B.C. Government Caucus News Release November 9, 2015
Support provided for Fraser Valley residents living with brain injuries
Chilliwack MLA John Martin and Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness visit the Chilliwack Safety Village with Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association executive director Carol Paetkau and FVBIA founder John Simpson.
CHILLIWACK – The Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association (FVBIA) is receiving $101,119 in funding to enhance three programs to support people with acquired brain injuries. The FVBIA provides services throughout the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack, Mission and Hope.
The FVBIA will be able to expand its Pay It Forward program into Langley and Mission which focuses on a variety of health and wellness programs for those with an acquired brain injury. As well, the FVBIA will expand its prevention and awareness programs to reach a wider audience and is now able to buy new helmets for the bike safety program in Chilliwack. Additionally, the organization will be able to develop a one-on-one life skills program to support people improve their independence.
“Funding for community-based associations has been critically short for years and sometimes the local brain injury groups are the only supports people with acquired brain injuries have,” FVBIA executive director Carol Paetkau said. “Thank you to the Government of British Columbia for recognizing the value of community-based services for this population.”
“Students in our community benefit greatly from the partnership FVBIA has with the Chilliwack Safety Village,” Chilliwack MLA John Martin said. “With this funding, new helmets will be purchased so that more students can participate fully in the bike safety awareness program, promoting active living and teaching best practices when sharing the roads.”
“I’m happy to learn FVBIA is receiving significant funding to help expand and promote their various programs,” Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness said. “They provide valuable programs such as caregiver support and case managers for the smaller communities like Hope in the Fraser Valley.”
In May, the government provided $3 million in funding over three years to the Brain Injury Alliance which has distributed funding to organizations in two stages. In the first stage, $10,000 was provided to each of B.C.’s 16 community-based, non-profit brain-injury service providers to help with operational costs.
In the second stage, brain-injury organizations in B.C. receive funding based on applications for programs specific to their needs. These organizations run programs and services to help reduce the incidence of injury or directly help those affected by brain injuries.
Media contact: Ashley Stewart, B.C. Government Caucus Communications, 250-387-8589