Six hundred spinal cord injuries are reported every year in Ontario, with motor vehicle accidents and falls serving as the most common cause. These injuries are very costly and life-changing – just ask any of the 38,000 Ontarians with spinal cord injuries who spend up to $2,500 on intermittent catheters alone per month.
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) is a registered Canadian charity working to increase the health, mobility, and opportunities of people living with spinal cord injury across Ontario.
Each year at its annual general meeting, SCIO singles out a handful of its supporters who are helping the organization to achieve its vision of a full, independent life for people with spinal cord injury.
Among this year’s group is Bergeron Clifford LLP Injury Lawyers, announced as the 2020 recipient of the Vigmond Philanthropy Award in recognition of their charitable financial contributions.
“Bergeron Clifford is proud to support Spinal Cord Injury Ontario in their efforts to assist individuals with spinal cord injury and mobility impairments,” say Chris Clifford and Ted Bergeron, founding partners at Bergeron Clifford. “We believe in their mission and have witnessed the positive impact on people’s lives.”
Bergeron Clifford has been representing spinal cord injury clients as personal injury lawyers since 1999 and has received several distinctions for their tireless work for their clients, in and out of court.
For more than a decade, Ted Bergeron and Chris Clifford have been the SCIO Connect sponsors in the Kingston region, allowing more than 60 local clients, family members, and members of the spinal cord injury community to navigate their way through the early days post-injury, to their return home and to their communities, and beyond.
“Bergeron Clifford is a strong example of the powerful impact a partnership between charity and business can have on a community,” says SCIO CEO Dr. Stuart Howe. “Ted Bergeron and Chris Clifford have led their teams to make a deep and positive difference in our Kingston community and beyond. They’ve been enthusiastic and creative partners, finding important ways to support our community members and their individual goals. We are proud to work in tandem with them and are grateful for their passion and support.”
Bergeron Clifford also extends its congratulations to its fellow 2020 award recipients Chris Stigas and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).
About Spinal Cord Injury Ontario: sciontario.org
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) is a registered Canadian charity founded in 1945 by veterans of the Second World War who envisioned a full, independent life for people with spinal cord injury. Through direct services, peer support, education and advocacy, SCIO works to increase the health, mobility and opportunities of people living with spinal cord injury across Ontario.
About the Vigmond Philanthropy Award:
The Vigmond Philanthropy Award is presented annually by Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) in recognition of individuals who have made an outstanding financial contribution to SCIO, through raising funds and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to inspire others in support of SCIO’s mission to provide support, service and advocacy for and with people with spinal cord injury.