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Promoting Independence and Making Informed Choices

Decisions about Daily Life and the Recovery Process

February 06, 2024 @ 7pm In Person at the Burlington Area Meeting
About the Talk:

Sandra and Melody will discuss the advantages of support and the process of finding a qualified RSW. They will delve into building on existing foundations and tailoring approaches to meet individuals where they are. Covering essential questions and considerations, they aim to guide you in choosing the right RSW. Sandra will kick off the session with her insights.

Learn More About:

– Understanding ABI Challenges.
– Challenges faced by those with Acquired Brain Injury.
– Discuss the range of available support services for ABI patients.
– Challenges post-settlement when services are discontinued.
– Compare costs of private services versus support services.
– Highlight the importance of supporting both patients and their families.
– Real-life examples showcasing the impact of support services.

Then engage in a Q&A Session

About the Speakers:
Sandra Best

Sandra, with 49 years of nursing experience in Ontario, has evolved into a dedicated Nurse Case Manager. She has been with Excel Care since 1998, becoming a business partner in 2004 and later the sole owner in 2013. Nominated as a woman of influence by the Royal Bank of Canada in 2023, Sandra has also been honored with the Commissioner’s Citation award from the Ontario Provincial Police in 1997 and 1998 for her exceptional contributions to Victim Assistance Support Programs. In her role, Sandra develops and coordinates rehabilitation plans for individuals with traumatic injuries, covering various diagnostic groups. Her responsibilities include needs assessment, referrals, quality of life improvement, community reintegration, and coordinating various rehabilitation services. She’s also skilled in determining accommodations and compensatory strategies, as well as providing direct supervision and staff training.

Melody Hamilton

My Name is Melody Hamilton, and I am the Executive Director of Elements Support Services and the Director of Services at Solus Support Services. Elements Support Services provides qualified rehabilitation support workers across Ontario. I have worked the last 30 years in Social Services field in various roles.

Prior to joining Elements and Solus Support Services. I worked as the manager of the Complex Special Needs Team, supporting young people with complex needs. I worked with a team of 8 Case Managers navigating services and we worked together to create solutions. Prior to becoming the manager of that team, I worked as a Case Manager with a caseload supporting both youth and adults.

I have also worked in program development and the building of new programs and services for children and youth and adults. I managed a large respite program in Toronto and operated residential programs. I have been involved with Ministry programs including special needs advisory table and the respite network. I sat on the board of directors for OADD and was the chair of their conference committee for many years.

I have also been involved in our company’s health and safety and have a certification in occupational health and safety as well as a degree in Social Services and a certificate in executive management. Last year I joined the BIST run committee and I am returning for my second year as a volunteer on that committee.

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