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Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators

Dec. 14, 2011

PHOTO: Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/OSHC
Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators Dec. 14, 2011 PHOTO: Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

Jesse Winchester

former Ottawa Senator

Jesse will provide some insight into his injury history, his current health, his experiences playing in the NHL and the importance of his family in helping me through some of the more challenging moments in his recovery.

Jesse is a former NHL player who spent parts of 8 seasons split between the Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, and Colorado Avalanche. He grew up near Cornwall, and currently reside in Kanata. Prior to his NHL career, he earned an athletic scholarship to attend Colgate University, Hamilton New York, where he graduated with a degree in Environmental Geography in 2008. Since his retirement from the NHL he has transitioned into coaching the Brockville Braves of the CCHL. Non hockey interests include climate change, renewable energies, and energy transition and he enrolled as a student at the Harvard Extension School in January 2018 to further his curiosity in Sustainability and Innovation. Jesse is a dad to two beautiful little girls, Taryn 3, Isla 1, and husband to Alana. They have a golden retriever named Sunny who accompanies them everywhere. As a family they love the outdoors, and in their free time can be found hiking, exploring, fishing, boating, anywhere and everywhere.

Plenary Speaker

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Dr. Abraham Snaiderman


The Cryptic Tale of Dr. Taylor, Mrs. Barrie and The Trouble with Ghosts after TBI: Emotional dyscontrol, mood and anxiety issues after ABI

Dr. Snaiderman is an Assistant Professor in both the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the founding director of the Neuropsychiatry Clinic at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Brain and Spinal Cord Program where he has worked for the past 23 years.

As a clinician teacher he has been involved in training medical students, residents, fellows and ancillary health professionals as well as the general public for over 20 years.

He is a member of the Exam Board and an examiner in Psychiatry for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and winner of the Ivan Silver Award for Excellence in Mental Health Education given by the University of Toronto.
In his spare time he writes short stories and tortures his family and neighbours with his attempts at learning to play guitar.


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Chelsea Noël

Research Assistant at University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research

Is there a Better Way? Program Evaluation of a Personal Support/Independence Training program for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury

Chelsea has always been passionate about the field of psychology and the impact of mental illness, leading her to enrol in the Honors Bachelors of Science program with a specialization in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She has earned her Bachelor’s degree and completed her undergraduate thesis, which examined the cognitive effects of an adjunct psychotherapy for Schizophrenia.

Chelsea’s primary research interests include preventative care and treatment, common mental disorders and treatment outcomes and cognition. She is now enrolled in the Program Evaluation program at the University of Ottawa.


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Arman Hassanpour

Student at University of Toronto

Effects of Marijuana and ABI

Arman graduated with a master’s degree in neuroscience from University of Toronto before entering medical school last year in Ottawa. He has previous experience and current interest in brain injury research. Arman’s outside interests include soccer, endurance running, outdoor activities, and art.


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Deanne Donohue

Research Assistant at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute

Injury Prevention and Physical Activity

Deanne has been working in the fields of Injury Prevention and Physical Activity Promotion for several decades. In the 1990’s, she coordinated the ground-breaking helmet use promotion program, “Don’t Use Your Brains for Brakes” at CHEO in conjunction with the Region of Ottawa-Carleton, promoting the use of helmets in a variety of physical activities such as cycling, skating, skiing, skateboarding and in-line skating.

Deanne has an MA in Sport Pedagogy, a B.Ed. and a Bachelor of Human Kinetics. Currently, Deanne is completing a Graduate Diploma in Program Evaluation at the University of Ottawa, as well as administering clinical trials as a member of the Pediatric Bone Health team at the CHEO Research Institute. Deanne is passionate about playing tennis, cycling, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and achieved her 3rd degree black belt in Taekwon-Do.


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Nancy LaJoie

Caregiver Educational Specialist, Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA)

Nancy lives in the Peterborough area with her husband, has three grown sons and is Nana to six precious grandchildren. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting and advocating for Special Education students while building capacity of their families and their support teams as a Special Education Teacher. Nancy has a Specialist in Special Education, a Masters of Inclusive Education and continues to provide support in the area of Special Education through her consulting business.

It has been in seeing the long-term challenges of friends living with ABI and their families that an interest in Acquired Brain Injury grew and led her to accessing additional training courses provided through the Ontario Brain Injury Association. In June of 2019, Nancy began her position as Caregiver Educational Specialist where her passion for advocacy and education is now being applied to the delivery of workshops across Ontario for caregivers of ABI survivors called “Support, Hope & Resiliency: An Education and Training Program for Caregivers of Acquired Brain Injury Survivors”.