A Huge Thank You to Magna International!


On behalf of Walk It Off, we would like to thank Manga International for its outstanding philanthropy.  The 2016 Magna Hoedown provided a magnificent weekend of music and fun for the community, and a fantastic fundraising platform for local charities and not-for-profit organizations on September 16th and 17th .

$497,000 raised at the 2016 Magna Hoedown!

The Walk It Off community has been working tirelessly since day one in May when we were selected as one of the 15 recipient organizations of this year’s Hoedown.  Our clients, staff, and supporters were working around the clock to ensure Walk It Off met the Hoedown sales requirements of raffle and event tickets and volunteer responsibilities. We had over 30 volunteers at the event to help make the weekend a huge success.  As a result of all the hard work from our Walk It Off community, and the other chosen organizations, the event raised an astonishing $497,000!

Magna Hoedown Appreciation Evening

Magna hosted an appreciation evening for the 15 recipient organizations on October 6th.  At this event, all the organizations were presented with their portion of the funds.  Walk It Off was presented with a cheque in the amount of $30,045.52!  Amazing!

Plans for the Funds

Before Walk It Off submitted our application to the Hoedown in April, we had already dreamed up quite the laundry list of wishes to improve our facility.  Now with the funds raised from the Hoedown, we have the means to make some of those wishes a reality!

We would like to use our Hoedown funds to make our facility more accessible.  We hope to move into a larger facility in the future and will continue to fundraise to make this move possible.  In the short term, we intend to put an automatic door at the entrance of the facility to make access easier for our clients in wheelchairs and assistive walking aids.

Our second need was to acquire equipment and accessories for our smaller and paediatric clients.  Various sized ambulatory harnessess have been on our list for quite a while; having harnesses that fit each client will allow for more clients to use our partial bodyweight supported gait training devices with comfort and ease.

Expanding our practice

Walk It Off has expanded our practice to include all neurological disorders.  Though we specialize in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) recovery, we now work with those who have suffered Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI), strokes, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Cerebral Palsy (CP), just to name a few.  A portion of the funds will also be used for staff development as we want to keep our programs cutting edge and ensure we provide the best service we can to all our clients!

Thank you again to everyone who helped make Walk It Off’s participation in the 2016 Magna Hoedown such a success!

As always we welcome your feedback and your questions. You can connect with us by email or telephone or leave a comment right here on the site. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages and our YouTube Channel too and join in the conversation!

Thanks again!

– WIO Staff

The Lowdown on the Magna Hoedown


WHAT A WEEKEND! The Magna Hoedown was nothing short of a success! With Walk It Off Recovery as first time participants in the Hoedown, we were blown away by the event and thoroughly enjoyed being there as volunteers and as event-goers.

From the moment you stepped onto the Magna grounds you felt as if you were in the middle of the Wild, Wild West. The grounds were transformed for Hoedown with live cattle grazing outside the tent, corn stalks, hay bales and seasonal flowers accenting the event area, and event-goers sporting their finest plaid and cowboy accessories. Inside, guests enjoyed the mouth-watering Texan spiced buffet as the musicians showed off their talents and sparked the dancing and singing to commence.  The crowds were thrilled by the varied musical acts and (line) danced the night away! Continue reading

Walk It Off is a Proud Recipient of the 2016 Magna Hoedown

Walk it Off Fb ImageYEEHAW! Walk It Off is thrilled to announce that we are one of the fifteen organizations selected as a recipient for the 28th Annual Magna Hoedown! For those of you who are not familiar with the Magna Hoedown, it is the largest fundraiser in York Region. The Hoedown is a 2-day event, taking place on September 16th and 17th this year, showcasing musical talent, raffle and door prizes, dancing, dinner and beverages, and tons of entertainment. This year’s headliners are Alan Doyle (of Great Big Sea) on Friday, Sept.16 and Paul Brandt on Saturday, Sept 17. Continue reading

The 6th Annual 5k Run-Walk-&-Roll Event Was a Blast!

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What a day! WHAT AN EVENT! Thank you and congratulations to all the participants of this year’s 5km Run, Walk and Roll! This was the 6th annual event hosted by Walk It Off, at Fairy Lake in Newmarket on May 28th and what a fun day it was!  Click here to see the full online photo album from the event. Continue reading

In Loving Memory of David Ralph “Dave” Dieno

David Dieno PageIn Loving Memory of David Ralph “Dave” Dieno

April 19, 1956-May 29, 2016

Funeral service is at Roadhouse and Rose on Main Street in Newmarket at 1:30 pm on Saturday followed by a Celebration of Life at the Holland Landing Community Centre from 3:00 pm to 6:00pm.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of Walk It Off’s loved members, Dave Dieno. On the morning of May 29th, Dave suffered a heart attack and tragically, did not survive. Continue reading

Getting Ready for the Walk It Off 5KM at Ferry Lake on May 28!

5K guy with capeThe 6th Annual 5 km Run-Walk-&-Roll for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery at Ferry Lake on May 28th in Newmarket is quickly approaching!

Sunday, May 28th is just around the corner and all of our clients at Walk It Off are training hard to get prepared for the main event.  We’re working on their strength and endurance to make sure they are ready for what awaits them on the course.  And so they have enough energy for the pancake breakfast and other fun activities we have lined up!

Remember, this 5K is Super Hero Themed, so make sure to bring your cape! Continue reading

6th Annual 5K Run-Walk-&-Roll Event May 28th at Ferry Lake

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When: May 28, 2016
Where: Fairy Lake Park, Newmarket, ON

5K Registration
Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

With the official arrival of spring, and hopefully the beginning of warm and sunny weather, comes the start of outdoor running season.  Walk It Off is excited to announce that on Saturday May 28, 2016 we will be hosting our 6th Annual 5K Run-Walk-&-Roll event!

Whether you are looking to shed some pent up hibernation energy and walk with friends and family, run a personal best, or sponsor one of the clients of Walk It Off, our Run-Walk-&-Roll is the event for you!  Sign up here! Continue reading

Walk It Off Adds Registered Kinesiology to the List of Health Care Services Provided


Walk It Off is proud to announce that two of our SCI Recovery Trainers, Rebecca and Taylor, are officially Registered Kinesiologists!

In September, both trainers wrote their entry-to-practice exam with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (COKO). We are very pleased to announce that after enduring a painful wait period, both Rebecca and Taylor were informed they passed the exam and we are happy to add Registered Kinesiology (R.Kin) to the list of health care professions we can offer at Walk It Off along with Physiotherapy, Registered Massage Therapy and Personal Training.

You’re probably thinking, “What exactly is a Kinesiologist and what can they do for me?” Well, you were not the only one thinking that so we decided to explain it with a blog! Continue reading

Walk It Off Visits Project Walk Orlando!


As many of you know, our SCI Recovery Trainers, Taylor, Alyssa and Rebecca, went down to Orlando for the last week of January to visit our friends at Project Walk!  If you are unaware of Walk It Off’s origin, Heather and Kevin went down to Project Walk in 2009 shortly after Kevin’s accident.  While at Project Walk, they were amazed by the innovative physical therapy Kevin received that was focused specifically on spinal cord injury recovery.  After their time at Project Walk, Heather and Kevin decided this special type of therapy needed to be available in Canada and that’s how Walk It Off was born. Continue reading

December Donations to Walk it Off

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We’ve said goodbye to November and all the Movember mustaches and are quickly moving through December, or for Kevin, Decembeard, with the holidays fast approaching. The holiday season is one for caring, sharing, and giving back. Finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be a challenging task so here’s an idea to make it easy for you! For those of you struggling to find that special gift this holiday season, consider giving back and making a donation to Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery & Wellness Centre. Continue reading