Peer Support

Two guys with spinal cord injuries giving each other a 'high five'

The essence of Spinal Cord Injury Canada is Peer Support.

Peer Support connects people living with spinal cord injuries to fully-trained volunteers and staff who can share their lived, personal experience, and knowledge. We can connect family members, too! We complement professional services provided in acute hospitals, rehabilitation centres and community-based health and social service agencies.

Trained Peer Support Volunteers and staff are people with spinal cord injuries and family members of people with injuries, too. Our volunteers and staff have "been there; done that" and are willing to help those who are newly injured, and their families, as they adjust to life with an SCI. 

For a person with a new SCI, thinking about the challenges of the future can be daunting. But, nobody should have to contemplate these life changes in isolation. By listening, sharing their own experiences and providing practical information, volunteers and staff provide a range of support.

Peer Support volunteers and staff members are confidants... privy to deeply personal and emotional feelings. They are empathetic and good listeners. They offer encouragement, and ultimately, they help ensure that a person keeps their integrity and dignity as they adjust to their new life as a person with a spinal cord injury.

Find your provincial member of SCI Canada to arrange Peer Support.

Blogs and Resources

Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent shaking John Counsell's hand.
Blog Post
The Caliper - Mars
Aug 17, 2022READ MORE
A partner in their wheelchair and their girlfriend out for a walk by the bay, crossing a bridge. It is nighttime and they are reflecting in the light.  By Alexandria Shannon, Oct. 2021.
Blog Post
I am here to help you build a picture of what dating with an SCI may look like for you. Specifically, in this blog, I will be discussing the interesting world of online dating with a disability.
Jan 24, 2022READ MORE
Loose leaf tea, lemon grass and a tea pot with a white background
SCI Resource
Cup of Té is a company started by Taylor Lyndsey-Noel. It offers quality organic teas and teaware. Cup of Té products are so good that the company Made Oprah's Favourite Things List in 2020!
Apr 26, 2021READ MORE
Kevin Rempel in his YouTube video about the 3 A's
Blog Post
I can remember many instances when my dad was injured, how difficult it was to see him ask for help (understandably), but it also taught me the importance of getting out of your own way and asking for help so that you can move forward a lot faster.
Dec 05, 2020READ MORE
A picture of David Shannon from David Shannon Law
SCI Resource
A boutique law firm protecting the rights of persons living with disabilities,
Oct 06, 2020READ MORE
A bowl of healthy fruit
SCI Resource
Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury is a comprehensive, practical nutritional guide written specifically for individuals with spinal cord injuries, as well as their families, friends, caregivers, health and medical professionals.
Oct 06, 2020READ MORE