Brain Injury Association of Thunder Bay and Area
Inspiring Impactful Change
At the Brain Injury Association of Thunder Bay and Area, we aim to make a lasting impact in Thunder Bay and Area with support for those who live with the effects of a Brain Injury.
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.
Members Of The Board
A diverse team working to improve supports in our community.
Join our 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
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.
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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.
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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.
Location: Lakehead University Community Garden at 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay.
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.
We have provided over 1,000 free bike helmets to elementary school children in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.
Cultural and Artistic Events
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
Unmasking Brain Injury in collaboration with BISNO and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Colouring Calendar Art Exhibit and contest
Colouring Calendar Art Contest and Art Exhibit during the 2018 Holiday Craft revival at White Macgillivray Lester LLP
A screening at the North of Superior Film Festival in partnership with BISNO
In the Works
BIATHA Brain Injury Conference
The conference may include distinguished keynote speakers, information booths and much more. We anticipate an audience including, but not limited to, ABI Rehabilitation Professionals, Psychologists, Legal Representatives, Social Workers, Nurses, Personal Support Workers, Advocates and Persons with Brain Injury, their Family Members and Caregivers.
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.