About Us


Fostering resilience, recovery, and community for brain injury survivors and their families across Nova Scotia.


Nova Scotians living with acquired brain injury and their families/caregivers realize their potential through a continuum of programs, services, and community supports throughout the province.

As the only organized voice for over 70,000 Nova Scotians affected by brain injury, we are committed to providing programs, education, recovery, support, advocacy, & community.

Brain injury survivors and their families look to us every day as a resource and touchstone of support across the spectrum of brain injury. Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia has been a registered Canadian charity since 1989.

How we help:

Connecting the Community

You are not alone. We work with our staff & volunteers to offer a network of support groups and services across Nova Scotia for survivors, caregivers, & professionals. Connecting with others with similar experiences can be invaluable to the recovery process.

Building Awareness

As an invisible disability, many are unaware of the prevalence & impact of brain injury, and often this includes survivors and professionals. We fight tirelessly to raise awareness of the prevention, identification, treatment, and understanding of brain injuries.

Advocating for Change

We advocate across all levels of government and the public sector for specific supports and services to be available for brain injury survivors across Nova Scotia, as there is a general lack of understanding about brain injury and too few supports for survivors’ unique needs.

Programs and Peer Support

For survivors & caregivers. Offerings range from educational to social & recreational. Including Yoga for ABI, Concussion Cafe, music therapy, a drop-in community hub, social gatherings, and more. Peers facilitate many of our programs & sessions.

Education and Training

For survivors, caregivers, and professionals. Previous offerings include Brain Injury 101 training, income tax & RDSP workshops, Supporting the Supporter training, spirituality workshops. education sessions on ambiguous loss & neurorehabilitation, and more.

Board of Directors

Our volunteer board is integral to the oversight and progress of our work as an organization.

First-voice representation is important to us, and 1/3 of our Directors are brain injury survivors.

  • Patrick O’Connell – Chair
  • Dan Cashen – Vice Chair
  • Chris Toms – Past Chair
  • Paula Huntley – Provincial Survivor Rep
  • Mackenzie Hancock – Secretary
  • Jomir Tibayan – Treasurer
  • Erica Bergstrom
  • Dr. Halina Bruce
  • Brent DeCoste
  • Darcy Grant
  • Dr. Laura Mitchell
  • MacKayla Ogilvie
  • Elizabeth Outhit
  • Marcy Weston

Advisory Board

Dr. Richard Braha

Ryan Blood

Mary Hendricks

Patricia Rose- Msc., Registered Psychologist

Agency Partners

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Acquired Brain Injury Team

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Press Kit

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Brain Injury NS Logos

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Information Sheet

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Fast Facts

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