Thank you for your interest in Volunteering with the Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton.
The Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton is a group that is working to provide a supportive environment to the survivors and families who live with the effects of Brain Injury.
Once a person with a brain injury leaves the care of the health professionals, the greatest challenge they face is reintegrating into the community. At this point, the families discover:
- There are limited and very expensive resource options.
- There are no simple solutions and very few people who understand what is required.
- The resources that are available are not easily accessed without assistance.
DID YOU KNOW?
- More than 15,000 persons a year suffer a brain injury in Ontario.
- Due to recent medical advances, there has been an increase in the rate of survival of a person with a brain injury.
- The realization that a brain injury has life long effects has just begun to be recognized.
Geographically, the Peel Halton Region is widespread and growing. It includes the communities of Brampton, Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, and they all fall out of the reach of the support provided in Greater Toronto.
We hold information nights during the month where various guest speakers discuss services, issues and provide members with valuable information. We usually have a Social & Leisure Group that meets to have some fun. This is determined by the number of interested members, so let us know your availability and preferred activities.
Fundraisers over the past few years have included a Bowl-a-Thon, Positive-Steps-A-Thon (a walk/run held in Milton), Spirits of Life Auction along with attending a number of community functions where our main interest was educating the public on Prevention of Head Injuries. In 2005, we were fortunate to have the Royal Bank donate the money raised at their Charity Golf Tournament to the Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton. The Trillium Foundation Grants have played a part in supporting projects aimed at building membership and creating a Resource Manual for Acquired Brain Injury Survivors, their families, friends and caregivers.
The Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton depends on a Volunteer Board of Directors who meets once a month, with the exception of July and August, to set policies and discuss the inquiries and the general direction of the association. At present, we have two part time paid staff members running the day-to-day operation, Executive Director and Administrative Assistant. Fund Raising activities are always at the top of the list of their responsibilities and along with the participation of Board Members, volunteers and the staff leading the way these events are planned and executed.
We invite each prospective Board Member to attend three monthly Board of Directors meetings. This offers an opportunity for the Board to meet the individual as well as gives the individual information upon which to base their consideration of accepting an invitation to join the Board. A Board member should not miss more than three meetings a year and must be willing to participate in most fundraisers and events. Our volunteer Board is a hands-on, working Board, making decisions, determining policies, but also expected to contribute ideas and lend their professional and personal talents in support of the Brain Injury Association of Peel & Halton.
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