Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba’s 75th Anniversary (1946-2021)

A heartfelt and sincere thanks to all who joined us on November 3rd to celebrate the proud history of Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba!

By all accounts and measures, our virtual event was a major success, but it simply could not have happened without the support and assistance from everyone involved. Even if all you did was tune in to watch the event, you’ve demonstrated an interest in the important work we do every day helping Manitobans living with spinal cord injury ADJUST, ADAPT, AND THRIVE. So, thank you!

Thank you to Ace Burpee, Premier Kelvin Goertzen, Rick Hansen, Bill Adair, Dr. Kristine Cowley, Yvette Cenerini, Darlene Cooper, Doug Finkbeiner, Lianne and Penny Welburn, Dan Joanisse, and difference makers from the past John Lane, Harriet Hart, Arnie Schryvers, Ernie Hasiuk, and Glen Macdonald for being a part of our milestone celebration.

If you couldn’t join us on November 3rd or want to watch again, the full event and the featured videos are available here:

75th Anniversary Livestream | Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba

Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba 75-Year History

Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba Services 

Yvette Cenerini Impact Story

E Arthur Braid SCI Manitoba Merit Award 2021

The full event is also available on our Facebook page and YouTube channel:

Join us and host extraordinaire Ace Burpee from the Ace Burpee Show on 103.1 Virgin Radio on November 3, 2021, as we pause to reflect on our history, honour our founders and the important figures who shaped our organization, and spread the word about how we are making a difference for people living with spinal cord injury in Manitoba. We will also profile one of the many people living with spinal cord injury in Manitoba who has learned to ADJUST, ADAPT, AND THRIVE despite the myriad obstacles she’s encountered on her more than 30-year journey living with tetraplegia. Yvette Cenerini’s story reveals in a poignant and powerful way that with the right supports and services, she has turned tragedy into triumph and is living a full life as, among other things, a wife, a mother, an educator, and an accomplished artist.

During this event, we will also honour E. Arthur (‘Art’) Braid for his many decades of service in support of Manitobans living with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities. Sadly, Art passed away in February 2020, but his legacy will long endure. In recognition of his unequalled devotion and exceptional contributions – in Manitoba and across Canada – Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba has renamed the annual merit award in his name and, together with the Manitoba Paraplegia Foundation, will make the inaugural presentation of the E. Arthur Braid Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba Merit Award to his family on November 3, 2021.

For more information and to register for your FREE ticket, visit our event page on Eventbrite or check out our Facebook page.

We have some raffle prizes available as well, so be sure to register and get your tickets at our site on GalaBid.

You can also read about our history here.

You can also check out the special, commemorative edition of ParaTracks, dedicated entirely to our 75th Anniversary.

Cover of ParaTracks – Lucy DeLuca working for the Central Western Division of the Canadian Paraplegic Association in the late 1960s

Thank you to our generous sponsors and prize donors: