Neuroplasticity and Education: Strengthening the Connection Conference

Educators, parents, psychologists, counsellors, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, Faculty of Education students and anyone interested in the connections between the fields of education and neuroscience are welcome to register for this amazing conference and lineup of speakers.

JR Rehab, in conjunction with Cogmed will be exhibiting!


We’re Hiring OT’s and RA’s!


Since 1996, JR Rehab has provided rehabilitation services to individuals with brain injuries, soft tissue & orthopedic injuries, chronic pain and mental health issues. We create and implement therapy programs for clients in their home, community centre gym or pool, work place and neighborhood facilities.  We currently seek an OT to work with our supportive and dynamic team.

Position:  Contract Occupational Therapist

Locations:  Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, Surrey

Roles and responsibilities for these positions include:

  • Case Management; Community Rehabilitation; Hospital Discharge Planning; Home Assessments; Job Site Evaluations; Cognitive Rehab Therapy

Our OT’s are supported by a team of Rehabilitation Assistants and Kinesiologists.

If you have a minimum of 3 years experience, seek self-employment with flexible hours and want to be part of an energetic and growing company, please forward your resume to:

Ricardo Nuno, Director and Occupational Therapist

Ph: 604.254.0444, Fax 604.254.0447



Position: Contract Kinesiologist/Rehabilitation Assistant
Locations: Victoria
Roles and responsibilities for these positions include:
  • Implementing the rehabilitation program as directed by the Occupational Therapist
  • Instructing patients in self care and activities of daily living
  • Assisting in making, modifying, and adapting self-help devices and equipment.
  • Wheelchair mobility training

If you have a minimum of 2 years experience, seek self-employment with flexible hours and want to be part of an and growing company, please forward your resume to:

Kevin Loades, Director of Kinesiology Services

Ph: 604.254.0444, Fax 604.254.0447



For further information on JR Rehab and the services we offer, please visit our website at

Seeking seat of consciousness in dark side of brain

The brain may be most active when doing nothing at all

By Kelly Crowe, CBC News

Imagine a human brain sitting in a chair, laughing at our clumsy attempts to figure out how it works. It’s an image that comes to neuroscientist Dr. Georg Northoff, as he writes books and plays about the brain, when he’s not busy investigating its neural mysteries.

“I always imagine when I do these plays, there sits a brain beside us, and I’m sure the brain would smile and say ‘they’re so stupid,’ ” he said.

It’s a pretty cheeky attitude for a mass of neural tissue Northoff describes as ‘pulp.’

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Because of Occupational Therapy

What is occupational therapy? The UBC MOT class of 2013 answer this question in their winning entry to the nation wide gOT spirit challenge.

Concussions 101

BC Brain Injury Association

Property of BCBIA, Brian Harris Photography

I’m so fortunate to have been able to attend the BC Brain Injury Association annual fundraising gala this Friday.

One of the guests was David McGuire whose inspirational story of running across Canada gave attention to the fact that we understand very little about Brain Injury. He is working to push for greater awareness and Canadian policy changes.

What affected me most was listening to Dr.Hedy Fry speak about the loss of human potential. This statement was emotionally charged. Dry Fry explained the tragedy of losing the human potential of Canadians of all ages from a health problem that is largely preventable.

See this from the Brain Injury Association of Canada:

“Brain injury occurs suddenly, without warning. In an instant life is changed, forever. Everyday we participate in activities that produce endless risks for sustaining a brain injury; events include a car accident while driving to the grocery store, a fall from a bike, or a blow to the head.

Brain injury has become a significant medical and societal concern within the last 30 years. With advances in medical technology, many people who would have died are now surviving severe brain injuries. At times the cost is astronomical: financially, socially and emotionally.

It is estimated that thousands of Canadians incur a traumatic brain injury each year the majority being young adults. They will have a normal life expectancy but will require special care. A majority of bicyclists who die each year die of brain injuries. Most of the serious brain injuries can be prevented by wearing a helmet. Brain injury affects a significant number of people each year and the numbers are reaching epidemic proportions“

We need to make sure that brain injury is dealt with, and those who suffer from it are given the support they need. A way to immediately begin to affect change is to call your Member of Parliament and say that you would like the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act to state that all ski and winter sport helmets sold in Canada must be up to the Canadian Safety Standards. It is an easy first step to ensure that the products being sold in Canada won’t result in loss of human potential through ineffective use.


JR at the BC Brain Injury Association Gala

JR Rehab Director Ricardo Nuno, OT Jill Olson, and Kinesiologists Sarah Clarke and Kevin Loades showed their support for those affected by acquired brain injury at BCBIA’s annual fundraising gala at Hycroft Manor.  A great time was had by all and more importantly, this event will make a difference in the lives of those with brain injuries and their families. We hope to see you there next year!

New financial assistance program to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities

Recently the Province launched the new Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities finance home modifications for accessible, safe and independent living.  Eligible homeowners, renters and landlords can receive up to $20,000 per home in the form of a forgiveable loan.

For more information on the Home Adaptations for Independence program can be found on BC Housing’s website at or go through the link on the JR Rehab resources page under community support.

JR goes Urban Poling!

Have you heard of Urban Poling (Nordic walking)?  Apart from the health and fitness aspects of this increasingly popular activity, it’s rehabilitation benefits are extensive and varied!  Whether increasing balance and stability through core activation, promoting cognitive function and coordination, or increasing oxygen consumption, exercising HR, and caloric expenditure, pole walking can assist in recovery from injury or disability.  The staff at JR have recognized the benefits of this activity for our clients and have been certified to provide client instruction and activation programs in this discipline.  Contact us to find out more.











Top 10 Apps for Health, Fitness and Nutrition

As part of the special report Chasing Cures, CBC News checked with doctors, dietitians and other experts to assess some health and fitness apps.  Take a look!


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