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           Mandatory Bike
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Close to 150 Million in Recoveries*
     Settlement on Major Brain Damage Case over $3 Million
    resulting in a structured settlement of close to $8 million
  tax free during the lifetime of the victim of the car accident.
                                                                                               • Brain Damage
                                                                                               • Quadriplegia
                                                                                               • Paraplegia
                                                                                               “The hiring of your firm following our
                                                                                               tragic MVA will be a time for gratefulness
                                                                                               and appreciation never to be forgotten”.
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                                                                                                BERNIE SIMPSON C.M.
                                                                                                Dealing only with I.C.B.C. Car Accident Cases for over
                                                                                                35 years.
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     E. ANTHONY THOMAS                        BERNIE SIMPSON C.M.                               Award in Washington, D.C. on Behalf of Brain Injury
                                                                                                Survivors. Presented by the Brain Injury Association
   Dealing extensively with Motor Vehicle          Member Order of Canada,                      of America and International Brain Injury Association”.
                                                                                                Member of Brain Injury Association of America,Brain
     Accident Cases for over 15 years        Recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal             Associations of British Columbia, International Head
                                                                                                Injury Association, BC Paraplegia Association, Trial
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                   1-800-668-3788                                                 recoveries between 1988 to 2006 in over 5000 cases, and is not to be
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               Toll free throughout North America                                 we have negotiated. Each case is different and may have a high or low
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                                        Message from the Editor
                                                      Janelle Breese Biagioni
Greetings! This issue of Headline offers thought-provoking         ada, between 1996-2000, more than 300 bicycle deaths
information on bike helmet legislation. Over the years, this       occurred in traffic crashes while over 42,500 cyclists of
has been a contentious issue for many reasons: People              all ages sustained injuries that required emergency treat-
have argued about freedom of choice, religious rights (i.e.        ment.” Furthermore, CARSP reports that “while bicycle
wearing a turban is an important aspect of the Sikh faith          fatalities and injuries have been decreasing over the past
and raises a conflict with mandatory helmet legislation),          few decades, in 2000, 40 cyclists died and approximately
and cite that if enforced, individuals will opt to not ride a      7,840 cyclists were injured in traffic crashes.”
bike and therefore, will put their health at risk. To this, I
                                                                   If data, such as that noted above, has little effect on your
say... those against bike helmet legislation have probably
                                                                   point-of-view, then at least consider the fact that the finan-
not been affected personally by brain injury!
                                                                   cial burden on our healthcare system in caring for individu-
The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals              als who sustain a brain injury is significant. Moreover, the
(CARSP) state in their position paper Support for the Man-         personal cost to families and the lives of those living with a
datory Use of Bicycle Helmets for All Ages that “in Can-           brain injury is immeasurable! For me, if mandatory helmet
                                                                   legislation prevents even just ONE brain injury - it is worth

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Last November the Kamloops Brain Injury Association and
South Kamloops Secondary School’s No Regrets team
were excited to bring SMARTRISK Heroes to Kamloops
for the fourth time. SMARTRISK Heroes is a non-tradi-
tional, internationally-acclaimed road show dedicated to
preventing injuries among youth through smart risk-tak-
ing. It is a fast-paced, state-of-the-art presentation hosted
by a young injury survivor and it gets through to students
because it speaks loudly to them in their own language.
Rather than telling them what not to do, SMARTRISK He-
roes shows young people how to manage risk safely by
implementing five choices that fit into their own lifestyles
During a three-day period, more than 3200 students trav-
eled from schools around School District #73 (Kamloops/
Thompson) to attend one of the twelve SMARTRISK Heroes
presentations. They became acquainted with 18-year-old
injury survivor, Sean Fowler, and heard his gripping story
of loss and eventual triumph. In October of 2004, Sean at-
tempted to jump between two cars of a slow-moving train,
something that he had done many times before. This time,
however, his foot slipped and he fell onto the tracks, losing
his left arm and leg as a result. “A wise man learns from                vignettes of other injury survivors, and Sean’s own horrific
a fool’s mistakes,” he said. “That’s why I’m here.” Us-                  story, SMARTRISK Heroes showed the importance, and
ing rock music, video footage of high-risk activities and                simple ways, of making smart risk choices in everyday
some tragic consequences of poor risk choices, poignant                  life.
                                                                         With the help of national and many local sponsors, the Ka-
                                                                         mloops Brain Injury Association is always thrilled to bring
                                                                         this exceptional injury prevention program to our students
                                                                         and our community. Audience response during the shows
                                                                         and the reactions after only serve to confirm that SMAR-
                                                                         TRISK Heroes has once again succeeded in delivering its
                                                                         valuable message.
                                                                         Organizations or individuals seeking more information on
                                                                         SMARTRISK or SMARTRISK Heroes should visit the web-
                                                                         site at
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                                                 School’s Heroes Show Crew and Joy Scobie, KBIA’s
                                                                         Education and Prevention Coordinator.”
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Raising Canada’s Consciousness for 20 years!

The Pacific Coast Brain Injury                                                              to home! Within this context the
Conference (PCBIC) Steering                                                                 PCBIC Steering Committee has
Committee and the Brain Injury                                                              decided to devote our time and
Association of Canada (BIAC)                                                                efforts over this next year to re-
have partnered this year to bring                                                           flecting, evaluating, re-tooling,
you a truly spectacular, national                                                           and transitioning the conference
event. Our aim is to deliver top                                                            into a sustainable vision for the fu-
quality speakers and presenta-                                                              ture. As a result, we are not plan-
tions, bring together members of                                                            ning a conference for 2008 but are
the brain injury communities from                                                           committed to the original intent
all parts of Canada as well as the US and other countries,        and principles envisioned by the founders and have many
and to celebrate 20 years of education, consciousness-            ideas for continuing their mission and in fact broadening
raising and community development.                                our reach in the future. During this time, we invite you to
                                                                  contact us with your thoughts on the conference and its
This year’s program offers a wide variety of workshops
                                                                  two decades of serving the brain injury community, and to
and presentations that will appeal to professionals working
                                                                  let us know what you would like to see in the future. For
in the field as well as survivors and family members. On
                                                                  contact information and updates on the future of the con-
February 15th, two day-long pre-conference workshops
                                                                  ference, please visit our website
address prevention and human relations. Throughout the
conference, you will be inspired by many of our favourite         Bonnie Wilson
speakers from the past 20 years as well as some new               Conference Chair
ones. We are confident that you will find the presentations       Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference
enlightening, educating, and even entertaining!
A Tribute to Our Legends
This year we are honouring individuals and groups who
have made a significant contribution to the brain injury
community in BC over the past 20 years. Be sure to join us
at this reception to pay tribute to those who have helped
make a better life for individuals and families living with
the outcome of a brain injury. As well, you will enjoy the
wonderful music of “The Copy Cats” - a fantastic Motown
group who kept the crowd on their feet at our last confer-
ence!                                                                 ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY (ABI)?
What does the future hold?                                            . . . with an ABI, a One-Day Functional Capacity Evaluation is
As with all milestones in one’s life, the 20th Anniversary of         not enough to determine ability to return to work . . .
PCBIC has provided us with an opportunity to reflect on
our work over the last two decades, as well as an oppor-              INTRODUCING THE 3-DAY ABI WORK CAPACITY ASSESSMENT
tunity to think about what might be possible in the future.           ...a longer assessment allows for a comprehensive evaluation of the multiple
The original intent of the conference was to provide educa-           symptoms associated with Acquired Brain Injury....
tion on brain injury, to be as inclusive as possible in all as-
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of the issues facing survivors and family members, and to             REGARDING:
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                                        WHERE IS THE
As far as I can see, at the present
time, the services for adults with
                                        ADVOCACY?                                     Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Au-
                                                                                      tism, both because they have power-
                                                    By John Simpson
Acquired Brain Injury are provided                                                    ful advocacy groups.
by the A.B.I. Program in each Health Authority. The differ-
                                                               What I am getting at here is the very real need to establish
ent Health Authorities seem to be embarking on different
                                                               a provincial organization that can be an advocate for all
projects. On a provincial level, there is still no accurate
                                                               those with an Acquired Brain Injury in the province. This
system for gathering the incident rate and the prevalence
                                                               is not taking away one iota from the excellent work be-
but looking over some documents, they seem to be within
                                                               ing done by all the local associations but there must be
the ballpark; however, there has to be a proper system for
                                                               provincial representation if there is to be ongoing improve-
gathering this data on a provincial basis not on a region by
                                                               ment. I have been told by a number of very senior bu-
region basis. One study I have seen from California clearly
                                                               reaucrats that this is the only way there will be recognition
shows the different demographics between traumatic and
                                                               and changes. Each group can lobby to the local Health
non traumatic brain injury. In traumatic the numbers are
                                                               Authority and work with them for more funds from Victoria,
higher under 30 and 75% male. In non traumatic, the high-
                                                               but there needs to be that provincial group. I wish for the
er numbers are over 30 but the breakdown is 50/50. There
                                                               success of the “Born Again” B.C. Brain Injury Association
is also some clear research and certainly on my own fol-
                                                               and I hope that everyone in the province will get behind
low-up that there is very definitely early aging with a sub-
                                                               them to make it work this time. There are no quick fixes; it
stantial number of individuals that I know. The research
                                                               will be a long, long term project as there are many issues
linking Acquired Brain Injury and psychiatric issues later on
                                                               not the least of which is to lobby the Insurance Corporation
is very important and now we have another study showing
                                                               of British Columbia to increase the No Fault Limits. There
that the early use of marijuana can contribute to the onset
                                                               are also needs to be partnerships with others so that rather
of schizophrenia. When you look at the homeless in Van-
                                                               than splitting dollars, the best possible use can be made of
couver or anywhere else, many have mental/psychiatric
                                                               the dollars that are available.
problems and goodness only knows how many have an
Acquired Brain Injury.
When it comes to children, the issue is equally as enor-
mous. We see the strides being made for Fetal Alcohol

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                                       Yoga with Naeem
At 24 years of age, Naeem Datoo                                                         get showered, dressed and even eat
did not envision his life was about                                                     my food,” Naeem explains. Naeem
to change drastically after playing a                                                   began formal rehab with an oc-
game of cricket on May 16, 2004.                                                        cupational therapist in September
The game finished around 6:00 pm                                                        2004 and was introduced to yoga.
that day, and Naeem and his friends                                                     He had been very active prior to
lingered to socialize in the club-                                                      the accident, playing a number of
house. On the way home, Naeem                                                           team sports, and needed a physical
and a buddy were involved in a sin-                                                     practice to re-build his strength and
gle vehicle car crash. Naeem was a                                                      stamina.
passenger and suffered a subdural
                                                                                         “Yoga is so much more than a phys-
hematoma, fractured jaw and foot
                                                                ical practice. If you slow down the practice, it becomes a
and a broken clavicle in addition to a number of other inju-
                                                                moving meditation, which then has deep healing effects
ries; the driver’s injuries were not substantial.
                                                                in not only the physical body, but on other levels as well,
Naeem’s family and friends filled the Intensive Care Unit at    including the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies,” says
VGH for the eleven days he remained in hospital. When           Naeem. “Yoga has become a central focus in my life. I
Naeem awakened from a coma, he was on a respirator and          teach it and practice it.” The greatest benefit from practic-
began having seizures. He could not talk or move around         ing yoga for Naeem has been creating a sense of peace
much due to his significant physical injuries. When he did      and contentment through all of life’s changes. “In yoga, the
begin to speak, the words formed in Naeem’s mind, but           intention is to master the mind/body complex by focusing
his “lips couldn’t move the way he wanted.” “At the time,       on the breath and accepting whatever is present, whether
I had just returned home from graduating at McGill Univer-      that is openness or discomfort. As a result of letting go of
sity in Montreal. My intent was to be a consultant in the       the resistance to what is, stress and tension melt away and
high-tech field. When the accident happened, I had already      pain transforms from a hindrance into a teacher”.
begun a number of interviews in the Vancouver area,” states
                                                                Naeem, as seen on this issue’s cover, becomes one with na-
                                                                ture through yoga -- perhaps even able to move mountains!
Naeem’s parents took him home to recover. He was in a           He has returned to school and plans to pursue a high school
wheelchair and required 24/7 care for the next three months.    teacher/counselor career.
“I was completely dependent on my family and friends to

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           Union of Municipalities Endorses
           Amendment to Motor Vehicle Act
The South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society              The South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society be-
(SOSBIS) applauds the Union of BC Municipalities for             lieves that by focusing attention, energy, and resources on
endorsing an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act to re-           a Helmet Education & Awareness Program for 2007 and a
quire mandatory helmet use when operating a skateboard,          promotional campaign providing awareness that a helmet
scooter, in-line skates, roller skates or any other small        bylaw for skateboarders is coming will provide better re-
wheeled device.                                                  sults in increasing helmet use in Penticton especially for
Earlier this year, I met with the Parks, Recreation & Cultural   youth in our community.
Advisory Committee and requested on behalf of SOSBIS             Rather than slapping a punitive strategy right away, this
that they put forward a recommendation to Council to             allows community stakeholders (RCMP, Youth Ambas-
adopt a bylaw similar to that of the City of Port Moody,         sadors, city staff, etc.) to build positive relationships with
which consists of a combination education/enforcement            youth and hopefully get them to have a positive attitude
program backed up with a city bylaw governing the wear-          about wearing helmets before it becomes law.
ing of helmets in the skateboard park. As a result, I have
participated as a member on the Penticton Youth Advisory         This also allows 1 year of promotion of the upcoming by-
Committee, which also supports implementing a strategy           law so that tourists are aware that when they come back
that ultimately gets bikers and skateboarders to wear a          to Penticton the following year, they will need to bring a
helmet when riding anywhere in Penticton.                        helmet.

SOSBIS is aware of the concerns around enforcing a man-          SOSBIS anticipates the year 2007 with enthusiasm and
datory skateboard helmet bylaw. We agree it may be chal-         eagerness with our Prevention Campaign.
lenging; however, it is well documented that enforcement         Lisette Shewfelt
and education on the usage of safety devices like seat-          Executive Director
belts and bike helmets has effectively reduced the num-          South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society
ber of injuries and fatalities. Furthermore, as helmet use
becomes ‘second nature’ for the public, in the same way
that seatbelts have, we foresee the need for enforcement
to become more of periodic “checks” or “blitzes” and used
as a tool to increase public awareness.
Because an increase in the use of small-wheeled vehicles
(in-line skates, scooters, roller skates, and skateboards)
has resulted in an increase in injuries (including brain in-
juries), locally and provincially, SOSBIS has requested to
council to begin implementing a mandatory helmet by-
law as soon as possible. It takes time to increase public
awareness and build momentum into creating change.
On November 27, 2006 the South Okanagan Similkameen
Brain Injury Society and the Penticton Youth Park Advisory
Committee recommended to City Council that:
1) Implementation of the Helmet Education & Awareness
   Program begins in 2007 and
2) That a Helmet Bylaw for Skateboarders be implement-
   ed in 2008 with the following recommendations:
   * THAT the bylaw is effective city-wide (not just the
   Youth Park).
   * THAT there are proper resources allocated for
   enforcement (RCMP or Bylaw).
   * THAT an Enforcement Policy is created before the
   bylaw is passed.
   * THAT Youth Park Ambassadors remain Ambassadors
   and NOT enforcement officers.
City Council approved the recommendations and the
Helmet Bylaw for Skateboarders will be implemented in

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        The New Charitable Giving Rules:
      A Windfall for Donors and Fundraisers
In this edition of Headline’s Money Matters, we look at          But while most of us are doing our part, and should be
a topic that probably affects us all more than we think:         commended for doing so, statistics show that a growing
charitable giving. Chances are, you give time or money to        number of wealthy philanthropists provide the lion share of
charitable organizations, and it is likely that either you or    the financial support. The top 10% of donors account for
a loved one will benefit directly from the outstanding ser-      62% of the $8.9 billion given in 2004.
vices that such organizations provide. You might also be
involved in the administration or fundraising for a charity or   Increasing numbers of Canadians are attaining a level of
foundation. Whatever your level of involvement, it may be        wealth through business, property, investments or inheri-
to your benefit to understand the new rules passed in the        tance, that enable them give back by supporting causes
May 2006 budget.                                                 they believe in.
                                                                 And the federal government has stepped up their support
  “85% of adults make donations                                  as well. Capital gains tax on gifts of appreciated securities
                                                                 was eliminated in the May 2006 budget, a move that was
   ... this is something we can all                              applauded by the Association of Fundraising Professionals

           feel proud about”
                                                                 (AFP) and which is expected to increase giving by hun-
                                                                 dreds of millions and possibly billions of dollars annually.
                                                                 “This is a huge victory for Canada’s charities,” said Su-
A recent survey by Statistics Canada, the Canada Survey          san Mullin, Director of Development at the York Univer-
of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, shows that 85         sity Foundation and chair of AFP’s Government Relations
percent of adults make donations to charitable and non-          Committee. “This policy change will dramatically enhance
profit organizations. In addition, nearly 12 million Cana-       charitable giving in Canada. ... The opportunities for chari-
dians volunteer almost 2 billion hours to charitable orga-       ties to build their capacity and expand programs have now
nizations each year, improving the quality of life of every      multiplied with this provision.”
Canadian. This is something we can all feel proud about.
                                                                 If history is anything to go by, charities are well advised
                                                                 to take note. In 1997 the capital gains tax was lowered
                                                                 by 50 percent. A subsequent study showed that over a
                                                                 five-year period, gifts of securities went from nearly zero
                                                                 to accounting for, on average, 10 percent of a charity’s re-
                                                                 ceipted donations.
                                                                 Research and anecdotal evidence shows that people gen-
                                                                 erally give because they want to give. The Canada Survey
                                                                 of Giving makes it clear that our financial donations are
                                                                 driven primarily by compassion, contribution to commu-
                                                                 nity and belief in a particular cause. However, as the size
                                                                 of the gift increases, so does the impact of tax incentives.
                                                                 So while very few donors list income tax credits as a rea-
                                                                 son for their donations, such considerations become of
                                                                 increasing importance for ensuring that gifts provide maxi-
                                                                 mum benefit to the causes they support.
                                                                 Perhaps not surprisingly, the wealth management indus-
                                                                 try has also responded with an ever increasing number of
                                                                 options for making charitable giving more effective. En-
                                                                 dowments, bequests and charitable trusts can be part of
                                                                 a tax-efficient giving strategy if used properly. Tax advan-
                                                                 tages can also be obtained through the donation of stocks,
                                                                 bonds, mutual funds, RRSPs, RRIFs and life insurance.
                                                                 A recent and growing trend in Canada is a move towards
                                                                 what are known as Charitable Giving Funds or Donor Ad-
                                                                 vised Funds. These programs allow individuals and corpo-
                                                                 rations to enjoy many of the benefits of a private founda-
                                                                 tion for a fraction of the cost.
                                                                 The main reason for the growing popularity of such funds
                                                                 is that they combine a powerful tax and estate planning
                                                                 strategy with ease of administration. Donors are able to
                                                                 name their fund, receive immediate tax credits, select in-
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vestments for the fund that will grow tax-free and select         While writing a cheque or making a cash donation is still
which charities to donate funds to. They can even desig-          the most common method of giving, changes to public
nate children as successors to establish a multi-genera-          policy and innovation in the financial industry are helping
tional tradition of philanthropy.                                 Canadians to become more active, generous and strategic
                                                                  with their giving.
                                                                  David Lee, FMA is an Investment Advisor and Financial Planner
                                                                  with BMO Nesbitt Burns in White Rock. Questions about this
                                                                  article? David can be reached at 604-535-4323 or davidnlee@
                                                                  The comments included in the publication are not intended to be
                                                                  a definitive analysis of tax law: The comments contained herein
                                                                  are general in nature and professional advice regarding an indi-
                                                                  vidual’s particular tax position should be attained in respect of
                                                                  any person’s specific circumstances. Opinions are those of the
                                                                  author and may not reflect those of BMO Nesbitt Burns. The
                                                                  information and opinions contained herein have been compiled
                                                                  from sources believed reliable but no representation or warranty,
                                                                  express or implied, is made as to their accuracy or completeness.
                                                                  BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of
                                                                  Bank of Montreal. Member CIPF

    Connection, Networking, Support and Sharing
                                             Submitted by Trisha Melynchuk, VIHIS

The Vancouver Island Head Injury Society (VIHIS) has been         women. I feel that this is a valuable service we are now pro-
running a Women’s Support Group since September 20,               viding at the society and really hope it will continue.”
2006. The group runs on a drop-in basis at the society
                                                                  “It has been such a delight to see a group of women come
every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Currently, there
                                                                  together at VIHIS to share knowledge, courage and gain
are 15 community members who regularly attend, and the
group continues to grow every week.
                                                                  “Yeah! An island of like-minded women.”
The Women’s Support Group was developed in response
to the needs specific to women survivors of acquired brain        “It’s a great thing to have. It’s nice to have somewhere to
injury (ABI) in the Greater Victoria and surrounding commu-       let out your feelings. I enjoy sharing the same experiences
nities. The women expressed a desire to have a solutions          with people. We can laugh about things together.”
focused support group where they could gather to share            “I love spending time with women who really understand
their experience living with brain injury; share resources;       what life is like living with a brain injury.”
develop friendships, and reduce isolation. Some of the
events and resources developed within the group include           “The women’s group is a positive and fun part of my
potluck dinners, clothing exchanges, and the creation of a        Wednesday and gives me something to look forward to
wish list, which allows the women to donate items to other        every week. I like the interaction with women like me and I
group members and to request items needed.                        can relate to my new friends on a personal level that is very
The women recently provided feedback about their experi-
ence in the group and the following are some of the com-          For more information, please call Trisha at VIHIS at (250)
ments made.                                                       598-9339.
“I really enjoy the women’s group. To meet up with women
who know what you’re talking about and to share their
experiences with you.”
                                                                                        Columbia Speech &
“I deal better with the week’s trials knowing I’ll be able to
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                A D V E RT I S E R ’ S P R O F I L E                                                 I    N     T     E     R    N     E     T

             Neill Brown Law Firm
  Neill Brown has been counsel since 1975. In the first
  ten years of his practice he handled a wide variety of
  lawsuits, but by 1985, serious personal injury practice
  had become his main focus. He has successfully rep-
                                                                                                    If you would like your Web Page
  resented many seriously injured clients, with a particu-                                              listed call 604-274-1251
  lar focus on brain injury. He has been a loyal supporter
  for many years of the work of Fraser Valley East Brain
  Injury Association. Testimonials from former clients re-                                               Campbell River Head Injury Support Society
  flect the personal approach of Neill and his dedicated                                                                  
  legal assistants, secretaries and other staff.
                                                                                                           Lower Mainland Brain Injury Association
  Neill and his staff focus on clients’ current rehabilita-                                                               
  tion needs not just the legal case, to help ensure that                                                    Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association
  clients maximize their recovery; and that their future
  needs and challenges are clearly recognized. Cases
  are prepared on the assumption they will go to trial,                                                      Central Okanagan Brain Injury Society
  so everything is ready to go if necessary. At the same                                                                   
  time, as a mediator of well over twelve years experi-
                                                                                                                  Comox Valley Head Injury Society
  ence, (in addition to his 31 years as a trial lawyer), Neill
  is able to offer the mediation knowledge and skills that                                               
  are so important in today’s cases.                                                                                  Nanaimo Brain Injury Society
  For further information about our firm, please browse
  our web site: or contact us at
                                                                                                          Prince George Brain Injured Group Society
  604.504.7472, (Vancouver toll free call 888-504-7472),                                                                     
  or email                                                                                            Brain Injury Resources
                                                                                                                       Alberta Brain Injury Help Line
                                                   Neill Brown                                                      Ontario Brain Injury Association
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WHEN DID IT BECOME MANDATORY?                                    stupid; they forget to; enjoy being dangerous; bad habits;
After numerous groups lobbied B.C.’s government in the           don’t have the habit; stupidity; carelessness.
mid-nineties, the mandatory bike helmet legislation was          WHERE IS IT TODAY?
passed unanimously, making it law for children and adults        There is no evidence to suggest that the mandatory bike
to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. All parties were        helmet legislation is being taken seriously. Former gov-
100% in favor of the legislation - that means that even the      ernment member and Vancouver-based personal injury
opposition supported the mandatory use of bike helmets           lawyer, Bernie Simpson, is one of the three MLA’s who in-
for adults and children - not one government representa-         troduced the bike helmet legislation. Simpson comments
tive opposed it! The BC legislation, believed to be the most     on the legislation today, “British Columbians are still sus-
comprehensive in Canada, received wide-spread support            taining brain injuries from bike-related incidents because
from all sectors of the public. Since passing this law, it       they were not wearing a helmet. Others are dying. Unfor-
has been reported that helmet use in British Columbia has        tunately, in my experience, the statistics presented in 1994
nearly doubled.1                                                 have not changed and this is costing British Columbians
WHY DOES IT MATTER?                                              $60 million - $70 million per year.”
Significant research has been done on the effectiveness          BC’s Solicitor General doesn’t seem to have the political
of wearing a helmet and determining whether helmet laws          will to enforce this legislation, nor is the opposition raising
do, in fact, reduce the number of head injuries that occur.      any objections to the lack of enforcement and the con-
Research has determined that when an individual wears            tinued rise in healthcare costs because it is not being en-
a properly fitted bike helmet that their risk of sustaining a    forced. A three-pronged approach of education, legislation
serious head injury is reduced by as much as 85 percent.2        and enforcement is imperative to saving lives and reducing
   The Economic Burden of Unintentional Injuries (which          the number of incidents where individuals have to live with
includes brain injury) on our healthcare system in Canada        the permanent and debilitating outcome of brain injury.
is estimated to be a staggering $9 billion per year. Injuries
are deemed “predictable and preventable” and each prov-          WHAT CAN YOU DO?
ince, each family, each individual has a social responsibility   Most importantly, do your part and ALWAYS wear a prop-
to do what they can to reduce these costs.                       erly fitted bike helmet, and advocate the importance of
                                                                 wearing one to everyone you know. Give your public sup-
Yes, prevention costs money, but in the long run - it saves      port to upholding existing legislation, education and en-
money. For example, for every $1 spent on bicycle hel-           forcement by going to the link listed below and click on
mets, we can save $29 in healthcare costs. It is estimated       British Columbia. This brings up a letter to BC’s Minister of
that in British Columbia alone, if we focus on prevention,       Transportation, the Hon. Kevin Falcon, expressing strong
we can save the majority of the $900 million spent each          support for the existing legislation and calls upon govern-
year on the 424,000 unintentional injuries that occur.4          ment to support education and enforcement programs for
Each year, approximately 6 or 7 people die in British Co-        helmet use. All you need to do is date and sign it and drop
lumbia as a result of bike-related injury. Hundreds more are     it in the mail!
permanently injured and the human cost of the impact on
their life and the lives of their family members is immeasur-    tion.asp?s=Bike+Helmets&sID=13748. To ensure your
able!                                                            voice is heard, it is important to also send a copy of the
WHO IS YEAHING - WHO IS NAYING!                                  letter to:
 Injury prevention programs and organizations across the         Hon. John Les
country are in support of helmet use. Google any of the          Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
following groups on the internet to read position papers,        PO Box 9053,
statistics, and other pertinent information on reducing          Stn Prov Govt,
brain injury: SickKids; Safe Kids Canada;        Victoria, BC V8W 9E1
Canada Safety Council; BC Chil-
dren’s Hospital Foundation; SMARTRISK; and BC Injury             1 Safe Kids Canada Position Statement on Bicycle Helmet Leg-
Research and Prevention Unit.                                    islation
                                                                 2 Macpherson et al. Impact of mandatory helmet legislation on bi-
Canada Safety Council and Liberty Manual released a doc-         cycle-related head injuries in children: A population-based study.
ument Helmets: Attitudes and Actions Survey Findings in          Pediatrics 2002; 110 (5)
2002. This paper cites the ten top reasons for not wearing       3 Thompson DC, Rivara FP, and Thompson R. Helmets for pre-
a helmet as: don’t bother; appearance; not cool; uncom-          venting head and facial injuries in bicyclists (Cochrane Review) in
fortable; unaware of the dangers; inconvenient; don’t need       the Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2004
to; don’t believe they can have an accident; don’t like to be    4 Economic Burden of Unintentional Injury in British Columbia,
made to wear one; not mandatory - wasn’t in the past; look       BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit SMARTRISK 2001

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                                                                   SOUTH OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN
                                                                       BRAIN INJURY SOCIETY
     SAVE       MONEY                                             BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS
       ON YOUR TAXES                                                  EDUCATION DAY
     BY TAKING THE BUS!                                                        Friday, June 15, 2007
                                                                    “NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL REHABILITATION &
Effective July 1, 2006, the Government of Canada imple-
                                                                   THE PROBLEM OF IMPAIRED SELF-AWARENESS
mented a strategy to help reduce traffic congestion and air
                                                                        AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY”
pollution by offering the public a tax credit on the cost of
monthly or longer duration transit passes.                        DR. GEORGE PRIGATANO, Ph.D.
This non-refundable tax credit is not “cash back”, but rath-      Newsome Chair, Dept.of Clinical Neuropsychology
er a calculation (total claimed is multiplied by the lowest       Barrow Neurological Institute
personal income tax rate for the year) that determines an         St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center
amount to be deducted from the sum of tax that you owe            Phoenix, Arizona
for that year. The income tax rate used for 2006 is 15.25%.       Impaired self-awareness is often a result of a traumatic
BC Transit’s web site explains that if you purchase a month-      brain injury. This full-day Conference will focus on a
ly pass for $100, the tax credit for 2006 would total $91.50      variety of topics which impact on the rehabilitation of
(because the credit was effective July 1, you can only claim      these individuals and the many challenges faced in
6 months in 2006). Furthermore, BC Transit explains that          working with them.
in 2007 the marginal tax rate will increase to 15.50%. The
                                                                  This day promises to be informative and stimulating.
tax credit for public transit passes can be applied to the
whole year; therefore, the credit to reduce your taxes in         Dr. Prigatano has been internationally recognized for his
2007 could be as much as $186.                                    clinical and research work as well being the author of nu-
                                                                  merous books on neuropsychological rehabilitation and
In order to claim the tax credit, you need proof of purchase,
                                                                  awareness after brain injury.
so you must keep your receipts when buying the monthly
bus pass, or a pass of a longer duration. For more infor-         Additional information on this Conference can be ob-
mation on this non-refundable tax credit, and to determine        tained by contacting the SOSBIS office at 490-0613, on
if you qualify, visit BC Transit’s web site www.bctransit.        our website or in our newsletter.
com or the government website
                                                                             Hope to see you there!

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                     Death of an Innocent Victim
                                   TRAVIS LELAND KAINS
                                May 13, 1963 - September 20, 2006
               Submitted by Janyce Bampton, Executive Director, East Kootenay Brain Injury Association

Receiving a call from a distressed mother                                        family, he was struck with violence that
concerned about her adult son with brain in-                                     changed his life forever. This was not the
jury living in Cranbrook tugged at my heart-                                     only time Travis was victimized through an
strings.                                                                         act of violence. Sadly, in September 2006,
                                                                                 as Travis was walking home one day, his
In November 2005, I met TRAVIS KAINS. A
                                                                                 life was tragically taken by a selfish act of
native man, proud and tall walked into my of-
                                                                                 brutality and violence. His family, friends
fice and greeted me with a handshake. I re-
                                                                                 and community struggle to make sense of
member his kind, gentle face and soft spoken
                                                                                 this tragic incident.
voice. He sat down and proceeded to tell me
his story about being a victim in an act of vio-                                  As grief and sadness afflict his loved ones,
lence when he lived in Alberta. From this he                                      there is one hope Travis’ family remains firm
sustained a traumatic brain injury. His mother,                                   on with respect to their loss. His brother,
Marguerite, living in the Columbia Valley, re-                                    Jason, wants to ensure that Travis’ story
ceived a frantic call that her son was in an Edmonton hos-      is not going to go unrecognized as a tale of ‘just another
pital. She and the family rushed to his side where they         dead Indian’. It is more important to recognize that we
spent the next few months worrying about his recovery.          all have limitations and dis-abilities in one form or another
Travis eventually moved back to the Columbia Valley with        and that we all need to be respected and honored for who
his mother and family, and later moved to Cranbrook to live     we are and what we can offer to society. Travis, with his
on his own.                                                     gentle spirit, will be one man that I will never forget.
Travis became involved with EKBIA receiving ongoing sup-
port through the Support Group and regular meetings with
a Peer Support Worker (Stephen). The relationship Travis
built with Stephen was strong and committed. Unable to                                 You’re in
                                                                                       Good Hands.
work, Travis also found much enjoyment out of walking in
the community and making new friends. He helped out at
the Salvation Army and he would also offer a helping hand
to others when he could. He seemed to have no problem
making new acquaintances. Travis wasn’t much different
on the surface than many of the other misfortunate people         Our goal is to assist our clients by
who live with brain injury in our community, struggling to
                                                                  obtaining funding for all of their
get by day-to-day. Yet, Travis was a man of honor and in-
                                                                  immediate needs in order to maximize
tegrity that many people didn’t notice.
                                                                  their potential for recovery, while
Travis was first a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a        we proceed toward obtaining
father, and a friend. He was also an artist and a man of his      settlement or judgment that
word. He loved his family. He was the 3rd son born with
                                                                  allows a sustainable and
3 brothers and 2 sisters. He cherished his grandmother
                                                                  encouraging new future.
and when he was younger he loved to be outdoors with
his grandfather. He was a ‘real little boy’ based on the
recollection of his mother. He carried rocks and frogs in his
pockets and he was always full of surprises. Travis was so
smart in school that the teacher had to order books espe-
cially for him just to keep up to him. Travis was a consider-
                                                                  Personal Injury & Insurance Law
ate and thoughtful person and people were drawn to him.
     Travis grew of experience helping brain
As30 years older and became a father of his own three
children, his life started to change. He struggled with an
    injured victims and their families.                           250.360.2500                      For more information, contact:
                                                                                                                  Barri Marlatt or
ill partner and with wanting what was best for his children,                              Lorenzo Oss-Cech
he continued to work. While he continued to support his
                                                                                             JOB #5482
                                                                              CLIENT: HUTCHISON, OSS-CECH, MARLATT
                                                                                        DATE : 26 APRIL, 2006
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                       Heads Up
BVBIA holds support groups in Smithers, Houston, and                    FVBIA is hosting a Workshop on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Hazelton. For more information, contact Eileen Klassen,                 on March 6, 2007 from 9 am - 12 pm. For more informa-
Executive Director of BVBIA at executive_director@bvbia.                tion, call 604-557-1913 or toll-free at 1-866-557-1913 or
ca or by telephone: 250-877-7723                                        email
TERRACE SUPPORT GROUP                                                   SOUTH OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN BRAIN INJURY
Terrace offers a support group for survivors, family mem-               SOCIETY
bers, and caregivers. For more information, contact Mark                SOSBIS is pleased to announce Dr. George Prigatano,
Barnes at 250-638-1818 or by email at mark.barnes@                      Ph.D. as keynote speaker at the upcoming Brain Injury                                                      Awareness Education Day, Friday, June 15, 2007. For
COMOX VALLEY HEAD INJURY SOCIETY (CVHIS)                                more information or to register call 250-490-0613, or toll-
CVHIS provides services in four core areas: Advocacy, Edu-              free 1-877-490-0909.
cation, Skill Development & Community Reintegration. The                THE BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
next G & B Johnson Brain Injury Conference will be held June            BIAC is hosting a series of events called Hawaiian Oyster
20 - 21, 2007. Topics include: Brain Injury and Grief and Alco-         Odysseys (HOO) across Canada to raise awareness of chal-
holism. For more information, call CVHIS at 334-9225. Please            lenges faced by brain injury survivors and their families. On
note CVHIS’ new website:                           May 24, 2007, HOO takes place in Vancouver, B.C. For more
VANCOUVER ISLAND HEAD INJURY SOCIETY                                    information on this event, contact Patrick Maloney 604-257-
Check out VIHIS’ article on the Women’s Group in this issue             7028 or Randi Topp 604-733-0063, or visit www.hawaiianoys-
of Headline. For more information, call 250-598-9339 or       
email                                                  CENTRAL OKANAGAN BRAIN INJURY SOCIETY
                                                                        The Okanagan Conference on Brain Injury takes place
                                             Personal                   May 9 - 11, 2007. For more information, visit www.cobis.
                                             Injury                     org or call 250-762-3233.

                                             Disability                          G. & B. Johnson
                                                                             Brain Injury Conference
                                             Mental                         The Comox Valley Head Injury Society presents
                                             Health Law                            the 14th Annual “G. & B. Johnson”
                                                                            Brain Injury Conference at Crown Isle Resort on
                                                 If you’ve suffered a           Wednesday June 20 from 6 - 9 p.m. and
                                             brain, spinal cord, or
                                             other serious injury,                 Thursday June 21 from 8:30 - 3:30.
                                             you need someone
                                             experienced to
                                             advocate on your            Presentations include, Increasing Independence and
                                             behalf, someone who         Community Integration from Vancouver Community,
                                             will respect and care       Vancouver Coastal Health; Extraordinary Mourning:
                                             about you while they
                                             pursue your maximum         Understanding Grief after Brain Injury; Alcoholism;
                                             recovery.                   Working the Brain and more!
                                                 I’ve been acting for
                                             plaintiffs for over         Each year, a great group of volunteers and commit-
                                             twenty years and take
                                             clients from all over       tee members work hard to ensure this annual confer-
                                             B.C.                        ence is a resounding success. This conference is
                                                Call me today for a
                                             free consult about          truly representative of how much difference a small
                                             your case.                  group of people can make when they work together.
                                                                         Don’t miss out... register early!
                                                                         Please contact Mina Morehouse at 250 - 334 - 9225
                                                                         for more information including survivor subsidies.
                                                                         Registration brochures will be mailed in May.

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         Welcome Patti!
         Classic Rehab Community is
         proud to announce that Patti
         Flaherty is joining our team as
         Executive Director.
         We are looking forward to
         working with Patti to develop
                                               Classic Rehab
         our innovative programs for
         brain injury.                             Dedicated to Brain Injury

We have beds available
immediately in a caring
supportive environment
                                      Classic Rehab Community
                                      offers a full range of personal
                                      rehab programs for brain
                                      injury survivors

                                         COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
                                         Drop in for a tour or call us.
                                         For more information on our programs,
                                         call Janette Jackman 604-534-0705
                                                        or Email:
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     Art Works - Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association
                                                 Submitted by Jodie Millward

November 28, 2005, marked the beginning of Art Works 1,         thoughts, experiences and emotions. Participants can re-
a program piloted in five communities in the Fraser Valley      lax and share a good time with other survivors.
by the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association (FVBIA). Five
                                                                Arti has a Masters degree in fine arts and used to teach
local artists were contracted to provide 10, 2-hour classes
                                                                art techniques, crafts and write poetry. “However, I had a
for 10 participants in each community. Thirty-five survi-
                                                                stroke which caused me to forget everything. Two months
vors had an opportunity to go to artist studios and galleries
                                                                                         ago I came home from the hospi-
to participate in the various
                                                                                         tal, but my hands would not work
programs. This year, with
                                                                                         and I thought everything was
continued sponsorship from
                                                                                          gone. Now with the help of the
the Acquired Brain Injury Pro-
                                                                                          Artworks teacher, and everyone
gram, Fraser Health and with
                                                                                          here, I have hope. I am trying
additional sponsorship from
                                                                                          to learn and remember how to
the Rick Hansen Foundation,
                                                                                           do artwork again. The Artworks
Art Works 2 began in October
                                                                                           program has helped me remem-
2006. The final classes will
                                                                                           ber and showed me I will be able
be completed by mid-March
                                                                                            to continue my artwork and start
2007. This year 45 survivors
                                                                                            teaching classes again. It has
will have participated in the
                                                                                            been wonderful.”
                                                                                                    Glenda comments, “This
Art Works is a unique program
                                                                                              is the first painting I have ever
providing opportunities for sur-
                                                                                              done. Artworks has shown
vivors to express themselves
                                                                me how to be creative and given me another outlet be-
creatively. Participants experiment with different mediums,
                                                                sides work.” For Ritchie not only has Art Works opened
learn to budget for their projects, collect materials, pro-
                                                                his creativity, he likes the program because “it has helped
duce several pieces and learn how to present their work.
                                                                my hands to work better due to the exercises. I have also
Projects are presented to the public in Art Shows and on
                                                                learned how to paint and the social contact was great. I
the FVBIA website.
                                                                plan on painting and sketching at home now too.” For
In addition to learning different ways of expression, the       Ross, “When I come to Art Works and even though I was
program offers a viable, credible outlet to support the         having a bad day before I got there, my mood changes
healing process and self-esteem. Each group provides a          and it gets better. I am grateful to be able to get there and
safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere for participants to share        participate in the art activities. I plan carrying on with my
                                                                drawing at home and I would like to learn how to draw
                                                                           well.” For Karen, Art Works brought her into
                                                                           contact with the art community and other peo-
                                                                           ple. “It has motivated me to carry on with my
                                                                           artwork and grow as an artist. The Art Works
                                                                           program also helps me try new things.” Mat-
                                                                           thew states, “Art Works is a great program and
                                                                           I would like to participate in it again.” Jane be-
                                                                           lieves, “This program has sparked the creative
                                                                           ability in me and I plan on continuing on with my
                                                                           artwork.” Yolanda says, “I found that by coming
                                                                           to this program, my hand, eye coordination gets
                                                                           a workout and the plus side of this is that my
                                                                           mind gets to stretch its imagination too!!”
                                                                           My favorite moments were watching the partici-
                                                                           pants at Art Shows where they proudly talked
                                                                           with interested viewers about the thoughts be-
                                                                           hind production of their piece. Many were posi-
                                                                           tively glowing. At least 7 different mediums were
                                                                           represented in the shows. Art in all its differ-
                                                                           ent forms can and does make a difference in a
                                                                           person’s life.

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                                                  By Janelle Breese Biagioni

             “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”
                               ~Margaret Fuller (journalist, critic, and women’s rights activist)

The Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference is celebrating 20      my husband was facing with his brain injury. Moreover,
years of serving the brain injury community. I first attend-     his compassion towards survivors and families gave me
ed the conference in 1990, only months after my husband          strength. I left that conference believing that no matter
sustained his brain injury. While it was too overwhelming        what - there would be people like Al to help me along the
for my husband, I have to say that I was truly inspired!         way. In the sixteen years that have since passed, I have
                                                                 volunteered, presented, and gained valuable knowledge at
Al Condeluci was one of the first speakers I heard at the
                                                                 the Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference. And, I like to
conference that year. His passion, knowledge, and the
                                                                 think that in some way I have helped others by passing on,
hope he extended to the individuals living with a brain inju-
                                                                 not only the knowledge I gained, but the hope that kept me
ry and to their families...quite frankly, changed my life! Our
                                                        day at a time.
family was new to the world of brain injury. Our emotions
were raw. Our future was uncertain. And we craved infor-         So, without further adieu, congratulations to the Pacific
mation...what to expect...what should we do...what should        Coast Brain Injury Conference Steering Committee, speak-
we not do... who could we turn to...and when would life get      ers and conference participants...may the next twenty
back to normal?                                                  years be as inspiring as the first!
While Al couldn’t possibly answer my unspoken questions,
his presentation did help me to understand the challenges

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             is producing results in Victoria BC.

In order to meet the needs of people living with the ef-         The program has benefits reaching far beyond employ-
fects of a brain injury, who are unable to sustain indepen-      ment. Social determinants of health link vocation with
dent employment, The Cridge Centre for the Family has            health and quality of life. The World Health Organization
partnered with Lynne Mann to bring the Crews@Work                lists the following social determinants of health: the social
part-time supported work option to Victoria BC. With the         gradient, early life, social exclusion, unemployment, stress,
recognition that many people with brain injuries need on-        social support, addictions, work, food and transportation
going support to be successful we have created an ideal          (The Solid Facts. World Health Organization. 1998). Ex-
employer, implemented a disability specific training course      cept for early life, Crews@Work directly addresses all of
at Camosun College and developed community allies to             these determinants. Becoming a wage earner elevates a
ensure a support network for the participants. Eleven stu-       person’s income and their position on the social gradient.
dents graduated from our first training in October 2006,         Meaningful engagement with disabled and non-disabled
all were hired and all are still employed. A second training     peers at college and in the work place improves social in-
starts in February and we expect to run another later this       clusion. Work, employment, and social support are pro-
                                                                 vided and participants are supported to access help to
                                                                 address lifestyle needs such as addictions, diet, transpor-
One semester of training is offered at Camosun College           tation, healthcare and housing.
and is designed specifically for people with brain injuries.
                                                                 In order to ensure a complete support network for the par-
Students participate in campus life, are assured of a high
                                                                 ticipants, Crews@Work fosters relationships and alliances.
quality learning experience and have access to disability        Participants gain experience and confidence supporting
support. After graduating from Camosun, students are             their peers, involving the important people in their lives and
ready to work in a supported part time setting.                  expanding their support networks. Lynne Mann provides
Social enterprise is a movement that is committed to             the program model, training materials and her mentorship.
providing social benefit in the course of doing business.        Camosun College provides training. Miriam’s social en-
There are two bottom lines, a financial one and a social         terprise provides ongoing supported employment. Voca-
one. Working with Crews@Work allies, Miriam Byrne, a lo-         tional supports, social workers, service coordinators and
cal entrepreneur and business leader, has created a social       case managers ensure that participants are appropriately
enterprise designed to be an ideal employer for workers          placed and monitored. The Cridge Centre for the Family
with brain injuries. Miriam is able to structure the work        provides program coordination, management and leader-
setting by developing contracts that suit the abilities of the   ship. Together, we are creating outcomes that delight ev-
workers and to provide ongoing job support by training su-
pervisors with the specific support needs of her workers.        Mark Fournier
Ms. Byrne is committed to providing the social benefits of       Cridge Centre for the Family
work, reduced poverty and increased social belonging for         Program Facilitator & Instructor - Crews@Work
those living with the effects of a brain injury.       

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Would you like the opportunity to prevent brain injuries in     Contact us and we can discuss the materials needed to
your community? Does your brain injury association need         deliver the program. We can be reached via phone at (250)
an educational tool to help you meet this goal? Could you       334-9225 or via email We
also use a fundraising tool?                                    look forward to hearing from you!
TEAM TERRIFIC can provide all of that and more. With
financial assistance from the Rick Hansen Man In Motion
Foundation, the Comox Valley Head Injury Society created
what is essentially a dynamic and interactive PowerPoint
presentation that changes the attitudes of teens who are at
risk for injury. We know this may be hard to believe, but we
have proof in the pre and post-presentation tests that we
have done. Ask us - we would love to share this informa-
tion with you. We don’t often get a chance to brag.
Speaking of bragging, our presentation not only changes
attitudes amongst high risk youth, it also raises the pro-
file of brain injury in the community at large and has an
equally beneficial effect on the self esteem of the survivor
presenters who get involved. It’s a WIN-WIN program for
You can easily deliver this life altering presentation to the
teens in your community without charging a speaker fee.
We do this for our junior and senior high school students       Dan Huntley and Helen Tomaszewski are two of TEAM
(grades 8 and 11). However, when speaking for parent            TERRIFIC’s hardest working speakers.
groups, service groups, politicians, and the general public
we ask for an “admission by donation” fee to raise funds
for our association. This could work for you too.
• we hired an educational consultant with 20 years of ex-
perience and two years in the field of injury prevention;
• the consultant’s experience included connections to
the school system, so we were able to test drive our pilot
project and collect pre and post test data to ensure the
program’s quality, hence its longevity;
• we received $50,000 in grants to do what needed to be
done to develop the program;
• we received over $50,000 in in-kind supports from our
local community - donated items and services included
printing, silk screening, food, room rentals, legal agree-
ments, a vehicle with insurance, professional photography,
audio recordings, computers and associated support; and
• over 1000 people hours were volunteered.
It was a costly, time-consuming and rewarding venture for
us. But it doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming for
To purchase TEAM TERRIFIC you only need to spend
$750.00. This amount would cover the cost of a custom-
ized power point presentation. We will put your organiza-
tion’s logo and name on every slide, and we can add your
funders names and logos as well. You will get a custom-
ized CD and an instruction manual. From our point of view,
this is a bargain for you!

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                                                                        Support Groups
*This list updated Spring Issue, 2007.

Abbotsford                                                       Carol Paetkau                604-557-1913          TF 1-866-557-1913
Acquired Brain Injury Society of the Yukon                       Anne-Marie Yahn              867-668-5283
Alberni Valley Head Injury Society/Port Alberni                  Linda Kenny                  250-724-6772
Barriere/Merritt                                                 Dona Salwach                 250-372-1799
British Columbia Brain Injury Association                        Patti MacAhonic              1-877-8581788
Bulkley Valley Brain Injury Association                          Eileen Klassen               250-877-7723
Burnaby Survivors Support Group                                  Mary Head                    604-435-3125
Burnaby Chinese Brain Injury Support Group                       Angela Kan                   604-877-8606
Campbell River Head Injury Support Society                       Diane Groner                 250-287-4323
Caribou Brain Injury Society                                     Penny Reid                   250-305-2518
Central Okanagan Brain Injury Association                        Cathryn Tabata               250-762-3233
Chilliwack                                                       FVBIA                        604-557-1913          TF 1-866-557-1913
COBIS - Vernon Contact                                           Stacie Gadsby                250-306-2064
Comox Valley Brain Injury Society                                Dixon Hiscock                250-897-1255
Comox Valley Head Injury Society                                 Mina Morehouse               250-334-9225
Coquitlam Support Group                                          LMBIA                        604-521-0833
Cowichan Valley Head Injury Support Group                        Barb Grantham                250-748-9338
East Kootenay Brain Injury Association                           Janyce Bampton               250-417-6220
Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association                           Carol Paetkau                604-557-1913          TF 1-866-557-1913
Golden Brain Injury Support Group                                Donna Madden                 250-344-5688
Kamloops Brain Injury Association                                Helen MacKenzie              250-372-1799
KBIA - Salmon Arm/Shuswap Contact                                Teresa Wolfe                 250-833-0369
Langley/Aldergrove Brain Injury Support Group                    FVBIA                        604-557-1913          TF 1-866-557-1913
Lower Mainland Brain Injury Association                          Gabrielle Martin             604-521-0833
Lower Mainland Family Support Group                              Julia Murrell                604-269-2320
Maple Ridge Support Group                                        Ian Moore                    604-944-9030
Mission                                                          FVBIA                        604-557-1913          TF 1-866-557-1913
Nanaimo Brain Injury Society                                     June Herrington              250-753-5600
New Westminster B.R.A.I.N.                                       Tina Suter                   604-540-9234
North Okanagan Shuswap Brain Injury Society (Salmon Arm/Shuswap) Lori Watchel                 250-833-1140
North Shore Family Support Group                                 Gaeron Caldwell              604-657-6760
Head Start Support Group                                         Patricia Pereira             604-984-0666
Peace Country Society for Acquired Brain Injury                  Linda Proctor                250-782-7519
Powell River                                                     Deborah Dee                  604-485-6065
Prince George Brain Injured Group Society                        Alison Hagreen               250-564-2447
Richmond Brain Injury Support Group                              LMBIA                        604-521-0833
Sea To Sky Brain Injury Program                                  Suzie Beliveau               604-521-0833
Sechelt/Sunshine Coast Brain Injury Support Group                Susan Goddard                604-885-8524
South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society                  Lisette Shewfelt             250-490-0613
Surrey / Delta Brain Injury Support Group                        Douglas Rich                 604-537-6303
Terrace Support Group                                            Mark Barnes                  250-638-1818
Vancouver Caregivers                                             Paul Sungaila, Ph.D.         604-926-6665
Vancouver Families                                               Paul Sungaila                604-926-6665
Vancouver Survivors                                              Lillian Wong                 604-873-2385
Vancouver Island Head Injury Society                             Barbara Erickson             250-598-9339
West Coast Support Network                                       Wanda McAvoy                 250-726-7459
West Kootenay Brain Injury Association                           Jackie Kellock               250-304-1259
West Vancouver                                                   Joanie MacDonald             604-926-4825
*Please email name and phone number changes to to ensure this list is kept as up-to-date as possible.
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 it’s about quality of life, and
      the financial support
             to live it.

           That’s what we do
            for our clients.



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             going home.
         Two words that carry the weight of the world.
         The day you have worked towards for so long has finally arrived,
           and the reality is that it’s not going to be easy. We can help.
           Winning complex brain injury cases for more than 30 years,
     Webster & Associates is a leader in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury law.
        We ensure our clients and their families achieve the best possible
        outcomes for their financial, physical, social and emotional health
              so that when it is time to go home, you will be ready.

                        Call us to find out how we can help you.

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