Champion for Change Award

The Champion for Change Award acknowledges an outstanding individual who has changed the fabric of the spinal cord injury (SCI) community by enhancing patient care, producing impactful research and demonstrating sustained and exemplary leadership.  The 2023 Champion of Change Award will be given at the 10th National SCI Conference, taking place November 21-23, 2023.

The dragonfly in every part of the world symbolizes change and changes in perspective-representing the kind of change that has its source in intellectual and social maturity.  The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all 6 directions while exuding strength and poise is indicative of how the award winner has accomplished awe inspiring change with utmost effectiveness.

Deadline for nominations: Closed

The following documents are required to submit a nomination:

  1. Letter outlining the nominee’s contributions to SCI care and research.
  2. Current CV (preferred) or detailed listing of achievements for the nominee

Champion of Change Awardees

2010 Charles Tator
2012 John Steeves
2014 Serge Rossignol
2017 Mollly Verrier
2019 Jaynie Yang
2021 Chester Ho

Kent Basset-Spiers Award

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF), after 23 years of making a difference in the lives of those living with spinal cord and head injuries, closed its doors on March 31, 2021.

Started by the neurotrauma community in 1998, helmed by the trail-blazing work of Kent Bassett-Spiers, ONF’s founding and only CEO, ONF helped grow the number of researchers devoted to neurotrauma care and prevention.

Maintaining unique partnerships with the community, listening to their priorities, and developing/implement best practices were critical to ONF’s operations and remain a part of the legacy that Kent established.

Under Kent’s leadership, the Foundation evolved from an organization focused on grants, to a knowledge broker ensuring that research was put into practice. ONF charted a course for patient-oriented and impactful research through its efforts to facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration, its extensive provincial, national, and international partnerships, its networking capacity, and its knowledge generation, mobilization, and implementation programs. ONF’s work, under Kent, has set the standard for neurotrauma care in Ontario and beyond.

In honour of Kent Basset-Spiers, who worked tirelessly to build lasting improvements for people with SCI, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and Canadian Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Association have created the Kent Basset-Spiers Award.

The award will recognize an outstanding individual who has demonstrated long-term, influential commitment to people with spinal cord injuries, including research, industry achievement, health care and/or community service to the spinal cord injury community.

On behalf of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and the Canadian Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Association, we would like to thank Kent Basset-Spiers for his dedication and contributions to the SCI community, the defining characteristics of the model ONF and Kent pioneered will continue to enable successor programs for years to come.

More Awards

SCIO Community Magazine

Connected to SCIO are people of integrity who embody the spirit of community as they bring our mission to life. We are proud and honoured to introduce our 2020-21 award recipients.

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario | Winter 2021/2022