June 2013 Newsletter

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June 2013 Newsletter


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Notice to BIAPH Members

AGM June 25th

The BIAPH Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday June 25 at 7:00PM

The AGM will take place in Burlington at:

Fortinos,  Community Room

2515 Appleby Line (at Dundas)

Burlington, ON.,

L7R 3X4

All current BIAPH members are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Please email jorun.rucels@biaph.com by Friday June 21 if you plan to attend.

BIAPH is now on Twitter and Facebook

If you want to feature your story or have an idea for the blog or newsletter please email us at:    biaph@biaph.com.

Here’s what going on in June and what happened during May.


Last Call –

5th Annual Corporate Fundraiser June 20th 2013 – 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


June the 20th is quickly approaching. Please order your tickets now from the BIAPH website.

Tickets are $125 each. We are inviting companies to “buy a table” for $ 800. Each table seats 8  so buying a table is a $200 saving.  We are pleased to offer a discounted ticket price of $75.00 to our Survivors and family members.

We have a limited number of complimentary tickets available for financially challenged survivors and family members.  Please contact the office by Monday June 17th to have your name entered in to a draw for these tickets. Winners will be notified on June 18th.

BIAPH wishes to acknowledge the generosity of the sponsors that donated tickets.

Please join us at the Harbour Banquet and Conference Centre at Bronte Harbour for an entertaining evening of networking and fundraising for the Brain Injury Association of Peel/Halton (BIAPH).

The evening will feature a fabulous buffet style dinner, decadent chocolate desserts, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and fabulous raffle items.

As in years past, we hope to bring together members of the legal community, the health care community, the insurance industry, brain injury survivors and caregivers, local businesspersons and politicians to help BIAPH achieve our fundraising goals.

The proceeds from the evening will support the very worthy projects of BIAPH, including support groups for brain injury survivors and caregivers, brain injury awareness campaigns, caregiver relief programs, and public education.

Location: Harbour Banquet and Conference Centre, 2340 Ontario Street, Oakville www.harbourbanquet.ca

Your kindness and commitment is truly appreciated. Thank you for your consideration.




June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Brain Injury Association of Canada, its partners and community of survivors, caregivers and health professionals, have designated June as National Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada. The goal is to increase general awareness across Canada of the effects and causes of acquired brain injury.

Brain injury in Canada is a silent epidemic. In Canada, brain injury is the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44. Statistics further indicate that incidences are two times greater within the male population.
The social, emotional and economic consequences of brain injury are in fact devastating not only to the survivors themselves, but to family members, caregivers, support workers and the community at large – everyone involved with working towards neuro-rehabilitation and recovery . And currently, there are no drugs or techniques that can cure a brain injury.
Automobile accidents, sports injuries, cycling accidents, falls, strokes, tumors, aneurysms, and other non-degenerative conditions are all leading causes of acquired Brain Injury in Canada.

Statistics from Ontario Brain Injury Association provide insight into just how pervasiveness brain injuries are in our community. Consider that:

• Within the next hour, 6 Canadians will suffer a brain injury
• An estimated 1.3 million Canadians are living with an acquired brain injury right now
• 1 in 10 people will know someone who will suffer a brain injury this year
• Brain injuries are the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44
• More than 18,000 Ontarians will suffer a brain injury this year
• 1 in 5 sports related injuries are head injuries

It is important to understand that a brain injury can occur without any visible damage to the head. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear much later.

A little awareness can make a lifetime of difference


Helmets on Kids

Peel – 2013

“Helmets on Kids” is an initiative, started by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association in London, Ontario in 2002. The goal of the project is to donate bicycle helmets and to promote education and awareness on proper bicycle helmet use.

The program came to Peel Region in 2008 with the purchase of  the first 500 helmets

Helmets on Kids – Peel is a joint venture of the Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Peel Children’s SafetyVillage, Peel Regional Police, Peel Public Health and Peel District School Board. The kick off event and safety assemblies are held every June to coincide with Brain Injury Awareness Month.

The 2013 Helmets on Kids Peel Launch will take place at Sir Winston Churchill PS on Thursday June 13.

Thank you 2013 sponsors:











Helmets on Kids Halton – 2013

On Thursday June 6th, 2013 the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) in conjunction with the Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton (BIAPH) held the third Helmets for Kids Campaign in the region  at King’s Road Public School to bring helmets to kids in need. Local Halton personal injury lawyers donated funds to purchase 190 helmets for kids who otherwise would not have one. Laura Hillyer, of Martin & Hillyer, coordinated the event.  Also helping to support this annual event were the law firms: Terrence Munn, McDonald & Swan and Brechin & Huffman.




Take the pledge and help put a stop to distractive driving by spreading our message to D.O.N.T.

THE PLEDGE: Everyone deserves to travel our roads and communities without the fear of a distractive driver.


This Ontario-wide Brain Injury Awareness and Prevention Campaign will remind drivers that texting or talking on a cell phone while operating a motorized vehicle can lead to serious car crashes, brain injuries or death.

The Campaign is an initiative of a coalition of injury prevention advocates including the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA), participating local community Brain Injury Associations, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), Southland Insurance, and Windsor Essex County Injury Prevention Coalition. The coalition is asking drivers to make a pledge to Drive Only… Never Text.



Year End Support Groups

June marks our last meetings before summer holidays. Our support groups do not meet in July and August.

Georgetown Tuesday June 11 at 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM  The focus of meeting will centre on  “Coping with Summer Holidays and Social Events”

Tuesday June 18 7:00 PM – The Brampton and Mississauga Groups will meet at the Swiss Chalet – Heartland Market –  MCLAUGHLIN RD & BRITANIA, 5980 MCLAUGHLIN RD., MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, L5R3X9 for the year end social. Everyone is welcome, but as BIAPH have to make reservations we need you to confirm your attendance in advance. BIAPH will pay for a regular meal and soft drink (no alcoholic beverages). We kindly ask you to contribute $10.00 each to help defray some of the cost.

Wednesday June 19 at 7:00 PM – The Burlington Group will meet at their regular place, Fortinos Community Room at Appleby Line & Dundas for their year end social. Some extra snacks and goodies will be provided.

Please note Wednesday June 12 -“Brainstock” at Nathan Phillip Square in Toronto 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. BIAPH will have a table there. If you are able to, please come down and join us to have some fun and create awareness about the invisible injury – BRAIN INJURY.




10th Annual Golf4Yuri – What a Great Day!

The 10th Annual Golf4Yuri is now officially in the books. This years event raised more than $14,000, all of which is directed to theCaregiver Relief Program. BIAPH’s  Caregiver Relief Program provides funding for families who are primary caregivers to individuals with an ABI and to families who are experiencing the critical care stages of ABI.

All told, this event has raised more than $110,000 for the Caregiver Program. Not bad for an outing that was organized by Yuri Mutiger’s friends who just wanted an opportunity to get together and remember a fun guy.

There are just too many people to thank for the past ten years. Thank you everyone!

This was that last year of the tournament in it’s current format. Look for news in the upcoming months about next year’s golf tournament which promises to be bigger and better.



Support Groups

During May, BIAPH held four support group meetings as usual in: Brampton May 8Georgetown May 14Mississauga May 15 and  Burlington May 23.

Guest Speakers:

Georgetown Tuesday May 14 

GUEST SPEAKER: DR. LESLEY MILLER – Neuropsychologist. Dr. Miller spoke on ” Recovering from Brain Injury”

Mississauga Wednesday May 15


Paul is a 16 year old young man who was a passionate and talented motocross racer traveling all over Canada and the U.S. until one day, things went wrong. Paul is now recovering from a spinal cord and a traumatic brain injury. As a person who is paraplegic with a brain injury he had an interesting story to share about his journey to date.

Burlington Thursday May 23


Dr. Jones spoke about grief and its cyclical nature. It was an interactive discussion with an emphasis on positive changes and shared experiences.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

To our 2013 confirmed corporate sponsors, BIAPH thanks you for your commitment  to our organization. Your generosity is crucial  in our ongoing efforts to expand our programs.  If you would like to become a BIAPH sponsor, please contact:  jorun.rucels@biaph.com  or call us at 905 823 2221.

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