Kinesiology Networking Fair at the University of Guelph – Humber

Walk It Off - Spinal Cord Recovery Centre Newmarket

Last week we were invited to attend the University of Guelph- Humber Kinesiology Networking Fair, at the Humber College Campus. This was our second time attending this annual event. It is here where Kinesiology students studying in their third or fourth year are invited to network with various employers in order to make connections, and search for career or placement opportunities. We were pleasantly surprised to learn about another program within Humber College that benefits from this fair.

The Exercise Science & Lifestyle Management program is a graduate certificate program for students who have completed a university undergraduate degree in related fields. We were unfamiliar with this program, but were eager to learn more about its students. Placement opportunities are also a feature inter program to further their knowledge of health and therapeutic industries.

As a Not-For-Profit organization we acknowledge the importance of community involvement and making lasting connections with potential clients as well as members of our community. Educating our community about our clientele while getting our message out into the community, is one of our goals as an organization. At Walk It Off, we aim to improve the quality of life and increase independence of our clients through exercise-based recovery. Our facility provides recovery treatment plans for those with spinal cord injuries and neurological conditions. We also aim to educate and support this community outside of our facility.

Meeting the Students:

Before the fair, students were provided with strategies and information on how to network with industry representatives. Networking is an important skill that develops over time, and is crucial when looking to build a career. It is a unique experience to be able to connect with students that are entering a field of mutual interest. There are students from a variety of backgrounds, with a variety of interests. We met with a number of individuals, ranging from students who have interest in Neurological recovery and sought out our booth; as well as some students who had not considered us before, but were eager to learn what we had to offer.

What do placements at Walk IT Off Look Like?

Here at Walk It Off, we enjoy taking opportunities such as these to grow as a facility by educating our community about our goals and mission as an organization. As a volunteer or student at Walk It Off, you will be provided with the opportunity to learn all aspects of a clinic environment. Placements within our facility allow students and volunteers to be involved in a variety of tasks both administrative and hands on by assisting with client sessions.

As a volunteer or student, it is rare to get practical experience where you are able to learn and grow by getting involved. We are firm believers in the idea that getting involved and having the opportunity to be hands on will provide better lasting knowledge. Getting hands on through all aspects of a clinic will not only help with future opportunities but important for their future careers.

Placements at Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery Centre Newmarket

We advertise certain requirements when it comes to the type of individual that we’d like to attract.

If you are a person who has:

  • A passion for working with those with different abilities
  • Interest in Neurological Recovery
  • Interest in Exercise Education
  • Is In Good Physical Condition

Then it sounds like Walk It Off would be an excellent placement of you!

A Message from Our President

During the event we were asked many questions regarding the specific roles of the position, and general questions about who we are as an organization. But we were also frequently asked specifically what we look for in a candidate looking to be involved at Walk It Off. “Your experience in the past has brought you to us. I want to know where you want to go. We can only point you in the direction of your interest. It is up to you show initiative and take advantage of our environment to receive a valuable leaning experience.” – Heather – President, Walk It Off.

Walk It Off Networking Tips

1. Show Initiative, and Prepare

  • Learn about the organization you wish to do a placement in, before you meet them.
  • Prepare questions that pertain to that specific organization.

2. Eagerness to Learn

    • Show genuine interest in what you can learn FROM the organization.
    • Your knowledge is important, but showing that you want to learn is even more so.

3. Personable Connection

      • Friendly Smile
      • Eye Contact
      • Relatable Conversation
      • Make yourself memorable

Networking Strategies by University of Guelph-Humber

The University of Guelph Humber provides a Career Services page on their website. It is definitely a wealth of knowledge when looking for guidelines surrounding networking strategies. They discuss topics from what networking is, to the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of networking. To learn more about Guelph-Humber’s tips and strategies for “Networking for Success”, click here.

We wish all placement students, no matter your field, all the best in your future endeavours.

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!

All the Staff at Walk It Off

Another Successful Year at the 29th Magna Hoedown!

The weekend we’ve all been waiting for has come and gone. Another Hoedown has past, and what a weekend it was! This past September 15th and 16th marked the 29th annual Magna Hoedown. A BIG thank you to the @MagnaHoedown and those who came out this past weekend to support Walk It Off and the other 19 local charities participating. Like previous years, the food, entertainment and overall atmosphere was nothing short of amazing.

On Friday night, you would have had the opportunity to listen to some amazing young local talent during the Hoedown Showdown. It must have been a tough night for the judges because I know we were impressed with each and every one of the competitors, it must have been a difficult task to choose a winner. In the end it was 16 year old John Anderson from Barrie, Ontario that took home the Grand Prize valued at over $20, 000! To learn more about John click here.

Friday night was also a night to showcase 2016 Showdown winner Mac Shepherd and Canadian artist and Headliner Chad Brownlee who did not disappoint. You may have even seen our volunteers from all corners of the venue whether it be in the Junction or the Environmental Helpers jamming out all evening.

On Saturday night, the amazing line-up was The James Barker Band, Dani Strong and John Anderson who opened for Tom Cochrane with Red Rider. Another great night with great music and amazing food. The Texas- Style BBQ Dinner had a range of variety from pulled pork sandwiches, chicken breasts, chilli and salads; made you want to go back for seconds.

Our volunteers really outdid themselves with the effort they put into their tasks. Walk It Off sold a total of 141 books of raffle tickets this year; 41 more than our set goal! At the event we were able to sell 26 books! Unfortunately, the winning ticket was not amongst our allotment of tickets sold. Better luck next year!

A special thank you to Volunteer Coordinator and Walk It Off Board Member Wally Kemp, for finding and organizing volunteers to represent Walk It Off at the Hoedown. You made a big task look easy! Thank you to those from the Walk It Off community who took the initiative to help us with the big task of selling event and raffle tickets; and to those who took time out of their weekend to volunteer at the event itself. You may have met some of our amazing volunteers throughout the weekend roaming around selling tickets, stationed the Junction area, cleaning up or setting up. Cumulatively, all efforts to help an event run smoothly, and for that we are grateful.

Thank You Magna!

In addition, we would like to congratulate the the wonderful coordinating Staff at Neighbourhood Network and our Volunteer coordinator, Tracey Scott for another successful year for the Magna Hoedown. Thank you for putting in countless hours to support your local community and being available for each individual charity throughout this process.

This year’s event was able to raise $534, 000 for twenty local charities serving York Region; and we couldn’t have done it without the support of all of you! This is our second year participating in the Hoedown and we couldn’t be happier!

Stay tuned for the big reveal of our portion of the proceeds and how we will put it to use!

Walk It Off is more than a clinic, it is a community. It is at times like this when we are so proud of how we come together in order to continue to improve our services and equipment. We are thankful for the community that has developed within Walk It Off that continues to support our efforts to provide an affordable cutting edge services to those living with neurological disorders.

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!

Yeehaw!
Kristina Georgiopoulos
Walk It Off Facility Assistant

Canada Summer Jobs Funding Through Service Ontario

Walk It Off received funding so we could provide the salary and experience to a student during the summer months this year. It was good to have the help of a motivated individual looking to expand their knowledge in their field of education. This year we had the pleasure of hiring

Alanna Jakovljevic. Thank you Service Ontario for this great opportunity!

Alanna’s Experience at Walk It Off

Hello, my name is Alanna. Next year I will be graduating from McMaster University with my Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. I then wish to pursue my Masters of Physiotherapy. I was very fortunate to receive a student grant this summer at Walk It Off. Working alongside physiotherapists and kinesiologists furthered my knowledge about spinal cord injuries and different rehabilitative techniques. I also had the chance to work with clients who had multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy which gave me insight to other neurological disorders.

I got more hands on experience than I was expecting as all of the clients were very willing to let me work with them. The Neuro-Recovery trainers I worked with were always eager to teach me and to answer any questions I had. One of the many great things about working here was that everyone was open to new ideas, which gave me the opportunity to be creative with exercises during sessions. It was rewarding to see the progress clients made throughout the short duration that I was here. Overall the continuous enthusiasm from both the staff and clients made this a great place to work over the summer.

A Win-Win For All Parties

This really was a win-win situation for both Walk It Off and Alanna.  Not only did we have an additional team member to help our organization, but we are proud to be helping contribute to Alanna’s education by providing more hands on experience than she would otherwise get.

We wish you much success, Alanna, in your final year at McMaster University!

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

Walk It Off – 2017 Magna Hoedown Recipient!

We are excited to announce that once again, Walk It Off has been selected as a recipient for the 29th Annual Magna Hoedown! The proceeds raised will help support twenty non-profit organizations and community groups within York Region.

This year’s Hoedown will take place on September 15th and 16th and will feature a variety of musical acts, Friday night food trucks, Saturday night BBQ, raffle and door prizes, dancing and more! Tickets will be available for purchase beginning July 7th. Stay tuned to find out which main headliners will be performing at this year’s event!

WHEN AND WHERE!

Join us under the largest tent in Canada on the Front lawns of Magna International’s corporate campus in Aurora, for two evenings packed with a variety of entertainment. Friday night is the Hoedown Showdown; If you are a rising talent or you know of any singer that would like to enter, visit The Magna Hoedown Website for more information and ‘how to apply’. Cut-off for entry into the competition is July 21/17. Saturday will start with the winner of the Showdown followed by the Main Headliner. Stay tuned for the big reveal of our headliners in the beginning of July.

HOW YOU CAN HELP!

Magna is proud to celebrate their 29th annual Hoedown. This event would not be possible without the help of our amazing volunteers! Volunteers come every year to support their local community by giving their time and efforts to help put on an amazing event. This is our second year participating in the Magna Hoedown, and we welcome any of our amazing volunteers from last year to come out again this year.

Magna Hoedown would like to show their appreciation to our volunteers by granting complimentary entry to the festivities. If you are a student looking for community service hours, a member of our Walk It Off community, or anyone looking to get involved in supporting our local charity, please contact us!

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

Registered Physiotherapist Job Opportunity Newmarket

Apply here

WALK IT OFF Spinal Cord Wellness Centre Inc. is a Not-For-Profit organization that provides exercise-based recovery, education and support to those living with neurological disorders, specializing in spinal cord injuries (SCI). We aim to improve quality of life and increase independence by maximizing recovery.

It is not known how much an individual will recover after a neurological incident. Walk It Off designs a program that does not impose limitations. Our focus is to stimulate the non-functioning areas of the body through core strengthening and repetitive load-bearing exercises.

Position Summary:

We are looking for a contract Registered Physiotherapist. Our client base consists of SCI, ABI, CVA, MS and CP with 70% of our clientele in wheelchairs. In addition, we work with individuals and athletes who are looking to improve performance and get involved in para-sport.

Our service provides an exercise-based, gross motor re-patterning program that is hands-on and will require the PT to be in good physical condition. Our modalities include gait training; we use the Litegait partial body weight support system (PBWSS) over treadmill, Madonna ICARE (Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitative Elliptical with PBWSS), New Lift Walker, FES arm and leg ergometer, Ultrasound, EMS, hydraulic Bobath tables and various adaptive exercise equipment.

Current Staff includes one physiotherapist who is resigning and will transition her clientele to the new PT candidate. Currently, she works 3 full days. There is the potential to increase hours to a full time position 5 days a week. Other staff include 2 Registered Kinesiologists and one assistant. Part of the paid orientation will be training in our specialized technique. Please respond with CV.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan, execute and document client programs
  • Oversee Kinesiologist and their planning, execution and documentation of physiotherapy programs
  • Responsible to documentation for personal and MVA insurance mandates and requests

Key Qualifications and Requirements:

  • As a Walk It Off representative, must show strong interpersonal and communication skills and uphold the integrity of our institution
  • Current registration with the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario
  • Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Superior documentation skills
  • Self motivated, able to work independently
  • Ability to work team environment
  • Fitness/athletic experience
  • Physically demanding job-requires standing, lifting, kneeling
  • CPR/First Aid certification

Job Type: Contract

Required education:

  • Bachelor’s

Required license or certification:

  • Are you certified and in good standing with the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario

If you would like to apply, please click here.

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

Bring Back the Game with Todd Keirstead – May 5th

Friday, May 5th, 11am-2pm, at the Bradford Highlands Golf Club

Walk It Off is excited to announce that we are teaming up with Todd Keirstead to offer an adapted golfing demonstration! The golf demonstration will take place on Friday May 5th at the Bradford Highlands Golf Club. Todd will work with three groups of participants on the driving range; all ability levels welcome, for an hour each. Continue reading

Do Various Neurological Disorders Qualify for the Disability Tax Credit?

It’s time to clear up the myths and misconceptions surrounding the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). We’re welcoming The National Benefit Authority (NBA) for a Guest Blog on this topic.

First of all, the Disability Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit, meaning you can only use it to reduce the income tax you may have to pay. However, the DTC is also retroactive (up to 10 years), so you if it’s 2017 now, you can claim it back up to 2006.

This retroactive aspect of the DTC is the reason why some people may receive a substantial refund while others may receive little to nothing back – your DTC amount depends on the income tax you paid during the years you are claiming the DTC. But even if you can’t claim your Disability Tax Credit, many people don’t know that the DTC is transferrable to a family member who’s been supporting your basic necessities may be able to.

DTC Eligibility – What is a Disability?

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Walk It Off at the 2017 Abilities Expo Toronto

Walk it off at the 2017 abilities expo toronto

As most of you know, Walk It Off (WIO) participated in the first annual Abilities Expo at the International Centre in Mississauga the weekend of Jan 20-22. The Abilities Expo is a great venue which brings together service and retail providers, the latest technology in adaptation and accessibility, and leisure information all under one roof.

The Expo is geared for individuals living with all types of disabilities – physical, cognitive and learning; and hearing and sight impairment.  In past years, the Expo has visited major American cities such as Boston, Las Vegas, Chicago and Houston. 2017 is the first year the Abilities Expo has come to Canada and we were ecstatic to be a part of it! Continue reading

A Huge Thank You to Magna International!

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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 . Continue reading

The Lowdown on the Magna Hoedown

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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