Aug 21
Listen to Strive’s 2018 Acquired Brain Injury BBQ guest speakers
Strive held its annual ABI Awareness BBQ in June. Despite the downpour, over 100 people braved the weather, socialized, and had lunch at Queen's Park, New Westminster. Guest speakers, Shannon Vrsnik, Director of Assisted Independent Living and Jennifer Burgmann, an inspiring brain injury survivor and advocate stole the show. Jennifer is part of our Assisted Independent Living program and resides with a home share provider. We wish to take this opportunity to thank both speakers and everyone who helped organize this highly successful event. Tune in to Shannon's speech here. Jennifer's story can be listened to here. Looking forward to…
Aug 21
Strive celebrates its 30th anniversary
Strive celebrated in style at the top of Grouse Mountain. Close to 250 individuals, employees, family members, and home share providers attended. It was a celebration to remember, and the best part was having all facets of Strive together to enjoy the occasion.  Founded in 1988 by a Psychologist and Social Worker with the shared belief that even the most challenging individuals could live successfully in the community, Strive began as a modest group home for three young adults with developmental disabilities from the former Woodlands Hospital. Today, Strive serves individuals, not only adults with developmental disabilities, but also children, youth, and…
May 29
Good Night: How Sleeping Well Can Boost Brain Power
The restorative powers of a good night’s sleep are often celebrated: got a tough decision to make? Do it after a good night’s sleep. Feeling angry about something? It’ll seem brighter in the morning. And yet, recent data shows that around one-third of Canadian adults aren’t getting enough sleep. Aside from the short-term damage this does to energy levels and overall mood, the long-term consequences are significant. Sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle; just as important as enjoying time outdoors regularly. Going without it can create physical and mental health issues, including memory loss and poor cognitive function. It’s therefore particularly important for later life…
Apr 9
Join Strive at its Annual Acquired Brain Injury Awareness BBQ
Join us on Wednesday, June 13th for our annual ABI Awareness BBQ! This fun, inclusive, and free event takes place in New Westminster from 12 pm to 3 pm in Queen’s Park. This is a community celebration that includes food, music, games, and special guest speakers. We aspire to bring together community members in the Lower Mainland affected by acquired brain injury for a diverse social gathering and celebration. This event also increases public awareness of ABI by offering interactive information, speakers, and the opportunity to meet people living with acquired brain injuries. Food options include hot dogs, veggie dogs, fruit, and veggies. Games include…
Apr 5
Starting Over: How Art Can Help You to Learn to Live Again
Fourteen percent of the Canadian population over 15 years old (approximately 3.8 million people) report having some form of disability. In addition to this vast number, a wide range of mental and physical health issues go unreported and untreated. Canadians with diverse abilities make up a significant proportion of the population. Art therapy is one method of helping those who have diverse abilities, depression, or who simply feel detached from society, start to live happily again.   One good example of how art has helped people who have experienced trauma is James Poon. A member of Strive Centre Headway New West, Poon…
Mar 23
Strive to Hold an Open House for NAOSH Week
Strive is proud to be participating in NAOSH (North American Occupational Safety and Health Association) Week again this year!  Join our NAOSH Open House on Monday, May 7th, we'll be promoting awareness of Health and Safety in the workplace. The open house will showcase ways in which Strive (and other organizations) can make safety a habit. This event will feature: Interactive displays for kitchen safety Interactive ergonomic safety at a desk Build a First Aid kit discovery station Full display of what is in an Earthquake Kit Date: Monday, May 7, 2018 Location: #500-4370 Dominion Street, Burnaby BC V5G 4L7, Tonnar Brace…
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