Who We Are
BIATBA is a Community Association member of the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA). We aspire to fulfill OBIA's mission and vision in Thunder Bay and the Area. OBIA works to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury through education, awareness and support. More information about OBIA can be found at www.obia.ca or by calling 1-800-263-5404.
To support people living with the effects of acquired brain injury through education, public awareness, information and advocacy
#1 - To provide support, information and assistance to individuals and family members living with the effects of brain injury in Thunder Bay and Area.
#2 - To provide education and information that will increase public and professional awareness of the needs of people living with the effects of brain injury.
#3 - To work with organizations with similar goals to enhance opportunities and remove barriers to community participation for people living with the effects of brain injury.
What We Do
Survivor and Caregiver Social and Support Group
In partnership with Partners-In-Rehab, BIATBA offers monthly (September to June), concurrent, drop-in groups for survivors and caregivers impacted by acquired brain injury. The group provides education and support as well as recreational and social opportunities to interested participants.
For more information, call Partners-In-Rehab at (807) 683-9500.
Peer Support Program (PSP)
OBIA’s Peer Support Program connects persons with lived experience (the Mentor) with an individual who is living with the effects of acquired brain injury who requires the support (the Partner). The program is available to survivors, family members and/or unpaid caregivers FREE OF CHARGE.
Mentor/Partner matches are time specific and are made based on similar experiences, needs and personal interests. The program is coordinated through the local brain injury associations across Ontario, making it possible for people to be ‘matched’ province wide.
For more information about the program or to volunteer as a Mentor or Partner, please email the Peer Support Coordinator at email@example.com
Since 2009, BIATBA, in partnership with Partners In Rehab, has provided garden plots and a therapeutic recreation specialist for brain injury survivors, family members and anyone who wishes to participate. Come and eperience the therapeutic benefits of gardening in a welcoming environment. Learn about gardening and shared in the bounty at harvest time!
There is no charge for participating in the garden. The garden is located within the Lakehead University Community Garden at 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay.
For more information about the BIATBA Community Garden, please call Partners In Rehab at 807-683-9500.
BIATBA organizes and collaborates in the organizations of various cultural and artistic events from year-to-year. Below is a list of recent events in which BIATBA participated.
Unmasking Brain Injury in collaboration with BISNO and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
"The Rider" screening at the North of Superior Film Festival in partnership with BISNO
Colouring Calendar Art Contest and Art Exhibit during the 2018 Holiday Craft revival at White Macgillivray Lester LLP
Bike Helmets on Kids
BIATBA has partnered with the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) to bring the Bike Helmets For Kids program to Thunder Bay. This program is intended to put a helmet on the head of every child who needs one, and provides education and awareness about bicycle helmet use. Local members of OTLA give generously to organize community partnerships and fund the cost of the bike helmets.
Along with the OTLA and, more specifically, the lawyers at White Macgillivray Lester LLP, we have provided over 1,000 free bike helmets to elementary school children in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.
We need your help ... In order to make an impact, we need a large group of participants to fill out the questionnaires. Working together we could make a bigger impact.
OBIA is pleased to announce the launch of the new Brain Injury Impact Study. OBIA has been conducting research for more than 25 years. Many things have changed over the years, including the incidence and impact of concussion being brought to the forefront. For our research to remain relevant, we are transitioning from the current research questionnaire to the Brain Injury Impact Study.
There are two versions of the new study, one for Individuals Living with Brain Injury/Concussion and the other, for Family Members and Caregivers. By completing the annual study, participants will receive a FREE membership to Ontario Brain Injury Association and a participating Community Association.
How You Can Help
The Brain Injury Association of Thunder Bay and Area has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Read on to find out more!
Want to contribute to the education and recreation of survivors of an acquired brain injury, their families and/or caregivers? Call Partners-In-Rehab to find out how you could help by contributing to our social and support group or our therapeutic garden.
Interested in mentoring someone who is living something similar to your own experience in acquiring a brain injury or caring for a survivor? Call our Peer Support Coordinator (807-621-4164) to find out how to become a mentor.
Have an idea about how you could help BIATBA work toward it's mission and strategic directions? Send us an e-mail about your ideas and we'll get back to you to talk about how we could work together to improve the lives of people impacted by inquired brain injuries.
Become a member of the BIATBA and the OBIA. As a member, you would be supporting the associations missions, have a vote in the annual general meetings, receive important literature in the field of acquired brain injury and have access to OBIA's resource library. To find out more,visit: http://obia.ca/dual-membership/
Join the BIATBA Board
If you're interested in having a say on how BIATBA fulfills its mission and strategic directions, inquire about joining our board. You can do so by e-mailing our Peer Support Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
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