Center Update!

Hello Folks,

I’m certain many of you are wondering how development of our new site is progressing. The simple answer is that there are some really positive forward moves, but everything is happening much too slowly!

So, what is happening?

The interior design is finalized . Because we are delayed, we had time to do more research and discussion with similar programs in North America. We realized our space may be a tad small and that this factor could negatively effect our programming. A 604 square foot space immediately adjacent to our 2400 square foot gym was available to rent.  We acted upon this.

By adding a second room, we can locate our “Living Room” and Reception areas in that space thereby freeing up 700 square feet or so of space to be used for active programs in the gym.  Sandra and I had an opportunity this winter to spend time at Banner Health Systems Parkinson’s Wellness Centre in Gilbert Arizona.  They operate very much as we expect to operate in our home. It was clear to both of us after viewing operations there that the decision to add space here was absolutely necessary . This will be hugely beneficial to our programs.

Supplies and equipment are being ordered and delivered. If you drive by the site, (Blanshard and Hillside) you will see a lime green storage container in the parking lot. That is our warehouse!

Progress is being made . But, the Landlord’s component is much, much too slow! This week we received a letter from the Landlord apologizing for the many delays , and offering to allow us to exit the Lease Agreement if we wished.  He said, “ we have delays on other construction projects elsewhere, but 2680 Blanshard is the worst and not what we aim for.”

Your Board has given the idea of walking away serious consideration; however , our survey of available space in the Greater Victoria Area along with sky-rocketing rental rates tells us we are better off staying with our current site.

The Landlord, by the way, operates a large and very professional organization with property across Canada and in Europe. Even with their considerable expertise and experience, they have failed to take this project to closure in a  timely manner . I guess this speaks to the magnitude of the economic boom in this City.

The Landlord’s letter tells us that late August will likely be the earliest turnover date to our group.

Our internal renovations will begin then but thankfully, they will be minimal as we wish to keep as much space as open as possible.

So, some progress! Some delays! But, every time I walk the site I get so excited at what we will soon have to offer the entire Parkinson’s community of Victoria. 

If you wish, contact me directly at my email address or by phone. I’m happy to try and answer any question you might have or to receive your advice.

Best Regards To All

Gil

(Building Construction Committee Head)

Parkinson's Awareness Month

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month!

2018 marks the 201st anniversary of Parkinson's disease (PD). Parkinson Wellness Project started with the simple goal to help people living with PD live better today through safe effective evidence based exercise programs.

Are you interested in supporting the Parkinson Wellness Project, and to help raise awareness for Parkinson's disease....

Here are a few ways!

1.) Help us raise more than just awareness. DONATE TODAY

2.) Attend our Sing in Support Event on April 7th.

Join us for a night of Neil Diamond inspired choir.

The evening will be lead by the one and only wonderful Director of The Choir, and The Chorus, Marc Jenkins. Who will take us through an original rendition of a Neil Diamond song. After a short intermission, we will return to perform the final song! This event will include a videographer and photographer, so that we can capture the event and send our support to Neil Diamond himself! 

3.) Attend a yoga class at One Yoga!

For the month of April, all drop-in fee's from a yoga class will be donated to PWP. Bring a friend (or two!) along to a class to support PWP.

4.) Sign up for our mailing list (on homepage) to receive updates on how you can continue to help in the future. Share this with friends and family.

There's never been a better time to join PWP! Together, our voices and our actions can have a powerful impact! Join is today!

 

 

 

Benefits of Exercise - A Stronger Body Leads to Better Movement

The amazing health benefits of EXERCISE are becoming more accepted and common knowledge. Exercise, in all people, has positive effects on overall strength, cardiovascular health, fatigue, weight management and self esteem. With Parkinson’s Disease, however, due to the physical and cognitive changes associated with the disease, exercise takes on even greater importance. Parkinson's routinely leads to muscles feeling weaker and tighter, uncoordinated and uncontrolled movements, and more energy expended to complete daily tasks. 

Exercise, at any stage of life or disease, will almost always help! It's never too late to start reaping benefits of regular exercise including Improved strength, agility and posture, improved endurance, ability to avoid constipation and sound, restful sleep. The list goes on! Consistent and meaningful exercise can also delay, or reduce, problems and progression of Parkinson's, such as balance, posture and flexibility to help you live better TODAY! 

This week, - PWP, Parkinson Wellness Project – an innovative Victoria program built around vigorous exercise is featured on the CBC website. The article does a great job expressing the importance of exercise, as well as introducing a Parkinson's community centre where innovative programs will be available. To read the article, click on the button below.

If you are interested in attending a class for the first time, take a look at the classes we currently offer in Greater Victoria and Sidney. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Operations Manager at hello@parkinsonwellnessproject.org

Be well!

PWP in the News

Jillian and her team have been working hard this past week spreading the word about the Parkinson Wellness Project. 

Key Messages:

- Parkinsons Wellness Project (PWP), formerly ParkinGo, announces a new name! The new name was chosen to help better link the goal of the organization: to support those with Parkinson's. 

- A $500,000 anonymous donation helps to open the doors of a new Parkinson's Wellness centre right here in Victoria. PWP's aim is to support those living with Parkinson's live better today through exercise! 

- PWP hopes to open their doors in the Winter of 2017/2018. Until then stay tuned for updates about the centre by signing up for our e-newsletter or checking the website. 

It is so very exciting to be announcing the new centre. But for now its back to work to get these doors open!