Welcome to the Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley

The Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley is a non-profit organization that helps acquired brain injury survivors reconnect with their environment. For more information please call 613-233-8303 or send us an email from our contact page.

Mission Statement

The Mission is to offer education, information, hope and support to persons with brain injury, their family members, friends, caregivers and professionals in the Ottawa Valley region.

The Association assists those who live with the effects of brain injury by providing education, information, support and advocacy. The Association advocates dignity, respect, inclusion and understanding for all.






Quick Facts

  • Eighty to ninety percent of all traumatic brain injury is classified as mild (mTBI)
  • A concussion is a mild brain injury
  • Brain injuries result in physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural problems that are often misunderstood by friends, families, employers and others
  • 21% of people with brain injury waited more than one year for rehabilitation to begin; 9% waited more than 5 years (http://obia.ca/the-obia-impact-report/

“Brain injuries can range from mild to catastrophic, but all brain injuries can have lasting effects,” said Ruth Wilcock, Executive Director of OBIA.  “Sadly, a traumatic brain injury is a lifelong condition with varying degrees of disability ranging from minor to 24/7 care. Individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury often require immediate care at a trauma centre, acute care in the hospital, intensive rehabilitation and long term extensive care by family members.”



Click here for information on the Concussion Support Group

Program Changes

Family Support Meetings are held once a month. Next meeting is Thursday June 13, 2019.

Concussion Support Group Meetings are held every other Monday from 10:30am-11:30am. The next meeting is Monday June 10, 2019.

For more information about either of the above, please contact Christie Swann at 613-233-8303 ext. 200 or christie@biaov.org



Annual BIAOV Fall Fundraiser 2019

The 6th annual golf tournament. Download the registration form here.

Provincial ABI Conference 2019



March 2018 - Click here to view PDF

December 2017 - Click here to view PDF

September 2017 - Click here to view PDF

March 2017 - Click here to view PDF

December 2016 - Click here to view PDF

September 2016 - Click here to view PDF

June 2016 - Click here to view PDF.

March 2016 - Click here to view PDF.

September 2015 - Click here to view PDF.


The Board of Directors would like to thank everyone for helping make our 5th Annual Fundraising Dinner , October 17th, 2011 at the Hampton Inn and Conference Centre a resounding success. Special thanks to Dr. Donald Chow for sharing his healing journey with a traumatic brain injury. Over $45,000 was raised through ticket sales, a silent and live auction and, of course, the sponsorships without whom this event would not have been possible.