Awards of Excellence

The Ontario Brain Injury Association in collaboration with the Personal Injury Alliance is pleased to present the Awards of Excellence in Brain Injury Rehabilitation to those who consistently provide exceptional service to the brain injury community.

The Awards are presented in the following categories:

  1. Case Manager of the Year – This award will be given to a case manager working in private practice who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to help catastrophically impaired brain injury survivors and their families. The recipient will be someone who has worked for at least the last year as a private case manager helping catastrophically impaired brain injury survivors.
  2. Rehabilitation Company of the Year – This award is meant to recognize the private rehabilitation company that consistently provides exceptional and dedicated service to brain injury survivors, including through volunteer work by its personnel.
  3. Health Care Provider of the Year – This award will be given to the health practitioner who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist the brain injury community. The recipient may be in the public or private sector and can be from any discipline whatsoever (i.e. physician, speech language pathologist, private social worker, occupational therapist, psychologist, physiotherapist, rehabilitation support worker, etc.). The recipient will be someone who consistently goes the extra mile to assist the brain injury community.
  4. Community Brain Injury Association of the Year – This award is meant to recognize the non-profit brain injury association which provides exemplary service to the brain injury community and continues to find innovative means to support brain injury survivors and their families.
  5. Hospital Social Worker of the Year – This award will be given to the hospital social worker who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to help brain injury survivors and their families. The recipient will be selected from social workers working at a trauma or rehabilitation hospital in the last year.


The following recipients for the 2016 Awards of Excellence in Brain Injury Rehabilitation were announced at the Back to School conference on September 16, 2016, presented by OBIA and PIA Law.

Case ManagerCase Manager of the Year:  Lori-Ann St. Louis

Lori-Ann currently works with Abilities Rehabilitation Services as the Director of Social Work. In this capacity, she oversees the provision of all case management services. She has worked in the field of brain injury for over 15 years.

With over 30 years in the disability sector, Lori-Ann is well known for her strong advocacy skills, strong work ethic, client-centred approach and her unwavering passion for the work that she does.

Lori-Ann has volunteered with many rehabilitation agencies over the years. She is the former Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Sudbury & District (BIASD) and is proud of her long-standing achievements in supporting the association.  In 2004, Lori-Ann initiated the first BIASD Golf Fundraiser, which continues to occur annually over 10 years later.  She was also an Executive Board member for ICAN Independence Centre and Network, which supports individuals with disabilities across Northern Ontario.

Rehab CompanyRehabilitation Company of the Year:  Bartimaeus Rehabilitation Services Inc.

For over 28 years, Bartimaeus Rehabilitation Services have been providing direct therapy, transitional support and community integration to children, youth, adults and seniors recovering from an acquired brain injury and/or serious trauma.

The service has developed over many years, originally offered in a children’s rehabilitation hospital, into working in a variety of settings with clients of all ages who typically have sustained an acquired brain injury and/or serious trauma.  From its very first client until today, Bartimaeus has provided over 2 million hours of support to thousands of individuals and their families, with a strong focus on supporting individuals with the most extreme behavioural challenges as a result of their injuries.

Their services are offered province wind in 30 different languages, ensuring communication and treatment is provided in the client’s language of choice.

Bartimaeus a strong supporter of the Ontario Rehab Alliance and have been active in the initial development and ongoing work as it is extremely for an organization to ensure that clients and their families receive the resources and treatment that has been allocated to them.

Healthcare ProviderHealth Care Provider of the Year:  Danielle Perkin

Danielle has worked in healthcare for the past 20 years. She started as an Addictions Counsellor at Stonehenge Therapeutic Community and eventually moved to the HILL Program, a private community residential care facility for adolescents with brain injury, as the outreach coordinator. Danielle started at Hamilton Health Sciences in 2003 as an Advanced Rehabilitation Therapist with ABI Community Services and eventually moved to her current role as a Community Intervention Coordinator with the Acquired Brain Injury Program

During her time in healthcare, Danielle has demonstrated her devotion and concern for individuals with acquired brain injury. She has experience with brain injury rehabilitation, neurobehavioural management, case management and adult learning principles, all based in a consultative and collaborative approach to rehabilitation.

Danielle is on the Board of Directors with the Hamilton Brain Injury Association, in which she assist in developing long-term community resources, raising awareness and promoting fund raising efforts for individuals with brain injuries. She is part of the walk/run committee and have recently revised the ABI Education Booklet which is used both in the community and hospital setting to help clients and families.

Recently, she organized the June 2016 ABI Awareness campaign by developing a video series featuring clients that she works with. The videos were posted on the Hamilton Health Sciences Intranet for all employees and community members to view.

Community BIACommunity Brain Injury Association of the Year: Seizure and Brain Injury Centre (Timmins)

As a small isolated northern Ontario community (population 45,000) The Seizure and Brain Injury Centre has worked tirelessly since 1988 (28 years) to bring much needed services to the community of Timmins and the two districts of Cochrane and Temiskaming.  The provide programs and services to an area the size of the province of Newfoundland.

What has kept them going has been the positive outcomes that they have been able to provide to their clients.  To see a client who has been living in isolation, suffering from depression and lack of motivation become an active part of our agency is why they do what they do.  Currently they offer day programming to over 36 clients that operates Monday to Friday with minimum two activities per day such as computers, arts & crafts, walking, bowling, coffee & games, scrap-booking, yoga, two men’s support groups and a support group within a long term facility.  In addition they have other activities such as gardening, mini-putting, paddle boating, movie nights, camping and other excursions dependent upon the season and weather.  The Centre has been part of the Ontario Brain Injury Association Peer Mentoring Program since 2006, which allows them to offer a much needed service to our rural clients.  In addition The Centre participates in a number of bike rodeos (over 1,000 children attend), educational forums and health fairs, and publish a bi-monthly newsletter.  In 2015 they received over 523 calls for information and referrals, created in-house an updated website.

Hospital SWHospital Social Worker of the Year: Illana Perlman

Illana has spent the past 28 years practising in the field of health care social work, of which 25 years have been as a hospital social worker in the Trauma Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  In this context, Illana provides crisis intervention and counselling services to these patients and their families. She is a strong advocate and support to her patients as they navigate the complexity of hospital and community systems. During her 25 years as a trauma social worker, thousands of patients and families have benefited significantly from Illana’s support, and it is her honour/privilege when she is able to make a difference at this critical stage of their recovery.

In 2016, she was one of 6 clinicians at Sunnybrook to receive the prestigious Schulich Award for Clinical Excellence, exemplifying the quality of her care to her patients. In 2014, she was the second Canadian to ever receive the NANFED (North American Field Educators) Award of Excellence in Field Instruction (an international social work award.

Our congratulations to all nominees; this is a testament to your value and importance within the Brain Injury Community.

OBIA awards of excellence 2016