After 67 years, the Canadian Paraplegic Association is getting a facelift - beginning November 13, 2012 it will be known as Spinal Cord Injury Ontario.
Why the name change? In the early days of the Association, a spinal cord injury to the cervical region (neck) was often fatal. It was only those war veterans and others with injuries lower down the spine that survived. Today in Ontario, we're seeing families leave St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital in Kingston, the Ottawa Rehab Hospital and St. John's Rehab Hospital in Toronto (and other great rehab hospitals) brimming with hope and the promise of a full life for individuals who have sustained all sorts of traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries. The old name didn't acknowledge where we are today in the care and treatment of spinal cord injury. It missed the advancements in rehab and the promise of more to come.
Bergeron Clifford is proud to sponsor the Canadian Paraplegic Association's Peer Mentor program in South Eastern Ontario, now Spinal Cord Injury Ontario's Peer Mentor program. The South Eastern Ontario Peer Mentor program is run through the Kingston office of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario under the guidance of Michelle Smith and David Baldwin. The Peer Mentors include a roster of volunteers who have "been there, done that". They meet with individuals who have sustained recent spinal cord injury and they provide guidance and support. It's a vital service.
So please join us in welcoming an old friend with a new name, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. If you've been fortunate enough to find yourself in a position where you're looking for a good cause to support, you could do much worse than to send a cheque to these folks.