Peer Support Program

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OBIA’s Provincial Peer Support Program connects persons with lived experience (the Mentor) with an individual who is living with the effects of acquired brain injury who requires the support (the Partner). The program is available to survivors, family members and/or unpaid caregivers.

Mentor/Partner matches are time specific and are made based on similar experiences, needs and personal interests. The program is coordinated through the local brain injury associations across Ontario, making it possible for people to be ‘matched’ province wide.

82% of Mentors say that being a Mentor improved their quality of life!
90% of Partners recommend the Peer Support Program.

Why Be a Partner?

As a Partner in the program, you have the opportunity to learn from someone ‘who has been there’ and can offer you guidance and support based on their own personal experiences living with ABI. Support is provided to you via telephone or internet, based on your preference. This allows you to participate in the program from the comfort of your own home.

~”This program made me understand I am not alone.”~

Why Be a Mentor?

As a Mentor, you have the opportunity to help others by sharing your experiences and by providing support and information to your partner who has similar lived experience. If being a Mentor interests you, you will undergo comprehensive training in your own community prior to being matched with a Partner.

~”I want to give back and help others who are trying to cope with their brain injury.”~

Intakes and Mentor Training are coordinated through the following local brain injury associations:

If you would like more information about the Peer Support Program, please contact your local Brain Injury Association or

Carla Thoms, OBIA Provincial Peer Support Coordinator at 1.800.263.5404 ext. 227 or via email at

OBIA is extremely grateful for the generous support of the programs’ development sponsors:

Gluckstein & Associates, Henderson Structured Settlements Ontario and Sibley & Associates.


Below you will find copies of the documentation related to the Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement (M-SAA)between OBIA and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).