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Learning Indirectly

tumblr_loytmwLVsY1qm37rzo1_500There are always ways you learn things; it can be through a book, a teacher, by following the steps of a role model, or by making a mistake. The list is endless. What I never thought is how learning indirectly taught me more than I ever thought possible. Learning indirectly simply means learning when failure happens or when things don’t work out the way you wanted them to. The fact of life is most of what you are going to learn will be indirectly. After being diagnosed, you may also go through vulnerability as you try and understand this new information and create a new identity for yourself. You need to confront this new reality and there is no book, no guidelines to show you how to go on.

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Stokes International makes fourth yearly donation to Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Stokes International makes their fourth donation with a cheque for $ 6473.00 to Muscular Dystrophy Canada on behalf of all their customers as part of their yearly program that has raised to date over $ 30,955 in just four short years!

John, Kevin, David and Art during the presentation

John, Kevin, David and Art during the presentation

On Monday, May 6th David Mellor, President of Stokes International, presented the cheque at this year’s Ontario Fire Chiefs Conference in Toronto to Kevin Harrison, National Director of Corporate Giving for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Alongside for the event was John Uptegrove, Captain from Puslinch Fire and Rescue, and Art Brown, Fire Chief of Mississippi Mills Fire Services. David Mellor explained, “this is an opportunity for Stokes to help support and give back and we are pleased to be partnered with Muscular Dystrophy Canada, a truly worthy cause, and we look forward to continuing to support Muscular Dystrophy Canada for many years to come.” David went on to say that the program was initiated to help celebrate Stokes 60th year in business in 2009 and that his Grandfather, the founder of Stokes Cap and Regalia, would be proud of what they’ve been able to achieve.

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Day in the Life: Reg Bardsley, Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Volunteer Coordinator

vernon walk-2013-team stay strong with vernon volunteer fire fightersThe first North Okanagan Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy was held this past Saturday, May 4th in Vernon.  The event raised over $13,000! With over 100 people attending and seven Walk teams, the event was a success! Volunteer Walk Coordinator, Reg Bardsley, has an incredibly busy day making sure that the event runs smoothly. 

For almost 20 years Reg served on various Fire Departments and Rescue Units throughout British Columbia as a Fire Fighter/Rescue specialist. In 2002 he was diagnosed with Fasio-scapular-humoral Dystrophy, an adult onset type of muscular dystrophy that manifests with weakness at first then progressing to almost full wasting of the muscles. Reg was forced to retire from Fire fighting & Rescue. Since his diagnosis he has been an advocate of those with disabilities concerning access to transit and related handicap mobility issues. (more…)

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