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

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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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

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

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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!

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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

Walk it Off Spinal Cord Recovery Centre Welcomes New Intern

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Hi! I’m Natalie. I am completing an internship for the summer as the new SCI Facility Assistant here at Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery and Wellness Centre (WIO). My placement requirements are to help the SCI Recovery Trainers during sessions with the clients and assist with administrative duties.

I was born in Aurora and lived there until I was five years old when my family moved to New Hampshire, United States. I spent 10 years in New Hampshire growing up in the middle of the woods but still traveling back to Canada multiple times a year to visit my family. Then my family moved to Shanghai, China where I went to high school at an international school. In China I learned a lot about Asian culture, how to speak Mandarin, and traveled to four Southeast Asian countries plus Australia! Continue reading

The New Lift Walker for SCIs – Here at Walk it Off

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Here at the Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery and Wellness Centre, we are always looking for new and exciting ways to challenge our clients. We have recently taken the plunge and invested in a number of new assistive devices and exercise equipment to get those of you with SCIs moving. Most notably, the New Liftwalker  is a revolutionary piece of equipment designed to get people in wheelchairs up on their feet and walking. The most exciting feature of this device is its safe and convenient ability to lift individuals directly from their wheelchair – no transfers required.

Like us, Charlie Guitierrez, the designer of the New Liftwalker, believes that individuals in wheelchairs might be able to learn to stand, take steps, or perhaps walk again if they are provided with the appropriate tools to do so. This device will provide another alternative to our already available standing options, allowing clients to weight bear and retrain motor pathways with the hopes of one day being able to walk again. Continue reading