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GF Strong Acquired Brain Injury Programs 2012

The GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre hosts a number of workshops for survivors of brain injury and stroke, their family and friends. These workshops provide an open, informal forum in which to discuss and learn about the brain, how it works, and its recovery.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A Workshop for Families & Friends.

  • June 13, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00 pm
  • September 19, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00 pm
  • November 14, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00 pm

Location: Room #189, GF Strong Rehab Centre, 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC

Registration: Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required. To register please contact: Sacha Arsenault: sacha.arsenault@vch.ca, 778-875-7469 or Kelly Sharp: kelly.sharp@vch.ca, 604-341-8514.

Download the flyer (PDF).

 


Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Families & Friends

  • May 9, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00 pm
  • October 24, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00 pm
  • December 12, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00pm

Location: Room #189, GF Strong Rehab Centre, 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC

Registration: Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required. To register please contact: Sacha Arsenault: sacha.arsenault@vch.ca, 778-875-7469 or Kelly Sharp: kelly.sharp@vch.ca, 604-341-8514.

Download the flyer (PDF).

 


Building Community Connections: A Workshop for Survivors, Families and Friends

This workshop is facilitated by the Community Intervention Coordinator. The workshop is interactive, with open group discussions, opportunities for sharing and problem solving with others. Survivors and caregivers share their personal journeys and discuss some of the successes and challenges they encountered in returning to the community.

  • June 6, 2012: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
  • September 12, 2012: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
  • November 7, 2012: 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Location: Room #189, GF Strong Rehab Centre, 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC

Registration: Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required. To register please contact: Sacha Arsenault: sacha.arsenault@vch.ca, 778-875-7469 or Kelly Sharp: kelly.sharp@vch.ca, 604-341-8514.

Download the flyer (PDF).

 


Family Aphasia Group
This workshop offers information and education to family and friends of people living with aphasia. Attendees are asked to share their successes and challenges and will learn how to create more successful and satisfying interactions.

Location: GF Strong Rehab Centre, 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC

Registration: Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required. Please register by calling Dina Collins at: (604) 737-6232.

Download the flyer (PDF)

 


Appointing a committee as legal guardian

In most cases an adult is legally capable of making their own decisions, to initiate, and settle a legal action. However, if a person is not legally competent to manage their own affairs or to make proper decisions in their own interest, someone else can (and should) be appointed to make decisions on their behalf. “Committee” (pronounced kom-it-ee) is the legal term used in British Columbia for this court-appointed legal guardian.

If our clients need the support and protection of a committee (and those with very severe brain injuries often do) we will arrange for this to occur. Often it is a family member or trusted friend who will become a committee, but it can also be the Public Guardian and Trustee, or even a trust company. This process allows a family to act on behalf of their loved one who may not be able to take steps or cooperate in the legal process.

We recently settled a case for a severely brain injured client whose son was acting as her committee. In this case, we took steps at the start of the lawsuit and appointed our client’s adult son as her legal representative. Throughout the litigation process he made all the decisions. In appointing her son as committee, it provided our client with the protection she needed during and after the lawsuit – ensuring that her interests are protected and that the funds she receives are spent sensibly.