Vancouver Brain Injury Association

Our Mission

Vancouver Brain Injury Association’s mission is to fill a devastating void for Vancouver and North Shore brain injury survivors by providing programs that are currently unavailable and to connect brain injury survivors, their families, and caregivers to resources that are available.

Brain Injury Alliance

The province of British Columbia through the BC Brain Injury Alliance provides funding for the VBIA Social Outreach Program and for the Brain Gain Fridays recovery program.


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Our Services


We have programs designed to educate on preventative practices and to rehabilitate those living with a brain injury.


We aim to streamline your process by connecting you with the resources you need the most.


We will stand up for those suffering from a brain injury by advocating on their behalf.


Learn Neuroplasticity Exercise Therapy at Brain Gain Fridays

Fridays, 1 pm at North Shore Neighbourhood House September thru June

Vancouver Brain Injury Association's New Vancouver Office & Support Groups

In addition to the North Vancouver address, we are proud to announce the opening of our new office in Suite 400 601 West Broadway, Vancouver.  VBIA has Vancouver support groups in our new office on Broadway, at UBC and on Oak Street at Congregation Beth Israel.  A Brain Recovery drop-in will open soon in Kitsilano. Image result for 601 west broadway vancouver

VBIA Outreach at Work

At the hospital Scott was denied participation in a physical rehab program.  VBIA’s outreach worker thought Scott deserves a chance to  walk again. “It’s 10:40am but the HandyDart is nowhere to be seen. I hurried into the Karen Magnussen Community Centre to find my colleague, Michael, waiting patiently on the bench just outside the indoor pool where the elderly held their water aerobics lessons every morning. Susan sticks her head out the door, dripping wet, with a disappointed look on her face and asks, “No show?” We shrug in synchronicity and just as we’re about to cancel the session for Scott, the bright yellow shuttle bus with pearly white accents and wheelchair emblems pulls up outside the rec center and starts backing up into the driveway.”…

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President & Director of VBIA - Dr. Shirin Hadizadeh

Dr. Shirin Hadizadeh is President of VBIAShirin Hadizadeh

Executive Director of VBIA - Gity Hadizadeh

Gity Hadizadeh is the executive director of VBIA  

Treasurer & Director of VBIA - Nasim Boustani

Nasim Boustani is the Treasurer and a Director of VBIA. 

Secretary & Director of VBIA - Sana Zahmatbar

Sana Zahmatbar is the Secretary and a Director of VBIA.

Founder & Director of VBIA - Richard Wagar

Richard Wagar, VBIA’s Director of Brain Recovery is also the founder of Vancouver Brain Injury Association.  Mr. Wagar has been providing services to people with brain injury on the North Shore since May of 2012.

Director of VBIA - Tony Burrows

Tony Burrows is a Director of VBIA.Tony Burrows, VBIA Director

Director of VBIA - Michael Rowan

Michael Rowan  is a Founding Director of VBIA.

Our Programs

Brain Waves

Brain Waves is a half-day,  fun-filled, educational neuroscience program for students in grades 4 to 6. Brain Waves is designed to tackle the growing incidence of acquired brain injury through an engaging and preventative program.

Brain Injury Support Group

Brain Gain Fridays

Brain Gain Fridays welcomes a diverse group of people to engage in music therapy, art therapy, meditation, neurologically beneficial exercise, social activities and FUN!  Vancouver BIA provides brain gain and brain recovery program access to concussion and brain injury survivors in addition to stroke survivors and other brain ailments. The Brain Gain Fridays event has neurologically beneficial exercise every week and frequent art therapy, music therapy, games, puzzles, social integration, and fun!

Brain Injury Treatment

Trauma Informed Practices

Trauma Informed Practices are integral to providing a safe and supportive atmosphere to those that have been through a traumatic experience. Attendance by donation!

Support Us

West Vancouver Persian Brain Injury Support Group

Persian neuroscientist Shirin Hadizadeh facilitates the support group meeting in Farsi. The meeting is for brain injury survivors and caregivers helping brain injury survivors and caregivers. Meetings are at 7 pm the first Thursday of each month in at thre West Vancouver Community Centre. We welcome new members! Call 604-499-8972 or email to register or for more information.

North Shore Brain Injury Support Group

Our support group encompasses individuals with different classes of injury, from concussion and traumatic brain injury to aneurysm and stroke or any other acquired conditions.  The North Shore Brain Injury Support Group meets in the Evergreen Boardroom at Lions Gate Hospital. Meetings are at 7:00 pm on the  last Tuesday of each month at Lions Gate Hospital’s Evergreen Boardroom.

We welcome new members!

Call 604-779-2472 or email to register or for more information.

Thank You for Your Support