EKBIA to remain open after last minute agreement

East Kootenay Brain Injury Association avoids closure

The East Kootenay Brain Injury Association will not be closing its doors as planned on August 31.

After reaching an agreement with Interior Health, the association will be continuing its service to the region.

“The staff and board of directors of EKBIA are extremely pleased that we were able to work with Interior Health to come to an agreement regarding our contract. We understand the importance and the value of the services that we provide to our communities in the region. We will continue to empower people living with brain injury to improve their quality of life and contribute to the overall health of our communities,” Dawn Widdifield, EKBIA executive director, said.

Although EKBIA was fearful they would be forced to shut down, IH and EKBIA made an agreement to continue funding the association.

In a previous interview, Karl Hardt, IH communication director, said that “the agreement reached will maintain the current contract Interior Health has with the association, while also providing for additional minor service contracts for complex clients that will allow EKBIA to access additional resources. This process is consistent with other Acquired Brain Injury contracts in Interior Health.”

EKBIA is an association created to assist families and individuals with brain injuries.

This includes assisting them with social skills, their day to day lives, education and supports they may need in their homes.

Being able to keep its doors open means the association will be able to continue this task and aid those in the region suffering from brain injury.