Convention

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX — Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada

BIST Brain Injury Awareness Crowd in 2010June is brain injury awareness month in Canada. Other nations use other months to raise awareness about brain injury. But what does raising awareness mean? Do we simply want people to hear about it over their morning coffee, then go on about their lives, oblivious to the suffering all around them? Or do we want to change the lives of people with brain injury for the better so that they can actually heal from their injuries, live within society, regain their dreams and families?

Back in 1980, a young man who had survived osteogenic sarcoma declared he would run across Canada to raise awareness for cancer. Back then cancer was seen as fatal, a shameful disease that people didn’t talk about much or they whispered sympathies behind closed doors for anyone caught with having grown a tumour. Children with cancer would, of course, die tragically, as everyone knew. A cure was not possible. Talking about the disease and advances in treatment was restricted to those with it or within medical circles. And then Terry Fox dipped his artificial right leg in the cold Atlantic waters off of Newfoundland, Canada and set off in his quintessential one-good-leg, one-prosthetic-leg hop to run a marathon-a-day across the second-largest country in the world.

Not many noticed his leg dip. But as he ran day after day on the highways of Canada, people began to pay attention. There was no social media, so it was word of mouth and local papers (which still existed back then) that spread the news of Fox’s Marathon of Hope.

Hope . . .

And the one-legged hop of a young man braving to put a public face on a dread disease.

Those are what caught the media’s attention so that by the time he hit Toronto, Canada’s largest city, so many people knew about his mission that crowds swallowed him up and overflowed his fundraising coffers. They cheered him on as he exited the city and turned north.

Cancer snuck into his Marathon of Hope and suffocated his dream.

People had seen that bone cancer had taken his leg. They had assumed he was alright and was awfully brave for running a marathon a day. But when cancer came back and crawled into his lungs, it exploded the myth that people were fine if they continued to live after a cancer diagnosis.

Canada was invested in the life of this man; heartbroken when cancer stole his dream from him; mourned when he died. Canada’s collective emotion drove people to talk about cancer out loud; to donate and fundraise for a cure through Terry Fox runs. Funds pouring in fired up researchers and clinicians to search harder for a cure and to treat people kinder and more empathetically; tangible awareness inspired others to provide support and services to boost morale during dreadful cancer treatments. When someone received a cancer diagnosis, friends, family, neighbours now knew what that meant and rallied around to provide lifts to appointments, hot meals, coffee time. Other countries heard about Fox, and Terry Fox runs sprouted up all over the world. Some cancers are now curable. Children no longer automatically die.

No one with cancer is ostracized anymore.

None of this is true for people with brain injury. They remain in the shadows; mainstream researchers and clinicians talk about strategies and acceptance, not curable treatments; those who understand neuroplasticity and have developed effective treatments remain unknown or dismissed as shams; family and friends are given permission to abandon their injured loved one. And no one is expected to rally around for the years it currently takes to recover and the decades of living within its constricting walls.

Shame and disgust sideline people with brain injury into day programs — keep them busy so that they won’t notice society wants nothing to do with them. Shame and disgust lead so-called experts to judge injury-driven behaviours instead of treating the neurons so that the person can be themself again. Shame and disgust lead most to avoid reading up about it, to avoid the injured person, and to deny the need to accommodate.

We talk good game about concussion in athletes and troops, but we don’t change our attitude to fund treatments, to talk out loud about how the brain affects every single part of you and so every single part of you from your thoughts to your heart can be injured and so need treatment. Talk is solely about the mysterious CTE or PCS — aka untreated brain injury — and donating concussed brains to science.

We need a Terry Fox-type ignition for brain injury.

Brain injury awareness months just aren’t cutting it. What tour de force will ignite a nation, spread awareness of brain injury around the globe to finally change lives for the better?

Pajamas & Pancakes

Join us June 16th for Pajamas & Pancakes in support of POGO.

Wear your pajamas and enjoy a pancake lunch with your sisters while we raise money for POGO. Friends and Family are welcome.

Details: June 16 Noon – 3pm

The Party Room at 44 St Joseph St

Minimum Donation $5

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Last Chance to Celebrate 88 years of Greatness!

Join us Thursday May 24th to mark the anniversary of the founding of Canada Alpha. The party will begin at 5:30 at 30 Madison Ave- you’ll get a chance to revisit the chapter house and see all the work House Corp. has put into it. We’ll then move to the Madison Avenue Pub for celebratory drinks and appetizers. Tickets are $18 and can be reserved here: http://torontotridelta.ca/dues-and-payments/

 

Celebrate Canada Alpha Chapter Day – 88 years young!

Join us on to celebrate the Chapter Day anniversary of Canada Alpha. Founded May 25, 1930, Canada Alpha will be 88 years young! And we think she’s lookin’ pretty good for her age!

Given weekends get pretty busy for everyone as soon as the weather warms up, we’ll be celebrating the night before on Thursday May 24, 2018. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. at 30 Madison Avenue with a short tour of the Chapter House.  For those alumnae who haven’t visited recently, this will provide an opportunity see all of the beautiful renovations accomplished in the last year by our hard-working House Corporation as well as things that are on the Wish List for the Collegiate Chapter.
Guests will then move over the Madison Pub for drinks and appetizers at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are $18.00, which includes 4 type of appetizer platters with vegetarian option. The pub has reserved space for our group – specific floor/room TBA closer to the date.

Tickets are on sale now. Please RSVP for Chapter Day, by Monday, May 21st, by payment at: http://torontotridelta.ca/events/list/.

Circle Degree

Please join us for dinner and the 2018 Circle Degree ceremony!

This year’s event will take place at 410 Queen’s Quay West in the upstairs party room with beautiful views of Toronto’s Harbourfront.

Menu

Tomato and Basil Sauce Penne, Rigatoni, Casa Recce
Creamy Mushroom Risotto
Grilled Vegetables
Rapini

Fresh Fruit platter
Dessert

Visitor parking is available. See concierge upon arrival, and be sure to mention that you’re attending the event in the upstairs party room.

Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket using the Paypal link on the right.

LAST CHANCE for Circle Degree Dinner Tickets!

It’s your last chance to get your ticket for our annual Circle Degree celebration and dinner.  Help us welcome our new grads into alumnae life and honour our silver and gold circle members. If you missed your Circle Degree, Silver Degree or Gold Degree you can go through it this year.

This year’s event will take place at 410 Queen’s Quay West in the upstairs party room with beautiful views of Toronto’s Harbourfront. A catered, buffet style, hot dinner will be served.

Visitor parking is available. See concierge upon arrival, and be sure to mention that you’re attending the event in the upstairs party room.

Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket using the Paypal link : http://torontotridelta.ca/events/

You’re Invited to Vegas!

Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas

Dear Toronto Alumnae,

I have some exciting news to share with you! Psi Psi Psi, the sorority for Tri Delta mothers, is hosting its 2018 International Convention at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, NV from September 27-30. Tri Deltas are cordially invited to attend!

A meaningful mother-daughter weekend. A fun-filled Tri Delta reunion trip. A spectacular golf getaway. Feel free to take advantage of the discounted hotel rate to plan activities that interest you, then join the Convention for the Saturday banquet and/or the Violet Brunch on Sunday. The banquet is open to all Tri Psis, Tri Deltas, spouses, family and guests. The cost is $45 US per person. The Violet Brunch for Tri Psis and Tri Deltas is $30 US per person.

Also, the Tri Psis will be conducting initiation at the Convention. Tri Delta daughters serve as sponsors for their mothers at this Ritual written by Sarah Ida Shaw Martin. Initiation is open to mothers, stepmothers and foster mothers of DDDs of all ages, not just collegians. Whether your mom attended college, joined Tri Delta, joined a different NPC group or didn’t pledge a sorority at all, Tri Psi sisterhood is open to her. It’s a wonderful way to honor your mom and to share with her the bonds that Tri Psis and Tri Deltas hold dear.

Here is more information about Sam’s Town and how to register:

http://www.tripsisorority.com/2018-convention.html

2018 Tri Psi Conv Registration

Please feel free to share this invitation with your Tri Delta friends. I hope to see many of you there! Kindly let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to direct you to the appropriate party.

Loyally,

Carly Klassen

Past President, Toronto Alumnae Chapter

ccklassen@hotmail.com