Stroke Recovery Association of BC

About us

About Us

Stroke Recovery Association of BC

SRABC provides services and information to anyone whose life has been affected by stroke, and to other stakeholders in the field of stroke recovery, such as healthcare professionals.

We have around 30 Branches throughout BC which offer a range of programs and services to assist stroke survivors and their caregivers. They provide a friendly social environment where stroke survivors and caregivers can get support and help in coping with life after stroke. Branches offer activities such as social events, exercise, communication and cognitive stimulation. In some Branches programs are run by professionals, such as physiotherapists, and in others they are volunteer driven.

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The Association is incorporated under the Society Act as a not-for-profit BC Society (Incorporation # 12403) and is registered under the Income Tax Act as a Canadian Charity (#130532500 RR 0001).

Our Vision, Mission, Purposes and History

Every stroke survivor in BC has respect, inclusion, and support in their home community.

Mission Statement
Through its local Stroke Recovery Branches, SRABC is committed to assisting stroke survivors and their caregivers throughout the province to improve their overall quality of life.

The purposes of the Association are:
a) Through its local Stroke Recovery Branches, to assist stroke survivors and their caregivers throughout the province to improve their overall quality of life and remain living independently;
b) To increase awareness within the community of the impact of stroke;
c) To raise awareness in the community of the services offered throughout the Province to stroke survivors and their caregivers.
d) To act as a resource for hospitals and for people concerned with the effect of
cerebro-vascular accidents on individuals and their families;
e) To plan and promote programs of education and of assistance to stroke survivors in British Columbia;
f) To disseminate information on stroke prevention.


In the 1970’s there were few places to turn for respite once a stroke survivor was discharged from hospital. Stroke survivors and their families often find their lives severely and permanently changed by stroke and isolation, and caregiver burnout is a common result. People saw a need to change this situation thus stroke recovery groups were started. Often the prime movers were stroke survivors and family members, determined to make the way easier for other survivors and family members.

One of the first stroke recovery programs (1967) was started in Tunbridge Wells, England by a stroke survivor and his wife at the suggestion of the local speech therapist. With the proliferation of stroke recovery programs throughout the U.K., the Chest, Heart and Stroke Association was prompted to hold a one-day conference in London in March 1976 entitled “Stroke Clubs – a modern concept in rehabilitation”.

The first Stroke Club in North America, organized under the direction of the American Heart Association, started in Galveston, Texas in 1968 with a membership of seven people.

In 1969 Mr. Bill Goodwin encouraged a stroke recovery branch to be formed out of the Adult Day Care Centre at St. Andrews United Church, North Vancouver. The first formal group emanated from stroke survivors attending the Margaret Fulton Day Centre in North Vancouver in 1974.

In 1975 and 1976 stroke clubs were opened in Nelson, Vancouver and Richmond. In 1976 these clubs became known as the Lower Mainland Stroke Association. Representatives of the Association met with a group of health care professionals to form an Advisory Committee to foster improvement of services to stroke people. With funding from the Vancouver Foundation a study was commissioned.

The study recommended that a coordinator be employed to develop stroke programs throughout BC. Funding for a two-year pilot project was subsequently obtained from the BC Heart Foundation. The grant allowed for the establishment of a provincial office to organize the existing stroke clubs and to create additional clubs.

Phyllis Delaney was hired as the Provincial Coordinator and office space was secured in Vancouver.

In 1979 The Lower Mainland Stroke Association became incorporated as the Stroke Association of BC. In 1993 the Association’s name was changed to the Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia. Today there are 29 branches in British Columbia.

SRABC Brand Identity

  • We chose a brightly coloured logo to assist with differentiating SRABC from other organisiations in the same field – notably Heart and Stroke Foundation.
  • The goal is that this becomes an instantly recognisable logo that clearly identify SRABC as the thought leaders in the field of stroke recovery.
  • We are developing a strong association between SRABC and branded high-quality, practical and useful information and resources for community stroke recovery.

The design concept for this re-branding is as follows:

  • The message of our new logo is that there is life after stroke.
  • The raised arms are celebratory in order to relay a message of hope and recovery.
  • The joining of hands portrays community and family support.
  • The emotional tone is positive and optimistic as portrayed by the vivid colours and the stance of the figures.
  • The shape denotes a sunrise – a dawning or beginning; an expectation of progress.
  • The logo represents diversity through a rainbow of people and colours.
  • The ‘SRABC’ acronym is incorporated into the design as well as our full name to reinforce our identity.
  • The primary and secondary typefaces and clear, confident and strong and are easy to read due to their clean lines.