In the Community

BILA helps promote equality and inclusivity

July 2017

We are proud of the contributions our BILA members make to their communities across Canada. This month BILA founding member John McKiggan’s firm was one of the supporting “allies” of Halifax’s annual Pride Parade.

The Halifax Pride Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing a Festival that celebrates the diversity and contributions of Nova Scotia’s LGBTQ community.

McKiggan said: “The focus of Pride is on the LGBTQ community. But Pride’s message of diversity, inclusivity and equality are values that Canadians in all walks of life need to support and encourage. It’s also a message that resonates with BILA’s members.”

If you have any questions or would like any information on how BILA can help you, your family or your community, please feel free to contact us at info@bila.ca or call us toll-free at 1-800-300-BILA (2452) to speak with a BILA lawyer in your area.

BILA Helping Vulnerable Kids and Their Parents

June 2017

The Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance was proud to be the Gold Sponsor for the inaugural Kick It Up fundraiser in support of the Woven Journey program for the iHuman Youth Society in Edmonton on June 1.

iHuman is a charity that supports homeless and traumatized youth ages 12 to 24, and its Woven Journey program specifically supports young parents of babies by teaching them parenting skills, life skills and furthering their education in order to break the cycle of trauma and abuse.  The Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance recognized the importance of this program to the futures of both the parents and children in Edmonton’s inner city, and was fortunate to have the opportunity to sponsor the event. BILA member Shelagh McGregor (middle at left) said: “iHuman has a unique mandate and BILA was happy to be able to “kick off” their fundraising efforts at the Kick It Up event.”

If you have any questions or would like any information on how BILA can help you, your family or your community, please feel free to contact us at info@bila.ca or call us toll-free at 1-800-300-BILA (2452) to speak with a BILA lawyer in your area.

Wullum appointed to Board of Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation

June 2017

We are proud of the work our BILA members do in the community.

That’s why we are happy to announce that Chris Wullum, BILA Founding Member for Manitoba and Nunavut, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation of Manitoba – https://m.facebook.com/childrensrehabfoundation/.

The Foundation raises funds to improve the lives of children living with disabilities who access services at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Winnipeg.

If you have any questions or would like any information on how BILA can help you, your family or your community, please feel free to contact us at info@bila.ca or call us toll-free at 1-800-300-BILA (2452) to speak with a BILA lawyer in your area.

BILA – A Proud Sponsor of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC’s
Annual Gala “Play Without Limits”

May, 2017

Having met with countless families of children living with cerebral palsy, the lawyers at BILA are committed to helping children living with cerebral palsy, both inside and outside the courtroom.  Recently, BILA was proud to sponsor the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC’s annual fundraising Gala.  The theme this year was “Play without Limits”.

While the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC offers free opportunities for kids with cerebral palsy and other neurological disabilities to participate in a variety of recreational activities, it is not enough. BILA lawyers recognize that we need to find more and better opportunities to include children with cerebral palsy in recreational activities. We know that kids with disabilities are just like all other kids – they want to play, explore and have fun with friends.  For kids, playing is not a luxury – it is their “work”.  It is how children learn to interact with their environment, develop physical skills and strength, expand their imagination and build friendships.  It is indeed the essence of childhood.

Yet, notwithstanding our common experience and the medical research which supports the importance of play in a child’s life, there is little support offered to children with disabilities to create recreational opportunities and support their ability to engage in play. These children often need specialized equipment or other supports to facilitate their participation. That is why BILA welcomed the opportunity to sponsor this gala, to help raise awareness of the importance of play in a child’s life and raise funds to create more and better opportunities for kids with CP to play.

As stated by Susanne Raab, a member of BILA and Vice President of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, “To be in a position to put a smile on the face of a child is an opportunity that should not be missed.  To be able to provide an opportunity for a child to grow, to laugh and to build friendships that they might not otherwise have is an opportunity that should be seized upon.”  Paul McGivern, (pictured at right) Founding Member of BILA, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, attended the Gala and described the event as “inspirational” and as “a unique opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a child’s life.”

BILA remains committed to continuing to support children living with cerebral palsy and their families.  If you have any questions or would like any information on how BILA can help you, your family or your community, please feel free to contact us at info@bila.ca or call us toll-free at 1-800-300-BILA (2452) to speak with a BILA lawyer in your area.

STEPtember – Raising Funds and Awareness for Cerebral Palsy

September, 2016

As part of BILA’s commitment to improving the lives of children living with cerebral palsy and other neurologic injuries, BILA lawyers stepped up to participate in STEPtember – an annual fundraiser to raise funds and awareness for children living with cerebral palsy. As part of the challenge, BILA lawyers Paul McGivern (British Columbia), Joe Miller (Alberta), Chris Wullum (Manitoba), and Aleks Mladenovic (Ontario) committed to taking the equivalent of 10,000 steps every day during the month of September, 2016.

Through wind and rain, cold and darkness, BILA lawyers met the challenge, taking a minimum of 10,000 steps a day, and raising funds and awareness with every step. Their efforts resulted in raising over $3,900, being the 4th top fundraising team in Canada. The funds were directed to the CP Canada Network, an affiliation of provincial cerebral palsy associations and researchers across Canada whose mission is to optimize the autonomy, health and participation of children, youth and adults with cerebral palsy as inclusive and productive members of our communities.

BILA lawyers further raised awareness of cerebral palsy within their communities, engaging people in conversations about cerebral palsy and about why their support is so important. The response was positive and very encouraging, reaffirming the strength that lies in communities that care about and support the people living within them.

BILA lawyers are looking forward to contributing to this fundraiser again next year, and are aiming high – to raise even more funds and to expand their reach, encouraging as many people as possible to show their support for people living with cerebral palsy and, in turn, sending a strong message to people living with cerebral palsy that the communities in which they live care about them and support them. Look for our team, The BILA Steppers, next year and help spread the word to raise funds and awareness for cerebral palsy.