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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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Brain Boogie - Positive Steps in Motion

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

Boogie for Change in our Communities


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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.

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Community Event with Matt Dunigan and Graeme Bell

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   May 1, 2014 14:06

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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

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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

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BrainLove Launched!

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   March 4, 2014 11:11

It's Brain Awareness Month, and time for you to spread the BrainLove!

Yesterday, we launched BrainLove in Prince Albert! The launch included a $6000 donation to the SBIA PA Chapter!

You can now start donating at participating businesses across Saskatchewan! A $1 donation gets you a BrainLove sticker!

 

Learn more online at www.sbia.ca/brainlove.aspx

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BrainLove - Media Release

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   February 13, 2014 11:03

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A new kind of love is in the air, but the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA) isn’t talking about romantic love.  

BrainLove is a partnership between the provincial organization and the Saskatchewan Royal Purple Association (SRPA) to encourage the public to learn about the brain and make the health and safety of their brains a priority during Brain Awareness Month in March.

“You have only one brain and it controls ALL of the body’s functions.  Keeping it safe and healthy should be of utmost importance to everyone” says Glenda James, SBIA Executive Director.  A healthy brain begins with healthy choices at play, at work and in social activities.  

The two provincial organizations are teaming up with the BrainLove campaign not only to raise awareness, but also funds for educational programs.  Glenda James, Executive Director of SBIA and Sandi Lougheed, President of the SRPA formalized the partnership recently with a contract signing and photo opportunity at the annual gathering of the Elks and Royal Purple in Saskatoon.

“Royal Purple has a long history of raising funds for educational purposes and we are thankful to be joining SBIA in our mission to educate,” said Sandi Lougheed, President of the Saskatchewan Royal Purple Association.

Beginning March 3, participating businesses around the province will be collecting donations on behalf of SBIA and SRPA. For a donation of $1 or more, customers will receive a BrainLove sticker.

The funds raised by the BrainLove Campaign are used to support those living with brain injuries and their families; as well as supporting prevention programs with the goal of reducing the incidence of brain injury. 

BrainLove kicks off a busy season of activity for SBIA with the annual Spring Retreat for survivors and families at the end of March, followed by 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    

 

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For more information: www.sbia.ca

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


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BrainLove Launch!

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   January 27, 2014 10:27

The BrainLove Campaign is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association and the Saskatchewan Royal Purple Association to raise awareness about brain injuries, encourage brain health, and raise funds for ongoing education and prevention programs, as well as support for brain injury survivors and their families.

For Brain Awareness Month in March, we will be collecting donations at your local businesses - a $1 donation can be added to your bill and in return you will receive a BrainLove sticker!

 

You will be able to donate $1 at participating businesses beginning March 3, 2014. 

    
 

 

Happy Holidays!

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   December 18, 2013 11:38

Happy Holidays from the Staff and Board of Directors of SBIA - we are very grateful for all our supporters!


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Get Your Melon Helmet Today!!!

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   November 26, 2013 11:31

Here we have a SK Roughrider Melon Helmet being proudly worn during the 101st Grey Cup. The helmet was rubbed for luck throughout the game, and we all know how that ended... in Victory!!!!Melon Helmet at Grey Cup

 

Rubbing this helmet will not produce a genie, but it may win a Grey Cup... and wearing one when playing on wheels will protect your brain!

Give a gift that shows your Rider pride, and keeps on giving - Protection for your loved one and help for SK brain injury survivors!

$100 donation to SK Brain Injury Association will get you this helmet and a $50 charitable receipt.

 

     

Pick-up available in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, and Prince Albert. Shipping to anywhere Canada at a cost of $30.

Call 306.373.1555 or email info_sbia@sasktel.net to get your helmet today!!!!

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December Office Hours

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   November 30, 2012 16:59

If you were hoping to stop by our office, to give a donation or for a visit, this holiday season, please check out our December office hours. We'd love to see you!

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