Virtual Think Tanks

For conversation and collaboration on the intersections of mental health, addictions, & brain injury

Join us 9 am – 12 pm on Oct. 20th, Oct. 27th, Nov. 3rd, and Nov. 10th.

 Secure webinar links emailed to registrants the day before each event

A free virtual event.


Important Conversations

Survivors of brain injury and their families have always had a voice – but they haven’t always been heard. This is the place for them to speak and to be heard and for all of us to learn about their experiences with mental health, addictions, and brain injury. Join us for these powerful and inspirational stories to understand the need for improved services.

Community Engagement

The needs of people and the services available to them vary from region to region. Connect to hear what other agencies are doing. Get informed through real stories to shift the conversation to find real solutions. Join us to share what’s working in your community and what’s needed to help survivors and their families to go from surviving to thriving. 


Every community and the people who reside there have unique needs. A cookie-cutter approach for services is dismissive.

We are promoting a meet-in-the-middle approach to strengthen communities in addressing the intersections of mental health, addictions, and brain injury.

What you can expect?

Real Conversations Leading to Real Solutions.

4 Virtual Events. Each with a specific focus and goal. We are looking to bridge the gaps in services for mental health, addictions, and brain injury throughout the province to inspire real change.

We want to open the conversation to see what is working provincially, what isn’t working, and where do we need to shift. What are the next steps to integrating services? Your input is needed!

Events held via secure webinar from 9 am – 12 pm on Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, and Nov. 10th. Links will be emailed to registrants the day before each event. 

Survivor and Family Stories

The lived experience of survivors and their families is a foundational piece of the Heads Together Think Tanks. Hear directly from them and learn what they need based on their experience.

Key Community Partners

We’ve brought in the best of the best to share research, community support programs, and more. Learn about new & innovative programs and help us to explore how these services could be expanded province-wide.


Facilitated Conversations

Join us here beforehand and during the weeks between sessions to share your ideas, inspirations, stories, and wishlist for improved services. 

1.5 Million Canadians live with a brain injury. 

Lack of services and supports attribute to: 






Substance Use


Mental Health Issues

The unintended consequences of brain injury cost our country billions in emergency and health care services. If we do not include brain injury in every conversation we will never have a 100% solution to mitigating these social issues.

Meet A Few of Our Speakers

Geri Iininaatoáákii Bemister-Williams, MA

Geri is a behavioral scientist and a recognized expert on trauma, adverse childhood experiences, substance abuse and associated issues provincially, nationally, and internationally. Geri has been appointed to the Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse Expert Advisory Committee and the B.C. Recovery Council. She has extensive therapeutic work with vulnerable and at-risk clients including infants, children, substance abuse disorder, survivors of childhood trauma, domestic violence survivors, and sexual and mental disorder offenders. Geri is from the Siksika Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy. See Geri on Intervention Canada!


Dr. Don Castaldi

Dr. Don Castaldi has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a clinical advisor to Bill’s Place in Nanaimo, BC. Dr. Castaldi specializes in attachment, trauma and forensics. Hear and learn about Dr. Castaldi’s Supporting Individuals through Valued Attachment (SIVA) model, which guides systemic thought and accountability while actively valuing individuals being supported to ensure sustainable change.



Dr. Elizabeth Plant, BA MD CCFP dISAM

Dr. Plant is a longtime resident of the Cowichan Valley. Dr. Plant has completed the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use addiction medicine fellowship. Her role currently includes the Cowichan District Addiction Medicine Consult Service (AMCS), AMCS Community, outreach at the overdose prevention site, and in developing substance use supports for youth.

Dr. Julia Schmidt

Dr. Schmidt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OSOT) at the University of British Columbia. She obtained her BSc(OT) at the University of Alberta and her PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia, focusing on cognitive interventions for people with traumatic brain injuries.


We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia and Vancouver Foundation.


Register and reserve a spot today!

Your contribution and ideas are needed in this provincial conversation and collaboration for improved services for mental health, addictions, & brain injury.