Originally from Scotland, Juliet grew up in Vancouver and now lives in Langley BC with her husband and two daughters. She holds an undergraduate degree in the humanities and a graduate degree in divinity.
Juliet began her professional work as a spiritual care practitioner in neurorehabilitation with older adults. She spent 10 years supporting individuals and families through experiences of grief and loss related to health crises or serious injury (Providence Health, PHSA, and Fraser Health).
Juliet experienced a more intimate introduction to brain injury in July 2005 when her first child survived a hypoxic ischemic brain injury due to birth complications. She became a strong advocate for her daughter in the health and education systems, which has led to opportunities to advance inclusive practices in public education.
Juliet joined Connect Communities in Langley in 2014. She leads a collaborative team who help persons with acquired brain injury redesign their lives on their own terms. A creative soul with a penchant for stories, she joins the BCBIA with the hope of helping others share their stories of life after brain injury.
Nancy Adams was responsible for the care of a family member with brain injury giving her an understanding of the challenges faced by those of living with brain injury. Her family’s appreciation for the supports received by those within the brain injury community left her with a desire to give back to this community.
She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) with decades of experience in the financial accounting field. She built and managed a successful accounting practice, then broadened her horizons utilizing her management experience and writing skills in the non-profit environment. She worked with the Rick Hansen Foundation for 6 years, managing grants and donations as well as the finance department. She is now retired and volunteering her time educating not-for-profit organizations to minimize risk through improved financial systems and processes.
She has volunteered in the community for many years, primarily with Girl Guides of Canada, holding several positions including Treasurer and the Finance and Grants representative on the Properties Committee of the BC Provincial Council. She also served on other community boards, primarily in the health services sector.
Nancy is interested in making a difference and sharing her expertise in any way possible.
Tina Suter, a 30-year survivor of ABI, brings personal insight to her role as Member Services Coordinator at Brain Resource, Advocacy & Information Network. She initiated the organization in 1999 to assist survivors of Brain Injury, their family members, friends, and caregivers within the Lower Mainland region.
She received the very first Courage to Come Back Award for Physical Rehabilitation and more recently, Fraser Health Acquired Brain Injury Services’ Outstanding Service Award.
She combines her Degree in Business Management from Okanagan College & Community Social Service Diploma from Douglas College to assist in managing B.R.A.I.N. and other work in the field of Community Social Services, but uses her passion and personal insight to provide diligent service to Survivors, their family members, friends and caregivers.
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.
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.