Wear purple on September 26 for Rowan's Law Day

September 26, 2018


Wear purple on Wednesday September 26, 2018 for Rowan's Law Day

Rowan's Law Day is September 26, 2018 with the purpose of the day being to increase concussion education awareness, especially in schools. Wear purple to show your support and be sure to attend any events in your area.

Who was Rowan Stringer?

Rowan Stringer loved rugby. A competitive and keen athlete, she was captain of her high school’s team. Tragically, in May 2013, 17-year old Rowan died as the result of head injuries she sustained while playing rugby. In the week before her last game, Rowan was hit twice while playing, likely sustaining a concussion after each blow. Her concussions went unreported, and she continued to play. Rowan suspected something wasn’t right—she texted a friend about her condition and used Google to search for information about concussions. When she was hit again in her final game, Rowan suffered what is known as Second Impact Syndrome—catastrophic swelling caused by a second injury to a brain still healing from previous trauma. Rowan collapsed on the field on May 8, 2013, and died four days later.

What is Rowan’s Law Day?

Rowan’s Law Day was established in 2018, and will be observed across Ontario on the last Wednesday in September each year. The purpose of Rowan’s Law Day is to increase concussion education awareness, especially in schools.

Rowan’s Law Day 2018: Events and Resources

Toronto District School Board Rowan's Law Day Clinic, September 26th, All Day, Don Mills Collegiate Institute

The TDSB is holding a Rowan's Law Day Rugby Clinic at Don Mills Collegiate Institute with presentations from Paul Hunter at Rugby Canada, skills clinic from Rugby Ontario and Rugby Canada coaches and a sevens exhibition tournament. Teams involved are Don Mills, Leaside, Newtonbrook, Riverdale, Vanier and Victoria Park.

Free Speaker Series: Concussion Management, September 26th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Ottawa

This information session will be led by Kathleen and Gordon Stringer and Dr. Michael Vassilyadi, Paediatric Neurosurgeon, CHEO

Rowan’s Law Day Assembly, September 26th, Newtonbrook Secondary School, Toronto (by invitation only)

This event for staff and students will feature speakers from Parachute, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Holland Bloorview.

Rowan’s Law Day: Collaborative Clinical Concussion Update, September 26th, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto

This event will be facilitated by Eric Lindros and feature presentations from Parachute, Sunnybrook, Holland Bloorview, and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

Ophea’s Rowan’s Law Day Toolkit for Schools

English: https://teachingtools.ophea.net/supplements/rowans-law-day-toolkit-schools

French: https://carrefourpedagogique.ophea.net/ressources/trousse-de-sensibilisation-pour-la-journee-de-la-loi-rowan-pour-les-ecoles