Victoria Brain Injury Society

Helping People Through the Complexities of Brain Injury

You don’t have to do it alone

Peer Support

There are 6 one-hour long Peer Support sessions  offered every week!

See the calendar below for session dates and times, and call us at 250-598-9339 or email us at info@vbis.ca for information on how to access the sessions.

Peer Support in the Park will take place on Wednesdays from 1:00pm-2:30pm at Royal Athletic Park to allow us to practice social distancing. Please bring a mask! Pre-registration is required. Contact admin@vbis.ca to register.

VBIS Reopening Plan

VBIS will continue to follow provincial guidelines and we are planning to reopen on September 7th!

Masks will be required for any in-office attendance.

Programs including ABI, Coping, Carrying On With Coping, BrainWorks and Flowers will be open for in-office attendance and will also be available via Zoom. For more information please contact Lorna.

For general inquiries and to leave a message for your case manager: 250-598-9339 or info@vbis.ca.

We are also taking new clients! To connect with our intake coordinator please email intake@vbis.ca.

An Evening of Black & White... Because Grey Matters

Our annual fundraising gala will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place so tickets are limited!

For more information visit our gala website www.becausegreymatters.com.

Save the Date!

The VBIS Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 5:30pm at Fort Common (814 Broughton St)

Toss the Boss!

A fundraising event for the Victoria and Nanaimo Brain Injury Societies.

Join us at WildPlay Nanaimo on October 1, 2021 to do something you have always wanted to do….

TOSS THE BOSS off a bridge!

Visit www.tosstheboss.ca for more information

 

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Quick Info

Contact our Inreach Team
Fill out an intake form
Bus Pass Program

Do you know that you can get help with getting a bus pass and bus tickets from VBIS? Or that by purchasing your bus pass from VBIS you can help us provide a free pass to those who cannot afford one!

Contact Administration at admin@vbis.ca for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the backbone of our society – they greet our members when they walk in the front doors, offer comfort as peer supporters, participate in our special events and much, much more!

We welcome people of all abilities – we have survivors, family members and students, all working together to help each other succeed.

Click HERE to find out more about becoming a volunteer.

About Us

The Victoria Brain Injury Society’s mission is to support, educate, and advocate for adults with acquired brain injuries and their families; and to increase community awareness about acquired brain injuries.

OUR VALUES

  • Validation
  • Dignity
  • Respect
  • Acceptance
  • Compassion
  • Integrity

OUR PHILOSOPHY OF SERVICE

We believe every individual is due respectful support that begins with the recognition that individuals with disabilities are not abnormal or deficient but, instead, reflect the normal diversity of the human community.

Our basic philosophical underpinnings are rooted in the idea of maximum independence with minimum professional supports.

Our philosophy supports using existing services where appropriate, and using “natural” supports such as friends, family, and peers wherever possible.

We believe in encouraging family involvement and working towards enhancement of an individual’s social role within a network of family, friends, advocates and the community.

That being said, brain injury is a highly specific treatment area. Most generic service providers and peer or family supports require professional guidance and training to provide effective and meaningful support. That is where we come in.

There is support and understanding that you cannot imagine.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

WE “GET IT”!

Victoria Brain Injury Society gives survivors and their loved ones long term support through the many steps, both backward and forward, of life after brain injury. From those just released from hospital, to those who have lived with their injuries for decades, survivors consistently express gratitude and relief once they’ve walked through the Society’s doors. Finally, people who “get it”!

We offer that which society in general does not: a safe place to interact with people who understand. Issues like poor memory, short tempers, inappropriate behaviors, difficulty speaking and disorientation are accepted; coping strategies are shared.

Unprecedented acceptance is felt through the society – from fellow survivors, peer supporters, volunteers and staff.

CREATING COMMUNITY

We provide community for people who often feel they have become isolated from theirs, post injury. The confidence that comes from regular ventures to what many call the “brain club” frequently leads to more ease in public places and more confidence when participating in their own communities. Human contact is fostered.

Victoria Brain Injury Society makes a difference to those experiencing depression and anxiety which is common for many survivors of brain injury. The Victoria Brain Injury Society is a place to be heard and accepted, a place to recognize again one’s value and worth, a place to ask questions for which there are few answers in the mainstream and a place to meet friends.

THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS!

We thank our funders, without whose continuous support and generosity we could not provide support, education, and advocacy for adults with acquired brain injuries and their families.

     

            

      

 

            

 

          

 

               

Financial Statements 2020/2021

Financial Statements 2019/2020

Financial Statements 2018/2019

 

The Victoria Brain Injury Society’s mission is to support, educate, and advocate for adults with acquired brain injuries and their families; and to increase community awareness about acquired brain injuries.

OUR VALUES

  • Validation
  • Dignity
  • Respect
  • Acceptance
  • Compassion
  • Integrity

OUR PHILOSOPHY OF SERVICE

We believe every individual is due respectful support that begins with the recognition that individuals with disabilities are not abnormal or deficient but, instead, reflect the normal diversity of the human community.

Our basic philosophical underpinnings are rooted in the idea of maximum independence with minimum professional supports.

Our philosophy supports using existing services where appropriate, and using “natural” supports such as friends, family, and peers wherever possible.

We believe in encouraging family involvement and working towards enhancement of an individual’s social role within a network of family, friends, advocates and the community.

That being said, brain injury is a highly specific treatment area. Most generic service providers and peer or family supports require professional guidance and training to provide effective and meaningful support. That is where we come in.

There is support and understanding that you cannot imagine.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

WE “GET IT”!

Victoria Brain Injury Society gives survivors and their loved ones long term support through the many steps, both backward and forward, of life after brain injury. From those just released from hospital, to those who have lived with their injuries for decades, survivors consistently express gratitude and relief once they’ve walked through the Society’s doors. Finally, people who “get it”!

We offer that which society in general does not: a safe place to interact with people who understand. Issues like poor memory, short tempers, inappropriate behaviors, difficulty speaking and disorientation are accepted; coping strategies are shared.

Unprecedented acceptance is felt through the society – from fellow survivors, peer supporters, volunteers and staff.

CREATING COMMUNITY

We provide community for people who often feel they have become isolated from theirs, post injury. The confidence that comes from regular ventures to what many call the “brain club” frequently leads to more ease in public places and more confidence when participating in their own communities. Human contact is fostered.

Victoria Brain Injury Society makes a difference to those experiencing depression and anxiety which is common for many survivors of brain injury. The Victoria Brain Injury Society is a place to be heard and accepted, a place to recognize again one’s value and worth, a place to ask questions for which there are few answers in the mainstream and a place to meet friends.

THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS!

We thank our funders, without whose continuous support and generosity we could not provide support, education, and advocacy for adults with acquired brain injuries and their families.

     

            

      

 

            

 

          

 

               

Please feel free to peruse our Annual Reports. We are very proud of how far we have come over the past several years – read to find out more!

Annual Report 2020

Annual Quality of Service Report 2020

Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

Financial Statements 2019/2020

Financial Statements 2018/2019

 

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Testimonials 

“Since my brain injury in 2003 the Victoria Brain Injury Society has provided me with hope and understanding, as well as giving me an opportunity to help others through the Peer Support program.

I thank them for a second chance at leading a productive life in the community”

~ Richard

“Since my accident two years ago, the Victoria Brain Injury Society has become an integral part of my recovery process and continues to be a valuable part of my life.”

~Jaire

“Thank you for being there when I needed you the most”

~Andy

General Info

Executive Director: Pam Prewett

Location

Units C, D & E, 830 Pembroke Street
Victoria BC V8T 1H9

Society Hours

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, VBIS remains closed to the public. Clients are seen by appointment only.

Phone & Email

(250) 598-9339
hello@vbis.ca

Calendar – Week of August 9, 2021

Monday

Concussion Peer Support
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Women’s Peer Support with Toni
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday

Equine Assisted Learning (Saanich)
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Coping – Tuesdays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Walk Group
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Equine Assisted Learning (Saanich)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Carry On With Coping
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Peer Support with Andy
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Wednesday

ABI 101
9:45 am – 11:45 am

Peer Support with Stan
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Peer Support in the Park
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (pre-registration required)

Thursday

Peer Support with Patrik
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Coping – Thursdays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Art Therapy
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Friday

CLOSED

 

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    Get In Touch

    Location: Units C, D & E, 830 Pembroke Street
    Victoria BC V8T 1H9

    Telephone: (250) 598-9339

    Email: hello@vbis.ca

    Society Hours: M-Th: 10am – 3pm

    Closed Weekends.

     

    Non-Discrimination Policy

    VBIS does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

    VBIS is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.