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2014 Brain Blitz Emcee is Catriona Le May Doan!

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   April 10, 2014 10:00

Unusual Pairing of Sports Legends will Share Stage in May

For Immediate Release 

Saskatoon – An unlikely pairing of Hall of Fame legends will share the stage as Catriona Le May Doan joins Matt Dunigan at TCU Place in Saskatoon on Saturday, May 3.  Le May Doan, the evening’s emcee, will collaborate with the evening’s keynote, quarterback legend Dunigan, in an interview style address at the 2014 BHP Billiton Brain Blitz Gala presented by WorkSafe Saskatchewan.    

Le May Doan is a two time Olympic Gold Medalist in speed skating, a five time World Champion, and one of Canada’s most successful and highly decorated athletes. Known as “the fastest woman on ice”, Le May Doan broke 13 world records, and was inducted into both the Order of Canada and the Sports Hall of Fame. In her post competition career, Le May Doan has served as an Olympic broadcaster and as Honourary Coach of Canada’s Special Olympics team.

Le May Doan’s appearance is made possible thanks to Saskatchewan Blue Cross, which recently joined SBIA as a long-term partner for Brain Injury Awareness Month in June. “We’re proud to partner with the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association to increase awareness and promote prevention of brain injuries," says Todd Peterson, VP Sales and Marketing at Saskatchewan Blue Cross. "It's shocking to realize that brain injury is so prevalent [CDC counts 1.7 million per year] and that thousands of people in Saskatchewan are currently living with a brain injury disability. Our goal for this strategic partnership is to support the improved health and wellness of Saskatchewan residents, as we've been doing for over 65 years."

BHP Billiton is once again the title sponsor for the Brain Blitz.  "At BHP Billiton, safety is a core value, which means it is at the centre of everything we do both at work and at home. We take great care to ensure that our employees go home safely to their families every day, and that they are provided with tools and knowledge to help them lead safe lives outside of work.” said Chris Ryder, Vice President Corporate Affairs at BHP Billiton Canada Inc. "The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association plays a key role in extending awareness and educating our communities about the dangers of, and potentially life altering impacts resulting from, acquired brain injury and we are extremely proud to be working with this important organization." 

WorkSafe Saskatchewan is the presenting sponsor of the BHP Billiton Brain Blitz. Phil Germain, Vice President, Prevention & Employee Services said, “The impact of an injury to the individual, their families, workplace and community can be devastating, not to mention the strain these preventable injuries place on our health care system.  We are very pleased to support SBIA's efforts to reduce brain injuries and promote awareness and education in Saskatchewan.”          

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For more information and tickets: www.sbia.ca/brain-blitz.aspx

Contact: Glenda James 306.692.7242 or info_sbia@sasktel.net

Download full release: News Release - Brain Blitz Emcee 2014.pdf (554.78 kb)

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2014 Brain Blitz Speaker - Matt Dunigan

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   December 19, 2013 10:00

CFL All-Star Matt Dunigan - Special Guest at Brain Injury Prevention Gala

For Immediate Release

Saskatoon – The 2014 BHP Billiton Brain Blitz presented by WorkSafe Saskatchewan takes place Saturday, May 3 at TCU Place in Saskatoon, featuring legendary quarterback and Analyst for the CFL on TSN, Matt Dunigan.  The Brain Blitz Gala is the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association’s (SBIA) largest annual fundraiser.

In 2006, Dunigan received the League’s highest honour with his induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as well as being named as one of the TSN Top 50 CFL Players of the modern era. 

A three-time CFL All-Star and five-time divisional All-Star, Dunigan won two Grey Cups – 1987 with the Edmonton Eskimos and 1991 with the Toronto Argonauts. Following a successful college career at Louisiana Tech, Dunigan played with six CFL teams throughout his professional career: Edmonton Eskimos, B.C. Lions, Toronto Argonauts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Birmingham Barracudas, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Dunigan still holds the CFL record for total yards in a single game with 713 yards. 

In an interview style format, Dunigan will share stories about his life and his football career.

"Life is full of choices - to speak or to listen, to encourage or to dishearten, to play or to watch, to love or to hate. I have chosen to speak, encourage, play and to love in the wonderful city of Saskatoon!” said Matt Dunigan, “I’m looking forward to being teammates with the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association and making a difference in the world of sport.”

BHP Billiton is once again the title sponsor for the Brain Blitz.  "At BHP Billiton, safety is a core value, which means it is at the centre of everything we do both at work and at home. We take great care to ensure that our employees go home safely to their families every day, and that they are provided with tools and knowledge to help them lead safe lives outside of work.” said Chris Ryder, Vice President Corporate Affairs at BHP Billiton Canada Inc. "The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association plays a key role in extending awareness and educating our communities about the dangers of, and potentially life altering impacts resulting from, acquired brain injury and we are extremely proud to be working with this important organization." 

 

WorkSafe Saskatchewan has become a partner with the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association and is the presenting sponsor of the 2014 BHP Billiton Brain Blitz.  Phil Germain, Vice President, Prevention & Employee Services said, “The impact of an injury to the individual, their families, workplace and community can be devastating, not to mention the strain these preventable injuries place on our health care system.  We are very pleased to support SBIA's efforts to reduce brain injuries and promote awareness and education in Saskatchewan.”   

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For more information and tickets: www.sbia.ca/brain-blitz.aspx

Contact:   Glenda James: (306) 373-1555    Email: info_sbia@sasktel.net

Download Release: Dec 19 - Brain Blitz News Release.pdf (833.32 kb)

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