Neurological Health Charities Canada

Neurological Health Charities Canada
NHCC Change-Maker Awards

NHCC Change-Maker Awards

July 25, 2013 06:00 ET

Change-Maker Award Winners to be Honoured at BrainWave 2013

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 25, 2013) -

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Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) has announced the winners of its "Change-Maker Award," honouring two passionate advocates for brain health in Canada.

The Change-Maker Award recognizes an individual and an organization that has made a meaningful difference in improving the quality of life for Canadians living with brain conditions. The recipients this year are Jim Mann, and the Ontario Brain Institute.

Jim Mann is a tireless advocate for Canadians living with brain conditions after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2007. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia, where he has been the public face of "Jim's Push for a Plan," the Society's latest advocacy campaign for a provincial dementia strategy. Jim is also a Board Member of the Alzheimer Society of Canada and co-chaired its Public Policy Committee, and is a member of the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network Advisory Board. In his own community, Jim has inspired others serving as a support group leader for people living with dementia, public speaker, and educator.

"Receiving this award is a huge honour. That Neurological Health Charities Canada has established this Change-Maker Award in the individual category, acknowledges that individuals with neurological conditions can make a contribution and a difference. This award affirms that people with these diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, can be defined by their humanity, gifts and actions - not their diagnosis. I hope that through receiving this award others will be inspired and confident to advocate for themselves," says Jim.

The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) was established by the Government of Ontario with the mandate to enhance the province's position as a world-leading centre for brain research, translation, and innovation. The OBI has created an integrated approach to research which maintains focus on the individual while using basic science to drive clinical innovation. By working directly with advocacy groups and embedding them in the research process, the OBI ensures that the voices of those with brain disorders inform the direction of the research programs. This approach also serves to relay important information back to the advocacy groups, individuals, and families impacted by neurological conditions.

"I am pleased that the OBI has received this award for the recognition for our efforts, but there is much more work yet to be done. From the outset, the OBI has made the brain health of individuals the core objective of our Ontario neuroscience researchers and clinicians. This award is a sign that we are moving in the right direction to truly make a positive impact in the lives of patients and their families touched by brain disorders," says Dr. Donald Stuss, President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Brain Institute.

The Change-Maker Awards will be presented at NHCC's BrainWave 2013 event on October 24, 2013 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. This vital event brings together leading researchers, practitioners, advocates, and organizations on brain health and shines the spotlight on the issues facing 10 million Canadians living with brain conditions. BrainWave 2013 is generously sponsored in part by Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D). More information or to purchase tickets for BrainWave 2013, can be found on NHCC's website at www.mybrainmatters.ca.

Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) is a collective of 24 organizations that represent people with chronic, often progressive, neurological and/or neuromuscular diseases, disorders, conditions and injuries (brain conditions) in Canada. NHCC's role is to provide leadership, evaluating and advancing new opportunities for collaboration specific to advocacy, education and research projects, related to brain health.

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