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Building New Roads in the Brain Injury World

A newly formed board with a clear strategic plan aims to take the British Columbia Brain Injury Association (BCBIA) in new directions, but with the same goal of improving lives for people living with acquired brain injury (ABI).

The BCBIA, which held its AGM in June, welcomes new board members, says farewell to outgoing board members, is launching an exciting brain injury research initiative, and is optimistic about the future for people with ABI in BC.

"The strategy of the BCBIA is all about focus and leadership," says Patti Flaherty, board chair. "We envision a better world for people and families living with ABI and are working to make a real impact in this province."

The board also includes: Liz Baron, Kelly Sharp, Mel Kaushanski, Mike Rossiter, Janice Landy, Renee Lieu and new members Tony Mok, Andrew Harnden and Kurk Neuenfeldt.

The BCBIA's mission 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.

The three strategic priorities developed this year include:

  • Facilitating access to information on ABI in BC;
  • Raising the profile of ABI in BC; and
  • Informing/Influencing the provincial strategy for ABI in BC.

The BCBIA is launching a provincial strategic initiative, which will use demonstrated excellence in existing services and supports in BC to inform a provincial ABI strategy to improve the lives of people living with brain injury.  This project will be launched in September and is anticipated to take up to 5 months to complete.

For more information about the BCBIA, please visit ww.brainstreams.ca.