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New Horizons, February meeting

Margaret Terpstra, Shirley Cook & guest speaker Sheila Forler Bauman
Margaret Terpstra, Shirley Cook & guest speaker Sheila Forler Bauman

Sheila Forler Bauman was guest speaker at the February meeting of New Horizon’s which is held the second Thursday at 10 a.m. every month at the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre.

Sheila graduated from Physiotherapy at the University of Western Ontario and since 1994 has enjoyed serving the residents of Elmira and surrounding communities at Woolwich Physiotherapy.

For the past ten years she has been the medical lead and team physiotherapist for the women’s program of Wheelchair Basketball Canada. She spoke to the group on “Heroes and Role Models in Rio, 2016” showing a video on her trip and experiences with the athletics of the Paralympics which was held from September 7th to 18th in 2016. Sheila showed a video clip with our local connection – Katie Harnock from Elmira who is a 10 year veteran of the sport.

There were 159 countries competing in the 22 different sports. All those competing have a wide range of disabilities, including impaired muscle power which would be paraplegia and quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, post-polio syndrome, spina bifida, impaired passive range of movement, and limb deficiency which is amputation or dysmelia. Sheila also told us that since 1960, the Paralympic Games have taken place the same year as the Olympic Games. Canada came away with 29 medals and ranked 14 overall.

New Horizons meet every 2nd Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre to become informed on various topics. This is their seventh year and the group coming out to the meetings has been growing. People come to get informed, inspired and enjoy socializing with coffee or tea and a delicious snack made by Sandy Hachborn. Thank you also goes to Heather Trakalo who looks after attendance.

Sandy Hachborn, Joan Haid & Heather Trakalo

Next month’s guest speaker is Jim Rodger, co-ordinator of the Prime Ministers Statues and Education Resources Advisory Committee who will speak on the Prime Ministers Home in our Canada.

For more information on New Horizons please contact Joan Haid at (519) 648-2742 or by email at jehaid@xplornet.ca.


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