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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!

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...

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...

Adapted from an article by Christie Judson.

Click here to view the full article.

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...

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...

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.

Barbara is stepping down in order to spend more time with her family. She wants to enjoy quality time with her two young children before they're all grown up!

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

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!