Aphasia Camp 2009

Brantford’s Adult Recreation Therapy Centre (ARTC) in partnership with March of Dimes Canada offered Aphasia Camp 2009, Sept 18-20 at Tim Horton Onondaga Farms near St. George. 

 

Aphasia Camp attracted 104 people from aphasia campacross southern Ontario, including 38 people with aphasia (communication problems after stroke), 22 family members and friends, and 44 staff, students and volunteers. 

 

Campers participated in social, recreational and educational activities such as campfire and singalong, digital photography, adapted biking, fishing and golf, with an inspiring keynote speech by Stephen and Carol Goff, founders of Aphasia Camp.  Extensive training of volunteers allowed campers to enjoy a relaxing weekend in an aphasia-friendly and accessible communication environment.  The following quotes highlight the positive impact of Aphasia Camp 2009.

  • I liked the smile on my wife’s face.  The camp gives her a chance to express herself without reservation. (family member)

  • I recognize that being a communication partner is an immense responsibility and that the greatest failure is in not trying my hardest to fulfill that responsibility. (UWO Speech Pathology student)I’ve learned that everybody has a story to tell.  We just have to give them the opportunity to do so.  (student volunteer)

  • It was amazing.  My eyes were opened to realize how much in life is taken for granted until your life is seriously affected.  I saw how strong people with aphasia are, how optimistic (student volunteer)

  • Feel better about self.  Improved confidence greatly (person with aphasia)

  • Thank you so much.  Our lives feel rich after so much fun (person with aphasia)

Our success was due to the generous contributions and support of many community partners, organizations and individuals.  Heartfelt thanks to:

Funders and Partners:  March of Dimes Canada, Ontario Barbershoppers’ “Harmonize for Speech” fund, Simcoe Gentlemen of Harmony, Brant Community Foundation, Mary Beth Clark, Dr. J.B. Orange and Taz Moosa from the University of Western Ontario,  Susan and Greg Harper wedding, Tim Horton Onondaga Farms.

Donors: Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, Aphasia Institute (Toronto), York-Durham Aphasia Centre (Stouffville), Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ball Media, Dell Pharmacy, Franklin Witt, Digital Duck (Waterford), Tradewinds Emporium (Waterford), Vicki’s of Waterford, Orchard Home Farm (St. George), Home Hardware (Burford) and Mike Austin, Reach for the Rainbow (Toronto) and Jess Leung, Ferraro Rocher, Joanne Novak and Donna McLean of The Learning Factory (Brantford), Waterford Family Golf, Bloorview Kids’ Rehab, Ontario Aphasia Centres Interest Group, Brant Community Healthcare System District Stroke Centre, Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Stroke Network for Community Re-engagement;  Seniors’ Health Research Transfer Network’s Communicative Access and Aphasia Community of Practice and Elyse Shumway.

Facilitators and presenters:  Stephen Goff, Carol Goff, Mary Beth Clark, Sherry McKinnon, Bob Tees, Tomoko Okamura, Libby Barrie, Cathy Feniuk, Catherine Low, Alina Goultiaeva, Joanne Vegso, Melanie Ely, Barb Stokes, Stan Stokes, Nancy Anderson, Florence Husrevoglu, Therapeutic Golf Rehab, Take Note Barbershop Quartet.

March of Dimes Canada staff:  Marc Sintes, Jake Duprey, Anne Yan, Patricia Knobl, Jana Burgess, Jenany Jeyarajan, Anthony Suen.  Special thanks to Laura Klaponski, our amazing camp co-ordinator.

Volunteers:  Jessie Leung, Sarah Wener, Charlene Coghill, Becky Morin, Elizabeth Marsh, Kelsey Murray, Tracey Henhoeffer, Ashley Waito, Marlene Fortuschnick, Catherine Chen, John Hurst, Kim Luu, Alishia Mannix, Laurie King-Kielstra, Irene Forsey, Adele Comstock, Lily Popper, Natalia Hofmann, Lee Mason, Elizabeth Faraone, Lindsay Eagleson.

UWO Speech Pathology student volunteers:  Shruti Balagopal, Marisa Bedard, Erin Broxterman, Tyler Levee, Elizabeth McFadden, Jenna Pace, Alison Turner, Alyssa Swartzentruber. 

ARTC:  Special thanks to Joe Persia and the ARTC board, and to ARTC volunteers, staff and clients, particularly Pat Papez, Karyn Roswell, Nikki Avich-Perez, Susan Harper, Kevin Williams and Lori Santilli.

This was the second year we offered Aphasia Camp, which is the only camp of its kind in Canada.  We look forward to working with each of our wonderful community partners on our next Aphasia Camp! 

Jan Roadhouse
Speech-Language Pathologist
Aphasia Program Co-ordinator
Adult Recreation Therapy Centre (ARTC), Brantford

 

 

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