May is Stroke Recovery Awareness Month.
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Every ten minutes a Canadian will have a stroke. There are over 300,000 stroke survivors in Canada. Stroke affects not only the survivor, but the entire family, loved ones and friends as they adjust to the ‘new normal’ which may include permanent physical disability, communication disorders such as aphasia and emotional difficulties, including depression.
Stroke Recovery Canada® is a national service offering support, education and community programs for stroke survivors, their caregivers and families. Stroke Recovery Canada will connect you with a network of support that can help you reclaim your independence, your sense of community and your ability to thrive.
Free Information Packages & Newsletters
Would you like to receive up-to-date news about stroke recovery? Stroke Recovery Canada offers an introduction information package filled with useful resources for stroke survivors. Send an email with your name, address, email and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-540-6666.
The bi-annual newsletter called "The Phoenix" is published for stroke survivors and their caregivers – click here to read past issues. If you would like to receive your FREE copies each time we publish, please contact us: Send an email with your name, address, email and phone number to email@example.com or call 1-888-540-6666.
Peer Support Groups – Stroke Survivors & Caregivers
You are not alone. Stroke survivors, their family members, as well as their caregivers can connect with a network of support that can help you through this time.
- Talk to a fellow survivor or be connected to a support group
- Learn more about stroke, stroke symptoms and stroke recovery
- Learn about disability management best practices
- Find stroke recovery resources in your area
- Find support for fellow caregivers and family members
For a complete list of support groups across the country, please click here or call the Stroke Recovery Canada Warmline® at 1-888-540-6666.
Peers Fostering Hope
Enhancing the lives of persons with stroke and their family /friends /caregivers.
Peers Fostering Hope is a program that focusses on enabling people with stroke and their family/friend caregivers to lead a meaningful life. This is accomplished through timely individualized support offered through hospital peer visits and community support groups.
“Having someone who’s been through it means you’re no longer alone. Somebody who says yeah the confusion is there but you’ll get through that, is important. It really is. ” - Person with Stroke
In partnership with March of Dimes Canada and Toronto Stroke Networks, and supported by the Dr. Ed & Bobby Yielding Fund for Stroke Recovery.
For more information, or to volunteer with peer visits, call the Stroke Recovery Warmline® at
Other March of Dimes’ Support Programs
In addition to the national peer support from Stroke Recovery Canada®, you might be interested in one of the following Ontario-based programs:
Linking Survivors With Survivors
In the Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo (Ontario) area we offer a hospital visitation program for stroke survivors wishing to connect with fellow survivors. Our team of volunteers visit recent stroke survivors in the hospital, offering advice and support to help you to navigate the emotions and steps connected with recovery.
Acquired Brain Injury Services
Specialized case managers and rehabilitation professionals work with clients to improve daily living skills, communication, community orientation and integration, emotional and behavioural support, life skills training, vocational support, recreational opportunities and more.
For funding by your Local Health Integrated Network, eligibility requirements must be met. If you are not eligible for government funded service, private fee-for-service care is available.
York-Durham Aphasia Centre
Offers free services and programs for people affected by aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria and other social communication disabilities due to stroke, traumatic brain injury or neurological diseases.
Stroke Recovery Canada is a resource for stroke education, helping you learn more about stroke, stroke symptoms and preventative measures. We also offer references and links for a variety of resources, information and assistance. Click here for more information or call 1-888-540-6666 for assistance.
Stroke Recovery Canada presents many seminars, conferences and recreational opportunities geared to suit the needs of people with a wide array of disabilities. Click here for more information.
Help Us to Help Others
Stroke Recovery Canada is a completely donor-funded program. We rely on the generosity and assistance of corporations, foundation grants and individual donors to run support groups across Canada and produce our stroke recovery packages, fact sheets and newsletter. All donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.
To make a donation to Stroke Recovery Canada, please call 1-888-540-6666 or complete the following form:
Download the Stroke Recovery Canada Donor Form.
Download the Stroke Recovery Canada Donor Form.
Stroke Recovery Canada® Spokesperson
Bret "The Hitman" Hart is a legendary Canadian wrestler and is also a fellow stroke survivor. In 2002, Bret overcame a devastating stroke, a defeat he calls his greatest victory. Since 2007, Bret has been an invaluable member of Stroke Recovery Canada® by donating his time and passion to being our Spokesperson. His experience and support has been an inspiration to many.
Read more about Bret’s story.
Watch Bret "The Hitman" Hart's public service announcements for Stroke Recovery Canada®.
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