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Check out our calendar to see what's happening in May at VBIS.

Check out our calendar to see what's happing in April at VBIS.

Don't miss out on Brain Injury Canada's semi-annual conference hosted on April 5, 6 2016 at the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina, BC. There's a great line up of speakers including Dr Catherine Mateer, Trevor Greene, Janelle Breese Biagioni, Naznin Virji-Babul and many more. Check out http://braininjurycanada.ca/2015/12/20/semi-annual-conference-2016-april-victoria/ for the full speaker list and to register.


Yoga is a great way to relieve stress, build strength and increase flexibility for participants of all shapes, sizes and strengths. VBIS holds yoga classes for brain injury survivors and their families on Thursday evenings from 6-7pm. Classes are led by Helena Mitchell. Helena is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga for over ten years. Her approach is open, playful and lighthearted. She invites participants to explore each pose in their own body from a fundamental, universal and safe place. No experience is necessary, Helena will customize the session to meet your...

The battle begins! For the first time ever Victoria Brain Injury Society is participating in in the annual Loonie Wars against Campbell River Head Injury Support Society, Powell River Brain Injury Society and Comox Valley Head Injury Society.

This is a fun way to raise community awareness about brain injuries as well as provide funds to support local brain injury survivors. From Friday, February 19th till the 29th we will compete to see who can collect the most loonies to provide vital support to brain injury survivors. Help Victoria Brain Injury Society win the prestigious Loonie War Trophy...

All of us at VBIS are really sad to say good bye to not one but two wonderful team members – Kathy Smith and Vance Borbandy. Kathy has been working with VBIS for nearly three years. We’ve been really lucky to blessed by her compassion and wit. Kathy has been a key part of the team; steering us through a time of transition and supporting the team and clients in this process. Kathy is going to be following her passion teaching in higher education and we wish her the best of luck on this next phase of her journey!


Vance has only been with us a short time as our Intake Coordinator but he’s made a...

The VBIS office will be closed from 24th of December until 4th January.

If you need help over the holidays you can contact the organizations below.



If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the 24 hr Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888

or the Province-wide BC Line: 1-800-SUICIDE

8-1-1 is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. 

Or call emergency services 9-1-1.



Rainbow Kitchen

Noon seating: further seatings as needed. 500 Admirals Road

12 Steps Recovery Community

noon-2pm Kirk Hall...

Join us in our Open House crafting event!
Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday December 21-23 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Victoria Brain Injury Society.
We will have craft supplies on hand to create a small ornament for you to take home or give as a gift.
We have two styles to chose from … or maybe you have your own ornament ideas.
The VBIS elves will be here to assist you in all your crafting desires!

Come along to VBIS Caregivers Workshop to learn how to manage stress and cope during the holidays. Presentations from Barbara Erickson and a representative from the  Family Caregivers of BC.

Light refreshments and child supervision provided.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Please let the VBIS receptionist know by Monday, December 7 if you like to attend.


This weekend I completed a 34.5 km, 10.3 hr hike as a physical metaphor for the exhaustion that so often follows after a brain injury. And I have to say by the end of the hike I was so exhausted that I was struggling to form sentences and certainly struggling to communicate effectively what I was thinking. Whatever I chose to communicate at that point, had to be important enough to muster up the energy to make myself understood. I can see why families and couples living with brain injury often find communication an issue, especially in the evening.


Along the journey we talked of many metaphors...