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 to download the registration form (PDF)



Click here for information on the Concussion Support Group

Program Changes

Family Support Meetings now held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Next meeting February 15th, 2017.

Concussion Support Group:  A new support group has been added on Monday from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

For more information about either of the above please contact Wendy at (613) 233-8303 or wendy@biaov.org.


Our 10th Annual Fundraising Dinner was held on September 22nd, 2016 at the Sala San Marco Conference and Banquet Hall. Thank you to our sponsors. Click here to view more details and our thank you letter.

View the BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016 – 2017 PDF

Thank You To Our Sponsors

We would like to show our appreciation and say thank you for all of your support.


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.