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2015 Gala


BCBIA’s Annual Cocktail Gala for Brain Injury!

Each year, the BC Brain Injury Association (BCBIA) organizes a fundraising Cocktail Gala to help improve the lives of people with acquired brain injuries.

Our next event will take place early in the New Year, on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Winsor Gallery in Vancouver.

Margaret Trudeau will join us as a guest speaker to talk about her own struggles with depression and loss. Margaret, former wife of Pierre Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister of Canada, has endured the highs and lows of being in the spotlight for so long. 

Our other guest speaker, Ellie Ennas, will share her inspirational story about life after a brain injury. Ellie, seven months pregnant at the time, was almost killed, lost her baby and sustained a brain injury when her vehicle was hit in an accident in 2011.

Fred Lee, host of CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition, will be the auctioneer for the evening. Fred has a weekly column “Fred UnLEEshed” in the Vancouver Courier every Friday and his Province Newspaper’s Social Network appears on Sundays. There will be some fantastic prizes up for grabs in the live auction so buy your ticket today and join in the fun!

Speakers Headshots

It promises to be an entertaining evening, with great opportunities to support the BCBIA, to win some of our amazing auction prizes and enjoy great food and wine with your friends and colleagues.

See you there!


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You also have the opportunity to support a person living with brain injury by sponsoring a ticket for someone to attend the gala.

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

  • improving as an information and social networking hub in BC - ensuring individuals, families and professionals have web access to the best ABI-related information available 
  • addressing inquiries in a timely, effective manner - guiding individuals, families and caregivers to resources and services they might otherwise overlook
  • empowering healthcare professionals - giving them the information they need to refer individuals and families to the best possible resources
  • conducting essential research and projects - geared towards a provincial vision to serve people living with brain injury more effectively



The Winsor Gallery, located in a burgeoning industrial neighborhood at 258 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver, BC, is premier venue featuring contemporary art.

Street Parking is available around the venue and the Main Street and Olympic Village Skytrain stations are both just a short walk away.


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

If you wish to become a sponsor of the BCBIA Gala 2015, please contact Bernadette Gessler at 604-984-6455 or via email at


Thank you to our 2015 Gala Sponsors



     Plenary Group logo     Worksafe BC logo


Whitelaw Twinning Logo     Hammerberg logo     Valentus logo 



Supporters Plus

Chuck Jung logo



      Bungay Law logo         Henderson logo     

Webster and Associates logo     Semiahmoo House logo      Mission Hill logo       Marsh logo                Wazuku logo     Mind Your Brain     Mussio Goodman   




Prize Donors

    Aritzia logo    Sun Peak logo     Sutton Place logo     Sleep Country logo     

Cactus Club Cafe     CIBC logo      Vancouver Sailing Club logo     Claire Newell logo     
Delf Group logo      Mike Rossiter


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Project launch made possible by:

  BC Neurotrauma Fund via

Rick Hansen Foundation, BC Neurotrauma Fund

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