Life After Stroke - A Journey of Hope


Please join us for a stroke recovery symposium held to provide information, education and support to stroke survivors and their loved ones

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, March of Dimes Canada will be hosting Life After Stroke - A Journey of Hope, taking place at the Delta Guelph Conference Centre, 50 Stone Road West, Guelph, Ontario.

The symposium will offer important information about issues affecting stroke survivors and their loved ones, including sessions and panels on neuroplasticity, aphasia awareness, caregiver support, health and wellness, advocacy and more. 

Guest speakers scheduled to appear:
10:15 a.m. – Howard Engel, author and stroke survivor
1:00 p.m.   – Walter Gretzky, stroke survivor
2:45 p.m.   – Paul Rosen, Paralympic gold medalist Torino, sledge hockey
3:15 p.m.   – Forrest Willett, brain injury survivor and motivational speaker

The day will provide information and support in honour of Stroke Recovery Awareness Month in May.

The event is sponsored in part by Linking Survivors with Survivors (LSWS), a volunteer-driven project connecting new stroke survivors with individuals who have already made successful recoveries from stroke. LSWS provides post-stroke peer support for survivors and caregiver and is designed to help individuals and families as they transition from the hospital setting to recovery at home. Through hospital visits, community involvement and peer support groups, new stroke survivors benefit from mentorship and gain a better understanding of their stroke recovery journey.

Linking Survivors with Survivors is managed by Stroke Recovery Canada®, a program of March of Dimes Canada, with participation from the following Chapters/Associations: Kitchener/Waterloo, North Wellington, Guelph-Wellington, and Cambridge, in partnership with Grand River Hospital Stroke Centre and South Regional Stroke Network. It is funded through the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network.

As part of the weekend, on Friday, May 10th, Rock for Dimes Guelph, a corporate battle of the bands will take place at Brass Taps Campus Pub, 50 Stone Road East. Four bands will do battle in support of LSWS. More details on the fundraiser can be found at

For more information on the Symposium or Rock for Dimes Guelph please email 

For more information on Stroke Recovery Canada®, please visit​

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