Celebrating Our Community in York Region
On the evening of May 9, SCIO members from York community came together to celebrate and share stories of overcoming the odds and practicing gratitude through adversity. There was an energy in the room as this was our first opportunity to raise a glass for the contributions of our newest chapter’s members.
Our MC for the event Jillian Purdham, spoke of her own experience with SCIO before introducing our keynote speaker Shala Yaghoubian who summoned the strength to speak candidly of her family’s confusion, anger and sense of loss following her husband Abbas’ SCI. Feeling adrift in the healthcare system, Shala recalled it was Spinal Cord Injury Ontario staff and volunteers who took the time to listen and present the big picture for a plan to recovery. After Shala’s rousing speech, Regional Services Co-ordinator Sheri Upper presented awards to a few of our community members:
Erlinda Erfe – York Region Health Care Professional Award
Chris Rice – York Region Peer Support Volunteer Award
Tyler Barker – York Region Accessibility Advocate Award
A huge thank you goes out to our sponsors for the event Wright Rehab, Hollister Ltd, Coloplast and IBC as well as our host The Edward Hotel for providing the beautiful space and delicious meal. We also can’t forget our entire York region community for their commitment to our ongoing service and support.