CABIS History

1991

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:

1994

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

1996

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

1998

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

1999

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

2000

Club CABIS is born. Provincial Forum held in December.

2001

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

2003

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.

2004

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

2005

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

2007

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

2008

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

2009

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.

2010

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.

2014

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

2016

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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