Committed to Our Community
We are committed to building community across Nova Scotia for brain injury survivors and their families by developing a network of Chapters to provide local peer support and by bringing a menu of educational and inspiring workshops, one-day brain injury conferences and training sessions and other programs.
Meet our new Community Development Coordinator, Julie Davies.
Her work will be instrumental in connecting you to each other and your community.
“As BIANS’ brand new Community Development Coordinator, I’m truly excited to be joining Leona, Patrick, and all of our hardworking volunteers across the province as we leverage our new government funding to improve the lives of brain injury survivors and their families. And, although I’m just getting started (I’m only a few days in!), I thought I would take this chance to briefly introduce myself.
First, a bit of context — my father suffered a severe brain injury shortly after his early retirement, and, as many of you can relate to, it profoundly impacted our family as we struggled to come to terms with this new reality. Advocating for his care over the subsequent months (and years) involved a very steep learning curve for our family, and this role at BIANS gives me the opportunity to help make a very tangible difference where it’s needed most. I can’t wait to dive in.
Aside from this very personal connection to brain injuries, I’m no stranger to the non-profit world. For the past eight years, I’ve worked with a small non-profit organization in Ottawa managing animal-assisted therapy programs in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community organizations. Many of our clients included children, youth, and adults with acquired brain injuries.
Now that our family is happily back living in Nova Scotia (both of our kids — now 10 and 12 years old — were born here), I’m looking forward to working at the grassroots level, where NGOs and health care providers connect.
This new funding gives us an amazing opportunity to develop and grow key programs to support brain injury survivors and caregivers. I’m looking forward to meeting with all of you, both in the health care community and as I travel to our Chapters over the coming weeks and months
See you soon!”
Community Development Coordinator
Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia
Chapters & Peer Support Groups
*ALL CHAPTER AND PEER SUPPORT GROUPS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC*
We encourage our community to stay connected through our Together in Isolation programs during these challenging times.
Wednesdays and Fridays, 2-4 p.m
First Thursday of the month- 7 p.m
Last Monday of the month- 7 p.m.
Community Development Menu
Would you like us to come to your town? Scroll along the page and look at our menu of program options!
Ambiguous Loss and Brain Injury with Community Educator Shelley Pick
Brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone.
At Brain Injury Nova Scotia, we understand how profoundly a brain injury impacts you and everyone close to you. Ambiguous loss can be one of the most difficult challenges many survivors and families face after a brain injury.
Ambiguous loss is a loss that defies closure or understanding and leaves us searching for answers. This complicates and delays the process of grieving and prevents us from finding the resolution that we need to move forward with our lives in a meaningful way. This is a 2.5-hour workshop.
Beyond Survivor – Spirituality After Brain Injury – with Community Educator Shelley Pick
This is about living with Brain Injury, as well as the challenges of being human, regardless if you are brain-injured or not.
For those of you who have learned about Ambiguous Loss, Brain Injury brings extraordinary challenges, losses, and grief. One loss that was claimed by many of you was the loss of Spirituality or Faith. We’re going to talk about that. This is a 2.5-hour workshop.
Concussion Café Pop-Ups
Our successful Concussion Café Program is getting ready to travel! We can offer a pop-up Concussion Café session in your community.
Registered Disability Savings Program and Disability Tax Credit
We can offer a workshop and one-on-one support for these two important federal programs. These workshops are offered in partnership with the good folks at Independent Living Nova Scotia.
Understanding Brain Injury 101 Training Series 2020
Brain Injury Awareness and Education Conference (one day event)
We can work with your community to offer a one-day education and awareness conference with a flexible format and agenda.