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.


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Some of the country music star headliners from previous years have been comprised of talents such as Jim Cuddy, Beverly Mahood, Terri Clark, Paul Brandt, and Lonestar, to name a few. In the past, the musical talent has been comprised of local up-and-comers who participate in the ‘Hoedown Showdown’. Do you have the talent to contend?!?

HeadlineerFill out an application on the Hoedown site and compete to be the next county star. Along with spectacular entertainment, the event is known for its delicious Texas style BBQ buffet that is served for dinner both nights. The Hoedown is also renowned for its ability to bring in grand prizes for the door prizes and the Prospector Raffle. The best thing is even if you can’t make it to the event, you could still with win in the OLG licensed Prospector’s Raffle; this year the raffle prizes are upwards of $100,000!

On top of the entertainment and dinner, the Hoedown is famous for its fundraising capabilities to help local organizations and charities. 100% of the proceeds from raffle ticket sales and event ticket sales are redistributed back to the recipient organizations. In 2015, the Hoedown raised an amazing total of $464,000! We think this is something worth getting excited over, very excited!

As many of you know, Walk It Off is a Non-Profit Organization and fundraising is integral to our operation. We are very excited about being apart of the Hoedown this year because of what it means for Walk It Off and our clients. Being a part of the Hoedown gives us an opportunity to raise funds that will help us help our clients. With the funds raised from the Hoedown our possibilities are so much more. We will be much closer to achieving our goal of relocating to a larger facility to accommodate our ever-growing client base and need for new equipment to aid in our clients’ recovery. It is no mystery to anyone who has been in the facility recently that we are starting to get a little cramped; not that we don’t like being close with everyone but we need our workout space!

A larger facility and specialized equipment is just the tip of the iceberg for improvements Walk It Off will use the Hoedown funds for. Walk It Off is accountable for selling at least 50 event tickets for both Friday and Saturday night and at least 1,500 raffle tickets. If you are interested in supporting Walk It Off and attending the Hoedown or participating in the raffle to help us reach our goal, please contact us. You also have the option of purchasing your event ticket online. But don’t wait; Event Tickets are selling fast.

The 2016 Magna Hoedown promises to be a year for the books and we are so excited to be apart of it and can only hope you will be too!

For more information on the Magna Hoedown visit Hoedown.ca

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!

Hope to see you at the Hoedown!

– WIO Staff

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.

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Despite the heat, many clients and supporters showed up ready to get active to help those living with spinal cord injuries. We were blown away by the enthusiasm and creativity of the many costumes that took form for this year’s Superhero theme; at Walk It Off, we believe all our clients are superhero’s every day. Everyone from Superwoman, to Bat-Spiderman and even

David Hasselhoff from Baywatch came out to enjoy the sun, pancakes, and win many prizes!

Starting off the day with music pumping and the sun shining, many new and familiar faces corralled at the starting line eagerly anticipating the start of the day. Shortly after, the finish line became the cheerleading zone as participants approached with beaming smiles of accomplishment. Awards were as follows.

Our fast paced, first place runners:

Brenton Diaz 18:39 min
Donna Harrison 21:13 min

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Walk It Off’s first place chair competitors:

Chris Rice 32:13 min
Sherry Craig (all the way from Quebec!) 41:55 min

We cannot forget to thank our incredible sponsors and vendors of this year’s race: Rose’s Catering, The Landscaping Company Inc., Foster Family Chiropractic, Starbucks, Yoga Source, Muscle Works, BC Instruments, Gardens of Joy, MCH Creations, Living with Metta and Muskoka Woods! A special thank you to John Taylor, Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Newmarket, for being an on-going supporter of Walk It Off and speaking at the run about the importance of supporting one another to enhance the success of our community.

Many participants came from different walks of life, with different barriers or challenges they face on a daily basis. Some heard about the run through posters, while others happened to be in town and had relation to SCI and decided to join, or like many, they knew a hardworking and deserving WIO client and came to support them in their efforts to get moving.

Thank you to all who travelled from near or far, who supported WIO through pledges, the 50/50 draw, or raffle tickets. Your generous contributions are very much appreciated and will perpetuate the ongoing mission to increase independence by maximizing recovery for those living with spinal cord injuries. THANK YOU!

Stay tuned as Walk It Off is gearing up for Magna’s Hoedown!

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!

– WIO Staff and Clients

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.

Dave was a very active member at Walk It Off joining us for therapy sessions four times a week. His absence was strongly felt this week by all those at Walk It Off who worked with him and those who had the pleasure of getting to know him within the facility. Dave was a very social individual at Walk It Off; always offering helpful tips and advice where he could and words of encouragement to other members.

DSC_0278During his time at Walk It Off, Dave had accomplished many things. The differences between when he first started working with our trainers to the last Friday we saw him were tremendous. Dave had not only made impressive physical improvements, to the point he was able to stand with the assistance of a trainer, but also socially and mentally. He undoubtedly gave his best efforts to his trainers and then would immediately ask “what’s next”- always eager to keep going and be challenged to get better. Dave’s accomplishments are the products of the hard work and perseverance that he brought to each session. Dave had undeniably become, and will always remain, a special member of the Walk It Off family.

Dave’s character and motivation to always better himself was inspirational to everyone at our facility. Throughout his sessions he often talked about his friends and the great visits and feasts that they enjoyed. Dave’s devotion to his wife, Brenda, was evident when he expressed his care and support towards their many adventures and life together.

Our greatest sympathies and deepest condolences go out to Dave’s wife, Brenda, his family and friends. We appreciated our time with him; David will be sorely missed by his trainers and all the staff at Walk It Off.

Family suggests, if desire, donations in lieu of flowers to Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery and Wellness Centre.  Please visit our Dave Dieno Memorial Page to donate.

– The Trainers & Staff at Walk It Off

Walk It Off Recovery and Wellness Centre, 1235 Journey’s End Circle, Unit 2, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 8T7

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

Walk It Off has Been Chosen as a Donation Recipient!

fundraisers Walk it OffWalk It Off has been chosen as a recipient of your donations! The Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will be kicking off another gift-wrapping service at Newmarket’s Upper Canada Mall from November 27-December 24. They will be located on the bottom floor near Santa’s Village.

For a donation, volunteers will help shoppers wrap their purchases until Dec. 24th. Proceeds benefit the following: Continue reading

6th Annual 2015 Walk It Off Scarf Auction

2015 WIO Scarf Auction

It’s the season you have all been waiting for – Scarf Season!… Time to accessorize or find that original and special present for someone who admires meaningful, personal gifts… Join us at our 6th Annual 2015 Walk it Off Scarf Auction. We have an array of custom, hand-knit/crocheted scarves/hats and other hand-made goodies, made by WALK IT OFF supporters. Each item comes with a Donation ‘Thank You’ card.

Hand-made items will appear on the Facebook Group “Walk It Off Scarf Auction” on November 20th at noon (12pmEST). You can view past years’ scarves by clicking here to get an idea of the variety and quality.

100% of proceeds go to Walk It Off to purchase mirrors. Visual feedback is an important component of our clients’ recovery process. Continue reading