September 23, 2015 21:23
The Fall 2015 edition of Connections is ready for you!
Inside this issue you'll find the full report from the 2015 Brain Boogie. Check out page 3 for a list of our long-term partners and Brain Boogie sponsors.
The program for the upcoming Fall Retreat can be found on page 5.
Brain Injury Canada has partnered with the Neurotrauma to Neurorecovery Network. There is a link to a survey on page 7 to help determine research areas for those with brain or spinal cord injuries.
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September 28, 2014 23:53
This latest edition of Connections features a report from the 2014 Brain Boogie - check out page 3 for a great shot of our long-term partners and Brain Boogie sponsors.
You can find a brief story about the upcoming Fall Retreat on page 7 with the poster on page 5.
On page 6 you will find the details for all of our Regular Programs, many of which are back up and running after taking a break for the summer.
All this and more inside this issue!
Download the full issue: Connections - Fall 2014.pdf (1.83 mb)
September 4, 2014 11:44
Boogie for Change in our Communities
For Immediate Release
Brain injury is the NUMBER ONE killer and disabler of children, youth and those under 44. Brain injury can result from common every day activities and can affect one’s life in a dramatic way with significant changes to personality, abilities and mobility.
The only cure for brain injury is PREVENTION!
It is for this reason that the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association strives to prevent brain injuries. But those who have survived brain injury seek support and programs in their own communities. The Brain Boogie raises money to make that happen in cities around the province.
The Brain Boogie is a provincial walk-a-thon event to raise money for the programs that support brain injury survivors and their families. Participation in the Brain Boogie by survivors and their families is very strong because survivors value the programs the Brain Boogie supports and they enjoy the sense of community that the event offers. Some survivors spend the entire year collecting pledges, sometimes a loonie at a time.
The Brain Boogie consists of a group walk through a designated route, followed by a Family Fun Brain Boogie Celebration with BBQ & other fun activities. Each location’s event is unique with some offering yoga warm-ups and in Yorkton, a Zumbathon!
Get your boogie on! Join us for the fun while showing your support!
For further information about the Brain Boogie and individual locations, please contact
Glenda James, Executive Director, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 306.692.7242.
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July 16, 2014 20:21
The latest edition of Connections is ready for you!
We have an article about the 2014 Survivor & Family Camp at Arlington Beach Camp - you can find more photos from Camp on our Facebook Page.
We have partner features with BHP Billiton and Saskatchewan Blue Cross.
We have a report about Brain Injury Awareness Month powered by SK Blue Cross.
We also information about the upcoming Brain Boogie:
August 30th - Moose Jaw
September 6th - Saskatoon, Regina, and Yorkton
September 13th - Prince Albert
Download Newsletter: Connections - Summer 2014.pdf (1.86 mb)
May 15, 2014 13:34
The new issue of Connections is ready for you!
Inside this issue we are kicking off summer with a report about the BHP Billiton Brain Blitz presented by WorkSafe Saskatchewan. You can find the report on pages 1-2 and our sponsors on page 7. Go to our Facebook Page for more event photos!
On page 4 we have a report from the Spring Retreat, which took place at the end of March, 2014.
We also have a partner feature with Phil Germain of WorkSafe Saskatchewan discussing the partnership with SBIA.
You will also find the 2014 poster for Brain Injury Awareness Month powered by Saskatchewan Blue Cross.
Finally, we are kicking off the 2014 Brain Boogie - find the poster, and information about signing up and beginning your pledge collecting summer!
Download the full issue: Connections - Spring 2014.pdf (1.88 mb)
September 17, 2012 11:26
For the first time, a walk-a-thon to raise awareness and funds for the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA) is taking place in Moose Jaw.
The SBIA is putting on a Brain Boogie in Connor Park on Saturday. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the walk will begin at 11 a.m. After the boogie, there will be a barbecue and a Two Bits Family Fair that will include educational games from noon to 2 p.m.
“We know that there are people who are looking for programs and looking for an opportunity to get together with other people who may share some similar situations,” said SBIA executive director Glenda James. “So we also use the Brain Boogie as a social gathering, as a way for people to come out and meet other folks.”
All of the funds from the Brain Boogie raised will stay in Moose Jaw to support activities and programs in the city for those with a brain injury, James said. The rest of the money will go to support SBIA events such as retreats around the province.
“One of the things that I hear a lot is that people who are brain injury survivors and their families experience a lot of isolation because a lot of things change for the family and everything is just harder to do,” said James. “A lot of our activities are just to give them a chance to get out, to be aware that they’re not alone (and) that there (is) support in the community.”
Article from the Moose Jaw Times
September 10, 2012 09:28
Nicole Wall could have felt angry and cheated out of her childhood when her mother and father suffered brain aneurysms. Instead, she stepped in to help her parents on the long road to recovery.
Nicole was 13 when her mom, Monica Wall, had an aneurysm 10 years ago. Three years ago, Nicole’s dad, Kim, suffered three aneurysms — one which is inoperable. He manages the condition with medication and by staying fit.
“They both needed emergency surgeries to save their lives,” Nicole said. “My dad’s neurosurgeon said he’s never seen a husband and wife have aneurysms and survive.
“Our family dynamic changed a whole bunch especially when my mom got sick. I took on a mom role with my little brother because my mom was in the hospital for almost a year. She’s never returned to work, never got her driver’s licence again, but she’s still here every day and I love her dearly. My dad has been lucky enough to go back to work and gone on to be a provincial mountain bike gold medalist. He’s a champ and I love him too.”
Nicole is on the board of directors of the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA) and helped to organize the Brain Boogie — Positive Steps in Motion walk-a-thon held Saturday morning in Wascana Centre.
According to the association, acquired brain injury (ABI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults worldwide. Approximately 70 per cent of survivors are between 18 and 28 years. Every year, more than 2,200 Saskatchewan people sustain a serious brain injury — most are young.
“I just want to get youth and young people in our community involved to hopefully prevent some of these brain injuries from happening,” Nicole said.
Monica was among more than 80 people participating in the walk. The 53-year-old credits the SBIA for providing her with a lot of moral support.
“It’s been a long road to recovery,” Monica said. “It left me with vision difficulties, hearing difficulties and I have a lot of cognitive problems, but I’m very fortunate that I’m up and walking.”
According to the SBIA, half of all brain injuries are the result of motor vehicle collisions. The rest are caused by sport injuries, work-related injuries, assault, falls, illness or firearms.
Gord Fisher injured his brain when he was three weeks old and thrown out of a vehicle that rolled three times.
“When people drive, they should slow down or when you play football, don’t hammer your head on other heads,” Fisher said.
The 45-year-old Reginan collected $3,768.21 in pledges for this year’s Brain Boogie.
“I went door to door to door raising money,” he said. “It’s something I like doing.”
The Brain Boogie was also held in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Yorkon on Saturday. More information about the association is available at www.sbia.ca or by calling toll free: 1-888-373-1555.
Funds from the walk support local and provincial programs for brain injury survivors and their families.
“This is the kickoff to our fall programs,” said Glenda James, executive director of the SBIA. “There are about 56,000 brain injuries in Canada each year and that’s cumulative. A brain injury never ends, it’s lifelong. Prevention is the only cure so our organization strives to prevent brain injuries, but also to make sure that the quality of life for brain injury survivors is improved.”
Article found in the Leader-Post