NEWS AND EVENTS

BILL C-323

Bill C-323 is a CGB Initiative. Working towards a National Strategy for Brain Injury Services in Canada is our Legacy Project  in memory of Cst. Gerry Breese (Janelle’s husband) and Brian Davies (Janelle’s brother); both died as a result of brain injury. Since their deaths, over 30 years ago, Janelle has worked to create change at municipal, provincial, and federal levels. 

NDP MP Alistair MacGregor of the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding put forth a Private Member’s Bill on June 25, 2021, as part of Brain Injury Awareness month.

CGB Centre for Traumatic Life Losses and now, BC Brain Injury Association are in MacGregor’s riding. In 2018, CGB began working with MacGregor to bring forward a Private Member’s Bill that would be like Bill C-211 presented by Conservative MP Todd Doherty of the Cariboo – Prince George riding. Doherty’s Bill C-211 calls for a federal framework on post-traumatic stress disorder. Of particular interest is Bill C-211 also calls on the Minister of Health to bring together other relevant ministries to create this framework. CGB brought this forward to MacGregor citing, as we would all agree, brain injury is more than a healthcare challenge.

Due to the dissolution of parliament, followed by the election, Bill C-323 will be reintroduced.  We are pleased to say that CGB, Brain Injury Association of Canada, and the provincial organizations have had the opportunity to address the gaps in the first reading of  Bill C-323. Due to MP MacGregor’s time constraints and last minute notice to introduce the Bill, it was drafted without brain injury stakeholder input. MP MacGregor gave us his assurance we could provide edits going forward;  significant edits have now been given to MP MacGregor. 

Press Release, June 2021:  Bill C-323.

To view the first reading of Bill C-323, click here. We will provide an updated link to the revised Bill C-323 when available.

Thank you, Alistair for your ongoing support.

Please contact your local MP and ask for their support of  Bill C-323. 

 #braininjury #braininjuryawarenessmonth

 

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN BCBIA AND CGB

The BC Brain Injury Association (BCBIA) and the CGB Centre for Traumatic Life Losses (CGB) are pleased to announce the organizations are aligning in a Strategic Partnership.

This Strategic Partnership is for the purposes of carrying out the operations of BCBIA and CGB in the Province of British Columbia, and to:

  • Promote the services for those living with an acquired brain injury
  • To promote and encourage public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the specific needs of those living with acquired brain injury
  • To serve as a collaborative body of current knowledge, research, and prevention strategies for those living with an acquired brain injury
  • To promote public awareness and knowledge of mental health, substance use/addiction, and acquired brain injury
  • To become leaders in the intersections of mental health, addiction, and brain injury
  • To advance research in the field of brain injury and in the intersections of mental health, addiction, and brain injury
  • To develop strategic partnerships with all levels of government, organizations, and community stakeholders
  • To maintain and promote Brainstreams as a provincial resource

Due to the similarities of the organizations’ purposes, but to acknowledge the differences in mandates, a Strategic Partnership allows for both parties to remain as separate legal entities for the purposes of carrying out the charitable work as outlined in their strategic plans.

The workflow of both organizations will be carried out under the administrative leadership of Janelle Breese Biagioni, CEO and Founder of the CGB Centre for Traumatic Life Losses.

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