ThinkFirst BC

brain-dayThinkFirst BC is a BCIRPU program with the goal of  educating as many children, youth and adults in BC as possible to prevent brain and spinal cord injury through elementary school presentations and helmet fitting clinics at community events.

Elementary School Presentations

ThinkFirst elementary school presentations engage students through stories and demonstrations to illustrate reasons to protect your brain. The children learn about the brain and spinal cord, and how to protect them, proper helmet fitting and also get to hear a survivor′s story.

Our presentations include a powerful safety message to all the students in school. A ThinkFirst presenter, accompanied by a brain or spinal cord injury survivor will spend a half-day at your school making 20-45 minute presentations to two or four grade levels at a time (K/1, 2/3, 4/5 & 6/7 or K-3 & 4-7). Our presentations are very well-received by students, teachers and principals.

Fee: $290 (covers materials, mileage, and honorarium for our speaker and brain-injury survivor)

Brain Day

Brain Day is a fun and engaging half-day neuroscience presentation that teaches students ingrades 4-6 about the brain and spinal cord. Through interactive lessons, Brain Day introduces all the senses and parts of the brain; teaches students proper helmet fitting and the importance of protecting themselves.

Brain Day will be presented by trained volunteers — usually University students in Neurology, Health Sciences, Education etc. — during reading week in February/March.

Brain Day volunteers needed: Students interested in becoming a Brain Day presenter please contact us at

Fundraising Initiatives

Financial assistance goes directly to ThinkFirst BC programs and is always much appreciated. Please email Jennifer Smith to make a donation.


A Little Respect: ThinkFirst! [English]– Injury Prevention Strategies & Tips
Observe, Relaxe, Respect: pensez d’abord [Francais]– Respecte-toi, respecte les autres, respecte la montagne
The Do’s and Don’ts of Ski and Snowboard Helmets


ThinkFirst BC started in North Vancouver in 2003 under the guidance and enthusiasm of Dr. Brian Hunt and Jennifer Burns. Dr. Hunt has continued to be the driving force behind the BC Chapter and has enlisted Dr. Shelina Babul of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit as co-director. think first

For more information on the ThinkFirst program across Canada, visit Parachute.