BC Brain Injury – The Northern Brain Injury Association Of BC

2016 Happy Helmet Day Winners

Congratulations to this year’s prize winners, and to all who entered our 2016 Happy Helmet Day Contest. All of you are winners in our hearts. The children’s cash prizes were generously donated by True North Lawyers: www.truenorthlawyers.com

Serving Brain Injury Survivors & Their Families In Northern British Columbia

Skull and BrainOur mission is to advance brain injury prevention, education and support in order to reduce injury, and improve the quality of life for all those who are affected by its life altering effects. Thanks to an amazing network of community partners, volunteers, local facilitators, support groups and generous funders, we are proud to be northern British Columbia’s voice of brain injury.

Northern British Columbians live, play and work in some of the most rugged and dangerous geography in the entire world. Our days are filled with activities and behaviors that produce endless risks for sustaining injury to our body’s most complex organ, our brain. The result is more than 22,000 British Columbians experiencing brain injuries every year.

Northern Brain Injury Award Presentation

On behalf of Brain Injury Canada, Honourable Mike Morris presents NBIA president Doug Jones and Will Lewis (Program Developer for the NBIA) with The National Communication Award for the informational video series and posters the NBIA has developed.

On November 13th, 2015, the Northern Brain Injury Association received a cheque for $91,252 from the Brain Injury Alliance, a provincial brain injury acquisition and distribution organization. The funds were part of a historic 3 million dollar brain injury funding initiative announced May 13th, 2015, by BC Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Terry Lake. Dr. Lake stated, “Brain injury has the ability to shatter lives. Left untreated, it can lead to issues that affect the whole community, which is why the funding provided to the Brain Injury Alliance is so important to make sure help goes to those who need it.” The funding is to supplement, not replace, existing funding by government and health authorities.

The Northern Brain Association is deeply grateful to the Province of British Columbia for such historic and socially innovative funding, our northern members of the legislative assembly for their amazing support and encouragement, and the Brain Injury Alliance for its efforts to improve the lives of British Columbians living with a brain injury.

When someone suffers a brain injury, it impacts their families, friends and communities. Providing Northern British Columbians with access to educational and support services is essential. – Prince George-Valemount MLA, the Hon. Shirley Bond

Brain injuries can have other social impacts. By working together we can help those living with acquired brain injuries. – Prince George-Mackenzie MLA, Hon. Mike Morris

If left untreated, brain injuries can lead to issues that impact the entire community. The hard work the Northern Brain Injury Association does will improve many lives. – Peace River North MLA, Pat Pimm

Brain injuries can play a significant role in developing other social impacts like homelessness and has psychological impacts. – Cariboo North MLA, Hon. Coralee Oakes

Prince George MLAs Shirley Bond and Mike Morris

Prince George MLAs Shirley Bond and Mike Morris are presented awards
of appreciation by Bill Drake of Prince George and Yvonne Nielson of Terrace at
Prince George Brain Injury Group’s open house on November 13th, 2015.

Did You Know

Even though it claims the lives of thousands of times more people than flu viruses do per year, and disables many thousands more, brain injury receives 20 times less funding nationally than just the province of Nova Scotia spent on flu vaccines last year.

The current rate of brain injury in Canada per year is greater than all breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDs and spinal cord cases combined.

Cerebrovascular Accidents (Strokes) are brain injuries.

The incident rate of brain injury in British Columbia is approximately 60 cases per day. That is 22,000 injuries to brains every year. Of those, many thousands will face serious employment and social challenges. When added to the 180,000 plus survivors in British Columbia currently living with severe acquired brain injury, it is quickly apparent that British Columbia is experiencing a massive silent epidemic.

Acquired brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for Canadians under the age of 40.

Falls are a major cause of brain injury, and the number one location for falls is the home.

Each severe brain injury costs our medical system over $1,000,000 at the time of injury, and $400,000 every year thereafter.

60-80% of inmates have suffered at least one serious brain injury. Most will never receive treatment, and will likely return to prison.

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