FORT ST. JOHN – The Northern Brain Injury Association is receiving $91,252 from the B.C. government to support people with acquired brain injuries.
Funding will build services in the northeast. Funding will also build services in Quesnel, enhance services in the northwest and inform all Northerners about brain injury.
“These funds provide a dramatic increase to our client services as well as our brain injury education and injury prevention programs in the remote and often very isolated communities of northern British Columbia,” Northern Brain Injury Association program developer Will Lewis said.
“If left untreated, brain injuries can lead to issues that impact the entire community,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said. “The hard work the Northern Brain Injury Association does will improve many lives.”
“Brain injuries can play a significant role in developing other social impacts like homelessness and has psychological impacts,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said.
In May, the government provided $3 million in funding over three years to the Brain Injury Alliance, which has distributed funding to organizations in two stages. In the first stage, $10,000 was provided to each of B.C.’s 16 community-based, non-profit brain-injury service providers to help with operational costs.
In the second stage, brain-injury organizations in B.C. receive funding based on applications for programs specific to their needs. These organizations run programs and services to help reduce the incidence of injury or directly help those affected by brain injuries.
Learn more about the Brain Injury Alliance at braininjuryalliance.ca.
Learn more about the Northern Brain Injury Association of B.C. at nbia.ca/.