Listen to other survivors and caregivers share their stories. Select a playlist to watch from the thumbnails below or select a topic from the side bar menu.
The BCBIA wants to thank the courageous individuals who opened up and shared their tough but wonderful stories. Join us in recognizing how each one of them has courageously persevered from day one.
Suddenly Speechless – Surrey Aphasia Group
Aphasia is the impairment of language caused by a brain injury, affecting the production and comprehension of speech, as well as the ability to read or write. Founded by Columbia Speech & Language Services, the Surrey Aphasia Group is a program where adults living aphasia can practice their communication skills in a supported environment.
Greta Cooper’s Story: Coping with Concussion Symptoms
An avid photographer and advocate for Inclusion BC, Greta Cooper was on the path to retirement. As she planned for this next chapter, her life took a sideways turn in 2016 when she was involved in a motor vehicle accident. She suffered a serious concussion with persistent symptoms.
Jeff’s Journey – How a family survivors a stroke
Jeff Palmer was affected by a stroke at age 37. As a husband, father of two boys, working a job he loved and coaching baseball for his kids, the impacts the stroke had on his life were numerous. Three years after the stroke, Jeff is still adjusting to physical mobility challenges, working on regaining verbal communication, nourishing his personal relationships and trying to keep his spirits up.
Reassembled, Slightly Askew
Immersive theatrical experience Reassembled, Slightly Askew was created by brain injury survivor and playwright Shannon Yee. This powerful interactive theatre piece takes the participant on a journey of recovery from Shannon's injury.
Simon’s Story: A Road to Recovery
Celebrated musician Simon Paradis overcame all odds recovering from a catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury. He and his wife Kara share his remarkable story of his recovery, the growth of their marriage and the transformative power of music.
Shelley’s Story Brain Injury – Road to recovery
After a serious bike accident, Shelley Pacholok shares the struggles she faced recovering from a brain injury that ended her career as a university professor. She speaks about the crucial role peer support had in her recovery.
The Journey Forward
The path to recovery from a brain injury can be complex and unclear. No two brain injuries are the same - no two people face the same physical or mental challenges.
Learn about the anatomy of the human brain, Canadian statistics related to brain injury, the medical facts about brain injury as well as tips for recovery as discussed by medical experts.
Acquired Brain Injury
This four-part series discusses Acquired Brain Injuries: from outcomes to recovery.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Learn about some of the causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and what may happen to the brain as a result of the TBI.
Exceptional ABI Services in BC – Client Stories
Clients from the 10 programs and services highlighted in the ABI Provincial Services Evaluation report share their thoughts and experiences in the these videos.
BC Brain Injury Association 2015 GalaAdmin
The 2015 BCBIA Cocktail Fundraising Gala was held on February 5th at the Winsor Gallery.
Prevention and Playing Safe
Doctors, professional athletes and coaches, health care professionals and brain injury survivors all emphasize the importance of taking precautions to prevent head injuries as they can permanently change your life.
Guided Breathing for Recovery with Lesley Ewen
Lesley Ewen leads a guided breathing session to aid in recovery from a brain injury.
PCBIC Participant Videos – Victoria, BCAdmin
This series of videos was filmed on location in Victoria, BC at a satellite event of 2010 Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference.
PCBIC Participant Videos – Vancouver, BCAdmin
This series of videos was filmed on location in Vancouver, BC at the 2010 Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference.
PCBIC Participant videos – Vancouver, BC
Video filmed at the Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference 2010 in Vancouver, BC.
Stroke survivor Jim Sibley shares his story of recovery, speaks about the importance of persistence during the recovery process and emphasizes the integral role support groups and friend and family play in the lives of survivors.
Brain injury survivor Andrea Hector Brown shares how her life was impacted by brain injury.
Leonard Regan describes how a car accident left him with a brain injury. He describes the needs of survivors, offers advice to their friends and family and speaks about how to evolve beyond your injury.
Kam Hung’s Story: Positive Thinking
Kam Hung, originally from Hong Kong, relocated to Canada many years ago. Kam Hung is grateful for his family - his wife and two children. Kam Hung was rear-ended on his way home approximately 20 years ago and was seriously injured.
Stroke survivor John Baker shares his story of recovery. He speaks about accepting the new reality of his life after his stroke, talks about tough love, healing with humour and shares his ideas on how to evolve beyond brain injury.