SCIO Community Magazine
Oatley Vigmond congratulates SCIO on 75 incredible years supporting the spinal cord injury community.
""

1945 to 2020: The future is accessible

You’ve made so much possible! Here’s a snapshot of the work you have fueled and funded over the last 75 years.

1945
1945
Dr. Albin Jousse
1945 – 1

In 1945, Lyndhurst Lodge is created to become the world’s first spinal cord injury rehabilitation centre, initially for the benefit of injured veterans. Dr. Albin Jousse becomes the first Medical Director.

1945
John Counsell
1945 – 2

Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) is founded by John Counsell, Arthur Hay, Joseph Wrangham, Jack Higman, Douglas Quirt, Edward Higginbottom and Andrew Clarke, a group of WWII veterans with spinal cord injuries. The first offices of this organization were located in Maple Leaf Gardens thanks to Conn Smythe. John Counsell advocated for the newly developed Department of Veteran Affairs to supply each returning WWII soldier with a spinal cord injury an Everest and Jennings wheelchair.

1947
1947
""
1947

Our first quarterly newsletter, Caliper is created.  Through the decades we have been providing information to our community through our periodicals from Caliper, to Outspoken to Community.

1950
1950
Lyndhurst Lodge
1950

The key to Lyndhurst Lodge is handed to John Counsell by representatives of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Lyndhurst Lodge is transferred to Canadian Paraplegic Association for one dollar.

1951
1951
""
1951

An in-house school classroom is established at Lyndhurst Lodge to further the goal of ensuring that people could further their education and training to find jobs after rehabilitation.

1967
1967
Ken Langford
1967

Ken Langford becomes the Managing Director of the Canadian Paraplegic Association for the next 33 years.

The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association is formed to create opportunities for people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve full community participation.

1974
1974
1974

Lyndhurst Hospital is officially opened as the first and only hospital in Canada for the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injuries and becomes a model for the world.

1981
1981
""
1981

Our first regional office outside of Toronto opened in London.  Over the next few decades, we continue to open more service locations. Our reach in 2020 is province wide with locations in Barrie, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Hamilton, Kingston, Peterborough, Ottawa, Waterloo, York, Peel and Halton Regions.

1983
1983
""
1983

The Nucleus Housing Project was launched to establish the first community-level, attendant services facility for people who have high level quadriplegia.

1986
1986
Rick Hanson
1986

CPA supported Rick Hansen on his Man in Motion tour raising awareness about the potential of people with disabilities, creating accessible and inclusive communities, and finding a cure.

1987
1987
""
1987

With the help of the CPA Ontario, Darrel Murphy secured funding from the Ministry of Health to provide outreach attendant services to clients living in their own homes.

1990
1990
Barbara Turnbull Golf Ball
1990

Golf tournaments become one of our organizations signature events. These include the Barbara Turnbull Golf Tournament, The Oviinbyrd Golf Tournament, Rolling Thunder Tournament and Rebuilding Lives, to name a few. The events have raised over $2.5 million over the last 30 years with the help of so many volunteer committee members.

1996
1996
""
1996

The Wheelchair Relay Challenge is created quickly becoming a popular event and raising over $4 million during its lifetime.

1997
1997
""
1997

The Employment Resource Centre opens and is dedicated exclusively to helping people with a disability re-enter the workforce.

Canadian Paraplegic Association begins years of international development in many countries including Jamaica, Senegal and Guyana.

1998
1998
""
1998

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation is created through the collective efforts of the CPA Ontario, the Canadian Spinal Research Organization, the Ontario Brain Injury Association, and the Rick Hansen Foundation.

2000
2000
Sit-skier at SCIO Ski Day 2019
2000

A dedicated group of volunteers create the annual Ski Day now in its 20th year and having raised $1.5 million since inception. One of our favourite days of the year and a great opportunity for our community members to try a new sport or experience it again through adaptive skiing.

2001
2001
""
2001

Peer Support is expanded across the province. From the beginning, the value of lived experience has been at the heart of who we are.

2003
2003
SCIO staff and community members at conference.
2003

A Postdoctoral Fellowship is established on spinal cord research at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and University of Toronto. Through the leadership of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, CPA Ontario supported the first National SCI Conference.

2006
2006
Spinal Cord Injury Alliance logo
2006

SCI Alliance is created bringing together key stakeholders and strategic partners of researchers, service providers, policy makers, funders and people with spinal cord injury to address and resolve systemic barriers in Ontario.

2012
2012
""
2012

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario rebrands. Survival beyond one year has increased to between 85% and 90%.

2019
2019
2019

Canada’s first federal accessibility legislation, the Accessible Canada Act, receives Royal Assent. SCIO Cortree Disability Education Centre and Family Peer Program launches.

2020
2020
""
2020

SCIO celebrates 75 years of community!

By Spinal Cord Injury Ontario | Fall 2020

Click here to visit SCI Supply Store

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

SCIO Website

""

Looking for resources, events, news or ways to help Spinal Cord Injury Ontario? Click here to visit our website.