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.)
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.
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.
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.