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Life's A Twitch! Celebrating 15 years.
1998 - 2018
Life's A Twitch! Celebrating 15 years.


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Holding the Sandra D. Lang Memorial Award. With me is Greg Fry, Program Support Manager at the Child & Parent Resource Institute (CPRI), where London's TS clinic (the "Brake Shop") is located (June 2006, Toronto, ON).

It has been my very good fortune over the years to receive considerable encouragement for the work that I do; each of these individuals and groups has demonstrated to me why devoting myself to making people’s lives better is a privilege. I thank you for being an important part in shaping my evolution.

Dr. Dunc.

1. Awards:

  • Richard Stein Memorial Award:

    • "for making an outstanding difference in the quality of life of individuals who have Tourette Syndrome"

    • Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada

    • June 1997

  • Todd Axelson Senior Role Model Award:

    • "Presented to an individual who has met the challenge of having TS, and is an example and an inspiration to others."

    • Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada

    • May 1998

  • Arch Award:

    • "for success in career endeavours; their interesting, unusual and innovative accomplishments; and their notable contributions to society, the local communities and the McMaster community"

    • McMaster University Alumni Association

    • June 2003

  • Maureen Cavanaugh Public–Awareness Award:

    • "Presented to an individual who has accomplished an outstanding achievement in promoting Tourette Syndrome Awareness."

    • Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada

    • 2004

  • OPS Make A Difference Award:

    • Outstanding Achievement

    • Child & Parent Resource Institute

    • April 2006

  • Sandra D. Lang Memorial Award:

    • "Outstanding contributions to children, youth, and family services in the province of Ontario"

    • Government of Ontario

    • June 2006

  • Hall of Excellence:

    • "for his outstanding achievements in the area of Medicine. These endeavours inspire the staff and students of Ridgetown District High School and are a source of pride to the citizens of the Community of Ridgetown and area. Duncan's efforts stand as a testimony to the quality of education and the development of character that come from a small, caring community."

    • Ridgetown District High School

    • June 2008

  • "Hero":
    • Today's Parent magazine

    • November 2008 issue

  • OPS Pinnacle Award:

    • Outstanding Achievement

    • Child & Parent Resource Institute

    • September 2011

  • Pinnacle Deputy Minister Award:

    • Service Excellence

    • Government of Ontario

    • January 2012

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The creation of, "Life's A Twitch!" occurred prior to Dr. McKinlay's registration as a psychologist (with the exception of Nix Your Tics!, published in October 2008). As such, much of the content on this website represents the personal, anecdotal, and research perspectives of B. Duncan McKinlay from that time period. To access writings which reflect his current perspectives as as a mental health professional, visitors are advised to access the Brake Shop clinic website.  It is Dr. McKinlay's belief that each website is valid: unique strengths and resources stem from each perspective. In the event that any contradictory information exists between the "Life's A Twitch!" website and the Brake Shop Clinic website, though, visitors are advised to resolve this contradiction by favouring the latter site.

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