Most of our programs continue to be online. We aim to return to in-person services in September, 2022.
BIST has two staff who provide case coordination services for people living with the effects of brain injury and other cognitive impairments.
Case coordination is for people who need assistance in securing housing, financial, medical and/or community support.
Community Coordinator – Homeless Prevention Program
Laura Bellon: [email protected] | 647-271-7853
Community Coordinator – Violence Impact Program
Isabelle Rivaletto: [email protected] | 437-241-6751
BIST provides FREE annual workshops and weekly series programs (special programming which run for a limited number of consecutive weeks) for ABI caregivers and ABI survivors.
Past Workshops and Series BIST typically runs on an annual basis include:
Every June, during Brain Injury Awareness Month, BIST organizes awareness events and a social media campaign dedicated to raising awareness about ABI – a condition more prevalent than MS, Breast Cancer and HIV/AIDS – combined. Find out more, HERE.
BIST aims to make our programs inclusive and a positive experience for all participants. Our gender-specific programs are open to adults 18 and over of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, gender and queer identities. This is inclusive of people within the trans communities. For example, trans women are welcome to our Women’s Support Group. Trans men are welcome to attend our Men’s Social Drop-In. People who identify as non-binary are welcome to attend groups of their choice.
Please contact our programs coordinator with any questions: [email protected] OR 647-990-1485.
BIST has helped me grow as a person. Over the years, I have become a peer mentor, and I have helped others deal with their ABI and recover. I always loved ‘things’ before my accident, but I was taught by BIST to appreciate the littlest things in life. I do that now with all my heart.
– Glenn, BIST Volunteer & Member
BIST has made a big difference for my social well-being. I was at home all the time feeling depressed, and that was not who I was. Now I’ve been given hope to get close to being myself again. I know now there is a society among BIST members I can talk to. I never have to feel alone as long as BIST is open to me.
– Joan, BIST Member