Victoria Brain Injury Society

Helping People Through the Complexities of Brain Injury

You don’t have to do it alone

LIVING WAGE EMPLOYER

We are thrilled to share that VBIS has officially been certified as a Living Wage Employer!

Our organization is made up of incredible people and paying them fair wages is one way we show our appreciation.

Research has shown that implementing a living wage benefits not just employees, but their employers, the community, and even the economy…

NEW WEBSITE SURVEY

The Victoria Brain Injury Society is currently in the process of updating its website.

Our goal is for the site to be as visually appealing, accessible, and resourceful as possible. To help us accomplish this, we’d love your feedback!

Please take a few minutes to fill out the short survey below.

STUDY PARTICIPANTS WANTED

This summer, the Victoria Brain Injury Society (VBIS) is conducting a study on the benefits of its flagship educational program, ABI 101. The intention of the project is to promote the program to a larger audience with the hopes of expanding rehabilitation options for brain injury survivors.

If you are interested in assisting this project as a study participant, please contact syd@vbis.ca or click below to learn more.

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Are you interested in becoming a client at the Victoria Brain Injury Society? Fill out our Intake Form and we’ll help you set up an introductory meeting with one of our brain injury experts.

Bus Pass Program

Did you know that the Victoria Brain Injury Society offers discounted bus passes and tickets for brain injury survivors? Contact us 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 to join our volunteer team. Fill out our New Volunteer Application to get started today!

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

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

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: (250)-598-9339
Email: admin@vbis.ca
Address: Units C, D & E 830 Pembroke St. Victoria, BC

Week of May 23rd, 2022

Monday

CLOSED for Victoria Day – Enjoy the holiday!

Tuesday

ABI 101 & Coping Strategies
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

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

ABI 101 Friends & Family
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday

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

ABI 101
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Coping Strategies
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Art Therapy
3:15 pm – 5:00 pm

ThursdaY

ABI 101 & Coping Strategies
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Music Drop-In
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Peer Support with Brenda & Joanne
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Mindfulness Practice
1:30 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.