We’re very much a part of our community.

Together, we’ve faced challenges, collaborated to resolve issues, shared ideas, and helped one another any way we could. For all the special gifts we’ve received from our community, it’s always been very important for us to give back.

While we are devoted to clinical excellence, we’re also very much a part of our community.

Since its founding in 2003, Brainworks has played an increasingly influential role in the community by devoting financial and human resources to a wide variety of organizations serving people who live with the effects of brain injury.

Together, we’ve faced challenges, collaborated to resolve issues, shared ideas, and helped one another any way we could. For all the special gifts we’ve received from our community, it’s always been very important for us to give back.

As part of this endeavour, we have sponsored a number of events and organizations over the years, such as brain injury associations, sledge hockey tournaments, golf tournaments and community leagues. We have facilitated the distribution of bicycle helmets to keep children safe, participated in hundreds of helmet fittings, lead brain injury support groups, and sponsored concussion and brain injury awareness events.

Over the years Brainworks staff have been active on the boards and committees of brain injury organizations and have made countless presentations about brain injury awareness to support groups and at other community events. For the past three years we have had a distinct presence on social media, with our writings on the topic being published in a national rehabilitation magazine, and our social media posts helping to flood the internet with accurate and free information and awareness of brain injury.

Awareness & Prevention

Spreading the word about brain injury awareness and teaching prevention are two important ways we give back to our community. Through a variety of means, we are helping to build awareness. Through collaborative efforts with organizations we participate in prevention campaigns (“the best way to treat an injury is to prevent it”).

Over the past several years we have taken a leadership role in social media and have developed strong positions on the mainstream outlets with active involvement on Facebook (over 2400 likes), Twitter (over 25,000 tweets and over 6,000 followers), Pinterest (over 3,500 followers), LinkedIn, our blog (nearly daily postings) and other platforms. We communicate up-to-date information on research and other items from the field of brain injury gleaned from major news and other sources. Major hospitals and rehabilitation facilities regularly re-post information from our Twitter account, our blog and other media we use. All of this research information is provided via our website and the social media outlets we use, at no cost to website visitors throughout Canada and, indeed, the entire world.

Community Participation

Brainworks staff are members of various boards, committees and organizations in the fields of brain injury. Not only is this a means of serving our community, but it also allows us access to the most up-to-date information in the medical community and facilitates our delivery of the most comprehensive treatment to our clients. Being part of a community is, by definition, a two-way street. We have been given so much, and we are honoured to be able to return that kindness and generosity.

We have made it one of our goals to give back to the communities in which we work and live, and we are pleased to be or to have been associated with the following organizations in the field of brain injury through sponsorship or personal staff involvement:

  • Brain Injury Association of Canada (conference speaker)
  • Brain Injury Association of London and Region (a ten year history of consistent advertisement and conference sponsorship as well as periodic contribution to various additional events and publications)
  • Brain Injury Association of Sarnia-Lambton (conference sponsor, speaker and past board member)
  • Brain Injury Association of Windsor and Essex County (board member, event sponsor, conference speaker, support group facilitators)
  • Camp Dawn (founding partner, sponsor and volunteer staff for several years)
  • Ontario Brain Injury Neurobehavioural Network (Standards sub-committee member)
  • Ontario Brain Injury Association (conference speaker, sponsor, advertiser and recipient of charitable donation)
  • Pediatric Aquired Brain Injury Community Outreach Program, Thames Valley Children’s Centre (routine supporter of families without funding at holiday times)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (regular authorship in national magazine)
  • Troy’s Run (sponsor and support with getting the word out)
  • Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists (strong emphasis on staff training with two staff having achieved Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer designations, and several staff having achieved Certified Brain Injury Specialist status)

In addition, we have participated in raising funds to help people with brain injuries who need service but lack funding. Over the past twelve years we have provided pro bono work valued at over $100,000 for people who live with the effects of brain injury but have no funding (or whose funding has ceased) and who, request funding, and still need service.

Over the past twelve years, Brainworks has established itself as a leader, not only in clinical excellence but also in its record of support to the community, its devotion to the people who live with the effects of brain injury, the friendship it has given to many organizations, assistance with fundraising, communication about brain injury, efforts to prevent it and make people aware of its impact.