After being run over by a minivan, in 2009, Robert suffered an Acquired Brain Injury, and was told that it was severe. Having never heard that term before, he thought rare. He was told yes, it’s more severe than many, but it’s by no means rare. The injury is known by other names, and “Concussion” is the most recognizeable.
In 2010 he initiated the Awareness Walk, to raise funds for charity, but more to help the world understand it, and in 2017 he launched Never Stop – Foundation for Brain Injury Awareness,
Dr. Denise Stockley has taught, consulted, and researched at the public school, college, university, and corporate levels since 1991. She is an Educational Psychologist who joined Queen’s University in 2001 and is a Professor and Scholar in Higher Education and is the President of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). She brings a wealth of experience in board governance, non-profits, and education across the sectors.
Denise met Rob in 1989 at Brock University.
Karen Gunn has been friends with Rob since grade 9, when they attended Colonel By Secondary School together. Karen currently works as a Financial Transformation Manager with the Canadian Federal Government, and she holds a CPA,CMA and an MBA. Karen has learned a great deal about brain injuries from Rob, and she would like to help others understand the often-hidden effects of both repeated minor trauma and major life-altering injuries, putting a focus on education as the first step in brain injury prevention and helping people understand those who are living with these injuries. When not working with her team to make the government more efficient through business process and systems reengineering, or outside playing with her family, Karen can be found photographing important milestones in peoples’ lives.
Tracey Rothwell works as a Contracts Senior Manager in the Renewable Energy Sector. Tracey has known Rob in excess of 20 years where they first met while working together at Nortel. Tracey was with Rob during one of his very first times of learning to walk, following his injuries. To this day she reflects on his courage, strength and positive attitude, one that benefitted Rob in his time during recovery and one that will benefit all those who are recipients of this very worthwhile charity. She is very passionate about bringing awareness and support to those challenged by acquired brain injuries and proud to be a part of this team.
Craig is a Manager with Canada Post and a part time travel agent. As a hockey player for his entire life Craig has a keen interest in concussions and other brain injuries. Craig joined the Board because of his commitment to giving back and his firm belief in the work that Rob has done with his walk. Craig met Rob in Kindergarten, and loves that he’ll be able to make a difference about the awareness of brain injuries with him!
Craig is the father of 2 great kids and is a dedicated blood/platelet donor with Canadian Blood Services.