2020 COMMUNITY BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
Brain Injury Society of Toronto
COMMUNITY BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
The Brain Injury Society of Toronto is a community non-profit supporting those living with the effects of acquired brain injury.
Membership is open to anyone. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people in the City of Toronto, living with the effects of acquired brain injury through education, awareness, support and advocacy.
BIST was established in 2004 by a steering committee made up of stakeholders – including people with ABI, family members and people who work in ABI support and rehabilitation in collaboration with the Ontario Brain Injury Association. Today, BIST is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing community stakeholders including: survivors, service providers, educators and professionals.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people in the City of Toronto, living with the effects of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) through education, awareness, support, and advocacy.
We are focused on providing a safe space for persons with brain injury and their families to connect, socialize and learn. We are also invested in supporting the most marginalized in our community through our homelessness, poverty and intimate partner violence initiatives. We are an agency committed to partnerships and being a voice for change and as such we are involved in projects and committees related to ABI and the justice system, including the Toronto Police Disabilities Consultative Committee and two Focus Tables (Focus Tables are a City of Toronto, United Way Toronto and Toronto Police Service initiative that aims to reduce risk, harm, crime, victimization and improve community resiliency and wellbeing).