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A newly formed board with a clear strategic plan aims to take the British Columbia Brain Injury Association (BCBIA) in new directions, but with the same goal of improving lives for people living with acquired brain injury (ABI).

The BCBIA, which held its AGM in June, welcomes new board members, says farewell to outgoing board members, is launching an exciting brain injury research initiative, and is optimistic about the future for people with ABI in BC.

After five years as Independence Coach at CONNECT Langley, Adele MacNeill is taking the advice she has always given to residents - find more balance in life.

In preparation for CONNECT's 20(+5) anniversary being celebrated in September, CONNECT is finding reasons to celebrate each month leading up to the big event.

Both Langley and Lake Country planned a sports day on July 17, although Lake Country was forced to stay indoors because of a forest fire smoke warning issued by Interior Health. Staff and residents settled on an on-site barbecue.

In Langley, everyone gathered at Derby Reach Regional Park in Langley for games, food and plenty of sunshine.

CONNECT represented at the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association Brain Injury Golf Classic on July 10.

The event, which is one of the key fundraisers for the association, raised money that will help fund programs and activities.

The Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association is a charitable organization that has been offering support and services to people with acquired brain injuries and their families since 1997.

For more information, visit http://www.fvbia.org/.

Redesigning her life has been a long road following a brain injury, but Mandi now has her independence (and her driver's license!) back.

Jen Schochter is loving life as Health and Wellness Coach at CONNECT Lake Country.

Jen has been a registered nurse for 35 years and says she values the relationship aspect of the job above all else.

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Thanks to former CONNECT resident Ellie and a few other volunteers, we are pleased to launch the CONNECT video.

Please watch this 4-minute video explaining how CONNECT makes lives better:

While it’s difficult to sum up how CONNECT and its Life Redesign Model works in just four minutes, this video explains how CONNECT offers leading practice, saves healthcare dollars in the long run, and is the right thing to do for people with acquired brain injury.

Be inspired by Ellie's story and the experiences of the residents and staff featured in the video.

CONNECT Lake Country residents set sail on the high seas every Wednesday in the summer. Well, as "high seas" as Okanagan Lake can be.

Four passengers from CONNECT and two staff of the Disabled Sailing Association of Central Okanagan loaded into a Sonar 23 Keel boat on Wednesday, June 25 for an adventure on the water.

Amadee and Matt, both residents of CONNECT, enjoyed some idyllic conditions for their sail. Light winds and sunny skies greeted the pair as they smiled and cheered their way across the lake for an hour of sailing.

CONNECT became accredited by Accreditation Canada in 2012 using the Acquired Brain Injury Standards. The next accreditation survey is scheduled for 2016.

“Accreditation is an ongoing effort,” says Janette Jackman, Leader of Our People Resources. “There are a few things we need to be diligent about as we prepare for the next survey.”

Janette says there will be an ongoing emphasis on visitor sign-in/sign-out sheets, handwashing audits and medication administration audits.

By Amanda Ho, UBCO Medical Student

CONNECT Lake Country is a specialized, rehabilitative residence for individuals with acquired brain injury. Its mission is to transform the way this population is supported, with an approach that is resident-centered and strengths-based.