2021 Awards of Excellence VOTE August 4 TO August 31 2021
Online voting for the selected nominees will take place August 4-31, 2021. CLICK TO VOTE
The recipients of the Awards of Excellence will be announced September 23, 2021.
The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) in collaboration with the Personal Injury Alliance (PIA Law) are pleased to present the 2021 Awards of Excellence in Brain Injury Rehabilitation to those who consistently provide exceptional service to the brain injury community.
The five award categories:
- Hospital Social Worker of the Year
- Case Manager of the Year
- Health Care Provider of the Year
- Community Brain Injury Association of the Year
- Rehabilitation Company of the Year
NEW in 2021 – In support of the brain injury community, the member firms of PIA Law, (McLeish Orlando, Oatley Vigmond and Thomson Rogers), will be donating $50 for each person who registers and attends the virtual awards being held on September 23, 2021. All proceeds will be donated to OBIA and the Toronto ABI Network to a collective maximum of $20,000.
Here are the major changes:
- Up to 25 people can attend indoor gatherings and public events
- Expanded capacity for religious services, rites, ceremonies
- Indoor dining now allowed with no capacity limits except for keeping two metres apart from other tables
- Sports and recreational fitness facilities can operate at maximum 50 per cent capacity, 50 per cent of spectator capacity allowed up to 1,000 people
- Meeting and event spaces can now operate with up to 50 per cent capacity or up to 1,000 people (whichever is less)
- Personal care services that require masks to be removed, capacity restricted to two metres of physical distances
- Casinos, museums, aquariums, landmarks, galleries, fairs, amusement parks capped at 50 per cent indoor capacity
- Concert venues, cinemas, theatres can now operate with a cap of up to 50 per cent capacity indoors or a maximum of 1,000 people (whichever is less)
- Real estate open houses capacity expanded to people who can stay two metres apart
- Nightclubs, strip clubs can now operate with up to 25 per cent capacity or a maximum of 250 people (whichever is less)
- Gatherings and organized public events up to 100 people allowed with limited exceptions
- Spectators for outdoor sports and recreational activities are capped at 75 per cent of approved capacity or 15,000 people (whichever is less)
- Casinos, museums, aquariums, landmarks, galleries, fairs, amusement parks capped at 75 per cent outdoor capacity or a maximum of 5,000 people (whichever is less) for unseated events, up to 75 per cent of capacity of 15,000 people (whichever is less) for events with mixed seating
Provincial officials said masks and face coverings will remain in place in indoor public settings throughout Step 3 as will physical distancing requirements. Masks will be required in some outdoor settings along with other public health measures. Moore said he will be encouraging people to wear masks for the coming months in an effort to reduce the transmission of the virus.
Brain Injury Canada surveys to gather information on important topics from individuals living with brain injury, caregivers/families, health care and service providers, and brain injury associations
Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the brain injury community. Visit the Brain Injury Canada page to complete the survey which most represents you. Your feedback is essential.
Thursday September 16th 2021, speaker symposium Healthy Brain & Well-being
Join Brain Injury Canada on September 16 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM for a free speaker symposium Healthy Brain & Well-being. This one-day event will be hosted on Zoom webinar and include dynamic speakers, and presentations with helpful tips for the brain injury community.
This one-day speaker symposium will feature presentations related to supporting your brain health and well-being. Topics include mental health, nutrition, organization, and more. Join us for this virtual one-day speaker symposium on September 16th!
OBIA presents, Provincial Acquired Brain Injury Conference –
October 28-29, 2021!
The 2021 conference will be coming to you live, but virtually, October 28-29, 2021! The cost to attend the conference $150.00 per person. The speaker list is available now. Don’t miss out!
Mark your calendars now for the 2021 Virtual World Congress on Brain Injury and partnership with Pink Concussions.
This multidisciplinary event will offer a broad and varied program spanning cutting-edge research to practical and applied techniques for improving outcome for persons with brain injury.
Who Should Attend
Delegates are comprised of rehabilitation physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, neurosurgeons, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, educators, nurses, case managers, advocates, legal professionals and all others committed to improving the outcome of adults and children with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury. Click here to learn about the rates and to register.
For more information on PINK X, its speakers and more, click here. Registration is now open. To learn about the rates and to register, click here.
June is over, but that doesn’t mean that raising awareness about brain injury also stops.
Brain Injury Canada Shining a Spotlight on Brain Injury: open letter from the Canadian brain injury community.
Brain Injury Canada is circulating an open letter advocating for increased awareness of brain injury in Canada. At the end of August, Brain Injury Canada will send the letter to the Prime Minister; the Minister of Health; the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion; and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. Brain Injury Canada will also provide copies for brain injury associations to send to their provincial and municipal representatives.
Join the call to action and help the voices of those with brain injury be heard. Link to add your signature:
Sharing Experiences with Concussion/TBI Multimedia Podcast Series
OBIA, Headsup Concussion Advocacy Network and the former Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation partnered to develop a multi-media series Sharing Experiences with Concussion/TBI.
Each episode looks at different aspects of the recovery process. As the podcasts are released, they will up uploaded to OBIA’s YouTube page, available on OBIA’s website, or visit OBIA’s Multi-Media Podcast Page.
The seven episodes will be released throughout June as part of Brain Injury Awareness Month.
The episodes are led by a leading expert in the field and consist of a group of individuals who have sustained brain injuries discussing their experiences in a safe and supportive environment. OBIA hopes these stories will help others not feel alone in their journey and given them hope for their future.
June is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Shine a Light on Brain Injury
For decades, OBIA has been devoted to raising awareness about brain injury and making the invisible visible. This year, a partnership was developed among brain injury associations across Canada to develop a national campaign with the theme – Shine a Light on Brain Injury.
Read the June issue of the OBIA Review ONLINE
The magazine in its entirety, electronically. Please click on the cover image below to open and read online. You can also download the file and save to your device. See all issues of OBIA Review here.
Please enjoy the magazine, and stay safe and healthy!
Unmasking Brain Injury in Brockville at the Salvation Army Thrift Store
Unmasking Brain Injury display at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on King Street in Brockville. Check out this display in June during Brain Injury Awareness month. See it before and after 15 June, when the masks will be changed!
Chantal and Laurie hit the MOVE radio waves, while Emilia and Isabelle rise with the CKWS Morning Show.
Laurie Ogilvie and Chantal Chaput talk with Wendy Wright on Move 104.9 about Brain Injury Awareness Month. Link to on demand listen of interview.
June is Stroke and Aphasia Awareness Month. See the CKWS Morning Show interview where Emilia Leslie (Program Coordinator – Stroke Department) and Isabelle (Peer Support) spread the word that One in six Canadians will experience a stroke.
Ontario Making it Affordable and Easier to Visit Ontario Parks.
Free day-use permits Monday to Thursday and new tool to obtain permits in advance.
Ontario Parks are currently open to the public for local day-use activities only, such as walking and hiking.
As part of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, overnight stays in Ontario Parks including campsites and in cabins, yurts and cottages will be permitted when the province reaches Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen.
Visitors will be able to obtain a daily vehicle permit in advance for select provincial parks up to five days prior to arrival. This will allow people to plan ahead and have guaranteed access, which means more time enjoying the parks, preventing overcrowding and less time in long lines. As of June 7, visitors can check daily vehicle permit availability for specific parks and dates on the reservations website.
See the news release on the Ontario Government website. https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000219/ontario-making-it-affordable-and-easier-to-visit-ontario-parks
Do you prefer to take in information on-the-go? Kenneth Pope how has a Podcast!
Check out the Podcast Channel where you can find previous webinars, radio shows, and quick overviews of our popular topics of discussion.
No smart phone? You can also listen via the web browser here
COVID-19 Guidance for people who live in condominiums and apartment buildings.
Everyone has a role in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 following the public health measures. See Memo from KFL&A Public Health COVID-19 Guidance for Residential Buildings.
Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation www.caremakers.ca
Website in English and in French.
Over 8 million Canadians devote their lives to caring for family. Petro-Canada has partnered with charities that provide support to caregivers.Explore stories and resources. The website offers two learning modules and a discussion paper about the caregiving journey. www.caremakers.ca/en/resources
Lunch and Learn Distinguished Speaker Series for Professionals:
See the Distinguished Speaker Lunch and Learn Series, hosted by the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) and the Brain Changes Initiative (BCI). Tune in to learn about revolutionary new science for healing the brain holistically. Webinars are available on OBIA’s YouTube channel, or you can access the links here: https://obia.ca/resources/obia-webinar-archive/
The Compassionate Justice Fund – Applications are now being accepted
The Compassionate Justice Fund for survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among vulnerable populations is now accepting applications for the funding cycle June – December 2021. compassionatejusticefund.org
Who is eligible?
- Resident of Ontario
- Age 16 or older
- Have sustained a traumatic brain injury (including concussion) through means of violence, abuse, who are experiencing unstable housing, and/or have intersected with the mental health or criminal justice system, and do NOT have access to other funding for services.
- Does not need to be a recent injury and you do not need a formal diagnosis of TBI from a doctor to be eligible for the fund.
Who is not eligible?
Funding will NOT be provided for persons with reasonable financial stability or access to rehabilitation and/or support services.
2021 March issue of the OBIA Review is available ONLINE
Just like in September, the magazine will be offered in its entirety, electronically.
Concussion Tool Kit and MyBrainPacer
There is help. To help patients get back to living full lives, St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Acquired Brain Injury Outpatient and Outreach Program at Parkwood Institute has developed a free online toolkit for concussion survivors.
What’s in the toolkit? MyBrainPacer App™. Much like points tracking used by dieters, through MyBrainPacer™ daily tasks such as driving, exercise and screen time are assigned point values. Users track daily points to balance their activity and minimize their concussion symptoms. MyBrainPacer™, based on St. Joseph’s Pacing and Planning Program, was made possible through funding provided by The Cowan Foundation and other community supporters to St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation.
The toolkit also includes St. Joseph’s Concussion Care Video Series, and other downloadable, easy to use tools and tips.
View and share these tools with concussion survivors and their care team.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT SERIES: Brain Injuries Change Lives.
Traverse Independence is pleased to offer the CAREGIVER SUPPORT SERIES: Brain Injuries Change Lives. The Care to Share program is open to caregivers in our area with virtual meetings on Zoom.
This free 8 week goal-oriented program, under the supervision of a clinical psychologist, provides the knowledge and support needed to better assist someone with a brain injury and, most importantly, the knowledge you need to care for yourself.
On-line survey:Time use and well-being during the COVID-19 crisis
Queen’s University have launched an on-line survey aimed at finding out how people are spending their time, and what they perceive to be the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on them. While anyone can participate in the survey they are particularly interested in exploring the impact of self-isolation on different groups in the community who are living with a disability or have specific needs such as people living with stroke. A flyer with the link to the survey. More information about the study and the consent form here.
OBIA Brain Injury Impact Study. Join the Research Study, Make a Difference.
- Raise awareness about the needs of those living with a brain injury
- Advocate for services
- Highlight the long-term outcomes of brain injury
- Provide information to better inform health care policymakers, local health teams, insurers, and researchers who are looking at ways in which people living with a brain injury can be better served.
Let Your Voice Be Heard!
Click below to participate:
Social Isolation Focus Group
If you have experienced social isolation during your concussion/brain injury recovery, Brain Injury Speaks wants to hear from you!
A series of focus groups to address the topic of Social Isolation during the month of February. Click to see the poster. Please note that these focus groups are not tied to a research project or study – they are being facilitated by a neuropsychologist through Brain Injury Speaks. If you have any questions about this initiative, please email Gazal Kukreja ([email protected]) for more information. To learn more about Brain Injury Speaks, visit the website (https://onf.org/impact/brain-injury-speaks-2-2/).
Pluto is a Humdinger
Pluto the dog speaking out about this and that during this crazy time. Pluto Living is the creation of un-reknowned wildlife photographer, NJ Wight, but clearly not as popular.
The Government of Canada is advising people to think about how they can change their habits and routines in the event that COVID-19 becomes common in our area. Below are some suggestions for what to stay healthy and be as prepared as possible.
- Refill prescriptions in order to avoid having to go to a busy pharmacy if there is a community outbreak, or in case of illness. Contact healthcare provider to renew prescriptions, if needed.
- Consider having over-the-counter medications for fever and other cold symptoms on-hand in case of illness or if unable to get out to a store.
- Stock up on essentials but avoid panic buying. Having some extra food on-hand reduces the need to leave home at the peak of an outbreak or illness.
- Shop during off-peak or designated hours to avoid crowds.
- Home delivery service or online shopping may be appropriate.
- Some meal programs may be cancelled or have reduced hours (ie. Meals on Wheels, Loaves & Fishes) so look for other meal options.
- There may also be changes to shopping hours or local food banks (ie. reduced hours, reduced food variety / supply).
Kingston food bank still providing hampers, by appointment
Read article ” Kingston food bank still providing hampers, by appointment” by Julia McKay in the Kingston Whig Standard.
Impact of Covid-19 on City Programs, last updated on BrainInjuryHelp.ca April 03 2020. Please follow link for updates.
- Partners in Mission Food Bank: 140 Hickson Ave. | Open Regular Hours 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m., 1 – 4 p.m. Please call 613-384-4534 for appointment. No walk-in service.
- Martha’s Table: 629 Princess St. | Providing take-away hot meals 11 a.m. -1 p.m. 7 Days a Week
- Skeleton Park: 30 Alma St. | Providing take-home meals every day 6 – 7 p.m.
- Kingston Community Health Centre: 263 Weller Ave. | Providing take-home meals every day 6 – 7 p.m.
- Amherstview Community Hall: 108 Amherst Dr, Amherstview | Providing take-home meals Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 5 – 6 p.m.
- Morningstar Mission in Napanee | delivery Lionhearts has partnered with Morningstar Mission in Napanee to deliver meals to-go packages 3 days per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please contact Morningstar Mission for distribution details: www.morningstarmission.ca Phone: 613-354-6355 Email: [email protected]
- Lunch by George: 129 Wellington St. | Providing hot take-out meals or bagged lunches 11 – 11:30 a.m.
- Mutual Aid Katarokwi: Offering check-ins, grocery/pharmacy/foodbank box delivery.
Leave message at 613-665-2959 or email [email protected]
- North Frontenac Food Bank: 14152 Road 38, Sharbot Lake. Call 613-532-8855 for appointment.
- Salvation Army: 342 Patrick St.| Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Take-away prepared food baskets provided.
- St. Mary’s Cathedral: 260 Brock St. Mon -Fri 1 -4 p.m. Providing take-away light food/snacks
- St Vincent de Paul: 85 Stephen St. | Providing bag lunches 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Mon-Fri | Food Pantry available by appointment
- South Frontenac Community Services/Sydenham Food Bank: Frozen meals available for delivery daily. Hot meals delivered Tuesday and Thursday. Delivery only to South Frontenac/rural Kingston. 613-376-6477
- Review schedules for changes:
- Medical Appointments (ie. cancel or phone consult?)
- Community Activities (ie. volunteering, church, gym)
- Transportation (ie. volunteer drivers, Para Transit)
- Follow recommended prevention strategies:
- Wash hands for 20 seconds using good technique. Wash frequently. Sanitize to maintain hand cleanliness.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover cough / sneezes with tissue or into the sleeve.
- Practice social distancing (min. 6 fts) and avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if sick.
- Practice social distancing. It is recommended that people have reduced face-to-face interaction with others where possible and to maintain a distance of 6 ft. (2 m) apart.
- Follow practices to maintain physical and mental health (ie. walking outdoors, relaxation techniques, maintain regular sleep habits, eat well, avoid alcohol / drugs).
Beware of Covid-19 Scams
- Cyber criminals capitalize on crises like the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Fake notices from health organizations (e.g., the Federal or Provincial Government, WHO or local health departments) that contains malicious links or attachments.
Fake charities to help victims of the virus.
Misleading ads or spam about masks or other protective gear, or other tips to combat the virus.
Do not open any attachments or click on links that you are unsure about even if you know the sender. Look for red flags in emails you receive such as spelling and grammar mistakes, links, irregularities in the senders address, etc.
- Ideas for activities to reduce social isolation and boredom:
- regular phone calls / text messages with friends / family
- online social groups
- play games with family or housemates
- bake or cook
- listen to music
- watch a movie
- engage in hobbies such as crafts
- Avoid watching too much news as this can contribute to feelings of depression / anxiety.
In case of illness:
- call primary healthcare provider or Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 for further direction. Avoid going to a health care clinic without calling first.
- call 911 if following symptoms:
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- new confusion or inability to arouse
- bluish lips or face
General information on how to prepare:
Tips for managing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19:
- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.htmlLearn more about topics related to empathic strain, secondary trauma and burnout on our blog featuring articles by Françoise Mathieu and our TEND associates.
Learn more about topics related to empathic strain, secondary trauma and burnout on our blog featuring articles by Françoise Mathieu and our TEND associates.
For those who are employed but unable to work due to layoff, illness or quarantine from COVID-19:
For local public health updates:
How to Self-Monitor:
How to Self-Isolate:
Mental health and addictions supports
If you’re feeling anxious, experiencing other mental health or addiction challenges or you can’t access your regular in-person counselling support, there are services you can access online or by phone:
- ConnexOntario: Adults and frontline workers who are dealing with the realities of COVID-19 can call ConnexOntario at 1-866-531-2600 for mental health, addictions and problem gambling support.
- 211 Ontario: For information and referrals for community, government, social and health services, including mental health resources across Ontario, call 211 or 1-877-330-3213. Live web chat is also available.
- BounceBack: A free, evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program that offers guided mental health self-help supports for adults and youth 15+ using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching. Call 1-866-345-0224.
- Kids Help Phone: Children and youth 18 and younger who need to talk to someone about their mental health can call 1-800-668-6868, for 24/7 phone and text support.
- Good2Talk: A phone and texting service that offers confidential support to post-secondary students. Call 1-866-925-5454.
- Hope for Wellness Helpline: Indigenous peoples can call 1-855-242-3310 for immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention across Canada (available in some Indigenous languages). Live web chat is also available.
- Talk 4 Healing: Indigenous women can get help, support and resources seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with services in 14 languages by calling or texting 1-855-554-4325. Live web chat is also available.
Provincial and Federal Government Assistance. Provincial and Federal governments have made several announcements to help protect the health and safety of all individuals and families.
- The provincial government is suspending time-of-use-electricity rates
- The Ministries of Transportation and Health are extending the validity period for driver licences, licence plate validation, Ontario Photo Cards, and Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration certificates, among others. Expiring and expired health cards will continue to provide access to health services. Visit ServiceOntario.ca for a full list of products and services that are affected by this change.
- The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has deferred the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns for individuals (including certain trusts) until June 1, 2020
- The government, through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is allowing homeowners facing financial difficulties to defer mortgage payments on homeowner CMHC-insured mortgage loans
3 new Canada Recovery Benefits to assist people through these trying times.
From Kenneth Pope Law:
- Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB).
- Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
- Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
All benefits received under the three Canada Recovery Benefit programs are considered taxable income. Click here for link to Canada COVID-19 benefits and services
You can apply for the Canada Recover Caregiver Benefit through your MyAccount or over the phone at 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041, click here for more details.
We hope this information is helpful, and wish you all continued health and endurance during this difficult time.
Are you eligible for other benefits? Find financial help from the government of Canada
COVID-19 TESTING CENTRES NEED TO KNOW
Kingston COVID-19 Assessment Centre Booking
Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) is using Eventbrite, a third party site, for individuals to book appointments at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre, located at Beechgrove Complex (51 Heakes Lane).
Please note the following:
· One person can book up to four timeslots
· New timeslots will be made available every 2 days
· Individuals can also book an appointment by calling the Assessment Centre directly at 613-548-2376 (phones are answered from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily) Read more.
Hastings Prince Edward COVID-19 Testing
Quinte Health Care has set up an online pre-registration form and multiple hotlines for COVID-19 testing in Hastings Prince Edward.
The hotlines are available seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 5 pm.:
· Bancroft: 613-332-2825 ext. 6222
· Belleville & Trenton: 613-961-5544
· Picton: 613-813-6864
For weekend testing please call the Belleville & Trenton hotline number. Read more.
Lanark, Leeds & Grenville COVID-19 Testing
There are a number of COVID-19 Assessment Centres and pop-up locations throughout Leeds, Grenville and Lanark where individuals can get tested. Click here for a complete list of assessment centres in Lanark, Leeds & Grenville.
To schedule an appointment for one of the following areas please call:
· Brockville: self-present for appointment on the day you wish to be tested
· Smiths Falls: 613-283-2330 ext. 1401
· Almonte: 613-325-1208
Anyone can catch the flu.
Protect yourself – and others – by learning about the virus and recognizing the symptoms. ontario.ca/page/flu-fact
Influenza (flu) clinics – begin late October. Where to get the flu vaccine:
6 months to 4 years old
- doctor or nurse practitioner
- some local public health units
5-64 years old
- doctor or nurse practitioner
- some local public health units
- participating pharmacy
65 and older
For the 2019/2020 season, if you’re 65 and older, there are two different flu shots available – standard dose and high-dose.
Both shots are effective – do not delay getting vaccinated. Your doctor or nurse practitioner can answer any questions you might have.
To get the standard-dose vaccine, which protects against 4 strains of flu virus:
- visit a doctor or nurse practitioner
- contact your local public health unit
- visit a participating pharmacy
To get the high-dose vaccine, (also called “Fluzone® HighDose”), which protects against 3 strains of flu virus, but in higher doses:
- visit a doctor or nurse practitioner
- contact your local public health unit
Congrats to BIAQD, Recipient of the 2020 COMMUNITY BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
Visit aoe.pialaw.ca for more information and photos of the winners.
Watch the online presentation on YouTube:
From Ontario Brain Injury Association and PIA Law:
“Our congratulations to all the winners and nominees; this is a testament to your value and importance within the Brain Injury Community”
Entrance is located at the back of the building marked MAIN ENTRANCE
Look for buzzer number or call 613-967-2756 for entry.
Wednesday 30 September is Rowan’s Law Day
Show your support for #RowansLawDay through a tweet, Facebook or Instagram post today by sharing your stories and learning the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Increase concussion education awareness, especially in schools. Read more here
Navigator Update Fall 2020:
Providing a Point of Entry for ABI Services Across Southeastern Ontario
Please read about what is going on in Southeastern Ontario regarding Acquired Brain Injury.
Note from KFLA Public Health on exemption from wearing a face covering in Kingston Ontario.
- Sew and no sew instructions to make non-medial masks and face coverings – Government of Canada – Instructions on how to construct your own face covering.
Public Health Inspector Shows You How to Wash Your Hands (video) – KFL&A Public Health Unit youtu.be/6DVpS33XFKk
Connecting to one another virtually with March of Dimes Canada
MODC offers online events, activities and resources to connect caregivers with resources, tools, and a community of people who understand. The aim is to assist families and friends caring for a loved one after stroke or a chronic illness. Follow the link to read more on the Stroke-Recovery Website.
After Stroke is a program of March of Dimes Canada and a national service offering support, education and community programs for stroke survivors, their caregivers, and families. The goal is to connect you with a network of support that can help you reclaim your independence, your sense of community and your ability to thrive after a stroke.
New dates for OBIA Caregiver Group
Online Caregiver Support Group – open to anyone. Register online here
Positive Approach: A Four Part Life Skills Zoom Series
Brain Injury Association of Durham Region (BIAD) is has four on demand life skills session with Heather Campbell, BHSc, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.) Occupational Therapist from the Positive Approach.
Session one covered the following topics:
- Sleep and Wake Cycles
- Social Connection with Others
- The Mind and Emotions
Watch on demand of Session Two: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IELvo1qBDek
Slides available here
Session two covered the following topics:
- How to Successfully Organize your Week
- S.M.A.R.T. Goals
- Energy Conservation (Planning, Pacing, Prioritizing, Posture)
- Balance of Activity and Rest
Watch on demand of Session Three: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-R0yaTWfdY
Slides available here
Session three covered the following topics:
Practical Ways to be Kind to Yourself
- Positive Self-Talk
- Staying connected to the important people in your life (in person, phone, email, video chat)
- Managing Expectations, and breaking goals down into manageable chunks.
- Relaxation and Deep Breathing
- Mindfulness and Meditation
- Exercise and Movement
- Brief Review of Pillars of Health and Self-Care, and Energy Conservation, Daily Routines
Program that Lowers Electricity Bills for Lower-Income Households
Did you know that if you pay for electricity and are in a lower-income home, you may qualify for a reduction on your electricity bill.
The OESP will reduce the cost of your household electricity by applying a monthly credit directly to your bill. The credit amount will depend on how many people live in your home and your combined household income.
Applications are simple and can be done online by clicking here: https://ontarioelectricitysupport.ca/. In order to apply, you must be the account holder for the electricity bill AND live at the service address for the account. The reduction is generally $45 per month for ODSP recipients.
New OBIA Questionnaire about Brain Injury and Concussion
The new questionnaire contains more specific and concrete questions about changes to one’s life following a brain injury.
It also strives to apply to the many individuals in Ontario who have sustained a concussion and includes a separate and more extensive questionnaire for family members and caregivers.
Research Questionnaire Application Form. Look for the updated questionnaire in your mailbox this spring! Information collected from this project will be instrumental in the goal of developing new programs and supports for those caring for loved one’s with a brain injury.
LivingWell South East offering FREE new workshops presented via Zoom Meeting.
Keep an eye on the website www.livingwellseontario.ca for further updates as LivingWell SEO adds more workshops over June and July. information and/or to register. The workshop page has a complete listing and search function for finding out when (and usually where) our workshops are taking place.
LivingWell is hoping to schedule a Living Well with Diabetes and a Powerful Tools for Caregivers next. Inquire about the at-home kits for diabetes, and for chronic pain. Read More
Quick list of benefits and measures that may affect or apply to you or your loved ones.
Please click on the various links provided for further details of funding Assistance During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
The Ontario Brain Injury Association is OPEN – VIRTUALLY and continues to attend to the needs of those living with the effects of acquired brain injuries and their families in this time of uncertainty. OBIA has lists of Provincial and Federal Funding Assistance, see the links below.
Click on the image to for link to resources on the OBIA website.
Note: The funding sources here may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Click on the image to for a link to resources on the Kenneth Pope Law Website
- CERB: Canada Emergency Response Benefit
- CCB: May payment will be automatically increased by up to $300/child
- GST credit: One-time enhancement of $400-$600 on April payment
- Impact on clients with CRA refund setoffs? Speak to CRA collection officer at 1-800-675-6184 (8am-4pm)
- Taxes: Filing due date for 2019 tax returns deferred to 1 June 2020
- Seniors: GAINS payments for low-income seniors doubled to $166/month for singles and $332/month for couples for a period of six months beginning April 2020.
- Children: One-time payments to families with children affected by school and daycare closures ($200/child up to 12, $250/child with special needs)
- Students: OSAP loan and interest accrual relief for 6 months
- Energy relief
- Expanded funding for discretionary benefits to both OW and ODSP recipients – request must be made through online application portal or caseworker
- Ontario Works and ODSP recipients can access emergency benefits by contacting their caseworker.
- New applications for pregnancy-breastfeeding nutritional allowance
For more information on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, visit
Visit the World Health Organization’s website to learn:
Are you cleaning your hands properly? Take the Clean Hands Self-Assessments online.
Event hosted by: Canadian Patient Safety Institute
Feeling low? Stressed? Anxious? BounceBack® can help!
BounceBack®: Reclaim your health is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. It offers two forms of help.
the webpage directly at bouncebackontario.ca for more details
Utilities Kingston: here to support you.
Contact Utilities Kingston to discuss extended bill payment options and financial assistance programs.
- Temporarily suspending disconnecting customers for non-payment.
- Offering flexible payment terms and arrears payment agreements for water, sewer, gas and electricity bills, in order to provide customers with more time to pay outstanding balances on their account, if needed.
Before falling behind on utility bill payments, contact Utilities Kingston for assistance. Contact the credit department by email [email protected] or phone at 613-546-1181, ext. 2278, Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Please note: To help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community, access to the main office at 85 Lappan’s Lane is now restricted. Below are some of the common reasons people visit in person, with instructions on what you can do instead.
- The Low Income Emergency Assistance Program. This program offers assistance to customers who would otherwise be facing disconnection of services.
- The Ontario Electricity Support Program. This program provides ongoing assistance directly on the bills of eligible low-income electricity consumers.
Customers can contact Kingston Community Health Centre for application information for these programs and assistance at 613-542-2949, extension 2143.
See in Global News, Laura Hensley’s article “How to politely say ‘back off’ during coronavirus outbreak“.
Read the article Jane Stevenson wrote in The Toronto Sun; Brain Injury Canada’s list of 30 ways to entertain yourself at home.
Follow the link to read the article in Psychology Today.
Free On-demand Webinar about Strategies for Achieving Success after Concussion
The presentation and slides are posted on Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA). Share the link with anyone who can benefit from this information.
Follow the link to watch it at OBIA.ca WEBINAR on Practical Strategies for Achieving Success after mTBI.
Need help for yourself or tools to help someone close to you? Resources are available. Learn more
In person Caregiver Connect on Hold
To RSVP or if you have questions, contact
Michelle (SEO ABI System Navigator) through this webpage, directly at [email protected]
or by telephone 613-547-6969 ext. 37165
Be heard with Brain Injury Speaks!
Join the Brain Injury Speaks, Stakeholder Engagement Network of Ontario
Often, decisions affecting the brain injury community in Ontario are made with little input from persons living with lived experience and their family members and caregivers.
Bereavement Services of Kingston is a collaboration between the Alzheimer Society of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington; Arbor Memorial; Bereaved Families of Ontario; and Hospice Kingston.
Bereavement Services of Kingston’s mission is to create partnerships and a network of services to support people who grieve. There is ‘no wrong’ door in seeking help with grief. The vision is a community where support is available to people experiencing loss and grief.”
The types of services offered to individuals and families across the Kingston community include care co-ordination; psycho-spiritual health by a registered psychotherapist; grief counseling by a registered health professional; anticipatory grief support; one-to-one support; closed support groups; monthly drop-in groups; and educational resources.
Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Experience
Via an online, interactive program
Enjoy easy access to the daily program anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone, tablet, or computer. Learn more about Deepak’s all-new 21-Day Meditation Experience, The Path to Empowerment here
Visit our page here.
Working in the Intersections:
Have you taken advantage of ConnectProtect?
To learn more, follow the link.
Enhancing Hiring Practices to Maximize Business Performance
October 22, 2019, Learn how Belleville businesses have benefited from hiring people who have a disability.
HSJCC 2019 Conference
Did you attend the 2019 Provincial HSJCC Conference?
Visit hsjccconference.ca for more details.
How was Session B6: Acquired Brain Injury and Addictions/Mental Health Collaborative for more information click here.
Refurbished digital devices for eligible low income Canadians.
Lean more about Computers for Schools. It is not just for schools!
Assistance with School Supplies in HPE
Hastings and Prince Edward counties publicly funded schools: The Good Backpack Program
Connected for Success: high-speed internet for $9.99
Rogers Communications’ Connected for Success provides high-speed internet access to people living in rent-subsidized non-profit housing. Connected for Success is about bringing more Canadians online and giving them access to the digital economy so they can connect with friends, family, school, work and their future. Read more.
The Aphasia Conversation Group
For the stoke flyer, click here.
An opportunity for adults living with Aphasia to rejoin life’s conversations in a safe, supported environment lead by a Speech Language Pathologist.
For more information click here.