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Deadline: February 5, 2014

You have a passion for people, a curious, open mind and a desire to make a difference in the lives of others. You are a relationship-builder and thrive on the learning and development of others. You find opportunity or create it and are prepared to dive into an evolving role for a company on the path of growth.

The ideas of interdependence and social capital are spreading, thanks to the work of the Interdependent Network (IN). 

"The IN is all about building social capital to make lives better," says Patti Flaherty, President and COO of CONNECT, who attended the first IN symposium in Pittsburgh in October, 2013. "If we as the providers of services aren't supporting that, then what difference are we making in the lives of people with brain injury and disability?"

CONNECT welcomes 2014 by celebrating 20(+5) years of Making Lives Better.

Why the 20(+5)? CONNECT opened its doors 20 years ago in Langley. Five years ago, a second site in Lake Country near Kelowna opened its doors. Now, CONNECT looks to the future with 20(+5) years of delivering A Better Way After Brain Injury.

The anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate all year long. Watch for individual milestones throughout the year to recognize the residents, employees, community partners, funders and founders who make CONNECT what it is. 

By Brian Hall, Occupational Therapist

In late September I had the fortune of attending the 10th annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of Canada. The three days consisted of engaging speakers, group discussions, one-to-one chats over coffee and connecting with students, professionals, politicians, families, and individuals living with a brain injury. 

By Lissa Miles

Forgiving himself for past mistakes empowered CONNECT resident Chris to move on and begin to own his rehab process.

Chris was a successful business owner, an avid fisherman, and a social, hard-working, fun-loving guy. Everything changed for him in 2005 when a motocross accident in Salmon Arm left him with a brain injury and in a coma for seven months with 22 fractured bones.

By Lissa Miles

Joshua Hanssens and his wife, Samantha, received the Community Builder Award in Langley from You've Gotta Have Friends, a grass roots initiative aiming to involve all citizens in creating a welcoming community where everyone belongs.

"Both of us are pleased and a little in awe that we got the award," said Joshua. "We just love the people and have always made a point of going to all the events we can, lending a hand where possible."

By Lissa Miles

Wendy Duke was given an award in the fall for outstanding contributions in the field by the BC Association of Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

"I think of it as acknowledgment that I'm now an old fart," joked Duke, during an interview at her office on Broadway, overlooking Vancouver's spectacular skyline. "But it's a bit of a validation of the important role of private practice in the field."

CONNECT was the diamond in the rough for a group of health practitioners visiting Canada from Germany in October.

CONNECT was touted as the "gem" of the visit, even though it has a brain injury focus and the group was more interested in studying aged and dementia care.

Representatives from the German Association of Home Managers and Home Directors were in Canada for two weeks to conduct research and site visits of aged and dementia care facilities. They visited CONNECT in Langley to see if the model could translate into elderly care.

CONNECT is proud to have sponsored and participated in the Pihl Law Corporation Golf Marathon, BrainTrust Canada's largest fundraising event.

The marathon, which took place at The Bear course in Kelowna on Friday, September 6th, raised $52,000.

By Karen Time, Leader - CONNECT

Back in mid-June, as Calgary was disappearing under water, I was driving the Connector to Langley. About 60kms east of Merritt I drove into heavy rain which suddenly turned into heavy hail. In an instant the road was covered in ice marbles and I lost control of my steering. I wasn't speeding or in cruise control but I was going fast enough to face plant my car in a ditch with some force. As a result I crushed my L1 vertebra. I was on my own but was soon joined by two roadside 'angels' who called for assistance and kept me company through the worst weather ever until help arrived about an hour later.