Dr. Shirin Badii, Ph.D.
Shirin is the president of VBIA.
PhD Neuroscientist and President of Vancouver Brain Injury Association, Shirin facilitates the West Vancouver Persian Brain Injury Support Group. Shirin’s PhD thesis was written investigating and analyzing the effects of crowding agents on protein folding and stability. Following this, she spent time doing research as a post-doctoral fellow at a brain research centre at UBC Hospital. Today, Shirin is a researcher at BC Cancer Agency.
As Executive Director Gity is the CEO, responsible for all operations and for ensuring that VBIA operations adhere to VBIA policy as directed by the Vancouver Brain Injury Association Board of Directors.
Gity has experience with nonprofits on 2 continents and is especially focused on the value that volunteers bring to VBIA. Gity is the chief Volunteer Coordinator, and expects to have other volunteer coordinators responsive to the needs of volunteers in various departments.
Board of Directors
Richard is a former executive coach and trainer.
Tony is a director at VBIA.
Nasim Boustani, BASc, MSc, MBA
Nasim Boustani is an accountant and VBIA Treasurer and Director.
Jeff is a personal Injury lawyer and a director at VBIA.
Dr. Philip Teal
Dr. Philip Teal is a neurologist with interest in brain stroke.
Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul
Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul is a consultant neurosurgeon and Chief, Department of Surgery at Lions Gate Hospital, and Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, UBC.
Dr. Amir Sepehry
Dr. Amir Sepehry is a neuropsychologist and a faculty member at Adler University.
Dr. Robert Carruthers
Dr. Robert Carruthers is a neurologist.
Dr. Maziar Badii
Dr. Maziar Badii is a spine rheumatologist.
Dr. Bruce Forster
Dr. Bruce Forster is a professor and the head of the radiology department at UBC Faculty of Medicine, as well as an academic director at Office of Education Innovation.
Dr. Alex Rauscher.
Dr. Robert Carruthers is a medical physicist and a faculty member at UBC.
UBC-student Saman has been working for VBIA since 2016.
Zeba joined VBIA as a volunteer in 2017.
Jennifer Bonderoff, Ph.D.
Co-founder Jennifer Bonderoff, Ph.D., has her doctorate in molecular biology. Founder & Board Member through 2016
Penny Luke, M.Ed.
Founding member Penny Luke, M.Ed. has decades of experience as a Special Education/Resource teacher in Lower Mainland school systems. Her experience in working with special needs students is invaluable. Penny experienced a near-fatal brain injury when, as a very small child, she was struck by a car in the street.
Bill Luke, Ph.D.
Founding member Bill Luke, PhD is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology & Biology at Trinity Western University. Dr. Luke is involved with establishing policy and guidelines for fitness and health enthusiasts who wish to become fitness leaders for individuals of all ages. He has been involved for many years with BCRPA (British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association – Fitness). In addition, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Registered Kinesiologist in British Columbia. He is the creator of the training program in British Columbia for the development of older adult fitness leaders. Graduates of the older adult fitness leaders program qualify for certification in the Province and across Canada.
Social Media Team Member
Social Media Coordinator
Kaitlyn Li is a high school international student who has taken this position since 2016. She takes the responsibility of updating all of our social media cites including Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and Twitter, and manages to rebuild our website for aesthetical pleasure. She is going to university in this September.
North Shore Brain Injury Support Group Facilitator
Kim has a background in business and a black belt in karate. Kim is a great communicator who volunteers as North Shore Brain Injury Support Group host and facilitator at NSBISG meetings.
Task-Mistress and All-Around Wonder
We met Gina at our very first North Shore Brain Injury Support Group meeting at Lions Gate Hospital. She was a volunteer from the opening minutes of that meeting, and ever since. In our first year, Gina never missed a meeting.
Brain Recovery Fridays Volunteer
Kamelia helps out at Brain Recovery Fridays in various roles where possible.
Bill Luke, PhD
Volunteer Presenter on Neuroscience & Exercise
Founding member Bill Luke, PhD is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology & Biology at Trinity Western University. Dr. Luke volunteers in presenting exercise and neuroscience in brain injury recovery.
Handy Helper and Transporter Extraordinaire
Gerry is an acquired brain injury survivor of a workplace accident. for years, Gerry spent years trying to get help dealing with WorkSafe BC. He volunteers with all aspects of set-up and take-down for the support group meetings and assists with transportation and flyer distribution.
Vancouver Brain Injury Association is a Canadian charity, registration number 82988 0392 RR0001.
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.