DR. TOM PASHBY SPORTS SAFETY FUND AWARD PRESS RELEASE

MIDLAND, ONTARIO; The Dr, Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund is pleased to announce that our three founders Virginia Edmonds, Lois Kalchman and  Bev Woods-Percival are the recipients of the2014 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund Award for their outstanding contribution to the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sport and recreation.

The trio will receive their award , which includes a shared $10,000 prize, on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Midland Golf and Country Club in Midland.  In addition their names will be displayed along with the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund Trophy which is enshrined in  Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, Alta.

Educating the public on safety issues has been their passion. They served on The Fund Board more than two decades.

Past winner Dr. Pat Bishop nominated the three stating, “Having created The Fund and its mandate, they are responsible for the contribution The Fund has made to the prevention of catastrophic injury in sport and recreation”.

Ms. Edmonds, an R.N. now residing in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia was honoured with the Award of Excellence from the Toronto Hospital in 1992 for her support, advice and expertise in meeting the needs of patients with brain and spinal cord injuries and was a co-author of many papers with Dr. Charles Tator.  Ms. Woods-Percival, of Tiny,  also worked with Tator and conducted The Study of Catastrophic Injuries and Death in Ontario while participating in Sport and Recreation.  Lois Kalchman is a journalist who has spent more than 40 years covering  minor hockey for the Toronto Star and authored  Safety On Ice  (1979).  She served on the Ontario Hockey Council (Parent Education Committee). Her awards include the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award and a Provincial Citation for her contribution to sport in Ontario and Media recognition by Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.

All three women served on the Committee for the Prevention of Spinal Cord Injuries Due to Hockey that morphed into Think First Canada.  Bev and Lois developed the programs for the first Concussion Seminar that had The Pashby Fund, Think First Canada and eventually Hockey Canada all on the same page educating parents, players, coaches, trainers first in 1998 at the Toronto General Hospital, then two in the Air Canada Centre where hundreds attended. Hockey Canada asked the two to recreate the Seminars in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina and Montreal in an effort to reach out and teach the repercussions of concussions, how to treat and manage them.

They also led the Pashby Fund putting on successful Celebrity Fund-Raising Dinners creating a financial base between a quarter and half-a-million dollars for worthy research projects that fit the Mission of the Fund.

For more information on the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund visit www.drpashby.ca or contact Fund chair Bill Pashby 416-425-9480 or the recipients directly– Virginia Edmonds 902-657-2064- Lois Kalchman 416-323-3778 or Bev Woods-Percival  705-361-1298.

Past recipients of the award include: Toronto Neurosurgeons Dr. Karen Johnston and Dr. Michael Cusimano, kinesiologist Dr. Pat Bishop, sport journalist the late Randy Starkman, outdoor safety advocate Richard Kinar, of West Vancouver, volunteer Kevin Stubbington of Windsor who created the STOP patches, sport physician Dr. Mark Aubry, of Hull  chief medical officer of both the International Ice Hockey Federation and Hockey Canada. As well Dr. Scott Delaney of Montreal, Dr. Natalie Lynn Yanchar, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia and Dr. Ken Bocking, of St Thomas, Ontario.     30

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