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2016 Showcase


BCBIA Showcase & Celebration for Brain Injury!
Showcasing Excellent Services in British Columbia

Each year, the BC Brain Injury Association (BCBIA) organizes an event to raise awareness of the organization and its efforts in helping to improve the lives of people with acquired brain injuries. 

Our next event will take place on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel

This event will showcase and celebrate ten excellent ABI service providers in British Columbia. It promises to be an engaging evening, with lots of opportunities to support BCBIA and enjoy food and wine with your friends and colleagues.  

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By purchasing tickets at $100 per person, you help BCBIA serve the interests of people affected by acquired brain injury in BC. Your support allows BCBIA to continue key initiatives including:

  • Enhancing - giving families immediate web access to trusted and reliable information, services, and resources for people with brain injuries 
  • Helping to navigate the system - by addressing inquiries in a timely and effective manner
  • Connecting people - giving people with brain injuries, their families and caregivers the opportunity to easily ask questions and to network with others who are having similar life experiences
  • Empowering professionals and families - referring individuals to resources that are always available, trustworthy, and up-to-date
  • Conducting essential research - helping to increase awareness and understanding of brain injury, as an ever-changing and important social and cultural issue


The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel located in the heart of downtown Vancouver at 1180 West Hastings Street.  

On-site parking is available at the hotel for a fee of $10 per hour. Limited street parking is also be available around the hotel. Burrard Skytrain Station is a short 5-minute walk away.

ABI Service Providers

The following ten excellent ABI service providers in British Columbia will be showcased:

CONNECT Lake Country Specialized ABI Transitional Rehabilitation Program and Residential Services
CONNECT Communities

Two Stroke Workshops:
1) “Understanding Stroke”
2) “Building Community Connections”

Northern Health

Community Rehab Early Discharge Initiative (REDi)
Fraser Health Authority

Community Stroke Recovery Navigator Program (CSRN)
– Stroke Recovery Association of BC

Fraser Health Concussion Clinic
– Fraser Health Authority

Two Group Programs: 1) “Rebuilding After Brain Injury”; and 2) “Connect, Learn and Grow” (CLG)
– Prince George Brain Injured Group Society

Acute ABI Coordinator Role
- Interior Health Authority

Intensive Rehab Day Program (IRDP)
– Vancouver Coastal Health

Hospital to Homes (H2H) Committee
Island Health

Intensive Rehab Outpatient Program (IROP)
– Vancouver Coastal Health


Live Entertainment

In addition to being able to learn more about the above ABI service providers, support BCBIA’s work, enjoy food and wine with your friends and colleagues; enjoy listening to the talents of the musical duo Sostenuto and accompanists.


Sostenuto meaning "sustained" is not only a way of playing music for musicians Anna Lumiere and Serena Eades, it is a way of living and creating lasting beauty within the world.  While Sostenuto's sound is at times sultry and rich, it is never far from light and slightly silly.  Playingthe violin and accordion from Argentinean Tango to Brazilian Choro, French Musette to contemporary original works, Sostenuto is a worthwhile treat for the senses, and will be accompanied by young violinists Noah Ord and Jasmine Fitzsimmons of Gibsons. Noah and Jasmine have been playing with fiddle group Bad to the Bow for many years. They also can be heard playing at local farmers' markets and other events with various musicians.


Support our Work and Enhance your Reputation

Your contribution is greatly appreciated and will help BCBIA to provide support for people with acquired brain injuries. 

If you wish to support the BCBIA Showcase & Celebration, please contact Bernadette Gessler at 604-984-6455 or via email at  

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to: join the conversation, stay tuned about #BCBIA, and be connected!




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Project launch made possible by:

  BC Neurotrauma Fund via

Rick Hansen Foundation, BC Neurotrauma Fund

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