to pilot the session and materials in class and provide us feedback.

1-2 hour in-person or virtual session with BC Transplant organ donation specialists: Invite us in to one of your classes to present. Option to include a transplant recipient, donor family, or a living donor to share their story.

Curriculum activities to extend the in-class session:

Overview of the organ donation and transplant process

Additional curriculum activities:

  • Organ structure & function collaborative inquiry
  • Organ testing collaborative inquiry
  • Organ testing collaborative inquiry: activity sheet
  • Organ allocation case study
  • Informed consent activity
  • HLA typing, immunology and genetics extension

  • Resource: Videos and stories about organ donation and transplant in BC


    Learn more and invite us to your classroom!


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    Green Shirt Day is an opportunity to generate class discussions on organ donation, inspire action from students, and participate in a meaningful cross-Canada initiative.


    BC Transplant  has a Green Shirt Day toolkit with resources and information for school educators.

    Print off or share this one-pager of organ donation awareness ideas for students. Please note the poster is legal (8.5" x 14") size.  

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    We can help to organize BC Transplant staff, transplant recipients, living donors and donor family members to speak to your classroom about the importance of organ donation, answer questions, and dispel common myths and misconceptions. 

    If you would like to book a speaker for your school, please email

    We can send you a helpful campaign kit for your classroom including presentation notes, posters, fact sheets, pens and buttons. It's a great way to help your classmates understand organ donation. 

    Order your kit by emailing ‎

    The BC Ministry of Education has developed a Grade 8 lesson plan on organ donation that can be adapted to other grades.

    BC Transplant has updated the lesson plan for 2020 with recent statistics.

    Meet the Mighty Orgamites and join the mission to get all Canadian students of all ages learning and talking about organ and tissue donation in their classrooms and at home. Teacher toolkits and other helpful resources are available to download. 



    Visit the Canadian Blood Services Education Portal for a variety of accessible, age-appropriate resources that will inspire and empower teachers, parents and students to have informed conversations about the powerful impact of organ donation. 


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    If you are interested in learning more, email
    • ‎The BC Ministry of Education has also developed a Grade 8 lesson plan on organ donor awareness that can easily be adapted to other grades and made specific to GSD. Updated lesson plan is available for download here
    • The award winning documentary film "65_Red Roses" is an incredible story of young Eva Markvoort, her battle with Cystic Fibrosis and her wait for a double lung transplant.

      • BC Transplant offers a Teacher's Guide to accompany the film, promoting organ donation and address Learning Outcomes in Grades 10-12. The guide is well suited for course criteria for Science, Social Studies and English.

      • If you are interested in learning more, please email  

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