Our programs have moved online due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Find out more, HERE
BIST has two staff who provide case management services for people living with the effects of brain injury and other cognitive impairments.
ABI Community Connections Coordinators
Case management for people who need assistance accessing technology to ensure they stay connected to online services during the Pandemic and beyond. Also assists those individuals in securing housing, financial, medical and/or community support
Laura Bellon: [email protected] | 647-271-7853
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:
1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month – Women’s Support Group
2nd Thursday of the Month – Men’s Social Drop-In
NEW – LAST Thursday of the Month – Social Drop-In for the South Asian / East Indian Communities
LAST Thursday of the Month – Community Outings – On hold due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW – 🏳️🌈 LGBT2QS WRAP Group (Mental Health Support Group – Wellness Action Recovery Plan)
NEW – Housing Advocacy WRAP
NEW – Trauma Informed WRAP
Peer Support Program – For ABI survivors and caregivers
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