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Program Staff

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Joan Fisher MSW, RSW


Joan is the program’s newest coordinator.  Prior to her arrival in the summer of 2013, she worked for the previous six years with adults with acquired brain injuries.  As part of that work Joan initiated, with the magnificent support of her health authority team, the first Brain Injury Film Festival (BIFF).  Joan has also worked as a family therapist, educator, mental health resource coordinator, group therapy leader and coordinator of services for Toronto’s hardest to serve youth and young adults.  Joan has also volunteered with organizations focused on post partum depression, ADHD and learning disabilities.


Joan received her Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto. 


In her after work hours Joan enjoys travelling, genealogy, gardening, theatre, film and spending time with family and friends.



Rosanna Battista BA, BSW, RSW

Rosanna Battista BA, BSW, RSW

School Transition Social Worker

Rosanna is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Rosanna has been with the BC Centre for Ability since 1992 in various roles including the Director of the Daily Endeavors Program, and most recently as a Key Worker in the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (NAS/FASD) Program and School Transitions/Social Work Assistant in the Community Brain Injury Program.

Rosanna is a huge hockey fan, and arguably the biggest Canucks fan in town.
Dinali De Fonseka

Dinali De Fonseka

Senior Administrative Assistant

Dinali has been with the Community Brain Injury Program since 2005. Dinali worked in Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Dubai before moving to Vancouver in 1998. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and traveling.

Dr. Michael W. Jones, Neurologist

BC Centre for Ability Medical Director


Dr. Katherine Selby, Neurologist

CBIPCY Consultant


Jeffery Chow



Contract Therapists

Contracted therapists are private practitioners from around the Province of British Columbia and from various health disciplines such as: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Speech and Language Pathology, Psychology, Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Assistance.

Each therapist on our roster is registered to practice their discipline in British Columbia and have the appropriate training and experience working with children and youth with brain injuries. These therapists have all undergone and cleared criminal record checks.