Dealing with a neurological disorder such as Spinal Cord Injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or any other issue often requires years of therapy and rehabilitation. Many times, it will be a life long journey. At Aim2Walk, we see this time and time again, we have clients who are with us for life and others who visit us on and off throughout their journey. We pride ourselves in having a “family” type feel at the clinic to make the journey a bit more enjoyable and fun. We have art work from various Torontonians to make our walls look more “homey” and we try to celebrate birthdays and major holidays with everyone. Our family is compiled of hard working clients, dedicated family members and support workers and a powerful team of therapists.
Our Aim2Walk Team works as one and what better way to feel like a team then to have matching uniforms. We have recently purchased new matching Aim2Walk shirts to make our team look really kick-butt. With help from friends of mine at Black Toe Running and a sharp design from our very own Jesse Lown, our shirts are comfy, classy and make our team complete.
We love our shirts, what does everyone else think?? Due to recent compliments and requests from others, we may be ordering more t-shirts for others to purchase. If you’re interested, let us know colour preference and style and you too could look as sleek as our Aim2Walk Team.
Thanks again Black Toe Running for our Nike shirts. We’re so pleased and look forward to working with you to get more team gear!
With my week as the Medical Lead for the ParaPan Am Games now come and gone, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the experience.
I came away with the following observations:
- The performances of ALL the Parapan Athletes I observed were way more impressive in person than I could’ve imagined. Specifically, the Boccia players regularly made shots and overcame physical obstacles to wow the audience and their opponents.
- The spirit and positive attitudes of the volunteers was above and beyond the call of duty. The people of Toronto and surrounding area, and the international volunteers, should be very proud.
- The Abilities Centre is a truly awesome building. If you haven’t been there you should go. If you own a business are want ideas of how to comply with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) you will be impressed. Check out this checklist for more on complying with AODA.
- South American fans are fun to watch. Win or lose, their fans could be heard singing throughout the week and you could tell they were all thrilled to be experiencing Toronto 2015.
- You don’t need to be paid to be compensated well. Volunteering gives you a lot of positives…but it doesn’t give you money (obviously). Although this may be the major reason many people choose not to volunteer, all I can say is that if you have never done it, you’re missing out. I don’t have the space to explain why you should volunteer here, but I can say it’s something everyone should experience. Whether or not you’ve volunteered before, check out Spark Ontario to help you start/continue your volunteer journey. Here you can explore volunteering opportunities in your area and get notice of future events requiring your help.
- I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought…I never do. See below:
Athlete Medical’s clinic/control room.
Brazil won Gold in all 4 categories for Boccia.
No one wanted to get injured today!
My empty Field of Play Treatment area.
A Brazilian Boccia player is interviewed following his Gold Medal match win.
Michelle Stilwell Won Gold at ParaPan Am Games
Did you get a chance to watch any of the ParaPan Am sporting events? It was an inspiring and exciting experience! Not to mention, Canada rocked the games finishing second with 168 medals, 50 gold, 63 silver and 55 bronze. Canada truly made us proud to be Canadian and I’m sure the spirit of the athletes inspired many others.
Athletics Canada recognizes that we have talented athletes here in Canada and they are always looking for more! A few weeks back, we had Athletics Canada and ParaPan Am athlete Wes Vick attend our client appreciation day. Many of our clients had the experience to get into a racing chair and practice pushing. This coming Tuesday, August 18th, from 1-3 you too can have a chance to try wheelchair racing. Athletics Canada will be bringing various chairs to Centennial Park Stadium in Etobicoke for anyone and everyone to try. Young and old, fit and the not so fit, please join us at the track. There will be help to get you in and out of the chairs and there will be various styles of chairs for different levels of injury.
Please let us know if you will be joining us for the afternoon so we can be prepared with chairs. You can contact Athletics Canada Para-Athletic Recruiter Adam Janssen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 416-951-1981. You can also contact myself at email@example.com.
We hope to see you all Tuesday!