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You are not alone. VBIA provides support programs to brain injury survivors.



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OUR MISSION

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

OUR MANDATE OUR PURPOSE

Direct Support

You get direct support for your individual needs as a brain injury survivor from the Vancouver Brain Injury Association.

Support Groups

You are welcome at VBIA brain injury support groups. Brain injury survivors and caregivers support brain injury survivors and caregivers. For your safety, please register here

Resources

You get brain injury services at VBIA. We also connect you to community resources. You can find a wide variety of services for you and for your loved ones.

Brain Gain Fridays

You are invited to join us at Brain Gain Fridays. Enjoy a place you can have fun with people like you. Recover together. For your safety, please register here

YOUR ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP

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You can join brain injury recovery support group meetings in several cities, including Vancouver and on the North Shore, now. Join now and VBIA will tell you as soon as the meeting rooms become available.

Finally be with folks who understand you. Imagine a group of people who "get it". You can help. Please tell us the best time for you to attend a support group online HERE:

BEST TIME
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YOUR ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP

You can join brain injury recovery support group meetings in several cities, including Vancouver and on the North Shore, now. Join now and VBIA will tell you as soon as the meeting rooms become available.

Finally be with folks who understand you. Imagine a group of people who "get it". You can help. Please tell us the best time for you to attend a support group online HERE:

BEST TIME
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Ila Branscombe

Ila Branscombe aspired to become an interior designer. She was getting ready to be married and begin a fulfilling career. Then in 1994, she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. The doctors told her that no cure was available, and she had weeks to live. Radiation was deemed her only chance at survival. As a result, Ila underwent extreme radiation which left her with permanent brain damage, and she lost all day-to-day capabilities.

Ila

Peggy

Peggy Cameron

When Peggy Cameron enters a room, she brings a bright energy and wears a joyful smile. For the better part of two years, Peggy volunteered with the Vancouver Brain Injury Association (VBIA) and helped develop the Brain Gain Friday program. Her cheerful disposition makes it surprising to realize that Peggy endured eight strokes and incurred brain damage.


Gerry Dela Guerra

In July of 2009, Gerry Dela Guerra was living life the way he had always wanted. He worked hard by day at his job in construction and had busy and satisfying evenings and weekends, drumming in multiple bands as well working on building his hotrod. A month later, in an instant, everything turned upside-down. During his shift, while climbing a ladder perched atop scaffolding, the scaffolding supporting the ladder moved, causing Gerry to lose his balance and plummet to the ground. When Gerry awoke, he was at Lions Gate Hospital, where he was told the extent of his injuries: a fractured skull, bleeding in his brain, spinal cord damage, severe motor skill damage, shattered teeth on his left side as well as permanent vision loss in his left eye. Life was never the same.

Gerry

Zeba

Zeba Khan

In November of 2017, while attending the University of British Columbia and taking a psychology class on the brain and behaviour, Zeba Khan was tasked to take on a community project working with brain injury patients. After some searching, Zeba found the Vancouver Brain Injury Association and the two began their partnership together. Zeba ultimately chose to stay on with VBIA following the conclusion of the project and attempt to bridge the gap between her university and VBIA after discovering that very few UBC neuroscience students knew about the association.



Ila Branscombe

Ila Branscombe aspired to become an interior designer. She was getting ready to be married and begin a fulfilling career. Then in 1994, she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. The doctors told her that no cure was available, and she had weeks to live. Radiation was deemed her only chance at survival. As a result, Ila underwent extreme radiation which left her with permanent brain damage, and she lost all day-to-day capabilities.

Ila

Peggy Cameron

When Peggy Cameron enters a room, she brings a bright energy and wears a joyful smile. For the better part of two years, Peggy volunteered with the Vancouver Brain Injury Association (VBIA) and helped develop the Brain Gain Friday program. Her cheerful disposition makes it surprising to realize that Peggy endured eight strokes and incurred brain damage.

Peggy

Gerry Dela Guerra

In July of 2009, Gerry Dela Guerra was living life the way he had always wanted. He worked hard by day at his job in construction and had busy and satisfying evenings and weekends, drumming in multiple bands as well working on building his hotrod. A month later, in an instant, everything turned upside-down. During his shift, while climbing a ladder perched atop scaffolding, the scaffolding supporting the ladder moved, causing Gerry to lose his balance and plummet to the ground. When Gerry awoke, he was at Lions Gate Hospital, where he was told the extent of his injuries: a fractured skull, bleeding in his brain, spinal cord damage, severe motor skill damage, shattered teeth on his left side as well as permanent vision loss in his left eye. Life was never the same.

Gerry

Zeba Khan

In November of 2017, while attending the University of British Columbia and taking a psychology class on the brain and behaviour, Zeba Khan was tasked to take on a community project working with brain injury patients. After some searching, Zeba found the Vancouver Brain Injury Association and the two began their partnership together. Zeba ultimately chose to stay on with VBIA following the conclusion of the project and attempt to bridge the gap between her university and VBIA after discovering that very few UBC neuroscience students knew about the association.

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VBIA CAN BE YOUR CHAMPION

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VBIA advocacy is offered for each individual's particular needs. This is a matter of custom case management, not clerical assistance in filling out forms. Or VBIA can be a stand-in for dealing with professionals, such as doctors and lawyers. Finally, the brain injury survivor can understand what the professionals are trying to communicate.

VBIA provides patient advocacy. A VBIA advocate might accompany a client to a medical appointment, or meet with medical multidisciplinary teams to participate in finding solutions for patient or caregiver concerns.

Interested in using our services? Please click HERE:

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VBIA CAN BE YOUR CHAMPION

VBIA advocacy is offered for each individual's particular needs. This is a matter of custom case management, not clerical assistance in filling out forms. Or VBIA can be a stand-in for dealing with professionals, such as doctors and lawyers. Finally, the brain injury survivor can understand what the professionals are trying to communicate.

VBIA provides patient advocacy. A VBIA advocate might accompany a client to a medical appointment, or meet with medical multidisciplinary teams to participate in finding solutions for patient or caregiver concerns.

Interested in using our services? Please click HERE:

FILL CLIENT FORM
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