DSS has an overall director, regional representatives, and chapter coordinators, all of whom are volunteers.UOAC is funded through membership fees, proceeds from an annual appeal for funds, and through sponsorship of projects by manufacturers.Unfortunately, she died in November, 1997, and was not able to see UOAC fully develop.A complete listing of past and present officers, directors and staff of UOAC follows this article. (UOAC) became an independent entity following a meeting of representatives of Canadian Chapters in Calgary in June 1997.
The first president of the independent UOAC was Maria Siegl.
The business of the association is managed through the Annual General Meeting, and pre- and post-conference meetings of the executive and board of directors.
Under the auspices of UOAC, each summer the UOAC Ostomy Youth Camp and its volunteer counselors welcome campers aged nine to 18 who have ostomies or related conditions.
The 2006 conference was held in Moncton NB and the 2007 conference was held in Calgary AB. The conference has many informative sessions covering various aspects of life with an ostomy, as well as exhibits from ostomy product manufacturers and distributors, and social events.
UOAC awards are presented in conjunction with the annual conference.