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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 February 27th at 1 pm. In order to help us prepare adequate refreshments, please confirm your attendance with Sandy a few days before the meeting. We hope to see you there!




Wendy Gibson returned to take us through a basic yoga routine. If you are interested in incorporating yoga or Nordic walking into your stroke recovery routine, contact Wendy at wendytgibson@gmail.com.


Certified Professional Recovery Coach Karyn Dowdall took us through an exercise aimed at identifying our strengths which can then be used to accomplish our goals. For more information or to get in touch with Karyn, visit her website: coachingwithkaryn.com.


Melissa McNamara of the Central-East LHIN conducted a workshop on How To Get The Most Out Of Your Healthcare Appointment. It was highly informative and should benefit all of us in our future appointments.


The folks from Urban Poling told us how Nordic poles can help make walking a safer and more productive exercise. We also had the opportunity to test drive the poles for ourselves!


Tamalea Stone of Drive On! informed us about what's involved in getting your driver's licence back after a serious health issue. She provides one-on-one training and guidance throughout the entire process.


Debbie Hellyer of FishAbility shared with us the details on two programs she offers locally: Adaptive Fishing and Sledge Hockey. With her special equipment, anyone who can so much as move one finger can catch fish! We will be making use of her services for our annual Summer Picnic  this year.


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!.



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
Feb 22-24 Winter Wellness Retreat - Geneva Park (Orillia)



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

For further details, please visit our

Activities Bulletin Board




Our annual Holiday Lunch will be held on Wednesday December 12th at Northminster United Church from 11:30 to "whenever". Please let Sandy or Nadine know if you are planning to attend. Our numbers must be finalized by Dec. 3.

The March of Dimes Winter Wellness Retreat for stroke survivors and caregivers will be held Feb. 22-24, 2019 at Geneva Park near Orillia. The subsidized all-inclusive cost is $225, with an early bird rate of $199 available until Dec. 14. See the poster on our Bulletin Board for details.

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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On October 29th, World Stroke Day was formally recognized in the City of Peterborough. Deputy Mayor Henry Clarke kindly read the proclamation in the foyer of City Hall.  Thanks to all the members who attended to show their support!

Thanks to everyone who supported our Open House on October 17.  We met a few potential new members and enjoyed socializing for the afternoon. Thanks as well to Sara from March of Dimes, Sheri from the Central-East LHIN and Kimberley from the PRHC Stroke Ward for providing display material and expertise on stroke recovery programs in our community. And last but not least, thanks to Nexicom for providing the refreshments!

On July 17 we had our annual Summer Picnic & BBQ. This year we traveled to Bewdley where, thanks to the folks from FishAbility Sports Club, we enjoyed the option of adaptive fishing or a pleasant cruise on Rice Lake. A good time was had by one and all. Thanks to everyone who brought a food contribution and to Nadine for helping to organize the event.

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!







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