Employees from Colley Insurance with Brandy Nellis and Kathryn Dean from the Acquired Brain Injury Day Program at St. Joe’s

Sherry Holder is a Broker at Colley Insurance—a business that’s been serving the Guelph community for more than 80 years. Sherry has also witnessed first hand how the team at St. Joe’s cares for people living with acquired brain injuries. Her brother was a patient in this program designed especially for people living with a brain injury that can impair their ability to live independently in the community.

Through group-led activities that include arts, woodworking, gardening, music therapy, cooking, and educational games, patients learn valuable life skills while benefitting from companionship, peer support, assistance with personal goals, and community interaction.

“Seeing my brother learn, grow, and build relationships at St. Joe’s was so rewarding. He loved his time there. So, when Colley Insurance invited us to nominate a local charity to benefit from our employee giving campaign, of course I suggested St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation,” says Sherry. To ensure equity amongst the nominated charities, Colley Insurance employees voted to select three causes of choice, and St. Joseph’s Health Centre was one of them.

This January, Brandy Nellis and Kathryn Dean from the Acquired Brain Injury Day Program stopped by the Colley Insurance office for a cheque presentation. “Working in the insurance industry, the team at Colley understands how life-altering brain injuries can be. We’re so very appreciative of this $500 donation. It’ll go a long way towards purchasing supplies and equipment that can help people with cognitive delays or impairments to achieve their goals and benefit from the expertise and care we offer in the Acquired Brain Injury Program at St. Joe’s,” says Brandy.