As part of our mission to spread brain injury awareness, BIST welcomes opportunities to speak to the media. Check out some of our past videos and media appearances below.

Over the years, BIST has had the privilege of being interviewed by Voices for Ability Internet Radio Station & The Disability Channel, listen to and watch these interviews HERE.

You can see even more BIST created content our YouTube Channel.

For media inquiries, please contact BIST’s executive director Melissa Vigar at or 647-748-0847.


Global News Morning – June 7, 2019

Watch Carl Dixon of Coney Hatch / The Guess Who give a sneak peek performance ahead of our Music on The Brain Concert.

MedicAlert Connect Protect – Sept 25, 2018

Watch the launch for a new MedicAlert Connect Program which allows people with hidden conditions such as brain injury access the Medic Alert program.

Facebook Live Event – Toronto Police Service

Read more about the launch and the project, HERE.

CBC News Toronto – July 21, 2018

Toronto non-profit agency offers help to people living with brain injuries

Occupational therapist Elke McLellan speaks at Saturday's workshop about the importance of self-care while recovering from a head injury. (CBC)

CBC News covered BIST’s first annual Back to School Post Concussion workshop, with speakers Elke McLellan, Occupational Therapist; Darcy Roza, Speech-Language Pathologist and Andrea Dermody, Social Worker. Read the article, HERE.

Breakfast Television – May 31, 2018

Watch BT reporter Kevin Frankish interview Frank Bruno and BIST executive director Melissa Vigar for Brain Injury Awareness Month 2018, HERE

Kevin Frankish holds Frank's mask 'What's Wrong Look Inside' with Melissa Vigar and Frank Bruno

Personal Health News (Toronto Star Insert)  – March 2018

Help and Hope for People with Brain Injuries

William Shatner discusses brain health

BIST and OBIA took part in a special news feature on Brain Health which was distributed in The Toronto Star and featured actor William Shatner on the cover. Read our article, HERE.

CBC NEWS  – September 27, 2017

Child with brain injury shuffled through 5 York schools in 5 years

 picture of a boy in a red t-shirt and black shorts with a scooter on the street, wearing a white helmet
BIST board member Colleen Worsley discusses the challenges kids with ABI face in the public school system. Read the article, HERE.

Healthy Minds Canada – July 13th, 2017

Concussions and Mental Health: Invisible Injuries, Hidden Tolls
BIST board member Colleen Worsley joins a lunchtime panel discussion on Concussions and Mental Health.

 CIUT – 3 Women –  June 12th, 2017


BIST executive director Melissa Vigar with board members Celia Missios and Colleen Worsley join Dr. Angela Colantonio to discuss brain injury awareness on CIUT’s 3 Women with Cheri Dinovo.

Breakfast Television – June 2, 2017

BIST executive director Melissa Vigar and board member Celia Missios kick off Brain Injury Awareness Month on Breakfast Television – watch the interview, HERE.
 BIST executive director Melissa Vigar, board member Celia Missios with

Not Replaceable – June 1, 2017

What if you had to use this broken phone for the rest of your life?

Our 2017 Brain Injury Awareness Month video. Posted June 1st, 2017.

Busting Brain Injury Stereotypes – June 1, 2016

“It’s not just a concussion,” members of our Young Adult Group bust brain injury stereotypes – part of our 2016 Brain Injury Awareness Month campaign.

Rogers TV – Daytime Toronto – June 4th, 2014

Former BIST executive director Michelle McDonald and Mix & Mingle committee chair Ruth Fernandes  of Neinstein & Associates on Daytime Toronto.