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Jordan finished her Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Victoria this summer and has a background in community work from working with federal parolees as a counselor to helping set up care and community arrangements with the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Center in Victoria. She is passionate about areas such as social justice, disability rights and advocacy and was herself born with physical disabilities and this is a big part of her reason for being passionate about peer support and the importance of it.

Jordan has lived in various places around the world, growing up in...

Volunteer Opportunity

Event Coordination Assistant

VBIS is seeking a volunteer Event Coordination Assistant to work with our team to help plan our involvement in the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon on October 7th, 2012.

The volunteer coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Creating media and communications materials
  • Recruiting team members to walk, run and/or collect pledges for the VBIS Team
  • Developing business partnerships and obtaining sponsorships and related fundraising activities
  • Coordinating with staff, team members, sponsors and volunteers
  • Attending monthly Charity Pledge Program...

Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What are some small things you can do to help reduce the impact of negative experiences?

1) Take a stand for yourself - being kind to yourself, wise and realistic about the toxic effects of painful experiences.

2) When emotional pain does come, even softly, try to hold it in a large space of awareness. In a traditional metaphor, imagine stirring a big spoon of salt into a cup of water and then drinking it: yuck. But then imagine stirring that spoonful into a clean bucket of water and then drinking a cup: it's the same amount of salt -- the same amount of worry or frustration...

We would like to offer a huge THANK YOU to David Boersma, “The Lighting Guy,” for all the hard work he did here at the Victoria Brain Injury Society last Friday. He did a fabulous job re-wiring our electrical system and putting up our new sconce lighting system in the group room. Need some electrical work done?

Call Dave at (250) 580-4432. We highly recommend his work!

Check out the website for his locally-owned company, Modern Multimedia: www.modernmultimedia.ca

Join TEAM VBIS and help us raise funds to cut down our waitlists. Join our staff and clients as we walk and run to improve our brain health! And remember, “success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started!”

The Victoria Brain Injury Society will be hosting our 5th Annual Evening of Black & White…Because Grey Matters Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, November 17, 2012, featuring the inspiring group, Destino!

Please visit the official Gala website for details: www.becausegreymatters.com

How can YOU get involved? Simple. Choose one, or all, of the following options:

1) Buy a Ticket

2) Collect Silent Auction Items

3) Sponsor the Gala

4) Volunteer Before and/or During the Gala

No matter what your budget, there are plenty of ways to get involved - just call us at (250) 598-9339 and ask for Anna to...

We had a great time at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Media Launch this morning - thanks to all those who made it out to support TEAM VBIS, and for those sending positive vibes from home :)

Feedback from members indicated that although people benefit greatly from the programs held in our group room, they often found the room itself to be a huge issue. They found it difficult to feel comfortable due to poor lighting (which was giving them headaches), poor air quality and circulation, depressing colours and unfriendly décor. In addition, the tables in the room were...well, just plain ugly!!!

These can be significant issues as brain injury survivors often experience sensory defensiveness, in which sensory input causes a client to react in a negative way.

We were therefore very...

Watch the Victoria Brain Injury Society's Walk & Run Group featured on the CHEK News Vital People series.

Way-to-go to all of our AWESOME walkers and runners...healthy people = healthy brains!!

Thank you to CHEK News for wanting to learn more about brain injury and how the Victoria Brain Injury Society is empowering people to find their own unique path to recovery and rehabilitation!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting last night. The snacks were yummy, the "Forget Me Notes" played some awesome tunes and the speeches were inspiring. Congrats to all on an amazing year of growth and achievement!

A HUGE thank you to the great folks at Caffè Fantastico Specialty Coffees for their generous donation of delicious brew for our Annual General Meeting.

We are also grateful to Cobs Bread at Shelbourne Plaza for the tasty treats.

Our taste buds were delighted!!


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