FV Brain Injury Association AGM – 19 Years Later And Still Misunderstood

Abbotsford/Fraser Valley – Wednesday night was the 19th annual AGM (Annual General Meeting) for the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association(FVBIA).  The irony from this meeting was that after 19 years in existence, FVN learned that this was the first time any local media attended the event and took interest in what the association does.

FVBIA serves the areas from Langley to Mission to Boston Bar.

Anyone may self refer or be referred by community organizations, professionals, family/friends. Documentation of a brain injury diagnosis is required.

From their website – The Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association is a charitable organization that has been offering support and services to people with acquired brain injuries and their families since 1997. We provide a variety of programs throughout the Fraser Valley from Langley to Boston Bar.  For updated information on upcoming events, programs and services, check out our most recent newsletter.

FVBIA President Harry Snyders thanked Fraser Health and the United Way of the Frsser Valley for helping with funding but that does not pay all the bills.

Noe does it pay for awareness of what the organization does.

One would think that support for survivors as well as family and friends would be for those who suffered brain injury through obvious trauma from a workplace injury or something similar to a car accident or sports injury.

There are other reasons for the association. “Bernadette” from Chilliwack told FVN that some 13 years ago, she suffered encephalitis (or swelling of the brain from infection or an allergic reaction). In her case, it was something as simple (and seemingly innocent) as a spider bite.

It almost killed her.

The programs that FVBIA run are funded by ICBC, BC Gaming Grants, Vancouver Foundation, United Way, Abbotsford Community Foundation, Fraser Health and private funders and donors.

2017 will be the 20th anniversary of FVBIA, and their work is far from done, and they always need help, from volunteers to donations of money and equipment.

FVBIA is holding their Xmas dinner on December 7.

 

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