Keith was severely brain injured in a head-on collision at age 23 while working in Labrador City, NL in 1969.
When cranial swelling subsided, he was flown to Quebec City where he was retrieved by his parents weeks later, and taken home to St. John’s where he awoke under the care of Dr. F. Maroun.
Released from hospital when he could walk ‘tandem’; he struggled with double vision for six months until he could get back to work.
Since then, he has made the Dean’s Honour List with his correspondence course studies; taken a Dale Carnegie course; became a charter member of Terra Nova Toastmasters Club; graduated from M.U.N. with a Diploma in Vocational Education and taught at Bonavista and Springdale NL., and evening courses at C.O.N.A.
He Joined the Head Injury Association of Newfoundland in the mid 1980’s, with Don Balsom, then transitioned to N.B.I.A. where he became Vice President and editor of the former 1997 Newsletter “Synapse”.
He retired in June 1996 and was doing ok (or so he thought) until he was T-boned at Rawlins’s Cross by a vehicle driven by a person that had ignored a red light and consequently his compensatory strategies were reduced. His desire now is to help persons with brain injuries as a result of his own constant struggles to make that huge step between “being a victim to being a survivor”!