About Us

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.

Our Story

Discover the events that led Richard Wagar to start the VBIA. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Our Mandate

  • To serve as an advocate for brain injury survivors’ individual needs and concerns to the best of our abilities and resources.
  • To investigate the program needs of the Vancouver and North Shore brain injury community and provide those programs that are currently unavailable.
  • To provide a venue through which members of the public may contribute to the support of brain injury survivors and their caregivers.
  • To assist and support brain injury survivors in reaching appropriate agencies and support.
  • To use Trauma Informed Practices (TIP) in our society and to provide access to TIP training to other agencies.
  • To support inclusion and to not discriminate on the basis of factors including but not limited to gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status, physical or cognitive abilities, age, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.

Our Services

Advocacy

Our goal at VBIA is to help to alleviate some of the stresses that arise as a result of an acquired brain injury. To that end, we provide the following services:

  • Meeting with lawyers and legal counsel on the client’s behalf.
  • Attendance and counsel at medical, legal or other meetings.
  • Serving as an intermediary for our clients on WCB claims.
  • Assistance in conflict resolution with neighbours, landlords or other disputes.
  • Serving as a translator and intermediary in dealing with documentation, claims and other processes.
  • Assisting in connecting our clients with the resources they need, including counseling, legal advising and more.

Our advocacy work is determined on a case-by-case basis, and tailored to the client’s needs. Often it can be a huge relief for those we help to have the assistance of someone who understands the struggles of a brain injury and knows the procedures that need to be undertaken.

CLICK HERE to learn more about our Advocacy services.

Resources
VBIA is here to help connect you to the resources you or your loved one needs to move along the path to recovery. Along with connections to counselling services, legal counsel, and medical resources, VBIA is also a gateway to current brain injury research and news.  CLICK HERE to learn more.
Programs
We currently offer a variety of programs for people recovering from Brain Injuries, the aims of which are to support, rehabilitate, and educate.

These VBIA programs are funded by the Province of British Columbia through the BC Brain Injury Alliance.

Brain Gain Fridays: Neurologically beneficial exercise every week, along with music therapy, art therapy, meditation, social activities and fun! A great way to re-develop brain elasticity in a positive, welcoming, and supportive environment.

Brain Waves: An educational session for children in grades 4 – 6 that aims to increase knowledge and awareness surrounding the brain and safe practices. With proven success in Ontario, Brain Waves aims to reduce the incidence of acquired brain injury through prevention via education.

North Vancouver Brain Injury Support Group: Monthly gatherings provide a great way for those suffering from a brain injury to receive the support needed to navigate the journey to recovery.

UBC Brain Injury Support Group: Monthly support group meeting since April 2017. Starting in October 2018, this group will be expanding to two monthly meetings.

Broadway Brain Injury Support Group: Join us at 2:00 PM for this afternoon support group, kicking off on August 1st, 2018. (Located at Suite 400, 601 West Broadway)

Congregation Beth Israel Support Group: Another afternoon support group starting 2:00 PM on August 15th, 2018. (Located at 28th and Oak Street)

Charity Number

Vancouver Brain Injury Association is a Canadian charity, registration number 82988 0392 RR0001.

Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the support of:

The City of North Vancouver through their Community Grants program,

The District of North Vancouver through their Community Grants program,

The District of West Vancouver through their Community Grants program,

The Province of British Columbia through their Community Gaming Grants program.

The Province of British Columbia through the BC Brain Injury Alliance.

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia through their Community Grants program.