ThinkFirst BC - BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

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 to 45 minute presentations to 2 or 4 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 Waves

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

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

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


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 BCIRPU as co-director. think first

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