I am a graduate of BSc. Kinesiology at Brock University and am currently in Teachers College also at Brock. I grew up in a very small village east of Ottawa called Russell where I was very involved in a number of sports and physical activities.
Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to work with the Niagara Special Needs Activity Program (SNAP) with Dr. Maureen Connolly. This is a weekly program for individuals with disabilities in the region. Through the program, I have experienced firsthand the benefits of physical activity for individuals of ALL abilities. While being active is important for everyone, it is vital for those with a disability. It increases physical and mental health, reduces the incidence of a secondary disabling condition, reduces isolation and is a step towards full community participation.
In addition to SNAP, I have been a long-time volunteer with the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability. It is my pleasure to work with SCI Action Canada on the Get In Motion program.
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