Victoria Brain Injury Society

Helping People Through the Complexities of Brain Injury

You don’t have to do it alone

ABI In Person - Now Available!

ABI is now offered in person on Fridays from 1pm – 3pm. For more information contact 250-598-9339 or admin@vbis.ca.

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

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

We Are Open!

VBIS will continue to follow provincial guidelines. Masks will be required for any in-office attendance.

Programs including ABI, Coping, Carrying On With Coping, and Flowers are now open for in-office attendance and will also be available via Zoom. For more information please email admin@vbis.ca.

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

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

NEW PROGRAM LAUNCH

ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) 101 for Family and Caregivers

ABI 101 is an introduction to brain anatomy, functioning, and brain injury. This course is designed to give family members and caregivers the opportunity to understand and better cope with the complexities of brain injury.

This program will run every Tuesday from February 1 – February 22.

Register with us at admin@vbis.ca

Toss the Boss!

An annual fundraising event for the Victoria and Nanaimo Brain Injury Societies at WildPlay Nanaimo

Over $87,000 raised last year!

Join us next year on September 23, 2022 and to do something you have always wanted to…

TOSS THE BOSS off a bridge!

Visit www.tosstheboss.ca for more information

 

Looking for Students to SHINE

SHINE is a new educational outreach service that is being launched at VBIS. Each SHINE session will be delivered to high school students and will provide them with the opportunity to learn about how the brain works, as well as the causes, consequences, and prevalence of Acquired Brain Injury. If you are a youth student with lived experience with concussion or with knowledge and/or experience with brain injury, you can apply to become a SHINE ambassador. Contact admin@vbis.ca for more information.

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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.

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

We are:

1.       Compassionate.  We exemplify compassion towards each other, ourselves, and our community.

2.       Accountable.  We take responsibility for our actions and the overall success of the organization.  We are honest, transparent, clear and kind.

3.       Community.  We create and embrace a welcoming, collaborative, and supportive community haven.

4.     Inspired. We consistently seek out and apply feedback with a vision to advance and progress collaboratively as a team, leveraging technology to interact efficiently with our stakeholders and our community.

5.       Engaged.  We work to ensure all of our interactions reflect a responsive, empathetic, and optimistic outlook.

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

 

About Us

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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
admin@vbis.ca

Calendar – Week of Jan 17, 2022

Monday

Concussion Support Group              10:00 am – 11:30 am

Women’s Group with Toni (At VBIS)
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Music Therapy (At VBIS)
12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Yoga/Stretch (At VBIS)
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Equine Assisted Learning
11:00 am and 12:30 pm

Tuesday

Peer Support with Ian and Stan
10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Peer Support with Andy and Alan
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Wednesday

ABI 101 (Zoom)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Peer Support with Toni
10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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

Peer Support with Caitlin & Ernano
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday

Music Drop In (Zoom)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Friday

ABI 101 (At VBIS)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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    Get In Touch

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

    Telephone: (250) 598-9339

    Email: admin@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.