CABIS History


Cabis was created in 1991 by concerned family members who were caring for children and adults who suffered a brain injury. There were no services in Central Alberta so they met in Guy and Barbra Breaua's home. The first AGM was held on February 7,1992. The first President was Gloria Welford and a tea was held in March at AHP-BIRP to publicize CABIS, and their first goals were lobbying and public awareness.
Since that time there were milestones:


Cabis obtained Charity Status April 23,1994 Brain Injury Seminar. First membership drive to combine CABIS and BIAA- HI Hope!


CABIS gets involved in the Party Program- First Christmas dinner.


Six part seminar series based on Glenrose survivor series was a highlight. First Silent Auction was held.


Major objectives are support, public understanding lobby, fund raising and promote safety and prevention. Our 1st newsletter is distributed.


Club CABIS is born. Provincial Forum held in December.


Red Deer College offers caregiver course for the first time. Greg Neiman attend ABIN consultations.


ABIN coordinators hired for Catholic Social services (CSS) and Canadian Mental Health Association(CMHA). CABIS hires first staff for office programs. Cosmos is partnering with Cabis activities.


First annual Retreat held at Sunnyside, Sylvan Lake. Board applies for casino license. First bowling event.


CABIS held first Child and Youth Symposium. Cabis moves into own office at 4805-48 Street.


Brain Injury Awareness week speaker event coordinated with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).


CABIS had a Strategic Plan developed in April, facilitated by Culture and Community Spirit.


CABIS is successful in the creations of the Clubhouse program at The Gathering Place where facilitators provide direction to survivors concerning employment, education and living skills.


Wellness Bike Ride Fundraiser with Canadian Mental Health Association in August will be a annual event, this is the first year and was a great success.


Cabis inherited the BrainWalk and a large donation from BIAA- Brain Injury Association of Alberta.


The Brainwalk is now part of CABIS prevention/Education programs in schools from K- Grade 9. Cabis partnered with Alberta Caregivers Association and we now present the Compass for the Caregiver Course.

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