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WHAT:  Victoria Brain Injury Society's Annual Picnic & BBQ

WHERE:  Victoria City Park, next to Crystal Pool (Quadra and Pembroke, opposite the Mowhawk gas station)

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 15, from 4:30pm to 7:00pm

WHO:  All clients, family members, friends of Victoria Brain Injury Society

WHY:  Meet old friends, make new friends, share food and stories, and HAVE FUN!!

We have the Island Savings Youth Team and Penny the Owl joining us for face-painting and games, to satisfy the real-age kids as well as the inner kid in us all!! With the children’s play ground right beside us as well, this...

Think of the last time you went somewhere. Maybe you went to the grocery store, to the park, or to the brain injury society. To get there, you had to plan and follow a route. Planning and following a route is called wayfinding. Research has shown that people with brain injury often have a hard time wayfinding, which may lower access to the community. But hand-held technology is becoming more advanced, and may help people with brain injury to plan and follow their routes.

With this in mind, a computer science graduate student named Nathanael Kuipers began his research on wayfinding in acquired...

There’s an exciting new initiative in Greater Victoria called the Community Action Plan (CAP) on Poverty

Over twenty organizations have joined forces on a campaign to make our community a more affordable and resilient place for everyone. We invite you to be part of this campaign. 

Click here to join the movement

The organizations behind the CAP on Poverty will be highlighting an action of the month and sharing regular updates full of opportunities to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community.  If you’re looking for opportunities to be involved, or if you’re already working on...

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!!

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!

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...

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 :)

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

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...

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...