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Listen to Victoria Brain Injury Society Board President Stephen McKenzie on CBC's All Points West! Posted on Monday, Jan 16th, skip ahead to 6:12 to hear about the McKenzie family's journey through brain injury.

Click HERE to listen.

A gigantic THANK YOU to the United Way of Greater Victoria for funding our Community Connections Program! Our sincere gratitude for your continued and steadfast support of brain injury survivors.

This grant will provide brain injury survivors with support, training and volunteering opportunities that help them build the skills required to be emotionally, economically and socially self-supporting. This is so critical to our members and the broader community because it provides a safe environment for survivors to rebuild positive living skills and regain work experience while learning to deal...

We are very excited to announce we have received funding from the Vancouver Foundation for our Peer Support Program for 2012!

This funding will help train our peer supporters, who are available Monday through Thursday in our community room. These volunteers, who have experienced acquired brain injuries themselves, are trained to support new members, facilitate group conversations, answer questions about brain injury and refer survivors to useful community resources. They pass on useful coping techniques and share their experiences with other survivors and their families.

Thank you, Vancouver...

We had a joyful Holiday Celebration that filled the VBIS office with delightful songs, bright smiles and festive cheer!

Our all-star volunteer, Andrea Schneider, organized the entire event, with the help of Brenda Hurd and Anna McLauchlan.

Over 70 people made their way through our open doors, enjoying delicious treats, graciously donated by Cobbs Bakery on Shelbourne, Safeway (University Heights and Oak Bay), the Market on Yates and Dominos Pizza on Quadra. Board member Barbara Toller brought a lovely pot of hot apple cider and Caffe Fantastico supplied scrumptious coffee!

We had a rousing...

The Victoria Brain Injury Society's Run & Walk Team joined brain injury survivor David McGuire for the last 2 kilometers of his epic journey across Canada on Friday, December 9th, 2011.

David sustained brain injury in 2005, and his life changed dramatically after brain injury. He wants to bring awareness to this cause and although he was told by doctors that he’d never walk again, he decided was going to run! And run he did. A marathon a day, in fact! The event was called A Run to Remember and David ran from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, BC.

David’s goal is to inspire people...

Did you know that the Victoria Brain Injury Society offers a Creative Arts Program for brain injury survivors?

Facilitator Katusha Dmitrieva runs the program every Monday from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Fernwood area.

This holistic approach to recovery offers survivors a chance to use the creative process of art-making to improve and enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

We believe that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps survivors work through challenges, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self...

Today participants of the Coping Strategies program wrapped up 20 weeks of learning, laughing and friend-making.

Today's celebration included a lot of yummy treats brought in by participants, and a lot of fond memories recalled from weeks gone by.

One participant, Greg, sat down with Director of Resource Development, Nicole Nelson, to share his story and his experiences in the program.

Here is what Greg shared:

It happened in the early morning hours of July 31st 2009 while I was showering. It was my last day of work before my five week holiday. I knew right away something was wrong. There was...


Canadian Tenor Ken Lavigne to Perform at Benefit Concert to Help Local Organization Cut Down on Waitlists

VICTORIA, BC (11 AM – November 2, 2011) – Canadian Tenor Ken Lavigne and friends will lend their vocal talents to the Victoria Brain Injury Society at the 4th Annual Black & White Gala on Saturday, November 19th, 2011.  

Due in part to increased awareness of the connection between Sidney Crosby-like concussions and brain injury, the Victoria Brain Injury Society has seen an upsurge in the number of people accessing their services. In order to meet...

Barbara Erickson, Director of Client Services, will be moving on after 5 years at VBIS.

Barbara has contributed to the Society in ways too numerous to mention and she will be greatly missed.

We wish her every success and hope she'll come back to visit us often!

According to the article, “Sidney Crosby took a step toward returning to National Hockey League action Thursday, but the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar still faces a significant hurdle in his bid to recover from a brain injury.

Paul Echlin, a sports medicine physician from Burlington, Ont., advises patients in similar circumstances that they are at risk of sustaining another concussion with a similar or lengthier symptom duration. He informs individuals that have suffered multiple concussions, or that take a long time to recover, that there may be some permanent brain injury. The risk of...