Harry Zarins: New executive director of Brain Injury Association of Canada

    Brain Injury Association of Canada

    GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - After an exhaustive search, the
Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) has selected Harry Zarins as its new
executive director. The candidate search and final decision were conducted by
BIAC's Selection Committee, as chaired by BIAC president, Shirley Johnson.
Mr. Zarins assumed the executive director's role October 1st, 2008.
    "While Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and its survivors have been with
society for a long time, this Canadian association is relatively young,"
admits Harry Zarins, a graduate of McGill University (B Ed. and M. Ed) and
Concordia University (DIA). "My goal is to develop and implement fund
development programs that will provide stability, sustainability, financial
resources for the grass root ABI organizations to enhance their services to
survivors, and human resources capacities to BIAC. To do this we have to
enhance our already successful Hawaiian Oyster Odyssey fundraising events,
held all across the country, and we have to create an annual giving program
while soliciting major gifts and sponsors. There is a need to put a face on
Acquired Brain Injury survivors and to continue to make Canadians aware of how
to prevent brain injuries-from concussions to severe brain injury, acquired
through a car crash or sporting impact. My goals, and those of the
association, are ambitious. Only with the combined efforts of passionate
volunteers and the generosity of donors and corporations will BIAC be able to
service survivors and promote injury prevention among all Canadians."

    Harry Zarins, new executive director, BIAC

    Mr. Zarins' leadership experience includes an extensive background in
university and national level sport governing bodies, senior university
administration, and a variety of volunteer roles with the Canadian
Interuniversity Sport organization, Montreal's YMCA, and secondary school
committees. He also brings to BIAC a diverse background of fund-raising skills
and is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.
    Mr. Zarins has spent much of his life devoted to Canadian sports,
affording him a considerable understanding of injuries related to sports. He
was 'Chef de Mission' for two World University Games - 1993 Summer Games and
1999's Winter Games, and served as commissioner of both the Ontario-Quebec
Inter-University Football Conference and Quebec Inter-University Football
Conference from 1997-2002. At Montreal's Concordia University, Mr. Zarins is
regarded as its most successful athletic director. During his tenure
(1993-2002), Concordia intercollegiate teams won numerous provincial titles
and were medalists in a number of national championships.
    Contributions to the Brain Injury Association can be made to directly to
the Brain Injury Association of Canada, or through the CanadaHelps website:
www.canadahelps.org. BIAC is funded by the generosity of donors, as well as
sponsors of its national Hawaiian Oyster Odyssey events.

    For more information about the Brain Injury Association of Canada, visit

For further information:

For further information: Shirley Johnson, President, Brain Injury
Association of Canada, 1-866-977-2492, sjohnson@biac-aclc.ca,

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