“The Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada exists to empower its members and to improve their quality of life.”
TVAC is a non-profit charitable organization which represents over a hundred Canadians living with congenital malformations as result of the teratogenic effects of the thalidomide drug. This drug was prescribed in the late fifties and early sixties to pregnant women to relieve morning sickness. We often refer to the members of our organization – all of whom are thalidomide Survivors – as “thalidomiders”.
TVAC is currently the only group in North America who represents thalidomide survivors.
Also,TVAC has undertaken a new mandate to warn the public about the potentially devastating effects of certain drugs, so that recurrence of a tragedy such as thalidomide’s can be avoided.