South Okanagan/Similkameen Brain Injury Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
To assist members in acquiring resources to live a fulfilled life
To provide quality programs and services to individuals including those with Acquired Brain Injuries, Mental Health conditions or who have housing needs, through:
Brain Injury Prevention & Education
Programs for our clients, their families, & caregivers
Advocacy & Homeless Outreach
Subsidized housing & housing services
Our Story What We Do
The South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society (SOSBIS) is a non-profit organization made up of brain injured people, family members, and professionals dedicated to assisting survivors and their families to achieve the greatest level of independence and quality of life.
We serve the entire South Okanagan Similkameen Region (Osoyoos, Oliver, Keremeos, Princeton, Okanagan Falls, Penticton & Summerland), British Columbia, Canada.
We were founded in 1989 when a group of brain injury survivors and family members met to support one another through a shared awareness and understanding of the needs of people with acquired brain injuries.
From these early beginnings as an informal support group SOSBIS has continued to grow both in its membership and in the range and scope of services provided to people with acquired brain injury.
The dedicated Board of Directors has ensured stability for program development and service direction. The Board of Directors of SOSBIS reflects the diversity of professionals necessary in the continuum of services for people with acquired brain injury.
SOSBIS has concentrated its efforts on developing strong working relationships with other professionals, agency and government bodies in order to facilitate smooth access and coordination of services within its community. It is because the services of SOSBIS are rooted in the community and developed in response to the needs of its membership in conjunction with its service partners that the programs are effective in meeting the needs of people with acquired brain injury in Penticton and area.
Our Programs How We Do It
From Brain Injury support and skill development to Housing, we provide a wide range of services to people experiencing changes in brain injury and brain function.
Brain Injury Support Services
- Planning and Pacing
- Brain Injury 101
- Coping Skills for Life Management
- Boundaries and Assertiveness
- Aphasia Conversation support
- Healthy Lifestyles Programs (Camera Group, Men's Group, Writing out Loud)
- Recreation Programs (Bowling, Knitting,Walking, Relaxation through Art, Yoga)
- Caregiver Support
- Homeless Outreach / Homeless Prevention
- Mental Health Housing
- Subsidized Housing
What You Can Do
Please contact our office for information about current volunteer opportunities or make a donation so we can continue to offer support services to people affected by Brain Injuries.