Ontario Brain Injury Association
- Categories: Associations
The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) is a provincial not-for-profit, charitable organization. Our mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support.
OBIA’s services include:
- information and resources on acquired brain injury
- 1-800 toll free helpline
- personal advocacy and support
- training and education for families and professionals
In 1980, two head injury associations emerged, one in the Niagara Peninsula and one in Ottawa. Ray Rempel, in Niagara, and Beverley Mantell, in Ottawa, were parents of children who had sustained brain injuries. These early associations consisted of people with brain injuries, care givers, professionals and friends offering self-help and support. During the early eighties, head injury associations began to develop in London, Toronto, Fort Erie, Durham and other regions of the province. Each of these associations developed volunteer boards to manage their affairs.
During the mid-eighties, Ray and Beverley directed their energies toward the creation of a provincial head injury association because health care, housing and service provision issues related to brain injury were largely provincial matters. Working with others to raise funds and encouraged by many families, care providers, professionals and friends, the Ontario Head Injury Association was founded in 1986. In 1995, application was made to officially change the name of the organization to the Ontario Brain Injury Association. Ray Rempel served as Executive Director of the organization from 1986 until 1993. Ruth Wilcock, who has been in the social services field for 24 years, is the current Executive Director, assuming the role in 2010.