June Valiquette, who passed away in early 2002, helped organize a group of local survivors, their families, and interested professionals, in order to create a support network for persons dealing with the affects of acquired brain injury (ABI). June’s son had sustained a severe brain injury following an accident in the early 1990s. Following a stay in intensive rehabilitation, June’s son and family felt disillusioned by the lack of resources available to provide continued support and resources to assist them in their lifelong journey.
The support network June helped organize, known then as the Sudbury Head Injury Association, became incorporated and renamed as the Brain Injury Association (Sudbury & District) in 1995. June consistently worked with the Association until January 2002, when she was forced to resign due to failing health.
Previously headquartered in a small office at the Sudbury General Hospital, the Association relocated to Regent Street, in the Navy League Hall, in 2000 and in 2004 relocated to 576 Haig. Currently, BIASD is located in the MS Centre of Hope at 2750 Bancroft Drive.
The work of the association continues to grow and develop, as demonstrated by some of its more recent initiatives.