Virginia Edmonds, Lois Kalchman, Bev Woods-Percival – 2014 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Virginia Edmonds, Lois Kalchman, and Bev Woods-Percival

Virginia Edmonds – RN, BA, was a winner of the Award of Excellence from The Toronto Hospital in 1992. She also worked as a clinical educator at the Mississauga Hospital as an Advanced Practice Nurse at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in Ontario.

Lois Kalchman – Journalist covering minor hockey with awards from the Province of Ontario, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport.  She has been on board since the inception of the Committee for the Prevention of Spinal Cord Injury Due to Hockey in 1980 that has morphed into Think First Canada. She has served either on its board or on the concussion committee for more than 30 years. She also served on the Parent Education Committee for the Ontario Hockey Council as well as on the board of directors of the Baker Centre, a senior citizens home and is currently a director for her condominium building.

Lois and Virginia – Pursuant to a 1981 national survey of neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and physiatrists across Canada to determine the numbers of spinal cord injuries from hockey in Canada, the two women contacted the more than 40 victims. Virginia asked the medical questions and Lois asked about the where, when, what and why the injury occurred on the ice.  The findings were presented to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and it began the educational/awareness process to eliminate checking from behind which was the major cause of the paralyzing injuries. Eventually CAHA created a no checking from behind rule in an effort to reduce this serious debilitating injury.

Bev Woods-Percival A graduate of Humber College/Canadian Centre for Philanthropy in Fundraising Management and Public Relations, is a strong advocate in the prevention of unintentional and catastrophic injuries in sport and recreation.   In 1990, she became the Regional Manager of the Paraplegic Assn-Ontario Division for several years and then worked as Manager of the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre for the Province of Ontario.  Her volunteer work is not limited to the Pashby Fund. She has volunteered for over 30 years with the Easter Seals Society as Chair of the Briefing Committee for the annual Telethon and served for five years as a board member at St. Josephs Health Centre Foundation in Guelph.  She has served on the Community Safety Committee Township of Tiny and was a board member of Hospice Huronia for 4 years.

Bev and Lois – With financial backing from The Pashby Fund, Think First and ultimately Hockey Canada, this duo organized and developed agendas for concussion seminars. The first was May 31, 1998 at Toronto General Hospital followed by two major presentations held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto with hundreds in attendance. At the request and leadership of Hockey Canada, and with the help of the Fund and Think First, the two organized four additional seminars in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina and Montreal, Quebec.

Bev, Lois and Virginia – The three ladies worked diligently to pull together the Pashby Celebrity Fund Raising dinners that garnered between a quarter and half- million dollars for The Fund thereby giving it a base for worthy research projects that fit The Mission.

Virginia, Lois and Bev ‘HAVE BECOME LIFE LONG FRIENDS’ and accept this unexpected award graciously.

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