As you have all heard we are closing in on completion of the new Parkinson Wellness Centre. (PWP=Parkinson Wellness Project)

On behalf of our board of directors I can say we are all very excited about the centre.

I can now say my dream has become true, better services for people living with Parkinson’s in Greater Victoria based on scientific research. Exercises tailored to each of you as individuals with your own challenges dealing with day to day symptoms. Choices of exercises to meet everyone’s needs and preferences.

Better yet a living room to socialize with each other as we know we learn the most from those on a similar journey. There have been so many times after classes when I just want to sit down and chat with every one of you. I know you all feel we need time to get to know each other better outside of the exercise classes. We soon will!

This all sounds totally amazing to me however I do have some anxiety due to the change. This triggered a memory of when I was 16 years old and spent a month as a counsellor in training at a Y camp in Ontario. I pulled out my evaluation form. I won’t bore you with the accolades lol! But I will tell you there is a theme here with me.  To quote my counsellor “Jillian needs to improve her self confidence in new situations. She must learn to relax in unfamiliar situations and take new experiences in her stride”

Wow is anyone else feeling the same? I may not be 16 anymore but my personality hasn’t changed!

Change is hard. Trying new things can be daunting.

Now that I am 59, I have had a lot of changes in my life, some I have expected and some not. I have learned we have to deal with the cards we are dealt with, but it’s not so easy to do. Then I remember so many quotes, here are a few. Send me yours!

-don’t be afraid to try something new, mistakes are an important part of the learning process

-unless you try to do something beyond what you have mastered, you will never grow

-life is beautiful and adventurous, life is full of experiments.

-nothing is perfect, we all learn by mistakes so keep experimenting and trying new things

-you are never too old to learn new things and to dream a new dream in life

-the more you are willing to try the more opportunities you will seize in your life

-new things can bring new opportunities

Over the last 6 years starting with ParkinGo, now PWP, changes have allowed us all to reach our goal of this centre. It really is exciting!

See you all there soon!