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Giving Back

Oatley Vigmond is committed to helping improve our clients quality of life even after a case has concluded. Thats why we give our time and financial resources to the support of hospitals who serve those seriously injured by trauma, as well as to hospitals devoted to the rehabilitation of the seriously impaired. We also support the health care providers who work in such hospitals and in the rehabilitation community. Our role is not only to provide the best possible legal representation, but also to ensure that communities are set up for long-term success.

In addition to the support we provide to hospitals and the rehabilitation community, we also support a number of different associations within our community. We understand that supporting your community does not just mean financially which is why we also provide support to many organizations by donating our time, abilities and expertise.

ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY NETWORK

The Toronto Acquired Brain Injury Network (ABI Network) connects people with acquired brain injuries (ABI) to the services they need. They are a recognized leader in ABI and work to improve access to high quality, publicly-funded ABI services.

The ABI Network holds a bi-annual conference that Oatley Vigmond is proud to sponsor.

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BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF SUDBURY & DISTRICT

The Brain Injury Association of Sudbury and District (BIASD) is a community association dedicated to supporting acquired brain injury survivors and their family members. Their funding comes from fundraising events, an annual golf tournament, donations, advertising and membership fees.

To support BIASD, Oatley Vigmond sponsors their annual golf tournament which we look forward to every year.

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BRAIN INJURY SOCIETY OF TORONTO

Brain Injury Society Toronto (BIST) supports acquired brain injury (ABI) survivors and their family members. Their members consist of children, parents, teenagers, spouses and grandparents,

Some of the programs and services that BIST runs include peer mentoring, ABI educational sessions and conferences, as well as community events to help raise funds and awareness within the community.

Oatley Vigmond, as part of the PIA, are proud 2017 BIST platinum sponsors.

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BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF YORK REGION

The Brain Injury Association of York Region (BIAYR) is committed to helping individuals, and their loved ones, who are dealing with an acquired brain injury. Their focus is to provide awareness, education and advocacy.

Oatley Vigmond, as part of the PIA, are proud 2017 BIAYR platinum sponsors.

CIBC RUN/WALK FOR THE CURE

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation hosts the CIBC Run for the Cure annual event, Canada’s largest single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs.

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FAIR ASSOCIATION OF VICTIMS FOR ACCIDENT INSURANCE REFORM (FAIR)

Fair is a not-for-profit organization for motor vehicle accident victims who have been injured in collisions and who have struggled with the current auto insurance system in Ontario.

Oatley Vigmond is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the FAIR Association of Victims for Accident Benefit Reform since 2012.

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BARRIE FOOD BANK

Many people rely on the Food Bank for the basic necessities we take for granted. The purpose of the Food Bank is to provide temporary food relief to individuals and families who are in need, and to serve as a resource to guide them along the road to self-sufficiency.

We at Oatley Vigmond collect and donate food and other necessities to our community Food Bank multiple times a year. We encourage everyone to seek out their community Food Bank and donate what you can.

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HAMILTON HEALTH SCIENCES

Hamilton Health Sciences is a family of six hospitals, a cancer centre, and an urgent care centre. They are recognized for their patient care and research.

Hamilton Health Sciences has one of the most research intensive environments for medical research in Canada. They support more than 500 researchers and their research teams, and foster the development of students and research fellows.

To support Hamilton Health Sciences, we sponsor multiple conferences throughout the year including the HHS Partners in Trauma conference, the Acquired Brain Injury conference, as well as the annual Focus on Neurotrauma conference.

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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Oatley Vigmond, as part of the Personal Injury Alliance,  has supported the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital through monetary donation.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities.

For more information, please visit www.hollandbloorview.ca

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LAWYERS FEED THE HUNGRY

The Barrie Lawyers Feed the Hungry program (BLFTH), launched in September of 2015, partners with the Salvation Army – Bayside Mission to serve meals to the vulnerable and impoverished in the Barrie community. The Salvation Army serves dinner seven days a week and can serve up to two hundred guests. The BLFTH sponsors the dinner served every second Wednesday of each month assisting the Salvation Army with their daunting task of feeding the hungry in the community. Teams of Oatley Vigmond lawyers and support staff volunteer their time to personally serve BLFTH-sponsored meals on a regular basis.

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MADD Canada

Oatley Vigmond as a member of the Personal Injury Alliance is proud to sponsor MADD Canada. As part of this sponsorship, PIA Law becomes the Title Sponsor of MADD Canada’s National Strides for Change run/walk and will also work closely with MADD Canada to support their Victim Services program.

United by a shared belief that there is no excuse for driving impaired, MADD Canada and PIA Law are committed to ensuring that victims of impaired driving crashes and their families receive the best possible support during their time of grieving and recovery.

To learn more about MADD Canada, visit www.madd.ca.

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MARCH OF DIMES

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. March of Dimes helps to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities everyday through a wide range or programs and services across the country.

Oatley Vigmond supports March of Dimes by sponsoring the Barrie March of Dimes Brain Injury conference annually.

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ONTARIO BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION

The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) is a provincial not-for-profit, charitable organization that works to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support.

Oatley Vigmond sponsors OBIA’s bi-annual conferences on acquired brain injury to help educate the community on ABI and ABI programs.

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OUT OF THE COLD PROGRAM (BARRIE)

Barrie’s Out of the Cold program provides safe, respectful and welcoming overnight accommodations and meals to the homeless from November until April.

This program holds a special place in many of the hearts of our staff members who volunteer during the cold winter months. If you are looking to make a difference, this is a great program to consider being a part of.

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SALVATION ARMY ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAM

The Salvation Army facilitates an Adopt-a-Family and Christmas Assistance program for families in need over the holiday season. This program allows individuals and businesses to purchase gifts for families that would otherwise not be able to afford them during the holiday season.

For close to 20 years, Oatley Vigmond has sponsored families during the holiday season through this program with the Barrie Salvation Army.

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SEASONS CENTRE FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN

The Seasons Centre for Grieving Children supports families in Simcoe County who are grieving the death or life-threatening illness of a loved one by providing peer to peer support programs, in a safe home-like atmosphere for children, teens, and families in need. The Seasons Centre is close to our hearts as Oatley Vigmond represented the founder of the Seasons Centre, who lost his two young daughters in a car accident in the 90’s. We have also had many of our clients use the centre’s services.

Oatley Vigmond partners presented the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children with a cheque for $10,000 in the Fall of 2015 and the firm is looking forward to working closely with the organization for years to come.

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Sickkids

Oatley Vigmond, as part of the Personal Injury Alliance,  has supported the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital through monetary donation.

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University of Toronto, is Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country. As innovators in child health, SickKids improves the health of children by integrating care, research and teaching.

For more information, visit www.sickkids.ca

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SPINAL CORD INJURY ONTARIO

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (formerly known as Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario) is an organization that champions excellence in service, advocacy, and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries.

Oatley Vigmond was a founding partner of the Peer Support Program over 20 years ago. The Peer Support Program is one of the many avenues that Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) supports people with spinal cord injuries. The purpose of this program is to improve people’s quality of life through client services and case management.

Additionally, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) holds an annual Wheelchair Relay Race. Oatley Vigmond has taken part in this event for many years from committee membership, entering teams, and sponsoring a Children’s Village.

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SUNNYBROOK HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE

Sunnybrook Hospital is a trauma hospital committed to discovering new treatments, ensuring the health and safety of its patients, and teaching current and future health care leaders.

Sunnybrook’s ground-breaking research changes the way patients are treated around the world. They have over 200 scientists and clinician scientists.

Oatley Vigmond has made a substantial 10 year donation commitment to support Sunnybrook’s trauma, emergency and critical care program as well as funding their Traumatic Brain Injury program to help with research and operational costs.

Additionally, we work in conjunction with Sunnybrook in the organization of bi-annual conferences that investigate cutting-edge assessment and treatment strategies for patients with brain injuries. All conference proceeds are donated entirely to the Sunnybrook Brain Injury Program.

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Toronto Rehab Institute

The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) is part of the University Health Network (UHN) and the largest rehabilitation hospital in Canada. They help people overcome the challenges of disabling injury, illness or age-related health conditions to live active, healthier and more independent lives. The rehabilitation programs at Toronto Rehab include brain and spinal cord rehab, cardiac rehab, complex continuing care, geriatric rehab, long-term care and musculoskeletal rehab.

Oatley Vigmond has made substantial donations over a seven year period to help support Toronto Rehab’s Neuro Rehab program. We also donate educational funds to support and promote rehab workers.

We continue to sponsor the Toronto Rehab Mild Traumatic Brain Injury conference and Best Practices Day conference annually.

Additionally, we work in conjunction with TRI in the organization of bi-annual conferences all conference proceeds are donated entirely to Toronto Rehab.

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WOMEN & CHILDREN’S SHELTER OF BARRIE

The Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie is a registered non-profit charity to support women who have left abusive relationships with or without children in the community. All services are free of charge and confidential. The Women & Children’s Shelter is committed to providing quality programs and services to women in Simcoe County who are survivors of gender-based abuse and violence.

In 2013, Oatley Vigmond ran a Pajama Drive to help provide the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie with some much needed pajamas, slippers and socks. In total, we donated 77 pairs of pajamas, 50 pairs of socks and 20 pairs of slippers! Since then, the Oatley Vigmond FUN Committee has made regular annual donations of upwards of 50 pajama sleepwear sets each and every Holiday season.

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