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Did you know that the Victoria Brain Injury Society offers a Creative Arts Program for brain injury survivors?

Facilitator Katusha Dmitrieva runs the program every Monday from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Fernwood area.

This holistic approach to recovery offers survivors a chance to use the creative process of art-making to improve and enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

We believe that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps survivors work through challenges, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self...

Today participants of the Coping Strategies program wrapped up 20 weeks of learning, laughing and friend-making.

Today's celebration included a lot of yummy treats brought in by participants, and a lot of fond memories recalled from weeks gone by.

One participant, Greg, sat down with Director of Resource Development, Nicole Nelson, to share his story and his experiences in the program.

Here is what Greg shared:

It happened in the early morning hours of July 31st 2009 while I was showering. It was my last day of work before my five week holiday. I knew right away something was wrong. There was...

BLACK AND WHITE…BECAUSE GREY MATTERS

Canadian Tenor Ken Lavigne to Perform at Benefit Concert to Help Local Organization Cut Down on Waitlists

VICTORIA, BC (11 AM – November 2, 2011) – Canadian Tenor Ken Lavigne and friends will lend their vocal talents to the Victoria Brain Injury Society at the 4th Annual Black & White Gala on Saturday, November 19th, 2011.  

Due in part to increased awareness of the connection between Sidney Crosby-like concussions and brain injury, the Victoria Brain Injury Society has seen an upsurge in the number of people accessing their services. In order to meet...

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!

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...

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...

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/

 

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