About PACA

Peterborough Athletic Concussion Awareness, was formed in April 2019 under the leadership of the Peterborough Family Health Team and Peterborough Public Health. Our goal is to increase awareness while taking a community approach, setting a new standard for communities who aim to tackle concussions. PACA is a community led team working towards increasing concussion awareness by working under its four pillars:





The partnership and school programs allow for individuals to ensure they are met with the necessary information needed to understand concussions at a deeper level. By taking a community approach we hope to undertake the various effects of concussions. Our team is full of motivated and dedicated individuals whose lives have all been affected by concussions.



Ryan Sutton

Ryan experienced 5 concussions throughout his amateur sport career and 3 concussions outside of sport. Ryan deals with persistent symptoms such as vision problems, anxiety and headaches. He was advised by doctors to stop playing contact sports at the age of 18. Around this time, Ryan began to fully understand how concussions can affect peoples lives. He then decided to dedicate his life to helping others who have experiences with concussions.

Ryan is now pursuing a Master’s Degree that seeks to “Understand the Essence of Concussion Stigma in Sport”. His vision is to blend leading edge qualitative research facilitations with high level content creation to effectively shift the existing status quo equilibrium surrounding concussions. Ryan is actively working to build new collaborative programs for people who have experienced the injury and is now taking a keen interest in the areas of mindfulness/meditation, sport policy, concussion experience research and building a holistic community approach to educating and supporting people with concussions.


In collaboration with Trent University we have had the chance to work with local post-secondary students to develop out our educational programming and awareness initiatives. Our student volunteers are essential in achieving the level of community impact we aspire to create. A special thanks to our current volunteers: Emma Pownall, Grace Sanderson, Jhaelyn Gomme, Hilaree Hogan, Addison Gibson, Bree Blaney, Taylor Mailloux-Stolar for all the amazing work they do.

Panel Representatives

  • Chair: Laura Kennedy – GPHSF
  • Michael Sherwin – KPRDSB
  • Wayne Clark – PVNCCDSB
  • Janice Runza – Lakefield College School
  • Steph Dalliare – Family Doctor
  • Liana Brown – Trent University
  • Seth Mendelsohn – Headsup Concussion Advocacy Network
  • Alex Weiler – PFHT ER Doctor
  • Jennifer Bell – City of Peterborough, Fleming College
  • Kelley Curtis – CHMA HKPR
  • Debra Prescott – Brain Injury Association of Peterborough Region
  • Joanna Hamilton – Neuro Psychologist


Community Collaborators

Trent University Kinesiology Society

The goal of the partnership is to connect PACA with the Trent community via the Kinesiology Society with the goal to inform, educate and provide concussion awareness to local students all while functioning within the four pillars of PACA (Recognize, Remove, Prevent, and Manage). 


Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Share Your Story!

Sharing your story is one of the best ways to spread concussion awareness. All submissions will be sent to our social media team and they will follow up with you to ensure your story gets shared on our social media page!


Join our volunteer team and help to contribute to local education and awareness on concussions in sport.

Community Partner

Join our growing network of community partners and help us work on projects that expand the local communities capacity for concussion education and awareness.