Brain injury can happen in a moment and change a life forever. On May 13, health minister Terry Lake announced $3 million in funding to the Brain Injury Alliance to support those with brain injuries.
Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association (FVBIA) executive director Carol Paetkau of Abbotsford was in Victoria to witness the announcement.
“This was the culmination of years of work brought to fruition by the collaborative efforts of four brain injury associations (Fraser Valley, Northern, Prince George and Kamloops), who formed the Brain Injury Alliance in 2014, and the government of British Columbia.”
The alliance is a registered B.C. non-profit society that supports brain injury associations across the province.
The alliance will distribute the funding to non-profit brain injury associations throughout the province which run programs and services that help reduce the incidence of brain injury or directly help those affected by brain injuries, including some in Abbotsford and throughout the Fraser Valley.
Funding will be used for a variety of programs, including building or strengthening services like courses in financial skills, emotional management, accident prevention, and community brain injury education and awareness.