ANNOUNCEMENT OF CONCUSSION SYMPOSIUM MARKS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ROWAN’S LAW

MEDIA RELEASE

ANNOUNCEMENT OF CONCUSSION SYMPOSIUM MARKS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ROWAN’S LAW

Rowan’s Legacy project includes a Symposium on Concussion during Brain Injury Awareness Month & Celebrity Golf Tournament

For Immediate Release 

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

(Rowan’s Pitch, Barrhaven)- To commemorate the one year anniversary of the passage of Rowan’s Law, Canada’s first concussion legislation, it was announced today by the parents of Rowan Stringer, Gord and Kathleen, as well as members of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, Rugby Canada, the Heart and Crown Company of Restaurants, and local MPP Lisa MacLeod, that Rowan’s Legacy Project would be created.

Rowan’s Legacy Project will host an annual concussion symposium in conjunction with the University of Ottawa’s Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI) during Brain Awareness Week in October.  The Heart and Crown Company of Restaurants in turn will host an annual celebrity golf tournament to support Rowan’s Legacy Project.

The Annual uOBMRI Rowan’s Legacy Concussion Symposium during Brain Awareness Week will be similar to the See The Line symposium hosted by Western University and whose Honourary Chair is Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros, a supporter of Rowan’s Law.

The Heart and Crown Group of Companies will host a golf tournament featuring celebrity athletes this August 23rd at Cedarhill Golf Course to assist in the funding of the Rowan’s Legacy Project Initiative.

Rowan’s Legacy Project has been initiated by the Concussion Legacy Foundation.

 

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For more information contact Kayla Fernet 613-716-6008.

 

QUOTES:

“We are very pleased, on this the 1st Anniversary of Rowan’s Law, to be at Rowan’s Pitch with our rugby family, Lisa MacLeod and our newest partners from the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada, the U of Ottawa BMRI, CHEO and the great folks from the Heart and Crown in Barrhaven. Our hope is that Rowan’s Legacy Project will become a fixture in Ottawa for many years to come, allowing the community and our outstanding medical professionals and researchers to share a day of awareness, education and sharing regarding concussions.” Gord and Kathleen Stringer, Rowan Stringer’s Parents

“We are excited to continue building on the success of Western’s See the Line initiative. The Ottawa community is already doing an admirable job collaborating to address the issue of brain injuries. Through the symposium and our prevention programs, we aim to assist existing, local initiatives and support the good work that already being done. The hope is that this provides a template for other communities across Canada working to address the concussion issue. Teamwork is the key.” Tim Fleiszer, Executive Director, Concussion Legacy Foundation

“The Introduction of an annual symposium focused on concussion will serve as an excellent opportunity to raise awareness, provide much needed education and to foster research into prevention, identification and treatment of concussion.” Dr. Shawn Marshall, Division Head Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Ottawa/ Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI);

“Rowan’s Law was a special piece of legislation- groundbreaking even but today with Rowan’ s Legacy concussion prevention and awareness will be meaningful and impactful at a grassroots level.” Lisa MacLeod, MPP, Nepean-Carleton

“For the health and safety of all athletes, it is vital we all keep the conversation going about concussions. It is imperative that proper education, awareness and understanding of a concussion and concussion management are taking place in schools and sports organizations. This means a change in sport culture to talking about and reporting concussions. Player welfare is paramount to Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Club and we work to provide a safe playing environment for all players. We fully support the work being carried out by the Rowan’s Legacy Project.” Barb Gillie, President, Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Club