Neurological Health Charities Canada

Neurological Health Charities Canada

March 10, 2011 14:29 ET

Neurological Health Charities Canada: Change-Makers Honoured at BrainWave 2011

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) -

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Three of Canada's biggest champions for brain health were honoured last week at BrainWave 2011, Neurological Health Charities Canada's (NHCC) launch of Canada's first-ever National Brain Awareness Month.

On March 1st, in front of an audience of 300 people (people living with brain conditions, caregivers, researchers, health care professionals, health charities and policy makers), Baycrest, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (HBKRH), and The Globe and Mail were presented with the NHCC's Change-Maker Award for demonstrating leadership in inclusion, innovation and integration for the benefit of people living with brain conditions.

Baycrest, one of the world's premier academic health sciences centres focused on aging, was honoured for its long history in raising awareness about brain health and supporting leading-edge research. "We are extremely honoured to receive this award which recognizes our leadership in adult brain health innovations and our advocacy efforts on behalf of seniors suffering from cognitive and emotional disorders," said Dr. William Reichman, President and CEO, Baycrest. "We thank the NHCC for publicly honouring our tradition of raising awareness about brain health, finding and testing new solutions to keep our minds healthy, and incubating new approaches to care."

"As Canada's largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital, we see it as our duty to lead the way in creating a world of possibilities for children with disabilities. Every day we work with inspiring young people who face challenges that most of us couldn't imagine," says Sheila Jarvis, President and CEO of HBKRH. "It is our absolute pleasure to receive and accept this inaugural Change-Maker Award. It is an honour to be recognized alongside two other amazing organizations doing life-changing work for Canadians living with brain conditions." Canada's largest children's rehabilitation hospital, HBKRH was celebrated for pioneering treatments, technologies, therapies and programs that give children with disabilities the tools to participate fully in life.

The Globe and Mail was recognized for igniting the public health debate about dementia in its internationally recognized series, "Dementia: Confronting the Crisis" bringing the scope and magnitude of Alzheimer's disease in Canada in sharper focus. "We took on the dementia series hoping to shake up our readers and change the debate on a critical health issue in Canada. Receiving the Change-maker Award from the NHCC is an honour that proves we are that much closer to our goal," says Christina Vardanis, National Deputy Editor, The Globe and Mail.

The 2011 Change-Maker recipients received their awards from Joyce Gordon, CEO of Parkinson Society Canada and Chair of the NHCC. The Honourable Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long- Term Care joined in the presentations to Baycrest and Holland Bloorview, while Louise Bradley, CEO of The Mental Health Commission of Canada joined in the presentation to The Globe and Mail.

March 2011 is Canada's first-ever National Brain Awareness Month. Activities are taking place across the country to help bring much-needed awareness and understanding to issues surrounding brain health. A listing of "March is Brain Month" events can be found at the NHCC's website at www.mybrainmatters.ca.

Established in 2008, Neurological Health Charities Canada is a coalition of 24 health charities that work together to improve the quality of life for all Canadians living with a neurological condition. The NHCC advocates for a comprehensive National Brain Strategy to ensure research, prevention, treatments and supports for those living with chronic brain conditions are universally accessible and appropriately funded.

Members: ALS Society of Canada • Alzheimer Society of Canada • Brain Injury Association of Canada • Canadian Alliance of Brain Tumours • Canadian Epilepsy Alliance • Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation • Canadian Stroke Network • Dystonia Medical Research Foundation of Canada • Heart and Stroke Foundation • Headache Network Canada • Huntington Society of Canada • March of Dimes Canada • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada • Muscular Dystrophy Canada • NeuroScience Canada • Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy • Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation • Ontario Rett Syndrome Association • Parkinson Society Canada • Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario • Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada

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