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About Today’s Show

This “bonus” episode provides an overview of Brain Injury NS as an organization and the brain injury cause on the occasion of Brain Injury Awareness Month 2020 across Canada (June).

About Brain Injury NS

At Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia, we understand how profoundly a brain injury impacts you and everyone close to you. With some 70,000 Nova Scotians affected by brain injury, we also understand how difficult it can be to find services and support to help you and your family with your recovery and return to life, work and the things you love to do.

We are committed to building a community of support for brain injuries in Nova Scotia through programs, education, resources, and tireless advocacy for better supports and services for brain injuries across Nova Scotia.

You are not alone. Connect with us. As the only organized voice for the brain injury community in Nova Scotia, we are here to help, and we want to hear from you.

About Today’s Guest

About Episode 2’s guest: Leona Burkey is a long-time non-profiteer, activist and community educator.  Leona has been the Executive Director at the Brain Injury Association of NS since 2014 and has a strong family connection to brain injury.  Shortly after completing her undergrad in the late 90’s, Leona spent several years assisting with her younger sister’s care and recovery from a very serious brain injury and coma – a local story of tragedy and resilience well-remembered in her hometown in rural Cape Breton.  She also helps her husband run a small industrial safety company and is an active recording artist/singer/songwriter.  Leona has a Graduate Certificate in Adult and Community Education from the University of Calgary and is a recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

Community By Accident – a note from Trevor

After bonding and sharing our lived experiences with other survivors in a LoveYourBrain Yoga series, I looked around and realized that I would have never met this group of people if it hadn’t been for my accident.  This was my community by accident.  Community By Accident is a program and movement inspired by survivors, for survivors and supported by Brain Injury NS.  I’m sure many of you can agree, that recovery, even with a mild brain injury can be a long and extremely isolating road while you are trying to find out about the new you and how to live with this invisible disability which is not easily understood by those around you.

One of the last hurdles for many survivors is to break though that wall of isolation and get back out there.  Community by Accident is where we can do this, together.  The CBA movement aims to provide a series of survivor-led supportive, social events at different activity levels meant to get us off that couch and back out there so we can move beyond brain injury together through a safety-in-numbers approach and the camaraderie that comes with lived experiences.  Hope to see you at our next event.

The CT Scan

Our regular check-in with our Community By Accident out there is an ongoing podcast feature called the CT SCAN!  This episode’s CT SCAN is: What do you wish you had been aware of about brain injury before your injury?

We know brain injury can be a very heavy subject – we as survivors have to make light of what we can, when we can or else things can feel that much harder.  Have you had any experiences or a story about living with a brain injury that you can laugh at?

You are part of our Community By Accident – we want to hear your thoughts and stories. Maybe you know a survivor who who is moving beyond their brain injury and has a story to tell.

Send your ideas and CT SCAN responses to:  cba@braininjuryns.com

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