LANGLEY – The Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association (FVBIA) is receiving $101,119 in funding to enhance three programs to support people with acquired brain injuries. The FVBIA provides services throughout the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack, Mission and Hope.

The FVBIA will be able to expand its Pay It Forward program into Langley and Mission which focuses on a variety of health and wellness programs for those with an acquired brain injury. As well, the FVBIA will expand its prevention and awareness programs to reach a wider audience is now able to buy new helmets for the bike safety program in Chilliwack. Additionally, the organization will be able to develop a one-on-one life skills program to support people improve their independence.

“The members of Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association are extremely grateful to the Brain Injury Alliance and the Government of British Columbia for the opportunities that will be provided through this new funding for people with acquired brain injuries in the Fraser Valley,” FVBIA executive director Carol Paetkau said.

“The expansion of the FVBIA programs into Langley will provide greatly needed assistance to residents living with an acquired brain injury,” said Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman. “This is a significant investment to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable.”

“I’m happy to hear that the Pay It Forward program will now be able to expand into Langley,” Langley MLA Mary Polak said. “The number of programs that will be easily available to our community will immensely help those with acquired brain injuries.”

In May, the 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 the 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.