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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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Connections: Fall 2014

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   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)

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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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Connections: Summer 2014

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   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)

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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.

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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)

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Connections: Spring 2014

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   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)

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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

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

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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.

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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)

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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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