With over 20 years of working with non-profit organizations in Canada and overseas, Kix brings a passion for innovation, collaboration and inclusive leadership. Her experience in program development, community building and advocacy are assets she brings to the BCBIA Board of Directors. She is the Executive Director of the Nanaimo Brain Injury Society and helped found a successful non-profit service co-operative. When not in the office, you will likely find Kix hiking the trails or paddling the waters around beautiful Vancouver Island.
Bailey is a practicing Occupational Therapist who graduated from UBC in 2010. Her focus began in brain injury, largely supporting the recovery of individuals with TBI from motor vehicle accidents. To support her practice, she invested extensively in professional development courses to specialize in the treatment of brain injury, chronic pain, and mental health. Helping individuals uncover their own unique strengths and empowering them to harness these strengths to make constructive changes in their life has become her professional passion.
Currently, she runs her own private practice in Surrey, B.C., using her expertise to provide treatment to those in the community with brain injury and mental health difficulties. Outside of work, she has been involved in a number of volunteer opportunities such as developing and implementing mentorship programs, guest speaking in university classes, and consulting to a NFP Board. Outside of work, Bailey and her husband are raising two young and active children.
Robin acquired a brain injury in the spring of 2007, as a result of a rare illness. He went into a sudden, unexpected coma for over six weeks, and woke up completely paralyzed, mostly blind, and very confused.
He understands how a brain injury can instantly change every aspect of a person’s life, and some changes are more permanent than others.
The experience does not always have to be a completely bad one. Sometimes a person can use it to motivate themselves to take life more seriously and pursue a previously unknown interest.
Robin started college in January 2009 and went on to University in September 2014 He finished in June 2022 with an Associate’s Degree in Social Work from Camosun College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria. The education process turned out to be perfectly suited for brain injury rehabilitation. Surviving a brain injury is a constant learning process. Now the goal is to help others with brain injuries.
Geoff Sing and The Cridge Center for the Family are giving Robin an opportunity to apply what he has been studying.
Understanding the uniqueness of each individual before rehabilitation can begin is important. Their goals, hopes, dreams, and how they can change or be altered into realistic, attainable ones.
Cognitive reassessment techniques help to turn a negative event into something more manageable. Basically, developing creative ways of turning something negative into something more positive. Improving a person’s quality of life by re-evaluating life’s priorities.
He is looking forward to helping people with brain injuries cope with their new lives, and learning more about how our brains function.
Gary has a varied work history including banking, logging, running garages and service stations, smelter work, lumber yard, auto wrecking, bookkeeping, construction (road building and site preparation), operations manager of a marketing research firm and psychiatric assistant (five years) at UBC hospital. His last job was Disability Awards Officer, assessing and granting disability pensions with the Workers Compensation Board, and retired 16 years ago after 25 years of service. In 1969 he lost his right leg in a motor vehicle accident and uses an artificial leg. He also obtained a degree in psychology at UBC.
His volunteer history includes working with autistic children, developing a Parent and Tot program at a local community centre and working with various non-profit organizations including the Amputee Coalition of Canada (VP), Amputee Coalition of BC (Peer
Visitor and trainer), and Visitation Director for the Association for Injured Motorcyclists for many years where he developed a resource manual for downed riders and a training program for other Visitation Volunteers.
Gary has worked on an advisory committee with BCBIA and recently assisted with “The Journey Ahead” program.
During his visitation work with downed riders, he noted signs of brain injury in most of them and also noted they were overlooked in most cases with no treatment program being provided. With some he was able to lobby with ICBC and the medical system to consider the brain injuries to assess and provide treatment.
He has been increasingly interested in brain injury and looks forward to working with BCBIA.
Bob and his wife moved from Quebec City to Coquitlam in 2006, to support their son, Michael, who had experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a motor vehicle accident. This life-changing event fueled his unwavering dedication to assisting and championing brain injury survivors, emerging as a central purpose in their retirement years.
Although Bob is retired, he maintains an active lifestyle by frequenting the gym. His unwavering dedication to supporting brain injury survivors is evident through his involvement as a member of the Tri-Cities Brain Injury Support Group. Bob is also actively engaged in a parents’ group advocating for permanent housing with support for brain injury survivors. He volunteers on various committees in his residential complex, underscoring his commitment to community engagement and making a positive impact on the lives of other.
Dorothy Hyslop, Counsellor, MEd, RCC provides counselling to individuals and their families who have experienced trauma and live with grief, loss, anxiety and depression. Dorothy also works with individuals with significant issues stemming from PTSD, brain trauma and other catastrophic injuries.
Dorothy’s areas of expertise are: Trauma Counselling; PTSD; Counselling for people struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Loss & Grief; Consulting for Families of the Traumatized client; Education & Training for People with Developmental Disabilities; Consulting with Families of people with Disabilities.