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Wings of a Phoenix (poem)
My life was going in all the right directions
Within a flash it was altered
My path was now darkened
My plans and dreams were disappearing
They sent me to see lots of people
Time passed; little changed
I hated that person a little more each day
I could see in the mirror that he was broken and defeated
My wife was lost and angry, she pushed back hard
She found a lovely lady, who guided her to a place
That had its Wings stretched our proudly
They took us under their Wings
Slowly teaching us how to put back the pieces
Hard work and determination Little by little, brick by brick
I built the new and improved me
The old me is now gone
He now looks back at me each day
He’s all right
In time, I hope that they will learn to love and like him too
Guy Voisin

The Wings of Phoenix - Who We Are

The Wings of Phoenix Association is a registered charity based in the National Capital Region. The charity was founded in 2001 by Glennis Easey and Dr. Pierre Turgeon, and is dedicated to providing team based brain injury rehabilitation for persons with an acquired brain injury (sports related injury, fall, stroke, aneurysm, anoxia, etc). When Glennis’ husband, Robin, a former Ottawa police officer, was shot in the head in September 1984, Glennis and Dr. Turgeon, who had been a key element during Robin’s journey after head injury, chose to dedicate a huge part of their professional lives to helping others who have sustained injuries to the brain.

The Wings of Phoenix Association is unique in that it is the only registered charity in the Ottawa area providing brain injury rehabilitation to individuals and their families who otherwise are unable to access treatment. Treatment costs continue to rise, and can be prohibitively expensive. While some individuals have coverage through their automobile or health insurance plans, many are left without any reasonable access to the physical, psychological and vocational rehabilitation so critical to their rehabilitation. The Wings of Phoenix Association is helping to provide rehabilitation services to individuals who do not have the financial means necessary to access this crucial support.

Optimizing recovery following a brain injury requires the assistance of many specialized healthcare professionals. Services are available in both official languages and are customized according to the needs of individuals and their families. They may include individual and family counselling, speech and language therapy, cognitive and functional occupational therapy and group psychotherapy. Wings of Phoenix clients also have access to the functional activity program at Creative Hands.

Fundraising activities are essential because the demand for the services of The Wings of Phoenix Association far exceeds its capacity to deliver. With your help, Wings can provide all clients who walk through our doors with individual treatment programs, a crucial step necessary for them to take so that they are able to maximize their recoveries.