VON Guelph Wellington News:
By Kelly Gee
At this joyous time of year VON would like to thank all of the staff, volunteers and community partners that have made 2018 a successful year for the SMART Program. We were able to meet our goals and expand our services enabling us to reduce falls amongst the senior population in Wellington County because of the generosity and commitment of people like you. We would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season.
We know that most people have a love hate relationship with exercise. One usually hates to start exercising but then loves the way that they feel and the benefits they reap from exercising. Nonetheless we do know it is hard to stay motivated especially in the cold weather and if you get out of routine (i.e. take time off over the holidays). So we have a plan to help keep our participants motivated. We launched our 50 class challenge in November and will be handing out prizes and certificates to any SMART participant that attends 50 classes from November 2018 – November 2019. We are hoping that this challenge help with client’s commitment to their exercise classes.
Welcomes and Goodbyes:
We are happy to announce that we have a new SMART Administrative Assistant to our Team. Christine Downton comes to us already Certified as a SMART Gentle Exercise Facilitator and a background in Recreation Management for Alder Adults, and extensive customer service background. Please join me in welcoming Christine to our SMART Team.
In addition we would like to welcome Emma Ciarafoni to our SMART Team. Emma is a fourth year University of Guelph student whom has just completed her placement hours with us and will be joining us as casual GEF. We love hiring successful placement students!
It is with mixed feelings that we say farewell to our Registered Kinesiologist Erika Cellini, a feeling of sadness to see her go as we will miss her knowledge and expertise, and yet happiness to see her extending her career boundaries. Erika’s needs to focus her attention on her research at UOG at this time in order for her to complete her PhD. We know that she will tackle this venture with the same passion and dedication she displayed as part of our cohesive team, and soon will be addressing her as Dr. Cellini. Working alongside Erika has been an honor and a privilege, please join me in wishing Erika the very best of success in all her future endeavors.
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The Falls Prevention Education will run from November to December 14th in the following locations:
Riverside Glen – Guelph
Wellington Park Terrace – Guelph
Mount Forest Curling Club – Mount Forest
Mount Forest Legion – Mount Forest
Next VON GEF Meeting/Late Christmas get together:
165 Gordon St. Apartments Fergus, ON - Tuesday Jan 8th 12:30 – 3:30 PM
VON is happy to be partnering with the YMCA to deliver this 8 week education program. This program is offered every Tuesday and Thursday at a new time of 12:30pm at the Guelph YMCA. Each eligible participant will receive at 2 month YMCA membership. For more information contact Kelly Gee SMART Program Coordinator 519-323-2330 ext 4954 or by email email@example.com
Learn more here: What is GLA:D?
If you know someone who would be suitable for the GLA:D program, pass along the Clearance Form and information so they can share with their Dr/Physio/Chiropractor.
For more information about the SMART Exercise and Fall Prevention Program in Wellington County, check out our website at www.vonsmartexercise.com!