Volunteers Do Their Part For Brain Injury Relief

father's hand lead his child son in summer forest nature outdoorHawaiianOysterOdysseys.ca are helping with research and information about the Brain Injury in Canada. Brain injuries are among the most debilitating conditions that a person can experience. They can occur for a wide variety of reasons, and they can severely affect a person’s quality of life. For some people, brain injuries can cause severe pain and discomfort, and considerable mental anguish. Such injuries can also restrict a person’s movement and mobility, and make it impossible to perform day-to-day tasks.

Apart from the immediate and long-term physical effects, brain injuries can affect not only the patient, but those around him as well. Because brain injuries make it difficult or impossible for the patient to carry out normal tasks, the condition causes a significant burden to the family of the victim. This is why people with brain injuries and their families need a surgery, a support group to help them through this difficult period.

Volunteers can be especially helpful for people dealing with brain injuries and their families. There is always something that anyone regardless of age can do to help people suffering from such injuries. Many communities in countries such as Canada have established programs that put volunteers in touch with the families of people who are dealing with such conditions, helping provide an essential service to the community.

If you have the time, energy, and desire to help, there are many opportunities to do so. Some organizations have positions open for people who wish to contribute their skills toward helping those with brain injuries cope with their difficulties in life. For those so inclined, there may be administrative positions open in organizations that cater to the needs of patients. There are numerous tasks to deal with in these areas, from setting up and organizing events to reception and field work and even data entry.

Volunteers may also do their part in helping set up special events and fundraisers. In Canada, fundraisers have proven especially valuable in helping raise much needed cash as well as the morale of everyone involved. The multitude of tasks surrounding these events also often require more personnel than is available, and volunteers who are ready and willing to help are always welcome. For such functions, volunteers can assist with the logistics of the events, dealing with the public, and distributing promotional and/or educational materials… Read more

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Hawaiian Oyster Odysseys (HOOs) are annual fundraising events organized by the Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) in partnership with other like-minded organizations. They are made possible purely through volunteer efforts and are held across the country. They are envisioned to be a time of fun and learning.
It is our aim to create an atmosphere of celebration while increasing awareness of the impact of brain injuries. The HOOs are also a time for survivors and families to meet and network with medical experts, community leaders, public figures, business professionals and the media. Survivor stories, oyster bars, mystery prizes and tropical cocktails make it an exciting evening, in line with the Hawaiian theme.
Most importantly, it increases awareness about the work of brain injury associations across Canada.

Aloha!
On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, we invite you to shuck your winter gear for grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts and join us for Toronto’s 8th Annual Hawaiian Oyster Odyssey!
Slip into your best rendition of tropical Hawaiian chic and get ready to limbo down to a fun philanthropic soiree in support of the Brain Injury Association of Canada hosted at Hogg’s Hollow’s famous Miller Tavern.
BONUS: Reserve your $150 ticket by January 31st: save $50!
Special guests this year include:
Hon. Carolyn Bennett MP, MD, Canada’s first Minister of Public Health
Hon. Kathleen Wynne MPP, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, Housing and Aboriginal Affairs
Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Children and Youth Services
Karen Stintz, Toronto Transit Commission Chair and City Councillor
Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga City Councillor, former Fundraising Chair of the Ontario Brain Injury Association and co-founder of the Hawaiian Oyster Odyssey
Daniel Bax, Survivor and Inspirational Coach
Kent Bassett-Spiers, CEO, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
Dr. Angela Colantonio, Ph.D., OT Reg. (Ont). Senior Scientist with Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and holder of the Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury.
Don Stuss, Interim President and Scientific Director, Ontario Brain Institute
Piroska Bata, BSCN, Neurotrauma Nurse, Manager, Humber River Regional Hospital
Bill Pashby, J.D., Director, Brain Injury Association of Canada, and co-chair of Toronto’s 8th Annual
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Cristina Onose, MA, Co-Chair of Toronto’s 8th Annual Hawaiian Oyster Odyssey
Howard Brown , President, Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs, former Fundraising Chair of the Brain Injury Association of Canada and Co-Founder of the Hawaiian Oyster Odyssey
Rick Montgomery, President, Miller Tavern and Co-Founder of the Hawaiian Oyster Odyssey
Harry Zarins, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of Canada
Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, oysters (of course!), Hawaiian leis, an open wine bar and Hawaiian punch for all. The evening will also feature, entertainment, music, a silent auction and lots of fun.
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