Support for Stroke in Halifax

Support for Stroke in Halifax

< Back to Articles | Topics: Trends | Contributors: Rebecca Bourbonnais, Regional Manager, Community Programs & After Stroke March of Dimes Canada | Published: June 1, 2023

Every six minutes, someone in Canada has a stroke. It is a leading cause of disability across the country, yet lack of access to resources, education, and programming leaves many survivors without the necessary tools and supports needed for recovery.

Guided by lived experience, best-available evidence, and expert advice, After Stroke is Canada’s most comprehensive stroke recovery program. It aims to fill the gaps in the system and give those affected by stroke a seamless transition from hospital to home — and beyond.

“We believe in a world where stroke survivors can recover, live life with renewed purpose and optimism, and inspire others to do the same. We are committed to transforming the experience of life after stroke, and are working to evolve our programming,” said Rebecca Bourbonnais, Regional Manager, Community Programs & After Stroke at March of Dimes Canada.

Since 2021, After Stroke has helped over 5,000 stroke survivors and their loved ones in communities across the country and continues to expand its reach with virtual programming. There is no cost to participate, and a health card or private insurance is not required.

More than 89,000 strokes happen in Canada every year. Numbers are rising, with 878,000 stroke survivors across the country needing support.

A stroke can be life-changing, with profound impacts on the survivor, their caregivers, and the people closest to them. Navigating those impacts after a stroke can be challenging, and no one should have to do it alone.

Our After Stroke coordinators work one-on-one with stroke survivors and their caregivers to understand what’s important to them, providing them with:

• A personalized recovery plan

• Emotional support and education

• Access to resources and services in their community

• A network of support to help navigate the journey ahead

If you know someone in the Halifax Regional Municipality who’s been impacted by stroke, please visit to learn more or submit a referral form.

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