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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?


Our awesome volunteers and staff got together for a day of fun, laughter and parading in the Victoria Day Parade!


The Victoria Brain Injury Society was the lucky recipient of a day of team building and strategic thinkspace, donated by Once-a-Quarter, a collaboration of Victoria based small businesses committed to making Victoria the best it can be.

VBIS has over 80 volunteers, can you believe it? We are hosting a big celebration to thank them for all of thier hard work and dedication, this Thursday, April 25th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Are you a VBIS volunteer? Come joing us for some yummy treats, and some awesome door prizes! See you there!

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Nicole Nelson is now appointed as VBIS’s new Executive Director. Nicole has been the Director of Resource Development at VBIS for two years. She looks forward to supporting the organization as it continues to grow!

*We're in the news!*

Shaw TV interviewed one of our clients about riding a bike without a helmet and the severe consequences it can have. Should fees be increased for not wearing your helmet? We think so!

Let's keep people safe!