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Brain Injury Can Happen to Anyone

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   June 23, 2017 07:39

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As we enter graduation season, high school seniors across the country take an important step toward the realization of their dreams and career goals. 

Three years ago, when Hailey Harms escorted her friend Evan Wall as he achieved that rite of passage, life changing injury was not a part of their future plans.

Hailey was a competitive skater who hoped to make the national team and compete in the Olympics. Evan was a linebacker who won MVP his senior year and excelled in maths and sciences.

Three years later, due to unrelated brain injuries, their lives will never be the same.

Hailey sustained multiple skating-related concussions and was told she would never be able to skate again.

Evan was in a car accident that left him where he is today - working hard to regain control of his speech and mobility.

Two talented, ambitious teenagers from the same rural community sustained completely separate brain injuries that changed the course of their lives forever. Brain injury can happen to anyone.

Evan and Hailey’s stories are featured in a four-part video mini-series for Brain Injury Awareness Month being released nationally on social media over the next two weeks under the hashtags #BIAM17 and #thisisthefaceofbraininjury.

The video mini-series can be viewed at www.sbia.ca

Brain injury is the NUMBER ONE cause of death and disability WORLDWIDE among children, youth and those under age 44.  Close to one and a half million Canadians live with the consequences of brain injury everyday. 

The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association is a charitable organization that strives to prevent brain injuries and to improve the lives of survivors and their families.   Visit www.sbia.ca for more.

 

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Contact: Glenda James at 306.692.7242 |1.888.373.1555 | email info_sbia@sasktel.net

 

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2017 BIAM SBIA VIDEO news RELEASE.pdf (221.28 kb)

Jim Hopson, former President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Roughriders to speak at the Brain Blitz Gala

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   March 29, 2016 12:39

We are so excited to announce Jim Hopson, Saskatchewan Roughrider team president  will be the guest speaker at Brain Blitz Gala on Saturday, May 7 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.


Tickets are available at www.sbia.ca/brain-blitz.aspx

Jim hopson - Press Release - March29 2016 Brain Blitz Gala.pdf (290.78 kb)

Questions for Provincial Election Candidates

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   March 29, 2016 10:25

Election Day is almost here, but here are some Questions for Provincial Election Candidates
From Poverty Free Saskatchewan, Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry and Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger
that folks may want to ask local candidates and take into consideration.

Questions for prov candidates - PFS, RAPM, REACH handout, Mar 15.pdf (67.83 kb)

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SOAR and The Shooting Stars Foundation Partnership

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   April 30, 2015 11:59

We are so excited to be partnering with The Shooting Stars Foundation!


The SOAR program will be supported by The Shooting Stars Foundation for 2015 and 2016.


The cheque presentation was made April 28, 2015 in Regina.
Glenda James with Mike Sillinger and Jamie Heward, who will be telling his story at the May 9 Brain Blitz
presented by WorkSafe Saskatchewanat TCU Place in Saskatoon are pictured.

 

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National Volunteer Appreciation Week 2015

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   April 16, 2015 13:17
We are featuring some of our young volunteers today.

It is a statistical fact that when young children volunteer with family members they grow up to be active volunteers in their communities.


Thanks to all the families that volunteer to improve the lives of others.


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National Volunteer Week 2015

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   April 15, 2015 16:04
Volunteers Rock…


The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA) is proud to be taking part in Volunteer Canada’s 74th Annual National Volunteer Week (#NVW2015), during April 12 to 18.

Each day from April 13 to 18, SBIA will be posting thank you messages featuring some of our many volunteers on our social media accounts. Please take the time to see us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Follow the #NVW2015 and #SBIA for the fun.


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Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association Applauds SUMA Resolution

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   February 6, 2015 15:00

Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association Applauds SUMA Resolution

 

For Immediate Release
February 6, 2015


The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association applauds the resolution by SUMA to encourage the province of Saskatchewan to pass mandatory bicycle helmet legislation.

Research suggests bicycle helmet legislation increases helmet usage and decreases the risk of severe brain injury. In jurisdictions that introduced helmet legislation, helmet usage increased by 30% and the risk of severe brain injury was reduced by an estimated 45%, according to current research.

“This resolution by SUMA is an impressive demonstration of co-operation and leadership by public officials who are in the closest contact with their constituents, and therefore in a position to understand the devastation a preventable injury can cause both an individual and a family”, said Saskatchewan Brain Injury Executive Director, Glenda James. “We appreciate this support from SUMA, and we encourage the Government of Saskatchewan to enact legislation making helmet use for wheeled activities mandatory”.

Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability 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.


For more information, please contact Glenda James at 306.692.7242 

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Hayley Wickenheiser - Special Guest at Brain Blitz!

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   February 5, 2015 09:45

For Immediate Release

February 5, 2015 

Olympic Gold Medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser

Special Guest at Brain Injury Prevention Gala

 

Saskatoon – The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA) is thrilled to announce the 2015 Brain Blitz presented by WorkSafe Saskatchewan will feature five-time Olympic medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, on Saturday, May 9th at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

As a decorated Olympian, Wickenheiser has led the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team to four gold medals and one silver medal. She is widely considered the greatest female ice hockey player in the world.  At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, she was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOAC) Athletes Commission.

Wickenheiser knows the importance of preventing brain injuries in sports. "More than ever before, experts as well as laymen are truly beginning to pay attention to concussions and their effects on both children and adults. This is especially true and important in a sport such as hockey,” said Wickenheiser.  I am so excited to come to my home province and to attend the Brain Blitz gala for such a great organization helping those with brain injury and continuing to shine a light on a topic that was once shunned in sport."

SBIA partners with WorkSafe Saskatchewan to help educate youth and adults about ways to prevent brain injuries, including concussions. “Brain injury is invisible and its impacts can be devastating to families,workplaces and communities. We are grateful that Hayley is coming to shinea spotlight on brain injury and its effects,” said Phil Germain, Vice President, Prevention & Employee Services, WorkSafe Saskatchewan.  We are very pleased to support SBIA's efforts to prevent brain injuries, support survivors and their families, and promote awareness and education in Saskatchewan.”

Off the ice, Hayley’s achievements include: Sports Illustrated’s number 20 of 25 Toughest Athletes in the World, a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year, twice named among the Globe and Mail’s “Power 50” influencers in sport, and named among QMI Agency’s top 10 “Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports.” In 2011, Hayley was appointed to the Order of Canada and most recently was inducted to Canada’s Walk of Fame. Wickenheiser’s passion for sport is matched by her desire to give back to the community in her work with organizations such as JumpStart, KidSport, Project North, Right to Play, Ovarian Cancer Canada and many others.

“We are extremely delighted to host such an amazing ambassador for hockey and the province of Saskatchewan,” said Glenda James, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association. “Hayley is a powerful role model whose understanding of brain injury can have an impact on how we view concussions and the choices we make.”

 

Get Your Tickets:www.sbia.ca/brain-blitz.aspx

For More Information:  Phone: (306) 373-1555   Email: info_sbia@sasktel.net

Download full release: 02-04-15 - Hayley Wickenheiser.pdf (1.10 mb)

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Barb Butler - Her Advocacy is Personal!

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   October 2, 2014 09:38

The Regina Leader-Post has a wonderful story with SBIA Board Member, Barb Butler, talking about her journey with brain injury. it is a fabulous story that everyone should read!

Click here to access the story.

Here Barb Butler (right) is pictured with Regina Chapter Member Gordie Fisher at the 2013 Brain Boogie.

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Brain Boogie - Positive Steps in Motion

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   September 4, 2014 11:44

Boogie for Change in our Communities


For Immediate Release 


All it takes is a fall – or a collision whether you are at home, on the field or on the road – to become one of the 2200 Saskatchewan people who acquire a brain injury each year. 

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 12th Annual Brain Boogie will be taking place:

September 6, 2014: Saskatoon & Regina

September 13, 2014: Prince Albert

September 20, 2014: Yorkton

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!

 

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For further information about the Brain Boogie and individual locations, please contact

Glenda James, Executive Director, by email at info_sbia@sasktel.net or by phone at 306.692.7242.

Download the full release: Release - Sept4.pdf (1.08 mb)

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