The Brain Injury Association of Windsor and Essex County has announced the creation of a “Butterfly Lane” in Walkerville. This project’s main purpose is to create awareness of the prevalence of brain injury in the community as well as educate people to this “invisible” disability. It is part of BIAWE’s mission to enhance the lives of those affect by an acquired brain injury through education, awareness and support. Together with residents from the Walkerville area, we have chosen an alley in Walkerville, bordered by Devonshire/Argyle and Ontario/Richmond streets. We will also be painting at the Jubilee Parkette (west of Kildare – on Wyandotte St. E.) The murals will be painted by artists vetted by the Butterfly Lane Mural Project Committee (made up of members from BIAWE and the Walkerville Community). We will also attach wooden butterflies painted by a person with an acquired brain injury as their personal contribution to this project. We will have the permission of homeowners to paint either their fence or garage door. The murals will be coated with a clear anti-graffiti finish to protect its beauty. The life of a butterfly symbolizes the life of an individual with a brain injury. Much like a butterfly that develops from a caterpillar during the chrysalis process, the journey of a person with a brain injury can be transforming. Often, an individual with a brain injury is not the person that they once were. There is nor more striking symbol of a transformation than a butterfly. This transformation symbolically represents hope and new beginnings. This transformation happens with help from the right people.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou.
How BIAWE can help your through this COVID-19 pandemic:
BIAWE is committed to doing everything we can to help offer support during these difficult times. If you have been impacted by or are caring for someone with a brain injury, these incredibly challenging and unprecedented times can feel especially overwhelming.
BIAWE is offering a variety of virtual sessions to help provide therapeutic support and social interaction. The virtual programs being offered using ZOOM (https://zoom.us/). Contact us for updates.
We also offer our ongoing Peer Support Program – a one-on-one support for a one-year commitment, done via telephone with either a Partner or a Mentor. Call 519-981-1329 to register.
Coffee Chat – starting April 8, 2020 on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to Noon using ZOOM. This is open to everyone and is strictly a social with no agenda. Keep in touch with your friends and acquaintances.
Check our Facebook page for regular updates and changes or call 519-981-1329 for more information.
Jenn is a Kingsville resident whose life was turned upside down after a car accident. Jenn was a driver for a living. About a year and a half ago, another motorist ran a stop sign, crashing into Jenn and changing her life forever, but a local Goals Group is supporting her through her healing.
What Our Clients are Saying…
“Before I attended the Goals group I struggled with loneliness, hopelessness and lack of support, there was no one who understood what the last 5 years has been like since my diagnosis. The Goals group means I have something to look forward to, to be with people who have the same struggles as me, to learn to stay focused on my goals, socialize. I appreciate the tremendous efforts of the Brain Injury Association of Windsor Essex and their supporters, without them I shudder to think where I would have ended up.” Barb, survivor
The BIAWE has been a godsend to me since a family member suffered a catastrophic brain injury 5 years ago. I have attended the “You Are Not Alone “sessions with my family member and it is good to realize there are people who are going through what we are experiencing and that we are not alone in this difficult journey. Listening to everyone’s stories and knowing that there is support for you is most valuable.
The Caregivers’ meetings I attend regularly are so helpful because it is wonderful to talk to people who were experiencing the same emotions, frustrations and problems that I have. To listen to suggestions to help me deal with my situation and to be able to share and help others creates a feeling that I can’t begin to describe. I leave those meetings feeling uplifted and full of hope and I look forward to them every month. C., caregiver