KELOWNA – The BrainTrust Canada Association (Kelowna/Vernon) has received a grant of nearly $93,000 to help it more effectively carry out services for its clients. The grant will support client services, program groups, a school program targeting youth, and a helmet safety program.
In May, the B.C. 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 this 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.
“BrainTrust Canada notes brain injury is the greatest cause of death and disability for people under the age of 45,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “This grant of nearly $93,000 will help them continue to serve Okanagan families coping with this type of diagnosis.”
“Untreated brain injuries not only affect patients and their families, but the entire community,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “It’s important that we support the great work of groups like BrainTrust Canada which offers exceptional programs, services and educational initiatives.”
“The effects of a brain injury can linger for years,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “Organizations like BrainTrust Canada ensure people affected by brain injury get the services they need to move forward with their lives.”