News release: Heart & Stroke receives Imagine Canada accreditation

Process reinforces the Foundation’s commitment to transparency

(Ottawa) — After a rigorous review process, Heart & Stroke has received accreditation by Imagine Canada under its Standards Program. With this achievement, Heart & Stroke is proud to join a growing community of more than 245 organizations dedicated to operational excellence.

Imagine Canada’s accreditation process is rigorous and required Heart & Stroke to demonstrate leadership in the following five areas: board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement.

“Heart & Stroke is committed to openness and transparency in everything that we do,” said Yves Savoie, CEO, Heart & Stroke. “Our accreditation by Imagine Canada reflects our commitment to transparency to donors and to the public. It strengthens our effectiveness and drives greater impact in our mission to save lives, promote health and enhance recovery.”

Over the past year alone, Heart & Stroke has invested over $33 million in research, representing 388 research awards and 750 different researchers. This includes, for example, a new discovery by Heart & Stroke funded researcher Dr. Gavin Oudit whose work isolated a molecule responsible for dilated cardiomyopathy, which is responsible for as much as 20% of all cases of heart failure. By isolating this molecule, there is potential for the development of targeted therapies for people with dilated cardiomyopathy to reduce their risk of heart failure. 

In 2018, over four million people turned to Heart & Stroke for information resources to learn how to prevent or live well with heart disease and stroke.

“With donor and funder support and trust, we are able to invest in important research and help people who have experienced heart disease and stroke through their recoveries,” says Savoie “We are very proud to be accredited by Imagine Canada.”

For more information:

Joshua Terry
Communications Advisor, Ontario, Heart & Stroke
416-489-7111, x. 24806

About Heart & Stroke

Life. We don’t want you to miss it. That’s why Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. We must generate the next medical breakthroughs, so people in Canada don’t miss out on precious moments. Together, we are working to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery through research, health promotion and public policy.