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Walk4MD 2016 Season Wrap-up

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British Columbia

The Walks for Muscular Dystrophy have been a great success in BC this year. All together they raised over $130,000! In Victoria, Burnaby, Surrey and Nanaimo, as well as Penticton and the Walk for Lysa in Abbotsford, we had record attendance and huge support from the local community. This year new sponsors joined us like Vitalaire and Boehringer Ingelheim in addition we had a huge network of local businesses that provided prizes and in kind gifts. Once again our extended family at Muscular Dystrophy Canada stepped up the plate with teams fundraisings, volunteers coming forward to help, staff going above and beyond – everyone did their part to make this a successful year.

We’d like to send a special thank you to our ambassadors this year, Emily Swain (Victoria), Dale McLeod (Burnaby) Tyler Gallant (Surrey) and Ross Wristen (Nanaimo) – as Ross passed away earlier in the year, the Nanaimo Walk was also a celebration of his life, we’d like to extend thanks to his family and friends for allowing us to share that day with them.

Alberta

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Erin and her Squad

Alberta had a record breaking year, with many of their events reaching and exceeding goals. The star in Alberta this year was the Calgary Walk. Calgary doubled their goal and raised almost $120,000, with the help of the top team, Erin’s squad, who raised an incredible $71,000! Another Calgary shout out goes to Ken Carlson, the top fundraiser across Canada,  who single handedly raised over $56,000 for the Walk4MD.

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Fighting for a National Assistance Program for Canadians with Disabilities

The petition has been tabled by the House of Commons. To review the discussion, please visit here.

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tumblr_naubxpi8eo1tubinno1_1280I first started my petition on Change.org back in November 2015 after writing a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau asking him to implement a National Assistance Program for Canadians with Disabilities. The purpose of the petition is to implement legislation that will provide all Canadians living with a disability with the equipment and services they require to live functional lives. This directly complements the impending Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA)- which aims to create an accessible and inclusive Canada – as such a program would help to fulfill that purpose by providing the supports necessary to allow all Canadians living with a disability to contribute to society regardless of ability.

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Stay Safe! Being smart in the kitchen

pot-820012_960_720Experience tells us that a high percentage of fires occur in the kitchen. Cooking is the main cause of home fires and fire injuries. You can prevent cooking fires. We strongly suggest you take these steps to keep yourself and your family safe while preparing meals.

  • Cook when you are alert. Do not cook if you are drowsy or if you feel the effects of medication.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothes when you cook.
  • Roll your sleeves over your elbows when you cook.
  • Move things that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper, and curtains.
  • Never leave a stove unattended while cooking. Turn off the stove if you must move away, even for a moment. Keep an eye on what you fry!
  • Keep children and pets away. We suggest you create a three-foot safe-zone around the stove.
  • Always use a pan with a lid that fits properly.
  • Keep a lid nearby to smother any flames that occur unexpectedly.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so no one can bump them or pull them over.
  • Be extremely careful when you have to move hot water from the stove to the sink. If practical use a ladle or a scoop to remove food from a boiling pot.
  • Keep the area around your stove clean.
  • Do not allow grease to build up around the stove. Built-up grease can catch on fire.

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Tips for an Accessible Halloween

pumpkin-1544602_960_720Halloween can be scary in more ways than one – the costumes, the pranks, the candy selection… and accessibility. A holiday that many see as fun and exciting can be anxiety inducing for others as they wonder if they will be able to fully participate with their peers. Here are a few tips for trick-or-treaters, their parents, and those who decide to hand out treats:

For those heading out:

  • Plan your route out a few days before. Most houses should have their decorations up, so you will be able to assess which ones will be easily accessible.
  • Costumes should not be tight, and not dragging on the ground either; you don’t want anything getting caught in wheels or tangled around canes. (more…)
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