Exclusive Invitation to Survivors of Brain Injury, Family Members, and Caregivers
In January 2024, we launch the “125 Days to Say Yes!” campaign. This initiative is a transformative drive designed to catalyze support and swift action towards the realization of the National Strategy on Brain Injury Act (Bill C-277) with the government of Canada. The campaign coincides with the 125 days the House of Commons will be sitting from January to December in 2024.
As we prepare for the campaign, we invite survivors of brain injury, family members, and caregivers to be the driving force behind this movement by sharing their journey. The campaign involves sharing photos and short videos of brain injury survivors, family members, or caregivers with the federal Minister of Health and other Members of Parliament (MPs). This sharing will be done via email and direct mailing. A new photo and video will be sent on each of the 125 days the House of Commons is sitting.
Here’s are the steps you can take to participate:
- Share Your Photo and a Video With Us: Send us your photo and video to be in the campaign. Your unique journey with brain injury, whether as a survivor, family member, or caregiver, will resonate deeply with others. By sharing your experiences, you contribute to the powerful narrative that sheds light on the importance of comprehensive brain health initiatives. Your story will be a beacon of hope for those currently navigating the challenges of brain injuries.
- Example of how your participation may look:
Each photo will be displayed in this template using your name, place of residence, and stating if you are either a brain injury survivor, family member, or caregiver.
Video: In addition to your photo, we require a short (one-minute maximum video) stating your name, where in you live in Canada, and the name of your Member of Parliament, if you are either a survivor, family member, or caregiver, and why you support a National Strategy on Brain Injury.
Watch Barb’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npRbz5oPVfw. Be creative. You may do the video solo or invite others to join you, but please keep it to one-minute maximum.
*If you are unsure of who your MP is, you can find out here: https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en
Engage on social media: We will notify you of the date your personal photo and video will be shared on our social media channels (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/LinkedIn). Amplify the impact of your story by visiting our page, liking, and sharing your post, and liking others as well. Please temporarily pin your post to top of your profile(s).
Use the hashtag #125DaysToSayYes to connect with a wider audience and to create a supportive community dedicated to advocating for positive national change.
We will send an email and print letter using this subject line: 125 Days to Say Yes! Meet Barb Buter – Brain Injury Survivor – Implement a National Strategy on Brain Injury Today! (The number will change daily as we count down from 125).
Mail a copy of the letter to your MP: We will copy you on the email sent to your MP and provide you with a digital copy of the prepared letter for you to print. *Feel free to include a personal note about your experience as well. There is no cost to mail a letter to your MP.
Address your letter to any Member of Parliament at the following address:
[Name of Member of Parliament]
House of Commons
Do you have questions? Join Us in a Virtual Town Hall Meeting: This is an opportunity for you (via Zoom) to dialogue, ask further questions, and gather more information about the progress on Bill C-277 and the campaign “125 Days to Say Yes!” You will also get to meet the people behind the scenes in this movement and get to know them a bit better. Choose one or more meetings to attend here.
Your involvement in the “125 Days to Say Yes!” campaign is not just an individual contribution; it’s a crucial part of the movement that seeks to transform lives and create lasting change. There is power in story, and we believe emphatically that your participation adds a personal touch to our collective advocacy efforts, fostering understanding and empathy among the public and decision-makers.
To get started, express your interest by sending an email to Janelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, let’s make our voices heard and pave the way for a brighter future for those affected by brain injuries. Declare your support for a National Strategy on Brain Injury today!
For more information and updates on the campaign, follow us on social media and visit https://bcconsensusonbraininjury.com/join-the-national-strategy-on-brain-injury-movement/ or https://traumaticlifelosses.com/blog-2/.