1. Who is an emergency coordinator?
    An emergency coordinator (EmCo) is a person who, at the request of an individual or a family in an emergency caused by
    a) Death
    OR 
    b) Any unforeseen or unexpected eventuality
    will assist that individual / family to attend to and handle the situation.


  2. Who are the EmCos?
    Visit the OKA-Emergency Coordination page for the detailed list of contacts.

  3. Are the EmCos supported by a team?
    Yes visit here for details. Volunteers with relevant experience and knowledge who would like to help, contact the EPP Coordinator at oka-epp@ontario-konkanis

  4. What is the key role of an EmCo?
    The key role of an EmCo is to provide all the necessary information and assistance which an individual/family may need during the emergency. This information/assistance may be related to the Funeral homes or Pundit/priest for the rituals or contacting people or giving company etc.

    When a request is received from an individual/family, the EmCo will either handle the call personally or will liaise with another EmCo or the substitute. For example, if a person living in the West calls an EmCo in the East, the EmCo in the East will approach the EmCo or his teammates in the West and vice versa or will handle it personally.

  5. Is the role of an EmCo just to provide information?
    The primary role of an EmCo is to provide information/guidance to the individual/family during an emergency. However, on a need basis or on request from the family members, the EmCo may assist the family members with some of the formalities or mobilize people to support the individual/family. On request, the EmCo will assist the family during the funeral service.

  6. Is it necessary for the families contacting the EmCos to go only with the options provided by the EmCo?
    No. The EmCos have information, based on the experience of other OKA members. The information they provide is just indicative or should be used as guidance. The family members are free to use Funeral homes or Pundits or any other services of their choice.

  7. Will the EmCo swing into action voluntarily without being asked for help?
    No. OKA members will be made aware of the EmCos and their roles through OKA web and other communication channels. The EmCos will act or provide information once help is sought by the individual/family members. In exceptional cases where the family members are in a state of shock or do not know what to do next, the EmCo may offer help.

  8. What are the legal liabilities of OKA-EPP and people associated with this program?
    The EmCo and the team members are volunteers without any monitory benefit. Their role is to only provide information and/or support to the best of their ability and knowledge. OKA-EPP Team and volunteers are not legally responsible for any damages or inconveniences caused by the assistance and/or services provided.

  9. Can an individual/ family in need of assistance, reach out to the EmCos during any time of the day?
    The EmCos can be reached 24/7, 365 days. If the primary contact cannot be reached, alternative/backup contact mentioned in question # 3 can be reached.

  10. Can people outside OKA contact the emergency coordinators?
    The OKA-EPP is a value-added program exclusively for the benefit of OKA members. However, OKA member including OKA-EPP Team members may extend kindness or help on their own to anyone.

  11. Are the OKA-EPP services available to people living outside the GTA and surrounding area?
    Efforts will be made to provide information/support to anyone who approaches the Team.

 

**Disclaimer:

The information provided in this document or OKA-EPP website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this document or the OKA-EPP website are for general informational purposes only. Information in this document or OKA-EPP website may not constitute the most up-to-date information.  This document or OKA-EPP website contains links to other third-party websites.  Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, OKA EPP and its members do not recommend or endorse the contents of the third-party sites.

Emergency Coordinator (EmCo)


An EmCo is a person who, at the request of an individual or a family, will guide / assist the requesting individual / family in handling an emergency situation caused by

  1. Death.
  2. Any unforeseen or unexpected eventuality

 

Responsibilities of EmCo
An EmCo will provide the necessary information and assistance related to Funeral Homes, Priest for the rituals and contacting people etc.
On a need basis or on request from the family members, the EmCo may assist the family members with some of the formalities or mobilize people to support the family.
On request, the EmCo will assist the family during the funeral service.

 

Legal Liabilities of OKA Emergency Preparedness Program
The OKA-EPP and the team members are volunteers without any monitory benefit. OKA-EPP Team and volunteers are not legally responsible for any damages or inconveniences caused by the assistance and/or services provided.

Will the EmCo swing into action voluntarily without being asked for help?
No. OKA members will be made aware of the emergency coordinators and their roles through OKA web and other communication channels. The emergency coordinators will act or provide information once help is sought by the family members. In exceptional cases where the family members are in a state of shock or do not know what to do next, the emergency coordinators may offer help.

The information that OKA-EPP / EmCo may provide will be based on the experience of other OKA members and will be just indicative or should be used as guidance.

The family members are free to use Funeral homes or Pundits or any other services of their choice.


TEAMS DETAILS :

GTA East end and surrounding areas
Sudhir NayakShivdas & Sheetal Pai. Tel no. 416-438-8270
Shivdas Pai & Sheetal Pai from GTA East will be supported by

Ashok Goundalkar
Ashok Goundalkar
Tel no. 416-208-7094
Dinesh Shenoy
Dinesh Shenoy
Tel no. 905-209-8841
Gurunath Pai
Gurunath Pai
Tel no. 416-291-3594
Nagesh and Bina Kamath
 Nagesh & Bina Kamath
Tel no. 416-283-3983
 Divakar Shenoy
Divakar Shenoy
Tel no. 905-471-4700

 

GTA West end and surrounding areas
Sudhir NayakSudhir Nayak. Tel no. 437-999-2977
Sudhir Nayak from GTA West will be supported by

Niranjan Kamath
Niranjan Kamath
Tel no. 905-853-8856
Shashikanth Nayak
Shashikanth Nayak
Tel no. 647-202-0785
Kashinath Nayak
Kashinath Nayak
Tel no. 416-315-3534
Jayesh Nayak
Jayesh Nayak
Tel no. 647-289-8612

When you're getting your estate in order, there are many accounts, policies, documents, and other information to organize-and the list of to-dos can quickly become overwhelming. But our ultimate planning checklist will help you get organized painlessly. Putting all your most important information into an Eventuality/Survivor's Kit will relieve a big burden on your family if anything should happen to you-and you can relax knowing that they're taken care of.

We have attempted to come up with the easiest method for creating a centralized document or set of files that you could share with your family and friends and keep updated regularly. We've created the Kit just for this purpose.

You can also use this as a guide to start securely storing and sharing all the information listed

 

**Disclaimer:

The information provided in this document or OKA-EPP website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this document or the OKA-EPP website are for general informational purposes only. Information in this document or OKA-EPP website may not constitute the most up-to-date information.  This document or OKA-EPP website contains links to other third-party websites.  Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, OKA EPP and its members do not recommend or endorse the contents of the third-party sites.

 

Long Term Caregivers

Teva Canada

CBC News about Longterm care

CIC news on Pilot projectof Longterm care

 

What to do when someone dies

In Ontario - https://www.ontario.ca/page/what-do-when-someone-dies

Death occurs in a foreign land please contact the Canadian Embassy there https://travel.gc.ca/assistance/emergency-info/death-abroad

To donate organs/tissue for transplant or entire body for scientific research - https://www.giftoflife.on.ca/en

Register the death certificate - https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-get-copy-ontario-death-certificate-online 

 

Priests/Pundits in the GTA

OKA members are free to consult with any priest. Following are some of the priests we are familiar with.

  • Ved. Pandit Soukur Dinkar Bhat (Konkani bhat normally in Canada from April to Sep): Tel No. 416-826-5948
  • Vidwan Ramkrishn Bhat, SVBF Temple: Tel No. 647-707-5727Ved. Suryanarayan Bhat, Udupi Vrindavan Tel: 416-548-4138
  • Ved. Suryanarayan Bhat, Udupi Vrindavan Tel: 416-548-4138
  • Sanjay Acharya: Tel No. 416-909-2427

 

Funeral Homes 

To search for a funeral home/service in Ontario visit Bereavement Authority of Ontario - https://thebao.ca/

Affordable Funeral Services are available throughout GTA areas - https://socialservicesfuneralassistance.ca

Families are free to choose any Funeral Homes.
The following are some of the Funeral Homes we are familiar with:

List of Funeral Homes in GTA West End:        Brampton Crematorium & Visitation Center Inc
30 Bramwin Ct, Brampton, ON L6T 5G2 – Tel No.905-458-2222
Scott Funeral Home - Brampton Chapel
289 Main St N, Brampton, ON L6X 1N5 – Tel No.905-451-1100
Andrews Community Funeral Centre - Bramalea Chapel
8190 Dixie Rd, Brampton, ON L6T 5N9 – Tel No.905-456-8190
Meadowvale Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Centres
7732 Mavis Rd, Brampton, ON L6Y 5M1 – Tel No.905-451-3716
Glendale Funeral Home & Cemetery
1810 Albion Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 5T1-– Tel No.416-679-1803
Tranquility Funeral Services Inc.
2390 Haines Rd #14, Mississauga, ON L4Y 1Y6 – Tel No.905-815-1285
Scott Funeral Home - Mississauga Chapel
420 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L5A 1X5 – Tel No.905-272-4040
Basic Funerals and Cremation Choices
2-2408 Haines Rd, Mississauga, ON L4Y 1Y6 – Tel No. 877-229-7077

 

List of Funeral Homes in GTA East End:      Chapel Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Centre 
8911 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R 5G1 – Tel No.905-305-8508
Highland Funeral Home – Scarborough Chapel 
3280 Sheppard Ave. E, Scarborough, ON M1T 3K3 – Tel No. 416-773-0933
Highland Funeral Home – Markham Chapel 
10 Cachet Woods Ct, Markham, ON L6C 3G1– Tel No 905-887-8600
Humphrey Funeral Home 
1403 Bayview Ave, East York, ON M4G 3A8 – Tel No. 416-487-4523
Ogden Funeral Homes 
4164 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1S 1T3 – Tel No. 416-293-5211
Pine Hills Cemetry and Funeral Centre 
625 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON M1K 1R1 – Tel No.416-267-8229

 

Transport the Human Remains 

Air Canada Compassionate Services - https://www.aircanada.com/cargo/en/shipping/shipping-solutions/ac-compassion/

WestJet compassionate services - https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/book-trip/westjet-cargo/shipping-information/human-remains

Check with any other national/international airlines for their specific requirements

To India : https://www.cgitoronto.gov.in/eoi.php?id=transport_dead_body


Transport Cremated Remains

To Canada: https://www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca/en/cremated-remains 

To USA: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/cremated-remains
            https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2018/07/10/ways-travel-cremated-remains

To India: https://www.cgitoronto.gov.in/eoi.php?id=transport_ashes

Scattering cremated remains in Ontario - https://www.ontario.ca/page/arrange-funeral-burial-cremation-or-scattering

Contact CRA - What to do someone has died - https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/life-events/what-when-someone-died.html

 

**Disclaimer:

The information provided in this document or OKA-EPP website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this document or the OKA-EPP website are for general informational purposes only. Information in this document or OKA-EPP website may not constitute the most up-to-date information.  This document or OKA-EPP website contains links to other third-party websites.  Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, OKA EPP and its members do not recommend or endorse the contents of the third-party sites.

 

epp1    OKA EMERGENCY AWARENESS PROGRAM RUN BY VOLUNTEERS FROM ONTARIO KONKANI COMMUNITY

 The Emergency Preparedness Program (EPP) is one of the eight programs identified during the Focus Group Meeting held on April 23, 2017. The aim of this program is to create an emergency awareness and be ready for an eventuality. Emergency may vary from an unexpected event that requires help and/or support to, a death in the family. The program is run by volunteers and participation is voluntary.

The Emergency Preparedness Program (EPP) is one of the eight programs identified during the Focus Group Meeting held on April 23, 2017. The aim of this program is to create an emergency awareness and be ready for an eventuality. Emergency may vary from an unexpected event that requires help and/or support to, a death in the family. The program is run by volunteers and participation is voluntary.

This program is not just for the seniors, it is for all. As a matter of fact, youth who have parents, grandparents, spouses or siblings will find this program very helpful.

The program will be launched on Sunday August 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the SVBF Community Centre, 80 Brydon Drive, Etobicoke. The details to follow.

THIS EVENT IS FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL OKA MEMBERS AND WE ENCOURAGE ALL TO ATTEND.

To register and/or to give suggestions/comments, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EPP WILL HAVE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS. Details will become available soon:

SURVIVOR/EMERGENCY KIT:
Coordinators: Ashok and Amita Bhatt supported by Raghunath Kamath.
Aim is to help community members to build their own emergency kits that will include important/critical information and documents that will become handy during emergency, especially, after a death in the family. The focus of this team is also to develop a personal emergency information checklist and provide a suitable kit and/or process to store relevant information.

MEDICAL/NON-MEDICAL INFORMATION:
Coordinators: Jayesh and Gayatri Nayak supported by Murali and Neeta Nayak.
The focus is to develop a central repository of relevant information/links including government/ nongovernment services, legal matters, priests, funeral homes, etc.

EMERGENCY:
GTA East: Shivdas and Sheetal Pai supported by Bina Kamath, Dinesh Shenoy and Divakar Shenoy.
GTA West: Sudhir and Sumana Nayak supported by Niranjan Kamath, Jayesh Nayak, Kash Nayak and Shashi Nayak.
Teams will be ready to provide information and/or support in case of an emergency including a death in the family.

YOUTH:
Coordinators: 
Dr. Nikhil and Nisha Pai 
who will assist in developing, implementing and monitoring the program as well as maintaining communication line with the young adults in our community.

PROGRAM
Coordinators: Sadanand and Suvarna Mankikar
Are responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the program with the help of the above mentioned teams.

**This program is supported by Nalini Shenoy and the funds raised by the “Culture Criminals” during their debut performance “Timeless” on February 9, 2019.