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Pushor Mitchell BRAINx

Doctors. Scientists. Advocates. Changemakers. These are some of the presenters at this year’s Pushor Mitchell BRAINx, BrainTrust Canada’s annual brain injury symposium taking place on Thursday June 6th, 2019 at the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna. In the style of TEDx, the event will showcase insightful presentations relating to brain injury and will be of interest to anyone working in the health care field working in issues including concussion, brain injury, mental health and addictions; legal or insurance field whose work touches those with brain injury; or individuals with brain injury and caregivers. Presentations include keynote speaker Martin Parnell who shares his ‘finish the race’ attitude after being diagnosed with a rare blood clot on his brain that left him unable to walk without assistance. He is joined by nine other speakers from across Canada who will speak on Concussion; Brain injury in the workplace; Mental Health & Addictions; Injury Prevention; Cannabis; and to end the day one of BrainTrust’s clients shares his story of crashing his quad and his amazing attitude to better himself every day with his motto tatooed on his arm “Fall Down Seven Stand up Eight”.

“Pushor Mitchell is pleased to once again support one of our key charities, BrainTrust Canada as title sponsor of this year’s BRAINx,” says Paul Mitchell of Pushor Mitchell LLP. “With our firm’s personal injury work, we understand the impact of brain injury on the survivor and their loved ones, and we value the work BrainTrust does in our community to assist those living with brain injury as well as bring awareness to the importance of prevention especially for youth who are at the greatest risk.”

Title Sponsor Pushor Mitchell LLP is joined by sponsors Associated Economic Consultants, Bayshore Home Health, CONNECT Communities, FORTIS, KGH Foundation, March of Dimes, Vitalis, Trial Lawyers Association and WorkSafe BC.  The symposium early bird rate of $139 and a group rate for four tickets at $450 until April 30th, followed with a general admission of $199. The day includes all speakers, light breakfast, hot lunch and Wine & Cheese reception at the end of the day. Registration at www.braintrustcanada.com – BRAINx.  Companies interested in supporting the event as a sponsor or exhibitor should contact Magda Kapp, Director at [email protected]

Roster of Speakers:

Keynote: Martin Parnell – The Secret Marathon
Dr. Shelina Babul from the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit - Concussions: An Acute Urgent Public Health Concern
Colin Edstrom from Pushor Mitchell speaking on Managing Brain Injury in the Workplace
Mark Watson from the Watson Centre on Brain Health speaking on a Four Pillar Approach to Recovery
Dr. Angela Colantonio from the University of Toronto speaking on Connecting Brain Injury, Mental Health & Addictions
Dr. Julia Schmidt from UBC Vancouver speaking on the Role of Self Awareness and Self Identify in Recovery
Jennifer Smith from Preventable speaking on Social Marketing for Injury Prevention
Dr. Mark Ware from the University of McGill speaking on Cannabis and Brain Injury
Jason McIntyre from BC Corrections speaking on Cognitive Based Interventions for Success
Jules Delorme - Personal story of recovery



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Sun Life Dunk for Diabetes

Over 11 million Canadians are currently living with diabetes or prediabetes. With that in mind, Sun Life has teamed up with the Toronto Raptors, NBA Canada and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to operate Sun Life Dunk for Diabetes. The program is an innovative type 2 diabetes awareness and prevention initiative that encourages kids at 50 Boys and Girls Club locations across Canada to learn healthy habits through basketball- inspired fitness challenges, nutrition education, encouragement from Raptors players and Sun Life advisors, and exciting Raptors prizes. 

Through a contribution of almost $20,000 Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Kids have been participating and  learning about the importance of physical activity and eating healthy. Through weekly challenges they can earn a Raptors-related prize! They also get healthy snacks, join in fun activities and learn about diabetes.

We are celebrating the end of the program. Based on challenge metrics, the top participants from each participating Boys & Girls Club will celebrate their dedication to the program, hard work and success.



Community Giving Event!

On Wednesday, March 6th , the Shuswap’s newest women’s networking group, Shuswap Women Who Wine hosted their third quarterly Community Giving event. The Event was held at the Salmon Arm Legion and was attended by 48 members of the community. MC Patrick Ryley entertained guests with a combination of bluesy and upbeat tunes, and even surprised the Women Who Wine with a song especially for them.

At the Shuswap Women Who Wine’s Community Giving Event in December they asked attendees to nominate organizations for this event. The Canadian Mental Health Association Shuswap Revelstoke, the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter were the three organizations who received the most nominations and were invited to participate in last night’s event. Representatives from each of these organizations attended the event to pitch a local project that they are looking to fund. Each of the 48 attendees contributed $100 to a donation pool and then voted by secret ballot after hearing about all three projects. In the end, the Canadian Mental Health Association Shuswap Revelstoke received 80% of all donations to help fund their Suicide Prevention and Awareness programs in the Shuswap this year, specifically their Lantern Walk which will be held on September 11, 2019. The Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter walked away with 10% of the pool to help cover the costs of replacing the mattresses in the shelter and a new commercial grade washer and dryer. The Second Harvest Food Bank also received 10% of the pool to help fund their Milk Program that provides extra milk each week to the families they see who have kids at home. If you are interested in helping any of these organizations complete their projects, or are looking to volunteer, please reach out to them directly.

The Shuswap Women Who Wine would like to thank the Salmon Arm Legion, Patrick Ryley, all members,
attendees, and sponsors for making this Community Giving Event a success. If you are interested in
joining this monthly women’s networking group or would like to nominate a local organization for a
future event, please visit www.womenwhowine.ca, find us on Facebook or email [email protected] Our next Community Giving Event will be held on June 14th , 2019 at the Salmon Arm Golf Club.



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Booze Losers unite

Cheers to nearly 230 booze losers across the province who gave up alcohol throughout February and raised an amazing $70,000 for innovative cancer research and care at BC Cancer.

Lose the Booze participants pushed alcohol aside for 28 days, skipped happy hours and traded their merlot for mocktails in an effort to change the story for British Columbians facing a cancer diagnosis.

“We raise our glass and thank each participant for their tremendous support,” says Sarah Roth, president and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation. “You are helping create a brighter future for so many families across our province impacted by cancer.”

Marco Carlone, Kelowna resident and the head of medical physics at BC Cancer – Kelowna, took part in the challenge with his team, the “Interior Sober Spirits,” and personally raised over $1,400 for the cause.

Over the past five years, Lose the Booze has raised $310,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation. With one in two British Columbians facing a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, Lose the Booze support has helped propel cutting-edge research breakthroughs andensure people across B.C. have access to the latest enhancements in cancer care.



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