The Brain Injury Association Quinte District (BIAQD) was founded in 1992 by Carole Vincent because she discovered a need for support in the community after her son, Randy Vincent, was in a motor vehicle accident. It was initially
named the Head Injury Association – Belleville District.
The Association was incorporated in 1995, and the
mission statement was established. The mission
statement says “The Brain Injury Association Quinte
District is a not-forprofit organization dedicated to
supporting individuals with acquired brain injury,
their families and their communities by promoting
awareness through education, information, and
outreach services.” The name was changed from
Head Injury Association to Brain Injury Association
– Belleville and District in 1997. The incorporation
was finally complete on January 28, 2002.
The Brain Injury Association Quinte District signed
an affiliation with Ontario Brain Injury Association
(OBIA) in 2005, and has maintained affiliation since
that time. At that time, BIAQD became involved in
the Peer Mentoring Program, where people with
lived experience and their caregivers are matched
with others to share experience and provide support
in a safe, anonymous environment.
We also have an affiliation with the United Way Quinte District which began in January 1998, and continues to this day. Initially, United Way funded staff development and office space. Then, they funded programmes including art programmes, youth programmes and conferences. Currently, they fund the Rec programme, which allows members to participate in leisure activities (pool, bowling, woodworking, fishing, golf, etc.) in a social environment. United Way also provides workshops on governance and management, and donates gifts for kids to our holiday party, and provides some healthy snacks for our programmes.
BIAQD has had many homes in the community. It started out in Carole’s spare bedroom, and then moved to the Edith Cavell Building beside Belleville General Hospital. In 1997, the office was located in Century Place in downtown Belleville. Later, BIAQD shared a space at 249 William Street with the United Way. Then, the Association moved to 281 Front Street as the Association grew and increased programming. In 2013, the Association moved to a little office in Core Centre and the programmes were held in the community rooms at the Core Centre. Finally, in 2015, the Association moved to a larger centre in the Core Centre, where Big Brothers and Big Sisters had been previously.
This Association has survived for 25 years on fundraising from the community with no government support. We are indebted to our friends in the community; professionals , companies, and individuals for their ongoing support of this Association. The fundraisers that the Association currently has are Uncorked in early December, and Casino Night in May. As well, the association has participated in charity bingos since . There are also many other fundraising activities, initiated by members. Our current goal is to have supporters consider monthly donations for ongoing support of the work of the Association.