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June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

What is an Acquired Brain Injury? How many people in Ontario will sustain a brain injury this year? What can I do to reduce the risk of acquiring a brain injury?

These are some of the questions that will be answered on www.FMTlaw.ca throughout the month of June 2014 as Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP posts news and knowledge surrounding brain injury in recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Below are the articles to watch for this month:

1. Acquired Brain Injury (ABI): Learn what an acquired brain injury is, 10 important facts about brain injury, and 3 things you can do to reduce the risk.

2. D.O.N.T. Take the Pledge: Learn what you can do to reduce the incidence of distracted driving.

3. Never Ignore a Blow to the Head: Discover the symptoms of concussion and what to do if you’ve sustained a blow to the head.

What is an Acquired Brain Injury? How many people in Ontario will sustain a brain injury this year? What can I do to reduce the risk of acquiring a brain injury? These are some of the questions that will be answered on www.FMTlaw.ca throughout the month of June 2014 as … Continue reading

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Diabetes Hope Foundation Invests in the Success of Youth with Diabetes

It was May 26, 2014, at the Evening of Hope gala event. 43 stellar young students (40 from Ontario and 3 from Nova Scotia) were being awarded with scholarships from the Diabetes Hope Foundation (DHF). These promising young individuals, with Type 1 Diabetes, were being recognized for their academic, sports, and community accomplishments.

There was excitement in the air as they gathered to celebrate their achievements and receive their scholarships. Elizabeth Dellio was one of the incredible young scholarship recipients. Elizabeth, from Mississauga, ON, was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000. Since then she has received the Diabetes Citizen of the Year award from the Hospital for Sick Children and the Cardinal Carter Alter Server award from the Archdiocese of Toronto.

An active volunteer in her community, and an honour roll student, Elizabeth aspires to become a lawyer. It was very fitting then that her scholarship—the Jeremy and Judith Freedman Family Scholarship—was presented by Joseph Falconeri (partner at Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Diabetes Hope Foundation) along with Emma Gregg (associate at Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP.)

From left: DHF Scholarship Recipient, Elizabeth Dellio with Emma Gregg and Joseph Falconeri

From left: DHF Scholarship Recipient, Elizabeth Dellio with Emma Gregg and Joseph Falconeri

Joe and Emma were pleased to be part of this special evening. It was a celebration of hope for young people living with diabetes. Hope in the knowledge that they can thrive in school and in sports, and live full and productive lives, while simultaneously managing diabetes.

The Diabetes Hope Foundation was founded in 1999. That first year, DHF awarded scholarships to four exceptional students with diabetes as part of their mission to help and support youth living with diabetes. They have since given out more than 500 scholarships!

From left: Elizabeth Dellio, Emma Gregg, Joseph Falconeri

From left: Elizabeth Dellio, Emma Gregg, Joseph Falconeri

It was May 26, 2014, at the Evening of Hope gala event. 43 stellar young students (40 from Ontario and 3 from Nova Scotia) were being awarded with scholarships from the Diabetes Hope Foundation (DHF). These promising young individuals, with Type 1 Diabetes, were being recognized for their academic, sports, … Continue reading

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Proud Supporters of the New Humber River Hospital

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP was delighted to be a sponsor of the Humber River Hospital Foundation’s River Ball on May 8, 2014. The incredible event—featuring a superb performance by RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles—helped raise over $650,000 which will go to support the equipping of the new hospital.

Joe Falconeri, Member of the Humber River Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors, says, “An enriched social responsibility campaign is one of our firm’s core values. Supporting the Humber River Hospital—and sponsoring the River Ball—gives us the opportunity to help bring a leading-edge healthcare facility to the community. We are honoured to be a part of it.”

The new hospital, now under construction, is scheduled to open October 15, 2015.

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP was delighted to be a sponsor of the Humber River Hospital Foundation’s River Ball on May 8, 2014. The incredible event—featuring a superb performance by RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles—helped raise over $650,000 which will go to support the equipping of the new hospital. Joe … Continue reading

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Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP Proud Supporters of the 2nd Annual Revved Up Adapted Curling Bonspiel

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP was proud to support the 2nd Annual Revved Up Adapted Curling Bonspiel on April 12, 2014. Run by the students in the Kinesiology and Health Sciences program at Queen’s University, the bonspiel was open to people in wheelchairs, and wheelchairs were provided for able-bodied participants. Proceeds for the event went to Revved Up–an adapted exercise program designed for healthy adults with a mobility or developmental impairment.

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP was proud to support the 2nd Annual Revved Up Adapted Curling Bonspiel on April 12, 2014. Run by the students in the Kinesiology and Health Sciences program at Queen’s University, the bonspiel was open to people in wheelchairs, and wheelchairs were provided for able-bodied participants. Proceeds … Continue reading

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Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP Collaborates with Canadian Spinal Research Organization in Hosting the 18th Annual CSRO Charity Golf Tournament

We are thrilled to announce that Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP has collaborated with the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) in hosting the 18th Annual CSRO Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club on Monday, June 9, 2014. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to supporting the research efforts of the Ontario Spinal Cord Injury Research Network via the CSRO.

For more information, please contact Ashleigh Macaskill at amacaskill@shootforacure.org.

We are thrilled to announce that Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP has collaborated with the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) in hosting the 18th Annual CSRO Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club on Monday, June 9, 2014. Proceeds from this year’s event … Continue reading

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Rick Hansen Honours Barry Munro with the “Difference Maker” Award

From left: Barry Munro, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, and Rick Hansen.

From left: Barry Munro, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, and Rick Hansen.

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP congratulates Barry Munro on receiving the Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award on April 1, 2014. Difference Makers are individuals who share both the goal of an accessible and inclusive world and the vision of a time when people will not have to deal with permanent spinal cord damage or paralysis; instead, they will return to full physical function. Difference Makers apply that goal and vision in their daily lives.

“Barry,” said Hansen as he presented the award, “I’m so honoured to work with you. Your attitude, spirit, and philosophy is truly paving the way. You’re enabling so many people to get involved, to bring in new resources and steward those resources in an effective way here in the province of Ontario. Congratulations! I’m  honoured to give you a Difference Maker Award.”

From left: Barry Munro, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, and Rick Hansen. Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP congratulates Barry Munro on receiving the Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award on April 1, 2014. Difference Makers are individuals who share both the goal of an accessible and inclusive world and the vision … Continue reading

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Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP Helps Bring In Neurotrauma Funds for Victims in Ontario

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP is excited about the April 1, 2014 announcement of the Ontario government’s refunding of the work of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation in the amount of $9 million and the Rick Hansen Foundation in the amount of $6 million (both sums over the next three years.)

Joseph Falconeri, Member of the Board of Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Partner at Falconeri Munro Tucci, Bryan Rumble, Partner at Falconeri Munro Tucci, John Temperato, Paralegal at Falconeri Munro Tucci, and Barry Munro, Chair, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP

Joseph Falconeri, Member of the Board of Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Partner at Falconeri Munro Tucci, Bryan Rumble, Partner at Falconeri Munro Tucci, John Temperato, Paralegal at Falconeri Munro Tucci, and Barry Munro, Chair, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP

With this re-investment, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation is able to carry on its vital work building on past success and creating a new future for the over half a million residents living with an acquired brain injury or spinal injury and in preventing these devastating injuries.

Chair of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Barry Munro, says, “This is an exciting time; yet, we have to remember it’s been quite a journey to get here.” Munro’s journey started back in 1987 when he suffered a spinal cord injury in a diving accident. While he was trying to figure out what was next for his life, he heard about Rick Hansen who—fueled by the dream to create an accessible and inclusive world and to find a cure for spinal cord injury—was wheeling around the world in a wheelchair. It inspired Munro to get involved in what has now become the Canadian Spinal Research Organization.

It was back in 1997. Rick Hansen was putting together what was considered the legacy tour of his 10th anniversary. Barry was invited to meet some great individuals to form the Ontario Neurotrauma Initiative Partnership. That’s where Munro met his current law partner Joseph Falconeri. They were both part of the organizing committee. Like Munro, Joe is a founding member of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation; he is also a current member of the Board.

From Left: Rick Hansen, Joseph Falconeri, Barry Munro

From Left: Rick Hansen, Joseph Falconeri, Barry Munro

Barry and Joe, both personal injury lawyers, became fast friends—a friendship built on a common goal of making a difference. Their trusted, compassionate, and thorough approach to helping others was born in 1997 and still rings true to this day. Today, they are partners in Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP—with Greg Tucci, Bryan Rumble, and Leigh Harrison-Wilson who joined them along the way. As a firm, and as individuals, they are all dedicated to serving the community.

In fact, a collaborative gift from Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP and the Canadian Spinal Research Organization founded Sunnybrook’s new Centre for Spinal Trauma, which launched in May 2010—the first of its kind in Canada. The milestone gift allows Sunnybrook to unify its expertise in orthopaedic spine care, trauma and neurotrauma programs.

Back row from left: Kent Bassett-Spiers, CEO Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Dr. Fehlings, Medical Director, Krembil Neuroscience Centre, Minister Moridi, Milos Popovic, Researcher, University Health Network, Colin Ewart, Rick Hansen Foundation. Front row from left: Rick Hansen and Barry Munro, Chair, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

Back row from left: Kent Bassett-Spiers, CEO Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Dr. Fehlings, Medical Director, Krembil Neuroscience Centre, Minister Moridi, Milos Popovic, Researcher, University Health Network, Colin Ewart, Rick Hansen Foundation. Front row from left: Rick Hansen and Barry Munro, Chair, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

In addition, FMT LLP is a premiere partner of the Canadian Spinal Research Organization. The partners are also actively involved in various Board of Director positions and community based campaigns; including the Humber River Hospital Foundation, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, the Ontario Brain Injury Association, the Diabetes Hope Foundation, and more.

It’s been quite a voyage. There was a lot of work to be done. Munro says “Rick Hansen’s inspiration was fantastic. And, look what we did! The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation was born!”

“The renewal of government funding validates what we are doing,” says Munro “And, it gives us the green light to go ahead and do more good things.” The journey continues. As we look ahead, we believe the future for spinal cord and brain injury care, prevention, and research is bright indeed.

 

 

 

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP is excited about the April 1, 2014 announcement of the Ontario government’s refunding of the work of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation in the amount of $9 million and the Rick Hansen Foundation in the amount of $6 million (both sums over the next three years.) Joseph … Continue reading

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Ontario Government Announces $15 Million for Renewal of Neurotrauma Funding

Toronto, ON – April 1, 2014 – At a special announcement today by the government of Ontario, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, joined by Rick Hansen and Barry Munro, Chair of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, announced the Ontario Government has renewed funding in the amount of $15 million (over the next three years) for spinal cord and brain injury research. The Rick Hansen Foundation will receive $6 million for research and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation will receive $9 million to assist with breakthroughs in neurotrauma research and reducing the number of brain and spinal cord injuries.

Toronto, ON – April 1, 2014 – At a special announcement today by the government of Ontario, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, joined by Rick Hansen and Barry Munro, Chair of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, announced the Ontario Government has renewed funding in the amount of $15 million … Continue reading

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Investing in Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research

Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, joined by Rick Hansen and Barry Munro, Chair of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, will make an important announcement on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. 

Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, joined by Rick Hansen and Barry Munro, Chair of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, will make an important announcement on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. 

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Humber River Hospital Foundation Invites Joseph Falconeri to Join the Board of Directors

Joseph Falconeri, Partner Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP, on March 27, 2014, was invited to join the Humber River Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors. The new Humber River Hospital—North America’s first fully-digital hospital—is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

Left to Right: Heather Hurst, President and CEO of Humber River Hospital Foundation, and Joseph Falconeri, Partner at Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP

Left to Right: Heather Hurst, President and CEO of Humber River Hospital Foundation, and Joseph Falconeri, Partner at Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP

Joseph Falconeri, Partner Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP, on March 27, 2014, was invited to join the Humber River Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors. The new Humber River Hospital—North America’s first fully-digital hospital—is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. Left to Right: Heather Hurst, President and CEO of Humber … Continue reading