Helmet Hair or Long-Term Care: You Choose

Greg Goldberg, a contractor in the Cridge Brain Injury Services program, was appalled to learn that a large number of teenagers and adults simply refuse to wear a helmet while riding their bikes. Greg states, “I was even more appalled to be informed that the prime reason causing fear amongst riders to wear a helmet was , prepare yourself, dreaded helmet hair.” Greg’s concern has spearheaded a unique and exciting province-wide sticker campaign scheduled for distribution in spring 2013.

Helmet_HairGreg’s shock and dismay with this all too common reason for not wearing a helmet is further fueled by his personal experience. Greg knows firsthand the challenges and struggle to regain life after being involved in a horrific car crash while driving to work in 1998. Although Greg’s injury was not bicycle related, the deficits and impact a brain injury had on his life mirrors hundreds, if not thousands, of people living with an acquired brain injury. Each year between 8,000 and 14,000 British Columbians acquire a brain injury resulting from an external blow to the head (e.g. concussion, bike crash, car crash, and falls), vascular injuries, anoxia, metabolic disease, brain tumors, brain atrophy, and poisoning. Following an extensive rehabilitation, Greg learned to adapt to his limitations and to be proactive in managing and structuring his life so he can enjoy it to the fullest.

The bike helmet laws in British Columbia are currently under attack. Riders are reluctant to wear a helmet for short trips and feel inconvenienced by carrying one around with them. Greg believes as a society we must come up with creative ways to convince bike riders that wearing a helmet is safe, fashionable and should be a common practice.

In reaction to this unfortunately growing, dangerous habit, Greg has inspired a partnership between The Cridge Centre for the Family and the British Columbia Brain Injury Association to design a unique sticker with a slogan that will certainly imprint itself on the target audience’s subconscious. The campaign’s goal is to spur bike riders and sports enthusiasts to become more safety conscious in regards to head protection.

We strongly believe that advocating for such a worthy cause will help prevent bike riders from suffering a life-altering disability. This campaign will build head injury protection awareness and help British Columbians to be safe.

Leadership Legacy

At the invitation of Leading Influence Ministries, our CEO Shelley Morris delivered the keynote address at the 2013 MLA Prayer Breakfast. We share it here with the hope that you will be as blessed and inspired in its reading as were the people in the room:

When you stand up to speak in front of a large group of people, you want to say something brilliant or amusing, where the crowd settles in right away thinking ‘oh yeah, this is going to be good!’  Maybe you throw out a pithy witticism or a profound quote.

But instead, I have dipped into the well of wisdom to draw from a modern poet.  Without wanting to embarrass our esteemed host Tim Schindel, nor reflect poorly on The Cridge Centre for the Family, or more important, have you start fleeing the room – I’m going to dare to quote from that purveyor of fine music, that master of melody, the weaver of words, the KING of elevator music – Barry Manilow.

Even across the room I’m pretty sure I just saw some of my board and staff members roll their eyes and wince, but stick with me and listen to these words:

Just one voice
Singing in the darkness
All it takes is one voice
Singing so they hear what’s on your mind
and when you look around you’ll find
there’s more than One voice
Singing in the darkness
joining with YOUR one voice
each and every note another octave
Hands are joined and fears unlocked
if only one voice would start on its own
We need just one voice facing the unknown
and that one voice would never be alone
it takes that one voice, just one voice.

(N. B: you may enjoy this version of One Voice by Straight No Chaser, featuring Barry Manilow)

It doesn’t look as though I chased too many people from the room so let me try to shed some light on why I shared that with you. I want to talk to you today about legacy.  Not just leaving a legacy, but LIVING a leadership legacy each and every day.

Take a little mental trip with me and imagine that it is the early 1850’s.  A young man and his new bride leave the bucolic life of a country Vicar in England and boards a sailing ship, chartered by the Hudsons Bay Company.

For six long months he and his fellow passengers suffer the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, and at times even fresh water.  They battle heavy seas and pelting rains.  They round the ship-killer called Cape Horn enduring freezing cold and then unrelenting heat.  Imagine every passenger suffering some type of sickness on the journey.  It’s a true story and it was a  journey of hardship and deprivation that was undertaken by Bishop Edward Cridge and his bride Mary before they finally arrived at their new home, a stockade, mud a foot deep in the street, a few scattered buildings … home… Fort Victoria.

Here was a couple who made a choice to put service to others above comfort of self.  Here was a couple who, with no thought of how they would be remembered, created legacy, lived legacy and left a legacy.  They started the BC Protestant Orphans’ Home which of course today is where I work and is now known as The Cridge Centre for the Family, the oldest continuously serving charitable organization in Western Canada.

Their ethic of service and ministry over the decades propelled them to leadership. They galvanized the community in developing prison reform, combating racism, improving health care, education, the rights of the poor; they were involved in politics, culture and the arts – tThe very same ongoing work that many leaders, churches, charities, businesses and people in this room continue to strive for today.

I don’t think they ever gave a moment’s thought to what their legacy would look like 140 years later, I don’t think they set out to be leaders in society – yet what leaders they were and what a legacy their lives have left.  A legacy wasn’t the goal of their lives; it was the side-effect, the by-product.

Today, because of Edward and Mary, The Cridge Centre for the Family serves seniors; children; survivors of brain injury; individuals and families in need of safe, affordable housing; families with a disabled child; young parents; new Canadians; women and children escaping domestic violence; and those in need of counsel and support. Our clients are your constituents, your parishioners, your customers, your neighbours, your family members, your friends, your community.

One man, one woman, each with one voice, living and leaving a profound leadership legacy by virtue of excellence, service, humility and dedication

At The Cridge, we are a part of Edward and Mary Cridge’s legacy, but we are also continuing to LIVE that legacy every single day in service to others.  Each staff member, board member, volunteer, one voice at a time, is adding to that chorus that Edward and Mary started.  We strive to be leaders in our community, we honour where we have come from, and we choose to lead in excellence into the future. The mission and ministry of The Cridge Centre for the Family is changing lives as much today as Edward and Mary did in their day. And just as an aside, if you aren’t familiar with the work we do, then talk to me or anyone of our board or management team members who are sitting at those tables over there (wave your hands guys) and we would love to spend some time with you and show you around and talk to you about our work, our passion and our vision.

Honoured members of the Legislature, no matter what position you do – or do not – hold in government in the months or in the years ahead, each individual one of you have already shown yourselves to be people who, like Edward and Mary Cridge, choose to sacrifice what was easy and instead push through, at times stormy waters, in order to raise YOUR one voice. I think that anyone who has ever observed Question Period in the House knows that it can be as turbulent as rounding Cape Horn at times!

You are leaders today and you will be leaders tomorrow.  Now this isn’t church, but I am here to testify that whether alone, or sometimes joined in chorus, you HAVE been living your leadership legacy and we honour you for that, and although this isn’t church, when it comes to appreciating these servants and saying thank you, can you all give me an Amen on that! (Amen!)

But I’m also going to challenge you, encourage you and celebrate you going forward to continue that legacy of leadership every day that you wake up and find yourself blessed with being vertical and with a new constellation of opportunities in front of you.

No matter what political stripe you wear, there is no doubt that every MLA in this room, and I would also say every individual in this room, is fuelled by a desire to create success, change, hope, opportunity and community.  You have taken the journey of hardship in order to make a difference and you are making a difference.

A year from now, we’ll see some of the same faces in this room, some new faces, some missing faces – such is the nature of politics and elections – but politics and elections DO NOT DEFINE your legacy, they do not define you as a leader, they do not define the range or limits of your success, and they most certainly do not define you as a person.

Legacies don’t happen overnight – they are crafted over years of hard work and dedication, over a lifetime of hard work and dedication. They are not your reputation, and  they especially are not your job title: MLA, CEO, Pastor, Businessperson, Manager, Dishwasher or Ditchdigger … the beginning or end of working under any job title is no barrier to creating your own legacy or to leading with vision.   Your job may provide a wonderful window of opportunity to contribute to your legacy, but Your legacy is created from within you; Your legacy is carried within you. And, if I may, Your legacy is gifted by God and entrusted to you.

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Mattie Stepanek, an American poet who died in 2004 at the age of 13.  His words moved the world,  impacted lives and inspired millions and it was in fact, President Jimmy Carter who, citing Mattie as his hero, gave his eulogy, saying  “we have known kings and queens, and we’ve known presidents and prime ministers, but the most extraordinary person whom I have ever known in my life is Mattie Stepanek.”

I’d like to read you two short poems that Mattie wrote in 1996, already with the heart and mind of a wise philosopher and peacemaker packed into the sick and decaying body of a six year old.

(N.B. Shelley read Mattie’s poems ‘Heartsong’ and ‘The Daily Gift’ at this point. We do not have permission to publish those poems, but encourage you to purchase Mattie’s book via the Mattie J. T. Stepanek Foundation).

When I mentioned that legacies are crafted over a lifetime, it’s clear that not one of us know the day or the hour appointed for the end of our journey. Legacy is not a matter that you can put off and ‘get to’ later.  The time is now, today is the day, and when you leave this room is the moment.

One Voice, One Heartsong … it doesn’t matter what you know, if you don’t know what really matters and you don’t live it and you don’t leave it behind. Some might have thought of Edward and Mary’s journey to the new world as a ‘life sentence’ of hardship – I believe they would have said they had a life sentence of service and reward, of opportunity and blessing.

Sometimes we see an epitaph as a reflection of someone’s life sentence,  an indicator of how they lived their lives and it doesn’t always get written the way we might like to see ourselves:

On a lawyer’s grave in England, there was a man by the name of Sir John Strange, his tombstone reads “here lies an honest lawyer, and that is Strange.” Or from the wild west in Silver City, Nevada: “Here lies a man named Zeke. Second fastest draw in Cripple Creek.”

We see humour in those, but not likely the life goal that Zeke would have chosen to be remembered for. Clare Boothe Luce challenged us to create a sentence, a statement, summarizing the goal and purpose of our lives – a life sentence if you will.

Let me pick on MLA Margaret MacDiarmid who so graciously introduced herself to me at the table this morning. I don’t think we’d ever hear Ms. MacDiarmid say, “My life goal is defined as being an MLA”,  I think we’d hear you say, “I want to use my time, talents, energy and vision to make British Columbia the best it can be, for all people, in this generation and for generations to come.”

When each of you create and own your personal life sentence, you not only begin to create your legacy, you begin to LIVE your legacy and you carry it through job titles, through work, through retirement, through play, through volunteering, through charity work, through business, government or ministry.  You carry it with you through spending your dollars, the people you choose to spend time with and through putting boots on the ground to get done what needs to be done.

When you see new challenges or renewed challenges and opportunities ahead of you, you must carry your core strengths and your life sentence with you and unleash them in whatever role you fill.

Whether you are a person of faith or not, whether you are a preacher or premier, dishwasher or ditchdigger, I believe each of you have a divine destiny and purpose and the legacy you leave is up to you to discover, embrace and fulfill – not for the purposes of power and self-agrandisement, but for the equipping and fulfilling of all that can be created for good from the Edward and Mary Cridge type of servant-leadership.

I was reading recently about how oftentimes, people who aren’t fulfilling their destiny will try to discourage you from fulfilling yours! They may not do it intentionally, but they’ll tell you what you can’t do and how things won’t work out.  They are quick to remind you of impossibilities … they may try to talk you out of your dream, out of your passion.

But I believe that God put that destiny, that passion, that living legacy, that promise, inside of you, not inside of them. You have to remember that other people do not determine your destiny or your legacy, God does. As a person of faith, I believe that He holds your destiny and my destiny in the palm of His hand, and if we are true to living, as the author said, “your best life now” then God will not only bring it to pass, but it will be beyond what we might even ask or think. Don’t let people talk you out of your passion, or your dreams, don’t let them walk all over your living legacy with the muddy boots of discouragement.

There is no question, you will leave a legacy of some sort, whether it be the kind of legacy that ends up on a tombstone telling people that you were second fastest on the draw or whether you have prime ministers extol your virtues or whether you serve humbly and quietly without fanfare and in the end fulfill every desire that God has placed in you, you will leave a legacy.    So when you leave here – today, a year from now, ten years from now – go get it done!

Lead where you stand, serve whom you meet, reach out to those in need, think, feel, give, receive, be courageous, have convictions, define your life sentence, be blessed and get up every morning and determine to live your legacy and raise your one voice and share the passions of your heart, your heartsong.

We don’t necessarily all share the same faith in this room, and we come to living our lives and legacy from different directions – and I respect that.  So let me just gently say that from my belief, I believe in each one of you, I believe that God has equipped each of you.  A devotion I read recently finished up by saying “It’s time to get in agreement with God. He says you are well able. He says you are equipped. He says you are qualified. He says you are anointed, called and appointed to fulfill every dream and desire he placed within you!”

And in that reality, your legacy will change the world.

Thank you for letting me share this time with you today.

In silent stillness lay

Christmas is, and always has been, a magicial time at The Cridge Centre for the Family. Back in the days of The BC Protestant Orphans' Home, children who lived here remember "Christmas was a big event. There were many special times during this season of the year … for deprived children, it was an unbelievably happy time…"

And so it is today, for many of our clients, that Christmas is both a busy and a happy time. Sometimes, though, that busy-ness can become a distraction from what we're really here for. 

This afternoon, as I sat at my desk busily clearing the way for my own time off over Christmas, I heard a sound that put me in mind of the angels that sang in Bethlehem. It was the choir from Saint Patrick's School, who had come to sing for our seniors. Beautiful young voices in harmony singing classic carols as well as a few Christmas songs slowed the whole world down momentarily. 

The children were followed by a handbell choir comprised of eight of our senior residents. They've been practicing all year to share their own Christmas songs with the residents and staff, and they played beautifully. A colleague waved to me from where I was taking pictures, and was going to rush off again, when I urged her to wait and listen to the handbell choirs last song. 

Sitting and listening – tt's one of the most rewarding activities of Christmas. In all the shopping and baking, the decorating and the bustle we can so easily forget, "The world in silent stillness lay to hear the angels sing." May you find silent moments this Christmas, moments filled with peace, with love, and with gratitude. 

Once a Cridge Kid, Always a Cridge Kid!: A plea to support Justin Plunkett

UPDATE: July 10, 2013 – Justin lost his fight with cancer on June 6, 2013. His mom posted the following message “This morning at 4:40 am, Justin earned his wings. It was very peaceful and he was surrounded by love. Justin will be forever young. Love you my lil man.” Our thoughts and prayers are with the Plunkett family as they grieve the loss of their son, brother, nephew, grandson, and friend.


Justin Plunkett and his twin sister Jocelyn, not to mention his little sister Olivia and their cousin, were all Cridge kids. Justin and Jocelyn attended school age care in the Taylor Building, while Olivia is still well-known by the nursery, daycare and school age care staff in our new facility. You don’t turn off the love for a child just because they no longer need our services, so there are many Cridge staff who are touched by the battle against brain cancer that Justin is fighting, with his family’s support.

Justin was diagnosed with brain cancer on Christmas Eve 2010. His cancer was in remission, but on October 29 of this year the family found out that the cancer was back, and is no longer considered treatable. We ask all our friends and supporters to consider how they could help the Plunketts. In addition to suppporting Justin’s bucket list, funds will help the family cover the many expenses of serious care not covered by MSP, such as food and ferry costs while at Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, over the counter medicines, and parking at the hospital.

 

Ways you can help:

1. Bottle Drive: Drop of your bottles or a cash donation at the Bottle Drive for Justin this Saturday, November 17 from 11 am to 3 pm at 439 Davida Avenue, Victoria.

2. Donate: The family is accepting donations online at Justin’s webpage: http://www.justinplunkett.ca/. Therre are also details on Justin’s website for giving via cheque or to the trust account at CIBC.

3. Spread the Word: The more people who know Justin’s story, the more likely it is that hius family will have the support that they need, and that Justin will get to complete as much of his bucket list as his body will allow.

We will update this post as Justin makes his bucket list known. He was recently able to visit Maui and check off some amazing bucket list items – be sure to check out the photos on Justin’s website.

Society Member’s Breakfast 2012

The Cridge Centre for the Family, like all non-profits and charities in Canada, is truly owned and answers to a committed volunteer body, the society members. In the case of The Cridge Centre, society members provide support in many ways, including expert advice, volunteer activities, and prayerful support. High on the list of member benefits, and one of the ways we annually try to thank these committed guides is with the Society Member's Breakfast. 

Planning start early in the year to ensure that as many board members and management staff are on hand to thank as many society members as possible. It would be impossible to over-state how important our society members are to the ongoing growth and service of The Cridge Centre. The breakfast is an opportunity to connect, to inform and always to thank.

The morning of, Chef Nik and his team roll out of bed early to prepare a delicious breakfast – this year the choices were between a tasty spanich omelette and a healthy fruit and yogourt parfait. An opening grace, an opening welcome, conversation over the meal, and a special presentation about one of the programs is always part of the morning. This year, Nicole Andrews of The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program shared the microphone with both a current and a past client to give a sense of the difference that program is making for young moms in the community. 

The members of the society are the spine in the body of The Cridge Centre. Christians interested in finding out more about this opportunity to contribute to The Cridge Centre should contact Pat Bailey by phone at (250) 995-6410 or by email at pbailey@cridge.org.

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What’s in a Week?

Shakespeare asked us "what's in a name?", but this week there was so much going on, that one has to wonder 'what's in a week?" In many ways, a week is a week – it has 7 days. Many of us spend 5 of those days working. We try to fit in some rest and some worship on the remaining days (I'm not going to take the time to contemplate how backwards that may be).

And then every once in a while, the various levels of government proclaim a week to focus on something in particular. It's usually a reflection of that government's values, which tells us a lot about the many weeks that happened this week and the jurisdictions they happened in. 

1. Prevention of Violence Against Women Week, BC & the District of Saanich.

I wrote yesterday about Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard's proclamation of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week, and that it occurs within a 15 year standing mandate of the province. To continue to promote this conversation is essential, as violence against women continues to plague our communities. The unsolved murder of Lindsay Buziak. The missing women's inquiry in Vancouver. The network of Transition Houses across the province – including The Cridge Transition House for Women – who work together to ensure that women and children find the safest possible homes.

We've come a long way, baby … but not far enough. This conversation can't end until every woman and child is safe in their homes. 

2.  Volunteer Appreciation Week, Canada

Across Canada, celebrations were held this week for the 13.3 million Canadians who give of their time and talents to support the good work of our many charities and non-profits. Fromthe art to the environment to social services, charities rely on the giving spritis and strong bodies of volunteers. Here at The Cridge Centre, the convergence of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week was noted in a 'Thank-You Cheesecake Tea" for the volunteers at The Cridge Transition House for Women.

What stood out in conversations with the volunteers was that while they are clearly devoted to the difference they make with the women and children at the house – two volunteers were recognized for their more than a decade of service each – they also contribute to many other worthy causes in town. These women give, repeatedly and faithfully, in ways that matter to them and make a lasting difference for those they serve. Thank you, even accompanied by cheesecake, doesn't feel like enough. 

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3. Gift Planning Week, Victoria 

In recognition of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners national conference taking place this week in Victoria, Mayor Dean Fortin declared this 'Gift Planning Week' in the capital city. it's a great reminder to let each of you know that if you would like more information about planned giving, or have already planned a future gift to The Cridge Centre, we're happy to talk with you about that.

You can get more information on the 'giving' page of our website or simply contact Shannon Whissell at (250) 995-6419 or via email at swhissell (at) cridge (dot) org

Saanich Mayor Proclaims “Prevention of Violence Against Women Week”

Each April since 1995, British Columbia has observed Prevention of Violence Against Women week on the third week of April, this year falling on April 16 – 20. While this provincial observance still stands, there are, sadly, no provincial activities. Seeing this, The Cridge Transition House for Women asked ‘what more can we do’  to fight violence against women, and in turn we ask the community ‘what can/will you do?’

At the request of The Cridge Transition House for Women, Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard has proclaimed April 16 – 20 prevention of violence against women week in Saanich (Click here to view the proclamation). As the only transition house in Saanich, we are grateful for his endorsement. The proclamation will hang in its frame in The Cridge Transition House, providing encouragement to the over 200 women and children who either stay in the home or find safety by working with the house outreach worker. 
 
 
The issue of violence against women continues to plague our society. But there are things that each of us can do everyday, not just during this week, to make a difference. Here are a few suggestions:
 
When you find yourself or hear someone else asking why a woman doesn’t  just leave an  abusive relationship, put the responsibility where  it belongs by asking instead, why doesn’t her partner just stop hitting her.
 
When you hear the staggering statistics of the incidence of violence against women and the costs to our health care, justice and social systems, pay attention. Don’t get sidetracked by arguments that the reports must be wrong or that there are other issues that more urgently need  our attention. The fact is that too many women live in fear in their own homes. The needs of all the other social injustices do not make stopping violence against women a lesser priority. 
 
When you hear or see attitudes, words or behaviours that put women down and promote violence, do not be silent.  Boycott violence promoted as entertainment.  Speak up and speak out.   
 
When you hear the news about a woman being beaten or killed, do not allow it to be excused because that is what supposedly happens in her culture.  There is no cultural prerogative for abuse and violence.
 
When you are wondering what the government’s funding priorities are, ask why transition house programs have been denied even small funding increases for over six years.  Ask what this says about government’s real commitment to stopping violence against women.  
 
These are just a few of the many things that can be done to promote and advocate for women’s safety, respect and equality. If you are already doing something about stopping violence against women, keep up the good work.  Encourage those who are taking action alongside you and ask others to join you.  Stopping the violence against women is not only a women’s issue nor is it only a once a year campaign.  It is a call to action to everyone every day.  So, what will you do this week and every week to make our communities and province a safe place for all women?

In Memorium: Anne Spicer

We learned on the morning of Friday, April 13 of the passing of a dear friend and committed leader of The Cridge Centre, Anne Spicer.

Chief Executive Officer Shelley Morris shares the prayers of all who knew Anne and benefited from her committment to our work: 

"With heavy hearts for ourselves and her family, we announce the news that Anne Spicer, beloved board member emeritus and matriarch of The Cridge Centre has been promoted to glory and reunited in heaven with her beloved spouse Dick.

A servant of the Lord in every respect, Anne changed the world.  Deeply respected, dearly loved, our Anne will always be remembered, and we will strive to make her proud and to serve in the way that she taught us."

Victoria Transmission and Auto Care Support Women

The Cridge Transition House for Women is pleased to announce a significant new partnership with Victoria Transmission & Auto Care, in its ongoing work to help and support women and young children attempting to leave abusive and violent relationships.
 
As a part of the partnership, Victoria Transmission is sponsoring a new community awareness collateral piece that explains the work of The Cridge Transition House for Women and ways for women and children in situations of domestic violence to find help. Victoria Transmission is also donating a percentage of sales the week of May 28, 2012 to the non-profit.
 
Added Shannon Whissell, Manager of Communication & Fund Development for The Cridge Centre for the Family: “This partnership is extremely important to us, and is the kind of relationship that we would like to establish with other local businesses in support of our efforts to help women leave abusive or violent relationships. Raising the profile of The Cridge Transition House for Women is essential to ensuring that women in need know we are here to help them, and the support of Victoria Transmission in raising that profile and providing much needed funding is invaluable. ”
 

The new credit card sized collateral piece was designed by local marketing firm Ideba. The piece is made of plastic so that it will stay in circulation, and be passed on from woman to woman. Distribution will be via The Cridge Transition House for Women and at local events in which the non-profit is already participating.
 
Funded by the provincial government and private donations, The Cridge Transition House for Women is a safe place for women with or without children who are escaping violent or abusive relationships. The Cridge Transition House provides secure emergency shelter, supportive counseling – including meeting the needs of children, connections to community support, and access to support from other women in the same situation. 
 
Victoria Transmission & Auto Care is a privately held company, serving Victoria, the regional municipalities and the remainder of Vancouver Island. 
 
If you or someone you know would like a copy of the card,
please contact The Cridge Transition House for Women
outreach worker at (250) 479-3963 

 

Brain Injury Series on CBC One

This week, All Points West on CBC Radio One in Victoria is featuring a series of conversations about brain injury. Interviewees include survivors of brain injury, doctors, family members, and professionals working in the field.

Janelle Breese Biagioni, community services coordinator for The Cridge Brain Injury Services, shares her experience of the impact brain injury has on families. Later in the week, Geoff Sing, manager of The Cridge Brain Injury Services will speak on the broader impact on society of brain injuries, and services and support for survivors.

You can listen to  the CBC One podcasts on the All Points West website. Each day's converstations are linked below.

  • Tuesday, January 10 – Conversation with a brain injury survivor (Starts at 6:55 of podcast)
  • Wednesday, January 11 – Dr. Paul Winston from the Neurorehab Clinic at Victoria General Hospital (Starts at beginning of podcast)
  • Thursday, January 12 – Janelle Breese Biagioni, community services coordinator for The Cridge Brain Injury Serivces, speaks about the impact of brain injury on families (Starts at 10:37 of podcast)
  • Friday, January 13 – Geoff Sing, Manager of The Cridge Brain Injury Services, speaks to Jo-Ann Roberts about the link between brain injury and homelessness, and supports in the community to break that link (Starts at 9:34 of the podcast)

How has brain injury impacted your life?