Did you know that 160,000 Canadians sustain brain injuries each year?

Brain Injury Defined


What is a brain injury?

An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain which is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma.  An ABI is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth and may have been caused by a traumatic or non-traumatic event.

  • A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by an external force such as:
    • a sports injury
    • a motor vehicle crash
    • a fall
    • an assault
    • a gunshot wound 
  • A Non-Traumatic Brain Injury is an internal injury to the brain itself which can be the result of occurrences such as:
    • a stroke
    • loss of oxygen to the brain (hypoxic brain injury)
    • meningitis; infection
    • a brain tumour


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Note: The official definitions of traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury are those adopted by the Brain Injury Association of Canada.

Education Programs and Services

Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Symposium on Brain Injury


In partnership with Pushor Mitchell LLP, we've been holding this annual educational event in Kelowna for over 25 years.  Known as the 'go-to' opportunity for learning, inspiration, and best practices around brain injury, this symposium is well-attended by medical professionals, non-profit support workers, caregivers, families, and individuals dealing with brain injury.

Each year we bring in a line-up of qualified, professional speakers who address a variety of topics.  

Join our newsletter to be sure you receive details and updates about next year's symposium.

Community Education Workshops


We offer education workshops by request to community partners and professionals including various streams at Okanagan College (Human Service Workers, Therapy Assistants, Homecare Aides, etc.). Workshop curriculum is tailored and can include:

  • Neuroanatomy
  • Mechanisms of Injury
  • Outcomes
  • Compensatory Strategy Training
  • Family Reactions and Support
  • Competent Community Practices
  • Advocacy

Please contact us if you are interested in having an education workshop delivered to your group.


For more information about the educational opportunities described here contact Magda.

Magda Kapp, Director of Communications and Prevention Services
BrainTrust Canada

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