Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association
Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Pinterest
Youtube
Instagram
Latest News
 
EventsAbout UsAbout Brain InjuryBrain Injury & SportsHelmetsNews & Information
Latest News

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month powered by Saskatchewan Blue Cross

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   May 29, 2014 13:26

Making the Invisible, Visible

For Immediate Release

Emilia Becker is a 19 year old brain injury survivor. But you wouldn’t know that if you met her because YOU CAN’T SEE A BRAIN INJURY.

That is the theme for the 2014 Brain Injury Awareness Month powered by Saskatchewan Blue Cross in June. It is also the theme of the poster recently released and distributed to hundreds of schools, municipalities, politicians and community groups in Saskatchewan.

Emilia was 11 years old when she acquired a brain injury. It was a sunny, fall day and she was riding in the school bus she had been taking daily for years. But that day the bus collided with a truck.

As a result, Emilia had to adjust to a new reality. She had to relearn basic skills. Simple tasks now took great concentration. Although she has been fortunate in regaining most of her skills, she is not the same person she was before her injury.

Emilia says she often wished she was wearing a cast on her head so that people would remember that she was living and working with a permanent injury – an invisible one, but no less challenging for its lack of visibility.

Emilia very eloquently describes her experience and how a brain injury can affect both an individual and her family. She drew a standing ovation from close to 400 people when she spoke at the annual BHP Billiton Brain Blitz Gala presented by WorkSafe Saskatchewan in Saskatoon last May. This summer, she is telling her story to groups around the province between June and August 2014 in order to raise awareness about brain injury.

Brain injury is the leading cause of disability and death among young people.

Unfortunately, the only cure for brain injury is prevention.

The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association strives to prevent brain injuries and improve the quality of life for brain injury survivors and their families.

-30-

For more information, please contact Glenda James at 306.692.7242.

Emilia Becker can be contacted for an interview at sbia.education@sasktel.net

Download the Full News Release: BIAM News Release 2014.pdf (130.73 kb)

Tags: , ,

News

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.”          

 -30- 

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)

Tags: , , ,

News | Support the Cause

New Partnership with Saskatchewan Blue Cross

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   March 11, 2014 10:41

For Immediate Release

The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA) is excited to announce that Brain Injury Awareness Month will now be powered by Saskatchewan Blue Cross.

This partnership between SBIA and Saskatchewan Blue Cross will focus on bringing brain injury prevention to the forefront throughout Brain Injury Awareness Month in June. The announcement couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time, as brain organizations around the world are celebrating Brain Awareness Week (March 10-16).

“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 - that thousands of people in SK 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."

The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association’s mandate is to prevent brain injuries through education and awareness, as well as to provide support to survivors of brain injuries and their families.

This new partnership will assist SBIA in sending educational packages to recreational centres, schools, communities and politicians with goal of educating as many people as possible about brain injuries. Prevention displays will be set up at fairs, tradeshows, arts and culture and sporting events throughout the summer. 

Prevention of brain injuries in sport will be highlighted at the annual BHP Billiton Brain Blitz Gala presented by WorkSafe Saskatchewan on May 3 at TCU Place which features Matt Dunigan as the keynote speaker.  Tickets are $150 and available at www.sbia.ca/brain-blitz.aspx.          

 

“We are getting our message out there – brain injuries are the number one killer and disabler of persons under 44. We are excited about the partnership with Saskatchewan Blue Cross. With their support we will be able to educate even more people during Brain Injury Awareness month in June,” said Glenda James, Executive Director of SBIA.

-30- 

For more information contact Glenda James: Phone: 306.692.7242 | Email: info_sbia@sasktel.net

 

Download Release: SBIA - March 11 News Release.pdf (342.12 kb)

Tags: , , ,

News