VBIS is ecstatic to announce we’ve been selected as one of the 20 charities for the 2012 Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon Charity Pledge Program!
The big race will take place on Sunday, October 7th, which means we have 248 days to get the community involved in this great event.
VBIS will be raising awareness and funds by forming a Walk & Run Team and Cheer Squad. Victorians can support VBIS by donating pledges to the team or individual participants, or by coming out to cheer on the big day!!
Whether you walk, run or cheer, we’d love to have you on our team, so give Anna a call at...
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.
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.
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!
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.