Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal
The creation of the Amputee Coalition of Canada would not have been possible without the generous support of the Lindsay Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. The 2008 merger of the Institut de réadaptation de Montréal and the Lindsay Rehabilitation Hospital created the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal and its new Foundation, which will always be part of the story of the Coalition. The earlier funding by the Foundation allowed the Amputee Coalition of Canada to establish links with the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) and this led to the ACC being able to acquire the rights to implement the copyrighted Peer Visitor Program in Canada. In 2006, the Foundation graciously provided the ACC with a three-year grant in support of the Coalition’ development phase. The Foundation also provided funding in support of training sessions and conferences, which was instrumental in the development of new programs and services for Canadians with limb loss. We continue to thank the Foundation for their benevolent support as we could not have started without them and through their generosity we continue to grow and improve the lives of more Canadians who have undergone limb loss.
SFE Global’s President Mr. Glenn Cumyn has been a supporter of Paul Franklin’s charitable efforts for a number of years. His support, dedication and organizational expertise has helped the Coalition in its fundraising efforts throughout Canada.
On behalf of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), the PPCLI Foundation and the Amputee Coalition of Canada, Qwick Media is pleased to be the official media sponsor of the inaugural HEROES HOCKEY CHALLENGE (HHC). Briefly, HHC is a nationwide series of gala dinners and hockey games conducted for the sole purpose of generating funds, along with activities and programs to support and care for Canadian military service personnel and veterans.
Since 2005, L’Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec has played a significant role in the development of our Peer Visitor Program. This organisation generously financed a pilot project, as well as a research project, which evaluated client satisfaction of our services since 2005. L’IRPDQ continues to play an active role in promoting regional peer visitation, particularly in the Québec City and North Shore regions.
AQIPA (L’Association québécoise des intervenants auprès des personnes amputées) played a key role in establishing links with the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA). The Association also provided generous funding for the translation of peer training manuals and played a central role in establishing the Peer Visitor Program in Quebec. In September 2006, the Peer Visitor Program was officially launched at the sixth Biennial AQIPA Conference in Montreal. AQIPA continues to provide ongoing support for the development of this program throughout the province of Quebec.
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA)
The Peer Visitor Program was initially developed in the United States by the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA). This organisation generously authorized the translation and use of all of its training materials in Canada and played an important role in the first peer training session held during the 2006 AQIPA conference. The ACA continues to play a supportive role by welcoming us to their annual conferences and by establishing new programs in the United States.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The partnership between the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Amputee Coalition of Canada has allowed the Coalition to bring proven amputee support programs to Canada – the Peer Visitor ® Program and the Promoting Amputee Life Skills ® (PALS) Program. The ACC is grateful to both the ACA and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for facilitating and supporting the implementation of these programs in Canada. While the number of Canadians who undergo amputation each year is significantly smaller than the United States, Canadians with limb loss face the same struggles and challenges as others south of the border. Until the Amputee Coalition of Canada was created, no other Canadian organization offered similar programs designed to support the needs of persons affected by limb loss, specifically designed to improve their quality of life through a focus on learning, self-management and active community participation.