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Toronto ABI Network 2016 Conference – A Sold Out Event!

“I wish the conference did not have to end”

“A fantastic conference – a perfect blend of theory, clinical application and personal lived experience”

“I had random people stop me just to tell me what a great time they were having”

“Staff reported leaving with new tools [and] a renewed enthusiasm for their jobs”

A great testimony to the success of this year’s conference is having delegates approach Planning Committee members to say what a great time they are having, or overhearing a delegate express that they wished the event did not have to end. Generous comments like these validate the effort of each and everyone involved in the planning of our bi-annual event.

This year’s conference sold out in registrations and sponsorship spots – a feat that would not be possible without the dedication of many individuals. The Planning Committee (chaired once again by Colleen Boyce, Executive Director, NRIO – Division of Bayshore Therapy & Rehab) and the Sponsorship Subcommittee (chaired by Tonya Flaming, Case Manager, Rehabilitation Planning) worked diligently to connect with sponsors and to construct a rich and balanced program that would provide delegates with readily applicable knowledge and a renewed passion for the very important work they do.

Invited keynote speakers delivered thought provoking and inspiring presentations that encouraged us to challenge the status quo in treatment approach, to question treatment delivery and its effectiveness and lastly, reminded us that above all else, to take the time to connect with patients and to not postpone the joys in life regardless of the circumstances that surround us. We are especially grateful to Warrant Officer Mark Jones from the Canadian Armed Forces, who spoke on Remembrance Day and provided a touching recount of what it’s like for the high performing men and women that serve our country to continue to persevere and live with the effects of a brain injury. We thank WO Jones, his colleagues in presence at the event, and all the men and women in the armed forces for the work that they do to protect our country.

Workshops and concurrent sessions provide the practical tips that inform and transform clinical practice. This year’s stimulating sessions provided a wealth of knowledge, tools and resources (such as books and videos) to help support survivors, families and caregivers. Sessions included information on current research and the role of self management to address pain after a brain injury; the importance of and the how to include and engage siblings of ABI survivors and a view into public programs (such as BrainEx 90 at the Parkwood Institute and LEAP at Toronto Rehab – University Health Network).

We hope you took advantage of the several opportunities to connect with and learn from others in the ABI community. If you happened to miss this year’s fantastic conference, remember to subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you don’t miss out on any of our future events.

We thank you all once again for joining us on November 10 & 11, 2016 and look forward to seeing you at the 2018 conference!