BrainTrust Canada began as a small group of people who recognized a need for greater support and resources for those affected by brain injury. The initial group included individuals with brain injury, families of people living with brain injury, stakeholders with care homes, an occupational therapist, and a personal injury lawyer.
In 1986, this group incorporated as the North & South Okanagan Head Injury Society. Their intention was largely twofold:
- to start formal support groups, and
- to create more supportive housing/group homes.
Over time the Society grew and evolved, changing its name to the Central Okanagan Brain Injury Society before finally becoming BrainTrust Canada Association. Doug Rankmore served as our first Executive Director and worked tirelessly for over 18 years to build our organization and advance our brain injury mandate.
One of the founding directors was Paul Mitchell, Q.C., a Kelowna-based personal injury lawyer who has dedicated much of his career to advocating on behalf of individuals with brain injury. He also provided ongoing guidance as a director on our board for over 25 years.
BrainTrust Canada now focuses on reducing preventable brain injury and providing support services for those affected by brain injury. We also offer education designed to inform others of the prevalence, nature, and impact of brain injury. BrainTrust Canada is extremely grateful for the continued support of Pushor Mitchell LLP who sponsor our annual brain injury symposium in Kelowna.