PRINCE GEORGE – The Northern Brain Injury Association of B.C. will benefit from $10,000 in funding from the B.C. government to help with operational costs related to providing services.

The allocation is part of the first stage of $3 million in funding distribution over three years to 16 communities across the province from the Ministry of Health to the Brain Injury Alliance. The Brain Injury Alliance is a registered non-profit society that supports brain-injury service providers throughout B.C. to support those with brain injuries. The alliance will distribute the funding to organizations in the province that run programs and services to help reduce the incidence of injury or directly help those affected by brain injuries.

In the second stage, brain-injury organizations in B.C. will receive funding based on applications. Successful applicants could use the funding for a variety of programs including building or strengthening services such as courses in financial skills, emotional management, injury prevention, and community brain-injury education and awareness.

“Brain injury can play a significant role in developing other social impacts like homelessness, psychological impacts and at times behaviour that could lead to crime,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “The Northern Brain Injury Association of BC provides excellent comprehensive service to people with brain injuries and they will be able to continue to do so through this funding.”

“Brain injuries have the ability to devastate lives,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Without proper treatment and support, they can leave families feeling overwhelmed and affect whole communities. These much needed funds will recognize the exceptional work done by the Northern Brain Injury Association.”

Learn more about the Brain Injury Alliance at braininjuryalliance.ca.

Learn more about the Northern Brain Injury Association of B.C. at nbia.ca/.