Letter From the Chair

Letter from the Chair – Bill Pashby

December 4, 2017

Hello Friends

The Directors of the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund are pleased to announce that the Fund has entered into a unique agreement with the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens.  This will allow the Leaside Gardens to become the best-in-class recreational facility, a showcase for best safety practices, equipment and programs in the pursuit of the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sports and recreation.   This will set the stage for the Leaside Gardens to be a leader in the promotion of safe play and best practices in injury prevention.

In recognition of this arrangement, one of the Leaside rinks has been renamed the ‘Dr. Tom Pashby Play Safely Rink’.  

The Pashby Fund has supported many other organizations over the years, including Hockey Canada, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association, Canadian Standards Association, City of Toronto Parks and Recreation, but this is by far the largest and most significant.  We look forward to seeing the results of this new endeavour.

With this recent monetary gift, the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund has now awarded $1.6 million in grants to worthy projects in furtherance of our mission of preventing catastrophic injury in sports and recreation.

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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