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Letters: New year, new board for brain injury society

On Dec. 12, the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society members elected a new slate of directors at their Annual General Meeting.

There were 130 people present, which was the largest AGM attendance in SOSBIS’s history.

The new board is comprised of people who represent a wide cross-section of professional backgrounds in our community.

Jason Cox is a local business owner and is a director of the Penticton Chamber of Commerce,  Jessica is a CGA, Elaine Edmond works in the health care field, Roger Curry is a medical doctor, Jason Poon is a personal injury lawyer and Don deGagne is a retired CAO of Summerland. This well-qualified group will form our policy board.

The brain injury society offers services and programs for people who have experienced changes in functioning caused by brain injury acquired after birth that is not neurologically caused, such as injuries from falls, motor vehicle accidents, and sport related injuries.

Programming includes groups such as the brain injury 101, coping skills for managing emotions after brain injury, women’s support group, men’s support group, stroke recovery program and other recreation programs.

SOSBIS also has three housing programs:  subsidized housing for people with disabilities; mental health housing program by referral through Interior Health; and a homeless outreach program

SOSBIS also wishes to thank the outgoing board members for all of their effort and commitment: Peter Armstrong, John Pethybridge, Darin Anderson, James Palanio, Elmie Saaltink, Rita Peterson and Max Uhlemann.

Have a safe and enjoyable 2014 from the SOSBIS staff.

Marjan Kroes, administrative assistant South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society

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