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 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 to register.

VBIS Reopening Plan

VBIS is aiming for a soft reopening on July 5th!

Programs including Music Therapy and Art will be in-office with limited spaces available, so pre-registration will be required (contact Suzanne to register). The office will remain closed with the exception of those who have an appointment or are pre-registered in a program. Masks will be required for any in-office attendance. Drop-in and Peer Support will remain on hold until September when we will reopen fully.

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 Suzanne.

For general inquiries and to leave a message for your case manager: 250-598-9339 or

We are also taking new clients! To connect with our intake coordinator please email

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

Mindfulness is Back!

Freedom Through Mindfulness will start on Wednesday, July 21. This six week program will run in-person from 10-11:30am. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by contacting

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 for more information


Make a difference and donate to VBIS here!

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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 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.


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


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.



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.


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.


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




General Info

Executive Director: Pam Prewett


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

Calendar – Week of July 19, 2021


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

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

Music Therapy
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm


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

Coping – Tuesdays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

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


ABI 101
9:45 am – 11:45 am

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Walk Group
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

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


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

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

Music Drop-In
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Equine Assisted Learning – Cobble Hill
12:20 pm – 1:30 pm

Visual Arts
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm




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.

The society has empowered the peer support members to discover themselves through their program and through counselling.

I wish to thank them all for a second change 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.”


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



Send a Message

    Get In Touch

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

    Telephone: (250) 598-9339


    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.