West Kootenay Brain Injury Association Seeking Board Members

Castlegar-based community group in need of ongoing positive, energetic input

Clients and staff congregate on the new ramp

Clients and staff congregate on the new ramp

The West Kootenay Brain Injury Association (WKBIA) is seeking individuals to serve on our Board of Directors. Our organization is a growing non-profit that requires a strong Board to oversee its direction and operation.  We need your help!

The WKBIA supports adults and families living with the effects of brain injury enabling them to enjoy and participate in life in their own home and community.  Our organization provides one-to-one support, peer support, family support, education, advocacy, referrals, and special events.

The effects of brain injury are as varied as the people who sustain them.  The damage left from a car accident, stroke, illness or blow to the head, may produce a temporary or permanent impairment of cognitive abilities and/or motor functions.  Memory loss, difficulty with concentration, inability to plan or problem solve, low energy level, anger, irritability, disruption of sleep patterns, depression, and inability to communicate are among the symptoms usually reported.  Often these life altering effects are not obvious to the casual observer.  However those of us working with these individuals have seen the life changing results of brain injury.

Brain injury most often happens without warning and can tremendously change an individual’s life and that of their family.  Families can have difficulty communicating and connecting with loved ones.  Brain injury survivors may not be able to continue their careers, drive a vehicle, or care for themselves without support: the result can be devastating.  Families are often left to become the primary caregivers and support persons for those affected. Fortunately the WKBIA can offer support.  You too can make a difference!

The WKBIA is currently seeking community- minded people with an interest in helping others and willingness to learn about and participate in building a strong viable non-profit organization.  The board meets one evening per month in either Trail or Castlegar.

It would only take a few hours of your time every month to make a huge difference.  If you are interested or would like to find out more about WKBIA please contact us at 304-1212.

 

Respectfully submitted by Kelly Johnson,

Executive Director

West Kootenay Brain Injury Association