Stroke Recovery Association of BC

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Event Calendar

Below is a list of events put on by various organizations that may be of benefit to stroke survivors and caregivers in BC. For information about annual events hosted by The Stroke Recovery Association of BC, Click Here

  • Wed
    28
    Jan
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    Navigating the Healthcare System
    Are you confused as to who to call if your elderly relative is becoming frailer and needs
    assistance to help him manage at home? Is your mother becoming more isolated because
    she is no longer able to get out to her social clubs independently? What is an Adult Day
    Program and would it help her? Are you going away for a two-week vacation and want to
    know if there is a place where your spouse can stay and be looked after when you are
    away? My husband ended up in the hospital, and now it looks like he’s going to have to go
    into a care facility directly from there. Who do I talk to in the hospital to arrange this?
    If any of these questions sound familiar, this session for family caregivers will provide you
    with answers to these questions and many more. In an informal setting where questions and
    discussion are welcome, learn valuable information to help you understand and navigate the
    healthcare system.

    Register by phone 1-866-396-2433 or on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen to the audio over your telephone. You will not be able to see the visual portion of the Power Point presentation.

    For additional information or if you have any questions, please call toll-free 1-877-520-3267 (Victoria 250-384-0408) or email caregiversupport@fcns.ca.

     

  • Thu
    29
    Jan
    2015

    1pm-3pmDABC’s office at #204- 456 West Broadway in Vancouver. We are close to the City Hall skytrain station

    Disability Alliance BC (DABC) is hosting a free workshop about the Registered Disability Savings Plan on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 1pm-3pm. The workshop will cover the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and basic financial literacy. The workshop is for people receiving the Persons with Disabilities Benefit or living on low incomes. Staff and volunteers from community organizations are welcome to attend. We will be happy to help participants apply for the DTC and RDSP.

    Registered Disability Saving Place Workshop at Disability Alliance BC (DABC)

    When:          Thursday, January 29th 2015 from 1pm-3pm

    What:           Learn about the Registered Disability Savings Plan, Disability Tax Credit and we will also cover basic financial literacy.

    Where:         DABC’s office at #204- 456 West Broadway in Vancouver. We are close to the City Hall skytrain station.

    Cost:            FREE

    To Register: Contact Val at 604-875-0188 or email: feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org

  • Tue
    03
    Feb
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    Wouldn’t It Be Easier If We Just Did It My Way?
    This webinar is for all family caregivers who struggle with allowing the person they are caring for
    to live their life as they choose to. You may catch yourself telling them what to do, what you think
    is best for them and perhaps forgetting that they are still adults with a lifetime of experience who
    are capable of making choices for themselves. A lot of the time, you as the caregiver are able to
    see the larger picture and find yourself wanting to simply take over so that all functions better.
    Learning when and how to intercede is tricky. Allison invites you to join with other caregivers who
    struggle with this situation.

    Register by phone 1-866-396-2433 or on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen to the audio over your telephone. You will not be able to see the visual portion of the Power Point presentation.

    For additional information or if you have any questions, please call toll-free 1-877-520-3267 (Victoria 250-384-0408) or email caregiversupport@fcns.ca.

  • Thu
    05
    Feb
    2015

    6:30pm – 9:00pmWinsor Gallery, 258 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC

    The BC Brain Injury Association’s (BCBIA) 2015 Cocktail Gala for Brain Injury takes place on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Winsor Gallery in Vancouver, BC. This year’s gala features guest speaker Margaret Trudeau who will share her thoughts and experience with acquired brain injury (ABI). In addition, Ellie Ennas will share her inspiring story about life after brain injury. Visit www.brainstreams. ca to purchase tickets.

    It promises to be an entertaining and informative evening, with great opportunities to support the BCBIA, win amazing auction prizes and enjoy food and wine with your friends and colleagues.

    By purchasing tickets at $100 per person, you help BCBIA serve the interests of people affected by acquired brain injury in BC. Your support will allow BCBIA to continue to:

    • Help families get immediate access to reliable information about services and resources for people with brain injuries

    • Give survivors, their families and caregivers the opportunity to easily ask questions and to network with others who are having similar life experiences

    • Help professionals refer families and individuals to a resource that is always available, trustworthy, and up-to-date

    • Advocate for victims of brain injury, an ever-changing and important social and cultural issue

    For more information about the Fundraising Gala and to purchase tickets, visit the website The URL is http://brainstreams.ca/2015-gala or contact register@brainstreams.ca.

    Also, sign up for the E-newsletter to be kept informed about the BCBIA – click here: http://www.brainstreams.ca/mailing-list

  • Wed
    11
    Feb
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    Legal Considerations for Family Caregivers
    In this webinar, Dustin Marnell of Horne Coupar will discuss the various legal
    documentation and information important for you to know about as a family caregiver.
    This will include Enduring Powers of Attorney and Representation Agreements. If you
    provide care and support for an adult family member or friend whose legal, financial
    and/or health affairs you may become responsible for in future, this information will be
    invaluable to you. An understanding of what each document provides and its
    complexity, as well as how to talk about these subjects within the family will be
    discussed.

    Register by phone 1-866-396-2433 or on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen to the audio over your telephone. You will not be able to see the visual portion of the Power Point presentation.

    For additional information or if you have any questions, please call toll-free 1-877-520-3267 (Victoria 250-384-0408) or email caregiversupport@fcns.ca.

  • Tue
    17
    Feb
    2015

    7:45 amMulti-Purpose Room in Holy Family Hospital 7801 Argyle Street, Vancouver, BC V5P 3L6

    Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Family & Friends

    THURSDAY, February 26th, 2015

    6-9pm

    Social Services Seminar Room 189

    GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

    4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    You will learn about:

    • How the brain works
    • Changes that happen after a stroke
    • Practical strategies to help
    • Life after stroke and resources to help you and your family through your journey

    For questions and registration:

    Call 604-737-6221 or email helena.jung@vch.ca

  • Tue
    17
    Feb
    2015

    Tuesday nights 5:30-6:45 pm675 East 17th Avenue (at Fraser Street) Vancouver, BC V5V 1B5

    Neuro-Ability is pleased to offer another 6-week sessions of adapted group exercise classes based on yoga principles.  These classes are led by a physiotherapist and start the week of February 17, 2015.

    These small group classes are designed specifically for individuals with neurological conditions and are led by a physiotherapist with Hatha yoga teacher training.  They are designed to cover the basics of breathing, stretching, and strengthening with a focus on yoga principles.  

    Please see attached document for details of the classes.

    If interested please contact reception@neuro-ability.ca or call 604-321-5807 

    Disclaimer:

    This notice is provided in good faith by the Stroke Recovery Association of BC and is for information purposes only. Inclusion of such notices in our correspondence and publications does not constitute an endorsement. We are unable accept legal liability or responsibility for the Material, or any consequences arising from its use.

  • Wed
    25
    Feb
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    It’s Time for Facility Placement: What Happens Now and How Do I Cope
    With the Process and My Changing Role?
    When the time comes for a family member to move into residential care, the decision leading
    to this transition can be very difficult for everyone involved. It is often made during a time of
    crisis, either because the care recipient can no longer safely be cared for at home or because
    family members are too burnt out. This workshop walks you through the process and provides
    tips and strategies to manage this phase of care. We will also explore how to work effectively
    with facility staff while maintaining your involvement as a family caregiver.

    Register by phone 1-866-396-2433 or on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen to the audio over your telephone. You will not be able to see the visual portion of the Power Point presentation.

    For additional information or if you have any questions, please call toll-free 1-877-520-3267 (Victoria 250-384-0408) or email caregiversupport@fcns.ca.

  • Thu
    26
    Feb
    2015

    6-9pmSocial Services Seminar Room 189 GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Family & Friends

    THURSDAY, February 26th, 2015

    6-9pm

    Social Services Seminar Room 189

    GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

    4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    You will learn about:

    • How the brain works
    • Changes that happen after a stroke
    • Practical strategies to help
    • Life after stroke and resources to help you and your family through your journey

    For questions and registration:

    Call 604-737-6221 or email helena.jung@vch.ca

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    Long-term Caregiving: Staying Emotionally Well Over the Long-term
    For some people caregiving is a short-term sprint, while for others it is a marathon with a
    seemingly invisible finish line. Pacing yourself appropriately is essential so you can “go the
    distance” without burning out. As a long-term caregiver, are you thriving or simply hanging in
    there? Allison invites you to explore how to avoid the difficulties and pitfalls of long-term caregiving
    and how to help you bring some energy back into your life rather than simply surviving.

    Register by phone 1-866-396-2433 or on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen to the audio over your telephone. You will not be able to see the visual portion of the Power Point presentation.

    For additional information or if you have any questions, please call toll-free 1-877-520-3267 (Victoria 250-384-0408) or email caregiversupport@fcns.ca.

  • Mon
    16
    Mar
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    Needs and Wants: You Both Have Them!
    Many family caregivers discover that they just don’t have the time and energy to do everything for
    the person they are looking after, let alone remember or find time to take care of their own needs and wants as well. Learning the difference between a need and a want can be extremely useful in helping you to decide what gets addressed first and where to direct your limited resources. In this
    webinar, Allison offers you ways to decide how to pick and choose so that everyone benefits.

    Register by phone 1-866-396-2433 or on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen to the audio over your telephone. You will not be able to see the visual portion of the Power Point presentation.

    For additional information or if you have any questions, please call toll-free 1-877-520-3267 (Victoria 250-384-0408) or email caregiversupport@fcns.ca.

  • Tue
    24
    Mar
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    I Just Don’t Have the Time: A Webinar for Family Caregivers
    Everyone is always saying I need to look after myself, but I just don’t have the time. I’m too
    busy just trying to keep up with all the things that need to be done and all the people that want
    my attention. Sound familiar? Maureen will offer insights and suggestions on ways to build in
    some regular breaks for yourself as well as focusing on the why’s of self-care and why we
    might not pay attention to our own needs. Maureen comes from the perspective of having
    been a family caregiver herself, as well as having worked with family caregivers for many
    years as a Case Manager and Social Worker with Home and Community Care.

    Register by phone 1-866-396-2433 or on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen to the audio over your telephone. You will not be able to see the visual portion of the Power Point presentation.

    For additional information or if you have any questions, please call toll-free 1-877-520-3267 (Victoria 250-384-0408) or email caregiversupport@fcns.ca.

  • Thu
    26
    Mar
    2015

    1:00 – 2:30 PMWebinar

    Elder Abuse: What Is It? How Do We Deal With It?
    Through discussions and a short video, this webinar will address the correlation between social isolation, mental capacity and abuse of older adults, types of abuse and the people involved and strategies to deal with elder abuse whether physical, psychological, financial or neglect. We will also emphasize the importance for older adults to stay socially connected, explore ways that family caregivers can help older adults to develop and maintain such connections, and brainstorm appropriate community resources.
    This webinar was developed with funding from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program and its delivery is funded by the Province of British Columbia.

    Register by phone 1-866-396-2433 or on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen to the audio over your telephone. You will not be able to see the visual portion of the Power Point presentation.

    For additional information or if you have any questions, please call toll-free 1-877-520-3267 (Victoria 250-384-0408) or email caregiversupport@fcns.ca.

  • Fri
    03
    Apr
    2015
    Mon
    06
    Apr
    2015

    All Day Event Easter Seals Camp Squamish: Government Road, Squamish, BC V0N 1H0

    B.L.A.S.T. “Building Life After Stroke Together”

    A camp for stroke survivors and caregivers, organised by stroke survivors with therapy, recreation and socialisation!

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    Good Friday, April 3rd to Easter Monday, April 6th, 2015

     All inclusive   $225   

    • Includes accommodation, all meals, transportation and a variety of activities to choose from at your own pace.
    • Charter pick up from Lower Mainland including ferry terminals.
    • If you need a break, your bed is just around the corner. There are 2 suites available for an extra $240. 2 beds up and pull out on main, private bath and kitchenette. 
    • You must be able to climb into the bus or provide your own transportation.
    • If you need help with personal care you must be accompanied by someone who can help you. (ie: dressing, toileting, mobility, medicating, etc).
    • Dual camper households may apply for discount of $50 each. 

    Book your place now!

    www.turtletalk.ca

    Phone: (Daytime 604 985  1568 or PM 604 253 2390)

    Email: deb@turtletalk.ca

    Mail: BLAST, #308 – 1590 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 4X4

    Please make cheques payable to: BLAST (Building Life After Stroke Together)

     

     

  • Wed
    08
    Apr
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    Guilt and Frustration: How Changing Your Expectations Leads to Emotional
    Wellness
    Do you experience a lot of guilt and frustration in your role as a family caregiver? Are you ready to let go of these feelings? If you are, Allison invites you to attend this webinar in which you will learn how your personal expectations of yourself, and of others, creates these feelings. It is from this awareness that you can then shift your perspective so you can more easily let go of your guilt and frustration. Your emotional health will benefit by tackling these emotions head on.

    Register by phone 1-866-396-2433 or on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen to the audio over your telephone. You will not be able to see the visual portion of the Power Point presentation.

    For additional information or if you have any questions, please call toll-free 1-877-520-3267 (Victoria 250-384-0408) or email caregiversupport@fcns.ca.

  • Mon
    13
    Apr
    2015

    7:45 amMulti-Purpose Room in Holy Family Hospital 7801 Argyle Street, Vancouver, BC V5P 3L6

    Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Family & Friends

    MONDAY, April 13th, 2015

    6-9pm

    Social Services Seminar Room 189

    GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

    4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    You will learn about:

    • How the brain works
    • Changes that happen after a stroke
    • Practical strategies to help
    • Life after stroke and resources to help you and your family through your journey

    For questions and registration:

    Call 604-737-6221 or email helena.jung@vch.ca

  • Tue
    14
    Apr
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    Care Planning 101: A Webinar for Family Caregivers Wondering how to get organized and trying to work out how best to support your family member? This webinar will cover some of the basic information you need to consider when planning for care. Better organization will lead to less stress and better information for all concerned. In addition, we will cover what your family members goals are, what your goals as a caregiver are, and how to plan for care, taking into consideration the changing goalposts as health needs increase. Knowing what your goals are helps to keep things on track as well as recognizing when you have succeeded. Maureen has been working with caregivers for over 30 years in a variety of settings. She has an excellent knowledge of the issues that arise in planning for care needs. Facilitator: Maureen Grant, Social Worker

    Register by phone 1-866-396-2433 or on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen to the audio over your telephone. You will not be able to see the visual portion of the Power Point presentation.

    For additional information or if you have any questions, please call toll-free 1-877-520-3267 (Victoria 250-384-0408) or email caregiversupport@fcns.ca.

  • Mon
    27
    Apr
    2015

    1:00pm-3:30pm693 53 St Delta, BC V4M 3B6

    Free Seminar April 27 for Stroke Survivors and Supporters

    Strokes can be deadly. But for those who survive them—and there are many—their families, friends and caregivers, strokes are invariably a big, often-frightening mystery and need plenty of attention.

    Google ‘stroke’ and you’ll get loads of information. But to learn more about strokes, why they happen and what happens next, there’s no better forum than a live presentation involving those who deal with them as professionals.

    If you’re interested, make a note of Monday, April 27. For two and a half focused hours on that date Fraser Health and Delta Stroke Recovery will be conducting a stroke workshop for all and everyone who has had a stroke, and those who want to know more about them.

    The agenda? The rehab staff of Fraser Health will lead a discussion on how the brain is affected by a stroke and how recovery happens.

    There will be tips to help prevent strokes in the future; opportunities to hear from and meet local stroke survivors; guidance to local stroke-recovery resources; people from Fraser Health who can answer stroke-related questions.

    The free session will be held at Tsawwassen United Church—693 53A Street—starting at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 3:30.

    Pre registration is required. The number to call is 604-535-4500, extension 757373.

    And if you are interested in joining Delta Stroke Recovery—a group that meets each Tuesday at the same location—please call Dawn Sillett at 604-946-2731, or e-mail her at dsillett@dccnet.com.

    The group has been active in the community for almost twenty years, and has provided powerful support for Delta’s stroke survivors.

    FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dawn Sillett 604-946-2731

  • Thu
    30
    Apr
    2015

    6-9pmSocial Services Seminar Room 189 GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Family & Friends

    THURSDAY, April 30th, 2015

    6-9pm

    Social Services Seminar Room 189

    GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

    4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    You will learn about:

    • How the brain works
    • Changes that happen after a stroke
    • Practical strategies to help
    • Life after stroke and resources to help you and your family through your journey

    For questions and registration:

    Call 604-737-6221 or email helena.jung@vch.ca

  • Sun
    03
    May
    2015

    5:00 am5299 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC

    BC Caregiver Week Special Event 

    Open to anyone providing unpaid care or support to a friend or family member who is aging, ill, or living with a disability

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 1:30 – 3:30 pm

    Multipurpose Room, Collingwood Neighborhood House (2 blocks west of Joyce Skytrain station)

    5299 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC

    Guest speaker: Margaret Evans, Registered Nurse, Certified Life Coach and Author.

    “Nurturing Buoyancy as a Care Partner”

    Take a Break, Relax, Mingle and Learn

    Free Refreshments

    Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/23Y7SQ6  or call MS Society of Canada 604-689-3144 and ask for Lower Mainland Chapter.

    See the poster for more details here

  • Tue
    05
    May
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PM Webinar

    What Don’t I Know That I Need to Know? Effective Decision Making in Caregiving Are you new to caregiving or feeling at a loss as to what needs to be done? Not sure where to start or how to decide what to do next? Are you worried that you might be missing something important? This practical and informative webinar will outline the various aspects of providing care to your family member. A checklist of decisions that need to be made and problem solving options starting with the basics and then moving into more complex situations will be discussed. Facilitator: Maureen Grant, Social Worker

    Register for FREE by calling the Care-ring Voice Network at 1-866-396-2433 or register on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen over your telephone. For more information call the Family Caregivers’ Network at 1-877-520-3267 or visit www.familycaregiversnetwork.org.

  • Wed
    06
    May
    2015

    6-8pmGF Strong 4255 Laurel St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2G9 Room 189

    Building Community Connections
    Get to know the resources available to you and your family in your community. Hear from other survivors as they share their personal journeys.

    GF Strong Rehab Centre
    Social Services Seminar Rm 189
    6-8pm

    For Questions and Registration
    Call Kelly at 604.737.6269 or
    email kelly.sharp@vch.ca

  • Wed
    06
    May
    2015

    7:00 pmDouglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, Lecture Theatre 2201

    Aphasia: The Movie Directed by Jim Gloster.

    May 6, 2015: Aphasia will be moderated by professional Speech Language Pathologists Nikki Foy of FH ABIS and Wendy Duke of Columbia Speech and Language.

    The movie is a 40 minute film which is based on the real life experience of main character Carl McIntyre. Carl provides a humorous approach to bring the audience on his journey of hope, from the terror of having a stroke to the lived experience of aphasia. Aphasia is caused by damage to the parts of the brain that enable us to understand and produce language. Aphasia can affect a person’s ability to: understand what is said, say the right words, read or write, use gestures or draw. Aphasia itself does not affect a person’s intelligence.

    Carl dispels the myths of time limited recovery for Stroke survivors and brings to life the reality that this is the lived experience for the entire family, not an individual experience.

  • Wed
    06
    May
    2015
    Wed
    27
    May
    2015

    7:00 pmDouglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, Lecture Theatre 2201

    Fraser Health Acquired Brain Injury Services and Concussion Clinic (ABIS) team would like to invite you to our third bi-annual Brain Injury Film Festival (BIFF). BIFF 2015 takes place on 4 consecutive Wednesdays in May (6, 13th, 20th, 27th) in partnership with Douglas College in the Lecture Theatre 2201 at 7pm (New Westminster campus). Admission is free. All of our films are moderated by professionals with experience in the field of Brain Injury.

    Please find attached information on the upcoming Fraser Health Brain Injury Film Festival.

    BIFF 2015

    Through the month of May there will be featured films presented for free at Douglas College in New Westminster on various topics of interest.

    May 6:  “Aphasia the Movie”

    May 13:  “The Music Never Stopped”

    May 20: “The Brain that Changes Itself”

    May 27: “The Crash Reel”

     

  • Thu
    07
    May
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    Creating an Unhealthy Environment for Caregiver Burnout Knowing how to create an unhealthy environment for caregiver burnout is invaluable. Why? Because treating caregiver burnout like a disease helps you to “starve it out” so to speak. In this valuable webinar, Allison will outline how you can increase your resiliency and hardiness and be proactive in living your life in a way that will not allow caregiver burnout to take root. Facilitator: Allison Reeves, Registered Clinical Counsellor

    Register for FREE by calling the Care-ring Voice Network at 1-866-396-2433 or register on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone. If you don’t have a computer, you can simply listen over your telephone. For more information call the Family Caregivers’ Network at 1-877-520-3267 or visit www.familycaregiversnetwork.org.

  • Wed
    13
    May
    2015

    7:00 pmDouglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, Lecture Theatre 2201

    The Music Never Stops, Directed by Jim Kohlberg 

    May 13, 2015: Moderated by Christine Dibble, Music Therapist

    Based on an Oliver Saks case story “The Last Hippie” the film is set against the backdrop of the music of the 1960’s. Father and son separated for more than 20 years by an insurmountable generational gap are reunited in Gabriel’s recovery from a brain injury, resulting from a brain tumor which has left Gabriel with the inability to form new memories. His father turns to music to reach his son in order to help to heal the emotions and memories which resulted in their separation. This film entertains in Hollywood fashion, how the music reached a man who was previously unreachable. The real scientific discoveries of Music Therapy in brain injury therapy and recovering lost memories.

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    Noon to 5pmRoundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews , Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3

    Join us for Abilities Expo 2015!

    It’s a multi-agency resource fair – we’ve got more than 30 service providers in attendance, along with music, dance and a movie! We’re excited to offer a FREE screening of acclaimed documentary Endless Abilities http://vimeo.com/31186717, about Zack Bastian’s US road trip to examine accessible leisure options.

    The event will run from noon to 5pm on Friday, May 15 at Vancouver’s Roundhouse Community Centre http://roundhouse.ca/contact-us/.

  • Tue
    19
    May
    2015
    Tue
    23
    Jun
    2015

    Tuesday nights 5:30-6:45 pm675 East 17th Avenue (at Fraser Street) Vancouver, BC V5V 1B5

    GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES
    With focus on yoga principles
    May 19-June 23, 2015

    What makes these classes special?
    • These small group classes are designed specifically for individuals with neurological conditions (e.g., acquired brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries, and other neurological conditions).
    • The classes are led by a physiotherapist with experience in neuro-rehab and experience teaching Hatha yoga to people with various abilities.
    • Exercises will be customized for each participant as needed and cover the basics of breathing, stretching, and strengthening with a focus on yoga principles. The environment is supportive and accessible.
    • Participants must be able to:
    • transfer independently onto either a height adjustable plinth or the floor.
    • follow verbal cues and instructions.

    What is involved?
    This series includes 2 parts:
    1. One individual assessment:
    • The 45-minute assessment is mandatory for participants new to Neuro-Ability.
    • Assessments can be booked in the evenings after 5pm during the week of May 11-15, 2015.

    2. Six group classes: May 19-June 23
    • Tuesday nights 5:30-6:45 pm
    • Classes will be limited to six participants

    How do I sign up?
    Please contact 604-321-5807 or reception@neuro-ability.ca to register and arrange an assessment.

    How much does it cost?
    Individual assessment = $78 (only required for participants new to Neuro-Ability)
    6 group classes = $210 ($35/class)
    • Payments can be taken over the phone by a credit card or by coming into the clinic in person during receptionist working hours (8:30 to 5:00pm) prior to the start of the class.
    • Note that these classes are taught by a physiotherapist and may be covered by some extended medical plans. It is up to the participant to confirm what their provider will cover.

    Cancellation Policy
    • If Neuro-Ability cancels a series (e.g. due to low attendance), clients will be fully refunded.
    • Series cancellation policy: 7 days notice is required for clients cancelling from the series.
    • Class cancellation policy: Failure to attend a class will result in the client paying the full fee. In the event a funded client does not attend a session they will be personally responsible for payment of this session and the funder will be reimbursed (eg. ICBC, Worksafe)

    For more information see neuro-ability.ca, or contact 604-321-5807 or reception@neuro-ability.ca

  • Wed
    20
    May
    2015

    7:00 pmDouglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, Lecture Theatre 2201

    The Brain That Changes Itself.  Co-written by Mike Sheerin and Dr. Norman Doidge. Produced by 90th Parallel Productions Ltd.

    May 20,  2015: Moderated by Dr. Ryan D’Arcy

    Based on the best-selling book by Toronto psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Norman Doidge. Dr. Doidge travels across North America to meet some of the pioneering researchers who have embraced the revolutionary science known as “neuroplasticity”. For centuries the brain was thought to be unchangeable. These myths have now been dispelled and researchers are quickly learning the brain has the remarkable ability to change itself. Dr. Doidge also visits the patients who have been most affected by this research. Their lives have been forever changed, as many of them once thought incurable are now living normal lives.

  • Mon
    25
    May
    2015
    Fri
    29
    May
    2015

    All Day EventBC Easter Seals Camp Squamish: Government Road, Squamish, BC V0N 1H0

    Camp Squamish Summer Recreation Program
    Five-day recreation program – Mon May 25 – Fri May 29, 2015

    A chance to experience camping at its best! Join us for our five-day recreation programs at Camp Squamish, a BC Easter Seals Camp located 45 kms north of Vancouver, British Colombia.

    For: Adults (18 yrs+) living with a disability.
    $1,750 per person – Subsidies available based on eligibility criteria – please inquire for more details.

    Program includes:

    • Meals, accommodation, and local transportation for five days and four nights.
    • Daily activities including swimming, hiking, nature trails, day trips, arts & crafts, and sporting activities.

    Important Dates:

    • Application deadline:Monday February 23, 2015
    • Program date:Monday May 25 – Friday May 29, 2015

    Space is Limited – Register Early!

    Please carefully review the 2015 Summer Holiday Application (Camp Squamish) and ensure that all requirements are sent in by deadline date.
    Application deadline is Monday February 23, 2015.

    For more information and/or to receive an application package, please contact:

    Keith Rashid
    krashid@marchofdimes.ca
    416-425-3463 ext.7213
    1-800-263-3463 ext.7213

    We look forward to seeing you! Register early as space is limited.

     

  • Wed
    27
    May
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    Letting Go: A Valuable Lesson in Family Caregiving

    As a family caregiver, are you finding yourself tussling with others or feeling frustrated with your situation? If so, this webinar is for you. Learning when to hold on and when to let go helps both you and the person for whom you are caring – whether that involves letting go of expectations, control or trying to maintain life the way it used to be. Facilitator: Allison Reeves, Registered Clinical Counsellor

    Register for FREE by calling Care-ring Voice Network at 1-866-396-2433 or register on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone or you can simply listen over the telephone. Webinars hosted by Family Caregivers’ Network. For more information call 1-877-520-3267 and visit www.familycaregiversnetwork.org.

  • Wed
    27
    May
    2015

    7:00 pmDouglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, Lecture Theatre 2201

    The Crash Reel: A film about Kevin Pearce directed by Oscar Nominated Film Maker Lucy Walker.

    May 27, 2015

    The official press release:

    Crash Reel is the dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce, one eye-popping sport, snowboarding; and one explosive issue, Traumatic Brain Injury. A comeback story with a difference.

    An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma following a training accident in Park City Utah. Kevin’s tight knit Vermont family flies to his side and helps him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor. But when he insists he wants to return to the sport he still loves, his family intervenes with his eloquent brother David speaking for all of them when he says, “ I just don’t want you to die>” Kevin’s doctors caution  him that even a small blow to the head could be enough to kill him. Will Kevin defy them and insist on pursuing his passion? With his now impaired skills, what other options does he have? How much risk is too much?

  • Mon
    15
    Jun
    2015

    6:30 – 8:00 PMWebinar

    Respite: Who Benefits? Have you taken any breaks (also referred to as respite) from your caregiving responsibilities yet? Does even the thought of taking respite seem impossible? And has the person you are caring for taken respite as well? Aha! Yes respite can benefit both of you in unexpected ways. In this webinar we will explore what taking respite means to you as a family caregiver and the benefits to both you and the person you are caring for. Facilitator: Allison Reeves, Registered Clinical Counsellor

    Register for FREE by calling Care-ring Voice Network at 1-866-396-2433 or register on-line at www.careringvoice.com. Webinars are offered through your computer and telephone or you can simply listen over the telephone. Webinars hosted by Family Caregivers’ Network. For more information call 1-877-520-3267 and visit www.familycaregiversnetwork.org.

  • Tue
    23
    Jun
    2015

    Acquired Brain Injury Unit, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, 4255 Laurel St Vancouver, BC V5Z 2G9

    Perceived barriers and benefits of yoga practice for adults with stroke: a focus group approach

    Principal Investigator:

    Anne Harris, Physiotherapist, GF Strong Rehab Centre, 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, V5Z 2G9 

    We are clinicians from Vancouver Coastal Health investigating the perceived barriers and benefits of yoga for individuals with have had a stroke.  Often after a stroke, people find it difficult to continue to be physically active and engage in their community.  We are trying to better understand what people with stroke think are the barriers and benefits to practicing yoga.

    We are therefore inviting you to participate in our upcoming study. Participation in this study is voluntary. If you decide to participate you will be asked to take part in a one-time group discussion at GF Strong Rehab Centre regarding your opinions about yoga for people who have had a stroke.

    You are eligible to participate in this study if you meet the following criteria:

    • you are 19 years old or older
    • you have had a stroke more than 6 months ago
    • you are living in the community

    **Note – you do NOT need to have yoga experience to participate**

    For more information or to participate in this study, please contact the Research Assistant, Marian, at (604)-817-9377

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2015

    6-9pmSocial Services Seminar Room 189 GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Family & Friends

    THURSDAY, June 25th, 2015

    6-9pm

    Social Services Seminar Room 189

    GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

    4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    You will learn about:

    • How the brain works
    • Changes that happen after a stroke
    • Practical strategies to help
    • Life after stroke and resources to help you and your family through your journey

    For questions and registration:

    Call 604-737-6221 or email helena.jung@vch.ca

  • Sun
    28
    Jun
    2015

    11:00 amDogwood Pavilion, 1655 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam, BC

    Please join us if you can.

     

    In 2015, the Coquitlam Stroke Recovery Branch is hosting their 6th annual Strides for Stroke walk on Sunday June 28. The event is being held at Dogwood Pavilion, 1655 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam. The event is to raise funds, educate the public about stroke, and to raise awareness in the community regarding the services offered by SRABC. The walk is entirely volunteer-run and continues to grow each year in attendance.

    Get your friends and family to come out to support stroke recovery.
    11:00am Registration; then warm-up exercises, walk, wheel or watch; Raffle Prizes, Free Timbits.

    Improv Actors Michael Teigen and Denise Jones to provide laughter.
    Tammy Kivi with the Trailer Park Playboys keep us hopping and happy with music.
    If you can’t join the walk, come sit and enjoy the band and the farmer’s market.

    Please help us raise funds by talking to your family and friends about making charitable donations to our branch. For the Coquitlam Branch – donations of $20 or more receive receipts for income tax purposes.

    The funds raised from the Coquitlam Strides for Stroke walk will pay for activities and services to enrich the quality of life for stroke survivors. These include speech and music therapy to improve communication skills, exercise classes to maintain mobility, and organized outings to encourage social interactions amongst fellow stroke survivors. Last year we raised $5,000.

    The support of local people, businesses and organizations is appreciated, and is vital to the success of the Coquitlam Strides for Strokes walk.

  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2015

    7:45 amMulti-Purpose Room in Holy Family Hospital 7801 Argyle Street, Vancouver, BC V5P 3L6

    Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Family & Friends

    TUESDAY, June 30th, 2015

    6-9pm

    Social Services Seminar Room 189

    GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

    4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    You will learn about:

    • How the brain works
    • Changes that happen after a stroke
    • Practical strategies to help
    • Life after stroke and resources to help you and your family through your journey

    For questions and registration:

    Call 604-737-6221 or email helena.jung@vch.ca

  • Mon
    06
    Jul
    2015
    Fri
    31
    Jul
    2015

    All Day EventColumbia Speech and Language Services, Inc., at 750 West Broadway in Suite #1305

    Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program

    Now celebrating its fifth year, Western Canada’s only Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program

    Vancouver (July 6th – 31st, Monday – Friday)

    Registration $1,4000

    For more information or for an application package contact us at:

    itawc@columbiaspeech.com

    Phone: 604-875-9100 www.itawc.com 

    Pronounced “I Talk”, iTAWC is a specialty clinic of Columbia Speech & Language Services Inc

    FAQ Page is here

  • Mon
    14
    Sep
    2015

    7:45 amMulti-Purpose Room in Holy Family Hospital 7801 Argyle Street, Vancouver, BC V5P 3L6

    Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Family & Friends

    MONDAY, September 14th, 2015

    6-9pm

    Social Services Seminar Room 189

    GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

    4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    You will learn about:

    • How the brain works
    • Changes that happen after a stroke
    • Practical strategies to help
    • Life after stroke and resources to help you and your family through your journey

    For questions and registration:

    Call 604-737-6221 or email helena.jung@vch.ca

  • Mon
    26
    Oct
    2015

    2:45pm – 5:00pmMulti-Purpose Room in Holy Family Hospital 7801 Argyle Street, Vancouver, BC V5P 3L6

    Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Family & Friends

    MONDAY, October 26th, 2015

    2:45pm – 5:00pm

    Social Services Seminar Room 189

    GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

    4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    You will learn about:

    • How the brain works
    • Changes that happen after a stroke
    • Practical strategies to help
    • Life after stroke and resources to help you and your family through your journey

    For questions and registration:

    Call 604-737-6221 or email helena.jung@vch.ca

  • Wed
    04
    Nov
    2015

    6-8pmGF Strong 4255 Laurel St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2G9 Room 189

    Building Community Connections
    Get to know the resources available to you and your family in your community. Hear from other survivors as they share their personal journeys.

    GF Strong Rehab Centre
    Social Services Seminar Rm 189
    6-8pm

    For Questions and Registration
    Call Kelly at 604.737.6269 or
    email kelly.sharp@vch.ca

  • Tue
    01
    Dec
    2015

    2:45pm – 5:00pmMulti-Purpose Room in Holy Family Hospital 7801 Argyle Street, Vancouver, BC V5P 3L6

    Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Family & Friends

    TUESDAY, December 1st, 2015

    2:45pm – 5:00pm

    Social Services Seminar Room 189

    GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

    4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver

    You will learn about:

    • How the brain works
    • Changes that happen after a stroke
    • Practical strategies to help
    • Life after stroke and resources to help you and your family through your journey

    For questions and registration:

    Call 604-737-6221 or email helena.jung@vch.ca