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Meetings:  4th Wednesday of every month

Share information, success stories, & inspiration

Northminster United Church  1:00 - 3:00 pm

300 Sunset Blvd. (east off Chemong Rd just south of Walmart)

Light refreshments served                  Everyone Welcome!

Building fully accessible

Our facilities are wheelchair accessible


Our next regular monthly meeting will be held on March 28th at 1 pm. We look forward to welcoming Melissa McNamara from the Central-East LHIN who will present a workshop on Getting The Most Out of Your Health Care Appointment. In order to help us to prepare adequate refreshments, please confirm your attendance with Sandy a day or two before the meeting. We hope to see you there!




Sheri McKeen, the Community Education and Outreach Representative of the Central-East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) spoke to us about the services they provide.  (Home and community care services and staff have transferred recently from Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) to LHIN's.) One such vital service is coordinating the application for and entry into local long term care facilities. This is a process that is better initiated sooner, rather than later! For general advice regarding the availability of health care services in our community and what you may qualify for, start with a conversation with the LHIN.


Peter Kayser of Kayser Financial Services spoke to us about the Disability Tax Credit. His colleague, Brent Tully, enlightened us about the Registered Disability Savings Plan. While the savings plan is geared toward younger people with disabilities (less than age 50), the tax credit is something that most of us can take advantage of. Call Peter at 705-755-0100 if you have any questions.


We welcomed Rob Hiseler, a lawyer with the local firm McGillen Keay Cooper. Rob spoke about wills and powers of attorney. These are essential legal documents that everyone should have in place to protect themselves and their loved ones before disaster strikes . And, as we all know, disaster can happen out of the blue in the blink of an eye!.


We had 2 guest speakers this month. Andrea Latter from Active Living Physiotherapy was on hand to tell us about the success they have had providing therapy to stroke survivors - including several of our own members! As well, Alex Rawek from Community Care told us about a new Caregiver Relief program they have just started.  See our Bulletin Board for details.


Representatives from the Brain Injury Association of Peterborough Region shared the details of their many excellent services, including a highly successful peer mentoring program.


Brenda Booth from Home Instead enlightened us on how this organization can provide in-home assistance and support for seniors and/or those with special needs. Working with them can be an ideal way to relieve some of the pressure on caregivers.  Click here for more information.


Laura Barnes was on hand to tell us about the March of Dimes Aphasia and Communications Disabilities Program that runs weekly, also at Northminster United Church. This excellent program has helped many of our members to regain or improve their ability to communicate &/or understand. Click here for program information.


LASP members Paul & Sherri shared the inspirational story of Paul's journey to resume his passion for painting following his stroke. Formerly right-handed, he has taught himself to paint with his left hand. It just goes to show that there is no holding back a determined stroke survivor!



Peer Support Services at March Of Dimes offers fully accessible travel opportunities to various interesting and exotic locations. Not only are all facilities entirely accessible throughout each trip, individual needs are assessed pre-travel & appropriate attendant services included (to give caregivers a much needed break!) Travelers with no need for attendant services pay  a basic rate that is competitive with other travel services, so friends and family can join in the fun.

When Where $ Base w/Care

If interested in accessible travel, please contact Keith Raschid at 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7213 or krashid@marchofdimes.ca


March Of Dimes also offers the opportunity to enjoy sporting and entertainment events closer to home. These are fully accessible once participants reach the event location. Space is usually limited and available "first come, first served", so please contact Aisha Mian at 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7212 as soon as possible if you are interested in any of the following:

Date Event
Feb. 22

Pop and Rock

by Famous People Players

Your favourite tunes brought to life by the renowned Famous People Players black light puppets!

11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Etobicoke

Includes lunch


For further details, please visit our

Activities Bulletin Board






Special thanks to Bruce at GrassRootsDesign for the design and hosting of this website


For information and details on accessible activities and therapeutic programs, please click on our Bulletin Board.

For helpful local accessibility information based on members' actual experience, take a stroll down:

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Just under 50 Group members and friends enjoyed our annual Holiday Lunch at Northminster United Church on December 13th. The volunteers provided a fabulous meal of roast turkey with all the trimmings and homemade pie for dessert. It was a great way to finish our 11th year of operation and to get into the Holiday Spirit!

Thanks to all who attended our Open House on October 11. We met some new stroke survivors and caregivers, and otherwise had a pleasant afternoon socializing amongst ourselves.

We enjoyed a fantastic pot luck Picnic & BBQ on August 23rd at Sandy & Gary's beautiful home on Chemong Lake. Over 30 Group members and friends attended. Thanks to Sandy & Gary, to Rose for organizing, to Clem for cooking and to everyone for the wonderful food!

About 50 group members, family and friends gathered at Square Plates Family Restaurant on December 7th for our annual LASP Holiday Lunch. We feasted on another of Goran's fabulous meals and enjoyed festive fellowship to kick the Holiday Season off in style! Thanks again to Rose for pitching in when Sandy was suddenly out of action, to Goran & his staff, and to everyone who shared the spirit of the Season!

Eleven group members met for a casual and enjoyable lunch at Square Plates on November 9th. We all dined on the Daily Special, which featured Goran's hearty homemade beef & barley soup. We also caught up with Norma & Jack, who had just returned from vacation in Portugal and Spain.

We had another successful Open House on October 12th. Thanks to all members who attended and did a great job of making the many potential new members feel welcome.

Once again, we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of food and fellowship at our annual LASP Picnic & BBQ on August 24th. Thanks to Sandy & Gary for hosting us at their beautiful home on Chemong Lake.

Twenty group members had a very pleasant tour of Lang Pioneer Village in Keene on July 6th and enjoyed a picnic lunch afterward.Lang is a “living museum” of a typical 19th century village. It includes residential houses, a town hall, a church, a hotel, a school, and a general store. It also features numerous shops including blacksmith, carpenter, tinsmith, printer, and weaver, as well as a grist mill, a cheese factory, a cider barn & a shingle mill. Throughout the village, costumed interpreters told us about each building and answered questions. It was fascinating to see how farmers and other settlers lived in the 19th Century. Fresh strawberries (hand picked by Sandy) & butter tarts provided a nice surprise to cap off the day!

On June 10th over 50 members (past & present) and friends celebrated our 10th Anniversary as a peer support group for stroke survivors in Peterborough! We enjoyed being entertained by Ian French, "IF The Poet", the 2014 Canadian Champion of Slam Poetry. Special thanks to Goran and his staff at Square Plates Family Restaurant for the usual great food and service.