Nanaimo Brain Injury Society

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Life After Concussion Workshop: Building resilience through education and
self-management strategies held 21 and 28 November 2017, Nanaimo.

Tony Robertson and Ashleigh Enwood - Life After Concussion Part 1

Jamie Dunnett and Kira Heaton - Life After Concussion Part 2

Now What? Journeying Through Community Reintegration After A Brain Injury
Symposium held 15 November 2017, Nanaimo.

Wendy Johnstone - Navigating Transitions

Briar Shaw - TBI Rehab in the Private Sector

Uta Sboto-Frankenstein -Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research

Jessylee Craig - Healing the Brain: Mild-Traumatic Brain Injury in Central Vancouver Island Adolescents

A video of Bill's story can be seen here

Bill McCracken - Now What? Community Reintegration after Acquired Brain Injury

Erin Hemmens - Now What? Community Reintegration after Brain Injury

Presentations at the Acquired Brain Injury In Children And Youth Symposium held 14 October 2016, Nanaimo.

Dr. Jacqueline Purtzki - Pediatric Concussion update.

Dr. Brian Christie - Heads Up.

Listen to podcasts of Dr. Brian Christie’s presentation and panelist, Mary Stasiuk (Access Specialist in Disability Services at Vancouver Island University) by clicking the links below:

Dr. Brian Christie

Mary Stasiuk

The full post is available on Vancouver Island Mental health Society’s website( images, description, links)

Presentations at the Concussion Symposium held 20 November 2015, Nanaimo.

Dr. David Brooks - Concussion: Current Research and Best Practice.

Dr. Michael Gaetz - The Neurophysiology of Concussion, Electrophysiology, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

Web Resources For Brain Injury

BC Brain Injury Association

The BC Brain Injury Association (Brainstreams) is to be the agent of change providing leadership for developing, driving and implementing a provincial strategy in BC to improve the lives of people who live with acquired brain injury.

VIHA Brain Injury Program

The Brain Injury Program helps individuals with an Acquired Brain Injury live in the community. VIHA and community agencies work together to arrange support services.

Stroke Recovery Association of BC

Learn how to recover from stroke and take back your life. Find expert advice, guides, videos, community group programs designed for stroke survivors in BC, and best of all – hope.

Community Brain Injury Program

Community Brain Injury Program provides funding and coordination of short-term, rehabilitation and support services. The goal is to help the child or youth as they move from hospital or rehabilitation center to home, school, and community. Services are provided to children and youth, aged 0-19 years, in their home community (anywhere in BC).

Teaching Students with
Acquired Brain Injury

Teaching Students with Acquired Brain Injury is a resource guide for schools that has an overview of the brain, effects of injury, educational implications and practical strategies to use in the schoolroom. There are also case studies and sample individual education plans.

Teaching Kids with Concussion:
A Guide for Classroom Teachers

If a student sustains a concussion at home or at school, parents need to seek medical attention immediately, and inform their child's school of the outcome as soon as possible. Teachers need to be aware of the physical, cognitive, academic, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of concussion so they can accommodate students with concussion in their classrooms. Outcomes may be subtle and temporary, but may significantly impact a student's performance.

Family Caregiver Network Society

If you are providing eldercare to a parent, caregiving your spouse or partner or providing care to another adult family member or friend, you are a family caregiver. The person you are caring for can be elderly, in poor health or disabled and be living in his or her own home, with you or in a care facility.

Nanaimo Citizens Advocacy Assoc.
#114-285 Prideaux street
Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm.
 Phone 250-753-2321 

Professional staff members work with Income Assistance and Disability Benefit Recipients, Low Income and Marginalized individuals in Nanaimo, the Mid Island and surrounding Nanaimo areas. Services include: help with PWD applications; appeals and tribunals, residential tenancy issues, C.PP disability applications, and more.

Personal Supports Line

BC 211 is the single point of entry phone line for information about programs available through six different provincial ministries. Browse the Personal Supports BC website for the links to listings of non-profit organizations who can help with equipment, education, transportation, etc. Call 211


This is a health system navigation service that is accessible via telephone or the Internet. It assists the public and health care professionals in finding and accessing appropriate health resources in or close to their home communities. You can learn about health topics and medications, check your symptoms, find resources and communities as well as a number of other health related topics

Bus Pass Program

Low-income seniors and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) have access to the BC Bus Pass Program. The pass is valid in communities served by BC Transit or Translink.
Persons with Disabilities can receive a bus pass as part of their disability assistance.


Lifeline is an easy-to-use personal response service that lets you summon help any time of the day or night - even if you can't speak. All you have to do is press your Personal Help Button, worn on a wristband or pendant, and a trained Response Centre Associate will ensure you get help fast.

Campbell River Head Injury
Support Society

The Campbell River Head Injury Support Society has a mixture of programming available. We not only provide support and advocacy to our members and their families but we have regular courses running as well. All programs relate to Brain Injury in one way or another and vary from month to month.

Comox Valley Head Injury Society

The Comox Valley Head Injury Society (CVHIS) is a non-profit organization providing programs and support services to acquired brain injury survivors, their families and caregivers in the Comox Valley.

Powel River Brain Injury Society

The Society provides support, education and advocacy for persons living with an acquired brain injury, their family, friends and caregivers through goal specific, unique and innovative programming.
These programs continue to evolve in response to ever changing needs.

Victoria Brain Injury Society

The Victoria Brain Injury Society's vision is to empower people with acquired brain injuries to maximize their quality of life. Its 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.

Stroke Information And Resouces

Stroke Recovery Canada® Information Package provides information for stroke survivors, their family members, caregivers and friends. If the answer you’re looking for isn’t here, call us at the Stroke Recovery Canada® Warmline (1-888-540-6666). You can also join the Stroke Recovery Registry and receive an information package as well as the latest issue of our newsletter, The Phoenix. To join the registry, please email your full name, full address, phone number and email address to . In your email message, please indicate whether or not you would like to receive an information package as well as the latest issue of The Phoenix.