Judy Stawnychko retires after 21 years as Executive Director of the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured
(Note to Ethics Commissioner: Value: Priceless)
In 1993 I was the newly elected MLA for the riding of Calgary Currie. Six years earlier Mike had survived a severe traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident. Consequently, Mike was enrolled in a variety of programs at ARBI, the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured.
Mike is also the son of my friend Judy Stawnychko. Judy is retiring this month after serving 21 years as executive director of ARBI.
I learned about community, and the importance of advocacy, though my association with ARBI. Professional, compassionate, and dedicated, Judy turned a life-altering experience into purpose, taking inspiration from others, while dispensing wisdom in equal measures of reality and hope.
Even with all his enthusiasm, Mike couldn’t imagine his mother’s impact on his quality of life, and on the future care and treatment of the brain injured and stroke survivors. Judy knows, but would deflect the credit to others, like 2004 Order of Canada recipient, the late Audrey Morrice and ARBI co- founder Alice Laine.
Judy inspires me.