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The Northeast Center for Special Care has released a document that outlines some of the benefits of music therapy session for those who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury. In the document, Rick Shoshensky talks of the many benefits that have been documented through individual participation in the process of creating music, both in a group and independently depending on one's comfort level.

For example, music is an exploratory act of self-reflection, which allows the creator to build self-confidence through artistic expression and tracking individual progression rather than focusing on...

We are hiring an Intake Coordinator! You are the right person to join our team if you are adaptable, can remain grounded and calm despite being pulled in multiple directions and have experience with front line social services work.

Click here to read the full job description.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We recently had a presenter from Vancity come speak to our members about the dangers of fraud and various prevention methods. During the talk a lot of interesting questions were asked! Of course when you have a financial person give a talk, the conversation can veer off into all sorts of interesting directions. One member asked about title insurance for home owners - and our lovely presenter sent us some follow-up information, which we thought we'd share with you.

Click here to view an informational sheet about Homeowners Title Insurance.

The Victoria Brain Injury Society is hiring a part-time Accounting Clerk. Deadline for applications is February 5th at 4 PM.

For more details, please click here.

The Victoria Brain Injury Society will be *CLOSED* on Thursday, January 16th 2014 for our Annual Staff Retreat. We wish we were going to the lake, but really we're just having a cozy little planning session off-site.

Finding Peace during the Holidays

By Fiona McLeod

The holidays! They should mean happiness and joy but in fact, most people, whether brain injured or not, find the Christmas season and the winter holidays to be a stressful and even upsetting time. This is because the holidays, despite the joys that they can bring, can be busy, stimulating, and pressured. It is helpful, then, to identify these stressors before they occur so that coping strategies can be put in place.

A useful way to identify winter holiday season stressors is to notice the amount or degree of change that occurs, for example, to...

We are very excited to announce that the Victoria Brain Injury Society has received funding for our Coping Strategies Program from the Ernest & Hazel Kay Fund for Seniors, the Rudi & Sylvia Hoenson Foundation and the Ernie & Frances Hudson Family Fund through the Victoria Foundation. We are so grateful to these funders for supporting this important program.

The Coping Strategies program empowers brain injury survivors to develop healthy coping strategies as they deal with challenging aspects of their injury including memory loss, sensory overload, depression, social anxiety and...

Join us for our Annual Holiday Celebration today (Thursday, December 12th), from 11 AM - 1 PM. Enjoy in some delicious treats, generously donated by our community partners (see below), and festive music from our very own band, the Forget Me Notes!

Tasty treats courtesy of Country Grocery, Safeway on Shelbourne, WalMart in Langford, Save-On-Foods in Uptown, Wellburn's Market, Mediterranean Speciality Foods, COBS Bread in SHelbourne Plaza, Caffe Fantastico, Patisserie Daniel, Dominos Pizza, Canadian Superstore, Lighthouse Cake Co and Market on Millstream.

To ensure that you receive a 2013 tax receipt, please make your donation by credit card online or via our website until December 31 or phone into the office at 250.598.9339 until 2:00 pm on December 23.

Donations by cheque must be postmarked by December 31, 2013.

Thank you for helping those most in need this holiday season!

Hmmm, now here is a controversial statement: "Poverty can make you stupid". So claims a recent study out of UBC. Thoughts?