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12th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day

Wednesday June 10, 2020
St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Avenue
8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

We are very excited to announce the 12th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day, Wednesday June 10, 2020.

Brain Injury Awareness Day offers a unique and valuable opportunity for survivors, family members, health care and legal professionals as well as the community to spend a day together to learn, network and refresh their commitment to improve the quality of life of those affected by brain injury.

Keynote Speaker

Carl Dixon, catastrophic injury survivor and rock musician.

Carl Dixon is a Canadian rock legend not only for the mere fact that he is still alive. As lead singer of Coney Hatch Carl toured with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest across North America. He later joined April Wine for four years and then was lead singer of The Guess Who for eight years. Carl's life was changed forever in 2008 by an horrific head-on car accident in Australia. Stressed and "emotionally impaired" Carl forgot that in Australia they drive on the other side. He suffered traumatic brain injury, fifty-two injuries in total and was assessed as having 75% loss of ability. Yet he's rebuilt a music career, become a published author and now an inspirational speaker. Carl's presentation is informative, musical, raw, honest and at times hilarious. An uplifting story of how our journey to the top is never a solo act.

Afterwards Carl will delight us all with a performance.


Plenary Speaker

Dawn Neumann, Ph.D., FACRM, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Know thy emotions :
A New Treatment Approach for Emotion Regulation After Brain Injury

Dr. Neumann is an Associate Professor at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Research Director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI). She is also the Director of the IU Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion (InterFACE) Center at RHI. She has her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from SUNY Buffalo, and MA in Cognitive Psychology from Rutgers NJ.

Dr. Neumann’s research aims to identify mechanisms underlying social cognition and emotion regulation deficits after traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as to determine evidence-based treatment approaches for these problems. She was the recipient of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award in 2013 and the Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award in 2018 for the significant contributions she has made to the field of Rehabilitation. Dr. Neumann serves on the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation editorial review board.



This day would not be possible without the support of sponsors. There are many opportunities and levels at which to be involved. The attached sponsorship form outlines available opportunities in becoming a sponsor.



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On May 13th, 2020, we were scheduled to offer our annual Compassion Fatigue Conference. An event that always provided a way for Gluckstein Lawyers to give back to the community through relevant and engaging presenters, networking opportunities and practical takeaways.
Unfortunately, this year we were unable to hold our event, needing to cancel it as part of Covid-19 social distancing requirements. We, along with our planned attendees, were all so disappointed, especially feeling like if there was ever a year where we needed come Compassion Fatigue resources and supports, this was the year.

As a way of trying to give back somehow instead of our live conference, we decided to host a virtual CF webinar with Dr. Parmjit Singh, to present to our registrants about how to manage extreme stress during a crisis.
We are happy to share that the webinar has now been uploaded to our Gluckstein Lawyers YouTube channel.

We plan to offer more webinars soon from a variety of speakers and we hope to continue providing support and resources related to Compassion Fatigue in one form or another. Stay tuned for more information!

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