Strategic Directions


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Board of Directors for Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario

DAN LEVESQUE (District of Thunder Bay)- Chair/President

MELISSA FELTEAU (City of Thunder Bay Sub-Region Collaborative) – Vice-Chair/Vice-President

JENNIFER LEARNING (District of Rainy River) – Secretary

SHANNON LANE (City of Thunder Bay) – Treasurer 

LIANNE BYRAM (District of Kenora)

BJ DANYLCHUK (District of Rainy River)


JONATHON SCULLY (City of Thunder Bay) 

VACANCY (Northern)

VACANCY (North East)

ALICE M. BELLAVANCE – Chief Executive Officer

Strategic Direction #1: Getting Better At What We Do!

GOAL: Improving quality of Service

We Will:

  • Develop and enhance clinical service delivery
  • Promote a culture of caring and excellence
  • Develop and implement an Equity, Diversity, Anti-racism and Anti-Oppression Framework
  • Continue to enhance Brainwise and the Family Support Group – now expanded to the District – Fort Frances, Dryden and Kenora
  • Establish a People with Lived and Living Experience (PWLLE) Advisory Committee 
  • Enhance small groups through establishment of Alumni
  • Engage in research
  • Implement Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) Clinical Practice Guidelines – under Neurotrauma Care Pathways Project – Pediatric, Adult Concussion, For the rehab of adults with moderate to severe TBI (Community – Psychosocial)
  • Complete Clinical Review of Programs
  • Enhance practices brought on by COVID-19

Strategic Direction #2: Growing!

GOAL: Expanding and developing our services

We Will:

  • Enhance our presence across our catchment area: Rehabilitation Support Workers in Thunder Bay, Dryden, Fort Frances and Kenora
  • Seek to increase assisted living options, including a rural option and in the region: lobby for ongoing Alternate Level of Care (ALC) funding
  • Develop partnerships with Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and North of Superior Counselling Programs for District of Thunder Bay through District and City of Thunder Bay Ontario Health Team (OHT)
  • Work with Kenora Social Service Administration Board to develop support within housing in their jurisdiction through All Nations Health Partners, Rainy River and Healing Waters OHT’s
  • Lobby government to include Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) into the ABI portfolio
  • Explore services to:
    • Indigenous people
      • Needs’ assessment for the northern communities
      • Develop user-friendly brain injury educational materials
    • Individuals with complex, multi-jurisdictional needs: role of Provincial Acquired Brain Injury Network
      • Continue to track number of individuals applying for service with co-occurring mental health issues
      • Continue to track number of individuals with a mental health issue applying for service with co-occurring addictions
      • Continue to track number of individuals applying for service who are affected by a developmental/intellectual disability
    • Children / adolescents
  • Educate the public (re-institute Brain Injury credit course at Confederation College)
  • Investigate the feasibility of establishing a Community Health Worker Model (based on work Model (based on work of Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and Dignitas International)
  • Pursue Jordan’s Principal for Indigenous Children
  • Evaluate Technology Project and BISNO Virtual Office
  • Increase presence in the North East region

Strategic Direction #3: Co-Operating!

GOAL: Collaborating with other Services

We Will:

  • Explore collaborative governance opportunities with other Health Service Providers (HSP)and Ontario Health (OH), Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ontario Health Teams (OHTs), – Home and Community Care Support Services North-West (H&CCSSNW)
    • Planning tables at each Ontario Health Team (OHT)  
    • Monitor developments of Ontario Health Teams (OHTs)
  • Re-offer training continuing for the Thunder Bay Police Service, expand it to include the Ontario Provincial Police, Anishinabek Police Service and Nishnawbe Aski Police Service  
  • Improve the referral process of individuals requiring our services from St. Joseph’s Hospital – ABI Unit no longer standalone
  • Establish formal partnership with the Adult Mental Health Unit at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Strategic Direction #4: Caring!

GOAL: Recognizing the needs of our employees

We Will:

  • Care about our people, so they can care about those we serve
  • Encourage professional development and life-long learning
  • Advocate for improved wages and benefits
  • Whenever possible promote from within and track
  • Provide recognition for employees
  • Offer employees electronics program every 2 years (2024)
  • Provide health care benefits for fulltime employees
  • Encourage Wellness Activities
  • Monitor/implement various Pandemic Pay initiatives
  • Ensure safe work practices related to COVID-19- relevant IPAC (Infection Prevention and Control) Strategies

Strategic Direction #5: Leading!

GOAL: Leading in best and promising practices

We Will:

  • Seek and implement evidence informed practices
  • Recruit and maintain board representation from across the respective Sub-Regions and North East
  • Board to engage in education sessions regarding health transformation
  • Encourage creativity in service provision
  • Work with broader system partners to respond to potential demand for service from COVID long haulers and survivors of opioid overdose
  • Co-operate with research projects
  • Govern with a view to the future
  • Lead in providing services that are culturally and demographically sensitive, competent and safe
  • Investigate Indigenous competency training
  • Engage in formal Board Development and Training
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