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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.

 

CRISIS

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.

 

HOLIDAY MEALS

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...

Check us out on the Brittany King's Weekend Wellness show. You can listen at https://soundcloud.com/saturday-programming-cfax/june-6-weekend-wellness

We're really excited to announce a fantastic fundraiser:  League and Williams are supporting "Yoga in the Park - with Helena", a series of Yoga classes on Tuesday afternoons from noon to 1 pm starting June 2, 2015 and continuing through August 25, 2015 (weather permitting) in Victoria West Park.  The classes are led by Lambert and Williams legal assistant and trained yoga instructor, Helena Mitchell.  Participation is by donation with the proceeds of the events going to the Victoria Brain Injury Society.

Yoga is a great way to relieve stress, build strength, and increase flexibility for...

My name is Barbara Erickson and I’d like to share a story with you.

 

My story: I have worked in the field of brain injury for nearly a decade. Currently I am a counsellor working with the Island Family Counselling Centre. A major focus of my practice is to work with brain injury survivors and their families. My first introduction to brain injury was when I was hired to provide support and leadership at the Victoria Brain Injury Society. As a service provider, I became very aware of all the challenges relating to a brain injury and the potential for recovery with sufficient supports. As a leader...

We all have such a blast, with donated coffee, tea and donuts from Tim Hortons to help us along before and during the parade, and then assorted large pizzas and water donated by Boston Pizza to round off for lunch after the parade.
 
If you like to take part of the parade this year on Monday, May 18, we would love to hear from you!
 
Please contact Anna or Reception folks by Wednesday, May 13 so that we can ensure you are safely on a list to receive updates and information on how to get involved.

VBIS will be having a documentary crew filming on site on Friday 17th April. If you'd like to take part in the documentary contact our reception and let them know.

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