GUTS FAQs

Please check here for answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions or feedback, please reach out to the Volunteer Engagement Team at volunteer@crohnsandcolitis.ca
  • GUTS is Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s annual volunteer conference. It is an opportunity for all of our volunteers to come together to learn, build community and have fun. This year the event will be virtual and will include workshops, information from the President & CEO, a research panel, networking opportunities and more. 
  • Any active volunteer with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is welcome to attend. Whether you hold a leadership role, volunteer for Gutsy Walk, are a Gutsy Peer Support volunteer or anything in between – you’re welcome to attend! Additionally, all staff at Crohn’s and Colitis Canada are also encouraged to attend. 
  • GUTS will be hosted on Zoom this year. Anyone who registers will receive a Zoom link and will be able to attend the conference from wherever they are across Canada. 
  • No, GUTS is a totally free event for our volunteers! It is one way we are saying thank you for all you do!
  • We ask that you please register by October 14th, so we can have a full understanding of how many people will be attending. 
  • No, unfortunately registration packages will only be sent out to volunteers who register before September 30.  
  • Yes! We know that building community is an important part of GUTS. You’ll have the opportunity to meet fellow volunteers during our networking session, and also throughout the day. 
  • No, we want GUTS to be a safe and comfortable place for everyone who attends. We may play a game, and we will host a networking session, but you can choose what you feel comfortable participating in and you will not be put on the spot to talk publicly at any time. 
  • We’re so glad that you’re excited to attend GUTS. Feel free to attend as much of the conference as you’re able. We will be recording certain elements of GUTS, like the workshop sessions, research session and motivational speaker. 
  • We will let you know as soon as they are totally confirmed. Once they are, they will be added to the conference agenda page. We can tell you we’re working on a fundraising workshop, a leadership workshop and a change management workshop for our volunteers. 
  • This year, all of our communication and information about GUTS will be offered in both French and English. Some elements of the conference will be offered in both languages. We have secured simultaneous EN to FR translation for the whole conference. 
  • Yes, we value our volunteer feedback. We will be sending out a survey after the event to gather your feedback. We also welcome your comments or questions at any time at volunteer@crohnsandcolitis.ca
  • We are happy to provide accommodation so that our volunteers can fully attend and participate in GUTS. Please reach out to the volunteer engagement team at volunteer@crohnsandcolitis.ca to discuss your accommodation request. 
  • GUTS 2022 is a joint partnership between the Volunteer Engagement Department staff and a committee of volunteers. Together we are planning the conference and basing many of our decisions on volunteer feedback from past years. 
  • Yes, historically GUTS stood for Growing Unstoppable Team Success. Now we just use GUTS to refer to our annual volunteer conference. 
  • GUTS is an awesome way to learn more about the work of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and our volunteer community as a whole. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to learn concrete skills to strengthen your volunteer experience and to build community with your fellow volunteers. 

    Our President & CEO, Lori, will be sharing information about Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s new strategic plan. During our research panel, some of our funded researchers will be sharing information about their research projects and you’ll have the opportunity to ask them questions. 

    During our workshop sessions, you’ll learn about topics like fundraising and leadership. Our network session will provide you the opportunity to meet other volunteers and learn from each other. 

    There is an element of celebration throughout all of GUTS. Our awards ceremony is our opportunity to recognize some outstanding volunteers and celebrate our accomplishments together!
     
  • Yes, GUTS is an annual event, although it has taken many different forms over the years. This is our third year offering GUTS as a virtual event. 

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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