Letter From the Chair

Letter from the Chair – Bill Pashby

December 3, 2018

Hello Friends

Through your generosity, The Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund has awarded $1.6 million dollars in grants, in the pursuit of our mission to prevent catastrophic injuries in sports and recreation.

Earlier this year, the Fund entered into a unique agreement with the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens.  This set the stage for the Leaside Gardens to become a showcase for best safety practices, equipment and programs.

We are pleased to report that great progress has been made this year.  In May, a capacity crowd, comprised of facility user groups and community residents, attended a Free First Aid and CPR clinic.  Response was extremely positive, and as a result this may become an annual event.

In September, a Concussion information program was presented by Dr. Michael Hutchison.  Michael is internationally respected for his concussion research.  As well as providing the most up to date information on concussion, he answered questions from those in attendance.

Additional defibrillators have been located throughout the Leaside Gardens, courtesy of the Mikey Foundation. Our goal in the future is mandatory helmets for all recreational skaters.  We continue to pursue further sports safety initiatives at Leaside Gardens.

The Directors of the Pashby Fund thank you for your continued support.

On behalf of the Directors, I wish you a safe, healthy and enjoyable holiday season and New Year.

A reminder that we provide tax receipts for donations and that we have virtually no fundraising expenses.

Bill Pashby, Chair




Never allow a player in any sport to return to a game or practice if that player has sustained a concussion or brain injury – medical clearance prior to return to play is recommended.

When riding an ATV, wear a helmet up to the standard recommended for motorcycles – helmet use could reduce the risk of non-fatal head injuries by 64% and death by 42%.  We strongly recommend safety training for all drivers regardless of age.

Always wear an approved skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing helmet to minimize the chance of head injury – the Canadian Standards Association says that wearing one can reduce the risk of head injury by 60%.

Never check another hockey player from behind nor to the head, and avoid fighting – it could cause a serious head or spinal cord injury.

When tobogganing choose a hill that is hazard-free, has a safe stopping distance and on which you can control your speed – although fun and popular there are risks when tobogganing.

Certified eye protection should be worn when playing any racquet sport – a squash ball or badminton bird can cause a serious eye injury.

When golfing remember to protect yourself when you hear “fore”, and call “fore” if your ball is heading towards others – a golf ball can travel 240 kilometres per hour and can impact with deadly force.

When cycling always wear a certified helmet that has been properly fitted and be aware of road hazards and traffic – cyclists not wearing a helmet are three times more likely to die of a head injury than those who wear the headgear.

When skateboarding always wear a properly fitted CSA-approved helmet designed specifically for skateboarding – falls are common, but with proper training and protective gear most injuries are preventable.

Always wear your lifejacket or PFD when boating – boating is the activity leading to the most drownings in Canada.

Do not run or jog when it is dark – if you run or jog at dusk or dawn, wear reflective material and don’t wear a headset.

Supervise children closely around any body of water – even 5 centimetres of water can be a drowning hazard for young children.

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