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In the winter semester of 2012, it is my honour to receive a placement opportunity from Muscular Dystrophy Canada – Ontario & Nunavut. This delightful experience has enhanced my understanding and knowledge on neuromuscular disorders, as well as the role of community nurses in supporting and making a positive change in people’s life. Muscular Dystrophy Canada offers continuous support, and numerous services to enhance the lives of those affected by neuromuscular disorders. As a student nurse in the organization, there are many areas that can be explored and offer help to our members.

In fact, one of my key roles is to renew and maintain an up-to-date database for our clients in order to share any pertinent information regarding new programs, research and conference that are available to enhance one’s health and wellness. Therefore, if you are a client to our services, and if there are any recent changes to your mailing address, telephone number or email address, please contact our client services at 1-866-687-2538 or servicesontario@musle.ca to leave a message about your most up-to-date contact information. We value each of our members, and we hope to serve you better!

Another role that I have is to engage our members to attend support groups and strengthen their community actions. Here is a shout out for all members living around the Hamilton area. The Hamilton Parent/Child Support Group proudly invites you to join their monthly meeting on sharing experiences and knowledge on neuromuscular disorders. Meetings vary with guest speakers and presentations. Other times they offer fun classes aimed at stress reduction, such as yoga. Meetings are held once a month on the third Wednesday from 7pm-9pm at Dominic Agostino, Riverdale Community Centre located at 150 Violet Drive, Stoney Creek, Ontario. To register your attendance, RSVP to servicesontario@muscle.ca. Hope to see you there!

Jennifer Ho is a third year nursing student from Ryerson University.

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