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- Title: BC Concussion Week 2021
- Date: September 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM PST
- Speaker: Ms. Sharon White and Mr. Bryan Melnyk
Summary of talk:
The 2019 Conference of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation agreed to implement an annual concussion awareness initiative. British Columbia’s first Concussion Awareness Week, Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, 2021, aims .to raise awareness about concussions and encourage everyone to learn how to prevent, recognize, respond to, and manage this invisible injury. An official proclamation has been made by the B.C. government, signed by the Honourable David Eby Q.C., Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, and the Honourable Janet Austin OBC, Lieutenant Governor.
Join Sharon White and Bryan Melnyk to learn about the development of this national concussion awareness initiative, the B.C. government’s commitment to concussion education, and the role of the BC Concussion Awareness Network (BC CAN).
Sharon White is a Senior Consultant for the BC Government’s Sport Branch, Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport and is involved in a number of federal-provincial/territorial safe sport work groups and initiatives. She attained her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Journalism major) at the University of Victoria. As a former Ironman competitor and Canadian Football Association referee, long distance cyclist, race organizer and NFL fan, concussion, safety and inclusionary sport is a personal and professional interest. She is also grateful to live, learn and work as a visitor on the territories of the Lekwungen People and the Songhess and Esquimalt First Nations.
Bryan Melnyk works for the Ministry of Health as the Policy Research & Evaluation Analyst for Injury Prevention and Built Environments. In his career he has supported wide ranging public health initiatives in community and clinical settings, as well as in mental health, healthy aging, child poverty, disability policy and labour market programs. In 2011-13, he led the Ministry of Health in the defence of the BC bike helmet law, under a Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge, which was won by government. He has served on numerous local government boards for parks and recreation, planning and heritage conservation as well as cultural organizations. He has cycled to work for 30 years, and is a former youth soccer coach, first aid attendant and ski patroller.
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