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Adapted from an article by Christie Judson.

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The Courage to Come Back

Michael Coss is a funny guy. His jokes come quick and, if you’re not paying attention, his charming wit might just go over your head. But what you won’t miss, however, is this Traumatic Brain Injury​ (TBI) survivor’s uplifting spirit, dogged determination and the courage to come back against all odds.

It was May 18, 2006. Looking forward to the weekend getaway, the young family left their Coquitlam home at approximately 9 a.m. Coss, a former recreational pilot, avid sports competitor and...

A brain injury survivor sat down and shared her story with us today.

Thanks to her courage and perseverance, others can learn from her experience and use it to help with their own recovery.

Here is her story:

"I was in a car accident in 2008, four days before Christmas. I went from one reality to another

Depression hit like never before, I couldn’t figure out how to get out of it. I felt like I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t get motivated. I lost my ability to work, I lost my home. I ended up living in a hotel, and then at a transition house, without access to any of my personal belongings...

MEDIA RELEASE | OCTOBER 11, 2011

VANCOUVER - B.C. will be home to a centre that will lead the way in North America by uniting brain health and patient care, announced the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and Health Minister Michael de Jong, who attended today's groundbreaking at UBC Hospital.

Uniting psychiatry, neurology and neuroscience, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health will revolutionize brain health by bringing research together with care. All the areas of brain health will be under one roof, housing hundreds of...

The VBIS Running Team had five members run the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Half-Marathon this Sunday!

Everyone crossed the finish line in under 2 hours - way-ta-go team!

A must-read! There is an interesting article discussing the 'concussion crisis' in today's sports environment in The Atlantic.

Interesting tid-bits include:

- Competition...has been intensifying among girls, who are now suffering concussions at rates far greater than their male counterparts.

- Over the past three seasons, eight high school football players died as a result of injuries to the brain.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/09/how-to-fix-sports-concussion-crisis/245733/

 

Wow! What an event!

We're blown away by the numbers - 77 students stopped by to say hello, and 48 of them signed up to learn more about volunteering with us.

UVic is lucky to have such engaged students!

A Bike Ride Across Canada for Brain Injury Awareness!

Carole James, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill, came to visit the Victoria Brain Injury Society on June 6, 2011.

After touring the office, Carole sat with our peer supporters and learned more about the challenges faced by brain injury survivors.

At the end of her visit, Carole presented us with a Letter of Support:

Letter of Support

Carole also made a statement on Brain Injury Awareness and the Victoria Brain Injury Society in the Legislature on June 2, 2011.

Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube!

You can visit Carole James' website at http://www.carolejamesmla.ca/

The Victoria Brain Injury Society works diligently to ensure British Columbians are made aware of the impacts brain injury can have on our entire community.

With special thanks to Don Anderson and all of our Board Members, we are pleased to announce that June has been officially declared Brain Injury Awareness Month in British Columbia. The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of Our Province of British Columbia, signed the proclamation into effect on May 27, 2011.


Brain Injury Awareness Month Proclamation

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