Victoria Brain Injury Society 2022 Annual Report

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ANNUAL REPORT 2022

For the year ended March 31st


SUPPORT

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CATE ADVOCATE


EMPOWERING BRAIN INJURY SURVIVORS SINCE 1983


A YEAR IN REVIEW If ever there was a year to prove the adage that “change is the only certainty,” it was 2021/22. With change comes progress and growth, which leads to exciting destinations, & this was true at VBIS this past fiscal year. We launched several new programs, took great steps in our journey to diversify our funding, and launched a highly successful signature event. We are proud of how our team continues to navigate what has become a prolonged battle to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, which has tested our team’s resilience and drawn us closer, while confirming our unwavering commitment to the clients we serve. Our 2021/22 financial resilience reflects prudent fiscal management and ethical stewardship of our funding. We are committed to working diligently to ensure ongoing sustainability. Following several years of focus on gaining stability and strengthening our foundations – including bringing together our people, building on our reputation for clinical excellence, and increasing our financial sustainability – we are now ready to dream bigger. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, VBIS continues to prosper. We have grown our team, and our values-based culture shines brightly. We continue to launch new programs and services, and remain committed to education and research – including new partnerships

with the University of Victoria, Heart Lake Farm, and the John Howard Society of Victoria. And we continue to explore more partnerships with diverse organizations in our community, allowing us to better serve concussion and brain injury survivors. As we embark on a new year, we look to the challenges and opportunities ahead with enthusiasm. We are honoured and proud to lead our remarkable organization and do so with a clear strategy in place & a strong sense of purpose. We express our gratitude to VBIS’ Board of Directors, and our staff, volunteers, partners and donors. We are sincerely thankful to the community that allows us to continue to provide support, education, and advocacy for brain injury survivors and their families.

Sincerely,

Pam Prewett, Executive Director, VBIS

Gerald Hartwig Chairman of the Board, VBIS

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MISSION ............................... 6 IMPACT ................................ 8 OUR WORK ......................... 10 SPECIAL EVENTS ................. 12 FINANCIALS ....................... 14 FACES OF VBIS ....................16 WHAT’S NEXT .................... 18 THANK YOU ....................... 20 OUR TEAM .......................... 22 GET INVOLVED ................... 24


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MISSION The Victoria Brain Injury Sociey’s mission is to support, educate, and advocate for adults with acquired brain injuries and their families; and to increase community awareness about concussion and brain injury.

SUPPORT YOU CAN EDUCATION THAT COUNT ON EMPOWERS

ADVOCACY WITH IMPACT

We help people navigate the complexities of brain injury and concussion through individual support & numerous group programs. Survivors shouldn’t have to face their journey alone.

We strive to eliminate the stigima faced by survivors, enabling a better, more empathetic future for those impacted by concussion and brain injury.

We offer free educational courses for brain injury survivors, their friends and family, and members of the community to help build a better collective understanding of brain injury and concussion.

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IMPACT 885

+ 33%

this year

BRAIN INJURY SURVIVORS SERVED BY VBIS

7,629 SITE VIEWS

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231

+ 34%

this year

INTAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR NEW CLIENTS

1,077

PAGE LIKES

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2452

+ 47%

this year

CASE MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENTS

515

FOLLOWERS

1,493

FOLLOWERS


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OUR WORK

Acquired brain injury results from damage to the brain that occurs after birth - and no two injuries are alike. To meet the diverse needs of our community, we offer a wide variety of programs, educational courses, and workshops.

CASE MANAGEMENT

Case managers provide individual support services, free of charge, to individuals living with an acquired brain injury, as well as their family, spouses, and caregivers. Our support helps brain injury survivors recover, adapt and adjust to their new reality, while building the stability needed to maintain independence. During the past year, we worked with 227 individuals & 3 family members, with 2458 total visits.

ABI 101

A 4-week course that offers an informative introduction to brain anatomy & brain injury, with a focus on causes, effects and the recovery process. This year, 88 people completed ABI 101.

COPING STRATEGIES

This 24-week program guides survivors through strategies for living and dealing with the effects of brain injury. This year, 82 clients took the course.

Volunteers who have experienced concussion or brain injury themselves are trained to support new members, facilitate group conversations, answer questions & refer survivors to vital community resources.

CARRY ON WITH COPING Our Peer Support program This ongoing program helps clients further develop their coping skills by discussing the challenging & rewarding parts of their recovery process with other survivors. 32 clients attended this year.

CONCUSSION & BRAIN INJURY COURSES We offer three educational courses that give clients the chance to expand their knowledge of brain, brain injury, and coping strategies. 10

PEER SUPPORT

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allows concussion & brain injury survivors to work through their challenges in a safe and supportive environment with mentors who understand what they’re going through.

Our Peer Supporters assited 79 clients this year.

CREATIVE ARTS & MOVEMENT Our arts & movement programs offer alternative methods of rehabilitation for concussion & brain


injury survivors through music, visual arts, yoga & mindfulness, equine therapy, and other outdoor activities.

CREATIVE ARTS

Equipped with an open studio, clients are able to explore the world of visual arts and unleash their imagination. 24 clients participated this year .

WALK GROUP

a support group for friends & family of brain injury A weekly drop-in program survivors. Stronger Together that allows clients to (formerly, FLOWERS) is a safe enjoy some fresh air while space, free from judgement, exercising in a supportive environment with likeminded for loved ones to discuss their experiences with brain people. 6 clients took part. injury. 11 people attended this group program.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

MUSIC THERAPY

Weekly jam sessions give clients the opportunity to express themselves through music with our registered music therapist, Carmen Eisenhauer. 30 clients took part this year.

YOGA & MINDFULNESS

These programs focus on relieving stress, building strength, and exploring the benefits of meditation. This year, 23 clients attended.

SUPPORT FOR FRIENDS & FAMILY

EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING (EAL)

Clients develop life skills and life-long friendships through guided activities with horses at Heart Lake Farm. 19 clients participated this year.

Apart from personalized case management, we host

To promote awareness & understanding of concussions & brain injuries, we offer free presentations for organizations in the community. This year, we presented to 20 groups and distributed resources to 15. We’ve also developed SHINE (Student Head Injury NeuroEducation), a 90-minute interactive presentation for youth in Grade 12. This year,, our program facilitator, Ian, made 12 presentations at 6 different schools.

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SPECIAL EVENTS In 2021, we hosted our annual gala, An Evening of Black & White... Because Grey Matters, as well as Toss the Boss, a brand new event developed in partnership with the Nanaimo Brain Injury Society.

GALA 2021

GALA 2021

After being postponed for several months due to COVID-19, we were fortunate to finally host our annual gala, An Evening of Black & White... Because Grey Matters on September 18th. The event took place at Vancouver Island’s largest winery, Church & State, where guests enjoyed panoramic views of their gorgeous vineyard in Brentwood Bay, while sipping on locally made wines. Altogether, it was a memorable evening, with incredible food, games, speeches, live entertainment, and our largest auction to date! The amazing array of items available to bid on at this year’s event was made possible thanks to

the generosity of more than 70 corporate donors and sponsors. With their help, we were able to raise $74,635, a historic total for our organization. These funds continue to be used to support VBIS’ programs and its ever-increasing clientele. With this immense wind in our sails, our team can’t wait for Gala 2022, which is scheduled to take place on May 14th at the Beach House Restaurant in Cordova Bay.

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TOSS THE BOSS

TOSS THE BOSS

Just a few weeks after Gala 2021, we hosted Toss The Boss, a new annual fundraising event that gives employees the once-ina-lifetime opportunity to do something they’ve only ever dreamed about... Toss their boss off a bridge! Toss The Boss challenges local and corporate businesses of any kind to form a company team and nominate their boss for an exhilirating dive off WildPlay Nanaimo’s bungy bridge. In order to have their boss “tossed”, teams had to fundraise a minimum of $500 in support of VBIS and the Nanaimo Brain Injury Society. This year, 46 teams signed up, and 36 met or exceeded the $500 mark,

collectively raising $83,724 and granting hundreds of employees the rare chance to see their bosses flung over 150 feet below into the Nanaimo River. VBIS would like to award special thanks to the sponsors for Toss The Boss 2021, including Country Grocer, Used. ca, Brown Bros, Lifetime Benefits, Agile Drones, Shadow Reel Media, The Ocean FM, and CHEK News. With their help, and that of the many volunteers who showed up to assist us throughout the day, we made sure that the inaugral Toss The Boss event was one to remember. Bosses of 2022, beware!

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FINANCIALS

In the 2021/22 financial year, VBIS exceeded its revenue totals from the previous year, allowing us to pursue numerous opportunities that helped our team meet the new & evolving needs of Victoria’s brain injury community.

VBIS 2022 REVENUE & EXPENSES FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31

624K

678K REVENUE

EXPENSES

Grants & Government Subsidies

Staff & Contractors

Ads & Promotions

VIHA Brain Injury Program

Fundraising

Other Expenses

Fundraising

Office Supplies

Donations

Rent

Advertising & Memberships

Program Support

365

VBIS TWO-YEAR REVENUE COMPARISON IN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS 2022

315

180

166

158

4.7 Grants & Subsidies

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VIHA BI Program

Fundraising

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22.8 21.8 Donations

2.6 Advertising & Memberships

2021


VBIS 2022/2021 FINANCIAL OVERVIEW REVENUES

Grants & Government Subsidies VIHA Brain Injury Program Fundraising Donations Advertising, Memberships & Misc. Contract Funding

2022

$

EXPENSES

Advertising & Promotion Amoritization Contract Facilitators Dues, Fees & Licenses Fundraising Insurance Interest & Bank Charges Office Professional Development Program Support Rent Repairs & Maintenance Subcontract Telephone Wages & Benefits

EXCESS OF REVENUES OVER EXPESNES

$

314,520 $ 180,195 158,105 22,812 2,601 -

2021 364,584 165,519 4,717 21,843 1,502 40

678,233

558,205

3,651 10,389 20,500 999 78,043 2,941 2,539 48,379 6,295 41,371 56,431 7,998 6,930 9,410 327,803

1,526 3,060 13,510 1,545 4,224 3,155 798 36,573 6,372 21,665 55,966 1,464 5,864 258,570

623,679

558,205

54,554 $

143,913

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FACES OF VBIS FACES OF BRAIN INJURY

1.5 million Canadians have had their lives significantly impacted by brain injury, yet over half of us know little to nothing about them. As an invisible injury, it can be challenging to perceive, understand, and appropriately interact with brain injury survivors. A survivor’s change in behaviour and ability can be confusing for their peers, fuelling discrimination and stigma. In March 2022, our team decided to respond to these issues by initiating a brand new, client-centred project, titled Faces of Brain Injury. The project involved 16 interviews with VBIS clients, each an inspiring retelling of a unique life impacted by injury. Five interviews were recorded and turned into a series of short films with the help of Shadow Reels. On September 13th, Faces of Brain Injury will premiere at the Vic Theatre. The full-length films and remaining interviews will then be available for viewing on YouTube and VBIS’ website (www.vbis.ca).

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From top to bottom, left to right: Alan Grant, Lori Jousi, Gary Morden, Lucille Doran, Ernano Angelozzi, Shirley Mott, Michael Lawless, Chandar Sundaram, Marcia Hundleby, Jordan Wenzel, Elizabeth Vowles, Toni King, Kevin Dobbs, Krista Vander Griend, Brenda Clayton 2022 ANNUAL REPORT

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WHAT’S NEXT? The upcoming year has lots in store for VBIS. New partnerships, research, and events are in the works, while our organization is also preparing to celebrate its 40th Anniversary next September.

PARTNERSHIPS

RESEARCH

EVENTS

This year, we cultivated numerous partnerships that will enable our organization to offer new programs & services in the coming months. Notably, we’ve teamed up with Dr. Cam McCrodan and his clinic, Optomization Neurovisual to provide subsidized vision therapy for clients. Another collaboration with the John Howard Society of Victoria will help brain injury survivors thrive in the workforce.

This fall, Train Your Brain, a program developed in collaboration with UVic researchers, will allow clients to engage in weekly cognitive training using NeuroTracker software. A new sensory-friendly VBIS app is expected to soon be available for download, following the review of a prototype developed by UVic’s INSPIRE program. The VBIS Store, created by business students from Royal Roads University, is also scheduled to launch before the end of the year.

Following several successful events in 2021/22, VBIS will host Faces of Brain Injury, a film premiere showcasing five short films that focus on VBIS clients and their stories. The event will be held on September 13th in tandem with the organization’s 2022 AGM. Shortly after, the second annual Toss The Boss fundraiser will take place on September 23rd, and, in 2023, VBIS hopes to host its biggest gala yet at the Beach House Restaurant.

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THANK YOU

Generous support from donors allows us to offer consistent, free services to hundreds of brain injury survivors, while conducting crucial outreach in the community to prevent future injuries and reduce harm.

VBIS 2022 INDIVIDUAL DONORS

Leonda Adler Don Anderson Leanna Bedell Aurelien Bisse Ekamou Marion Bramley Kenneth Cloak Sonia Cobo Melanie Courchene Malcolm Crow Catherine de Groot-Hedlin Lyle Dixson Adam Elliot Jared Ferguson

Donalda Francis Laura Getkate Leanna Hill Brenda Hurd Beverly Isaac Eleanor Johnsen Murray Langdon Robert Manton Michael McDougall Shelley Mellors Colleen Melville Joanne Nicholson Ken & Penny Plumbly

Bryan Rowley Gwynne Russell Anne Shack Colleen Sheehan Ron Skelton Stanley Skretting Corey Slavnik David Southern Krissi Spinoza Timothy Traynor Beverly Weidman Mickael Werstuik

VBIS 2022 COMMUNITY PARTNERS 19 Okanagan Grill & Bar 98.5 Ocean FM Abkhazi Tea House Accent Inns Adrena LINE Zip Agile Drone Services Art Gallery of Victoria Atlas Audio Visual Unlimited Audain Art Museum Bad Dog Brewing BC Hobbies BC Lions BC Transit Bees Please Bin 4 Black Rock Resort Bolen Books Bon Macaron Patisserie Boulder House

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Brentwood Music School Caffe Fantastico Cedar Hill Golf Course Chek News Cherry Point Estate Wines CJ’s Autobling Country Grocer Cycles West Dance Victoria David’s Tea Delta Ocean Pointe Resort Derma Spa Dumpling Drop Elements Whistler Fired Up! Fish Hair Salon Float House Victoria Flying Squirrel For Good Measure

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GAIN Group Glo Goldstream Bicycles Grizzli Winery HA Photo Hands on Collective Highland Pacific Golf Horror Escape Room Hot Tub Boat Victoria Hoyne Brewery Icekap Therapeutics Il Caminetto Il Terrazzo Innovative Fitness Victoria Jack 103.1 FM Jamie’s Whaling Station Jeremy Koreski Gallery LA Limousines Laura Bonnie Art Studio


Lifetime Benefits Lighthouse Brewing Co. Life to Surf The London Chef Market on Yates Michelle Yoga Milestones Victoria MNP Mount Douglas Golf Course Munro’s Bookstore Oak Bay Bikes Ocean Village Resort Ooh La La Cupcakes Pacific Coastal Airlines Pacific Surf Co. Panago Paul Mara Jewellers

Pawsome Massage Phillips Brewery Pizza Prima Strada PJ Music Studio Quazar’s Arcade Rathjen Cellars Ride the Glide Russell Books Saanich Recreation Saltchuck Pies Sea Cider Farm Shed Tofino Sheringham Distillery Showcase Awards Sip Happens Sirene Chocolate Smoking Lily

VBIS 2022 MAJOR FUNDERS

SportChek Bay Centre Starbucks James Bay Sue Maitland PCC Summerhill Pyramid Winery Tapestry Music Tofino Bike Co Tofino Distillery Top Floor Photography The Tube Shack Used.ca VI School of Art Very Good Butchers VIA Rail Victoria Pub Company WestJet Wild Abandon WildPlay Element Parks WorkSafe BC

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OUR TEAM

VBIS is made up of an incredible team of staff, board members, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds and skills.

STAFF

Pam Prewett Executive Director

Jamie Morrison Volunteer Coordinator

Jordyn Tattersall Special Project Coordinator

Myles Beaman-Dodd Operations Manager

Ian Bermeo Case Manager

Alex Gould Content Writer

Kayla Brent Marketing Coordinator

Leidi Fortner Case Manager

Anna Golovkina Receptionist

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gerald Hartwig President

Tyler Dolan Director at Large

Katherine Walker Director at Large

Trevor Jones Treasurer

Adam Harnden Director at Large

Danielle Toth Director at Large

Shannon Kowalko Secretary

Natalie Benson Director at Large

Barbara Phillips Director at Large Retired in 2022

Varun Dhaul Director at Large Retired in 2022

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GET INVOLVED VOLUNTEER

DONATE

Volunteers make up a critical part of our organization. Whether you’ve been impacted by a concussion or brain injury; are preparing for a career in healthcare, administration, or fundraising; or are looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community, we would love to have you. Our volunteer roles are flexible and customizable according to your needs and interests.

Kind support from donors allows us to provide essential care for brain injury survivors and their families. Your contribution will go towards our mission of supporting, educating, and advocating for adults with acquired brain injuries to help them regain independence and a sense of community. To donate, visit our office, give us a call, or check out our new and improved website!

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SPONSOR

BECOME A MEMBER

A partnership with VBIS can help your company and the community. Team up with us to support a program that aligns with your organization’s values and goals, co-sponsor one of our events and gain exposure through inclusion in our marketing and promotional materials, or feature an in-store display that gives your customers a convenient way to support a great cause.

Join an unstoppable team of concussion and brain injury advocates by becoming a VBIS Member. For just $20 annually, you can gain access to a variety of discounts and free services from local businesses, specially offered to our members. Members are also entitled to vote at our Annual General Meeting, receive early notification of events & workshops, and attend members-only gatherings.

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