Below is a short history of the Kootenay Brain Injury Association
The Kootenay Brain Injury Association (KBIA) began as a support group in 1999 in response to a need in the area. Rachelle Vogel and Rachel Jansen organized and attended the meetings. Brain injury survivors met once a month in Castlegar.
KBIA was incorporated in 2001. The initial board included Rachelle Vogel, Rachel Jansen, Deborah Cook, and Deb Heagy. The provincial brain injury program provided an initial grant which was used to hire a coordinator, Shawna Keating, who stayed for a short time before Jackie Kellock filled the position. The association continued to provide support groups plus caregiver support groups, one-on-one support, advocacy, and education about brain injury.
When support for adults with brain injuries moved from a provincial program to the responsibility of the health authorities, Interior Health Authority began contracting KBIA to provide community support. This included support groups, one~on-one support, and prevention programs.
In 2005, the coordinator position was changed to an executive director position to reflect the changing role and responsibilities.
In 2006, Interior Health Authority increased funding to KBIA in order to provide outreach services in Castlegar, Trail, and Nelson. In time, outreach was extended to include the communities of Trail, Salmo, Castlegar, Nelson, Grand Forks, Fruitvale, Rossland, Revelstoke, Cranbrook, Fernie and Golden.
2014 saw the closing of the BIG House in Trail (Brain Injury Group) and a successful move the Community Inclusion Centre where the Trail group continues to meet weekly.
Today, along with the outreach services, IHA provides for additional one-to-one contracts. The association has also ascertained services through private contracts. KBIA also operates an Art Gallery store front in the Waneta plaza in Trail which features educational material on brain injury awareness and prevention as well as displays of many of our artistic brain injury survivor members.
|Danielle Armstong||Executive Director|
|Nina Gray||Office Administrator|
|Kimberley Materi||Trail Outreach Worker|
|Jennie Kelly||Salmo Outreach Worker|
|Liana Iorio||One to one Support worker|
|Brandie Nunn||Castlegar and Grand Forks Outreach Worker|
|Kathy Frasca||Golden Outreach Worker|
|Jackie James||Revelstoke Outreach Worker|
|Kim Tucker||Invermere (Maternity Leave) Outreach Worker|
|Mireille Picard||Fernie Outreach Worker|
|Bill Roberts||Cranbrook/Kimberley Outreach Worker|
|Jasmine Lothien||Creston Outreach Worker|
|Steve Dewell||Vice President|
The Kootenay Brain Injury Association offers a variety of services, free of charge, in safe, confidential environments in Trail, Salmo, Castlegar, Nelson, Grand Forks, Fruitvale, Rossland, Revelstoke, Cranbrook, Fernie and Golden.
Peer Support Groups
Groups are held weekly and bi weekly in most of the areas we serve. Please see the calendar for events near you.
These services can be provided through Interior Health Authority, ICBC, WBC and private insurance. Please call the office in Castlegar if you would like information on this service.
Family Support is offered through an Outreach Worker that is assigned for each area. We offer groups in some of the areas we serve. Supporting our care givers is an important part of the services we provide. We are here to help!
Workshops and Training
We offer a variety of workshops and training to all the areas we serve through out the year. Check out the calendar of events for upcoming workshops.
KBIA partners with the City of Trail, Trail RCMP detachment, Gerick’s cycle and sports and EX Rock radio station for our annual Bike Rodeo. This is held every year in May, and it is a great way to bring awareness of bicycle and helmet safety with children ages 5-12 years of age. Hope to see you there!
We can support with housing, income assistance, job or volunteer placement, medical appointments and referrals to supports for maintain independence.
The referral process is simple and can be completed in person over the phone or by coming into one of our office spaces. We work closely with many different agencies to support our members to support the overall recovery process.
These happen periodically through out the year and can be anything from a BBQ in your local area to participation at a hockey game. All special events can be found on the calendar.
The Gallery is in the Waneta Mall in Trail by the food court and displays many different forms of art work that has been created by our members. Come and check out what our members have created!
Description of Services
The Kootenay Brain Injury Association offers outreach services to the entire Columbia Basin/Boundary Area. The services which can be provided under outreach services are, during one-to-one support time, are:
• Risk assessment; watching for factors that indicate a deterioration of function or a new medical issue that may need to be investigated further
• Assisting with executive functioning skills; that is organization and memory tools so that clients can learn to be independentin organizing their lives with appointments and scheduling tasks
• Assisting with Income Assistance, P.W.D. Applications and c.P. D. Applications
• Assisting with housing needs to minimize the risk of eviction
• Assisting with transportation to medical appointments, teaching independence in using local transit and other community supports to accommodate this
• Retraining in use of local transportation systems
• Support with court proceedings
• Referral to other agencies to assist with the needs that our services can not accomodate; Career Development Services, Advocacy Centre, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Language Therapy, neuropsychological testing, doctors and other community support organizations.
During Group and Peer Support Time:
• The KBIA offers workshops and clinics on; budgeting, RDSPs and Trusts, Food Preparation, Music Therapy, Art Therapy and other workshops of interest to our client population that support their wellbeing.
Family and Caregiver Support:
• Support and education is given to family and caregivers of survivors of an acquired brain injury through; one-to-one time, group peer meetings and referrals.
We are currently looking for funding to support peer group facilitation in in the areas we provide service to:
• educational workshops
• craft and woodworking projects
• recreational activities
• social outings or field trips
• hot lunches
• special events
See our Fundrasing Partners and Sponsors Page for more information as well as our Careers Page for information on Volunteering on a Fund Raising Committee.
Families are most often left to be the permanent care givers to those with brain injuries. Families need support to deal with their anxieties and loss surrounding the daily stresses of living with someone with a disability and an uncertain future. We offer Family Support Groups as funds become available, supporting families in our service are of Columbia Basin/Kootenay Boundary Region.
We also have a Facebook Support Group Page that is a completely confidential. It is a place where members can share, connect and communicate with other families and caregivers in our communities. Please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest in being invited to be a member this group.
We are currently looking for funding so that Family Support Groups can offer:
• counselling support
• peer support
• coping techniques or strategies
• counselling workshops on anxiety, stress management, grief and loss counselling
• networking for families in similar situations
• opportunities to learn about brain injuries, what to expect and possible outcomes
• referral to other community resources
It is extremely important for our clients to get out in the community and to participate fully in community life. With your support our workers can organize group volunteer projects at local charities, community events, and businesses. These volunteer opportunities support job readiness skills, increase confidence, and provide socialization and peer interaction that these individuals would not normally have access to. We are currently looking for funding to our clients with:
• volunteer opportunities in their community
• participation in community craft fairs and festivals
• building supplies for benches
• craft and art supplies
Kootenay Brain Injury Association Rehabilitation services for adult survivors of an acquired brain injury. Fundraising In addition to applying for grants from community funding partners and sponsors, the Kootenay Brain Injury Association’s Community Partnership Committee sells benches through our Art Gallery at the Waneta Mall. You can also order these products by calling our main office at 778-460-4500. All the proceeds go into programming and assistance for individuals with Acquired Brain Injury. These benches can be stained to your preference and be made with or without a plaque.
Feel free to reach out to us using the form below