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Nyle Jane Sheppard

Nyle Jane Sheppard

Ambassador

Nyle Jane Sheppard lives in Corner Brook, NL. A previous life/work healthcare worker, Nyle still suffers to this day.  “I realize now that it was deconditioning. As I was lying in bed trying to heal my brain, understanding my core, arms and legs weakened.  I would exercise them, but I guess it wasn’t enough. I had to rely on a cane.  My arms/legs would ache daily.  My equilibrium was affected, eyes, ears, (vestibular, deciptal, motor sensory, memory, VMS)”.  Nyle has major support from medical doctors, family and genuine friends who have been there and guided her, challenged her, and pushed/nudged Nyle to get where she is today and for that is grateful.  “I foresee a fork in the road, not sure which one I will take but I’m up for any challenge straight ahead.  If you can be anything, be kind.  You never know what someone is battling.  Perception is hindsight.”  If you would like to book Nyle for a presentation in your community, send a message to info@nlbia.ca

Sheldon Crocker

Sheldon Crocker

Ambassador

Sheldon Crocker lives in St. John’s, NL.  Sheldon is no newbie to living with a disability and during the pandemic has used this time to write his own book, which has now been published. Keep on Walking- Journey FROM Disability TO dis-Ability. Sheldon’s story looks at overcoming many challenges faced in life and coping with arthrogryposis. Arthrogryposis affects both the arms and legs and often causes underdeveloped hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, feet and knees to varying degrees. Sheldon is an avid volunteer and public speaker.  He’s been involved with Stella’s Circle programs, Positive Thinkers Club Director of Public Relations, Ambassador, Spokesperson with AccessibleNL, a MerB’y for 2020 with the Newfoundland & Labrador Beard & Moustache Club. “I believe that the NL Brain Injury Association is a very valuable and necessary association to have because there are plenty of people in society who have brain injuries and could avail of the services offered and it’s great to know that there are people who understand and can be of help.” To book Sheldon to present in your community, email info@nlbia.ca

Patsy Corcoran

Patsy Corcoran

Ambassador

Patricia (Patsy) Corcoran lives in St. John’s, NL. Born and raised in Riverhead, St. Marys Bay, Patsy looked forward to moving out and exploring other places. After finishing highschool she moved to Toronto. I found the job I loved doing payroll and accounting at the head office of Sam the Record Man and then on to G4S Cash Services Corporate office where I spent 10 years managing their payroll department. September 19, 2009 Patsy awoke with the worst headache of her life and was rushed to the Health Science Centre. A brain aneurysm had ruptured! “I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I survived. The years since that time have been difficult but get easier with each passing year. I am what is considered high functioning. I have no physical attributes to my condition.” All of Patsy’s issues or deficits are unseen which can make it harder for others to understand. No longer able to work, she still seeks purpose in life. “One of the main reasons I have joined the NLBIA is to raise awareness and help others find their way through brain injury.” To book Patsy for a presentation in your community, email info@nlbia.ca

Linda Nuotio Flynn

Linda Nuotio Flynn

Director of Central Region

Linda lives in central Newfoundland with her husband Lyndon, children  Katharine and Parker and 2 rescue dogs.  She has served in many leadership roles in nonprofit organizations and professional societies. Throughout her career she has worked in both the private and non-profit sector, spearheading  many educational and research initiatives. Behind her friendly smile, is a deep personal understanding for brain injury.  In 2017, she experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through a blow on the head  that left her disabled and unable to work in a professional capacity.  

Since the time of her injury she has spent time regaining  some of her abilities through extensive support and rehabilitation.  Linda knows personally that TBI can happen to anyone at any time and can have life changing consequences for the individual, their family and friends. She is honoured to volunteer with the NLBIA Board of Directors and Ambassador program  to help advocate for brain injury survivors and build strong, healthy, and inclusive communities for everyone.  In the future, she hopes to document her journey of recovery through the visual arts and theatre work.