Steps that count – events in Manitoba/Nunavut

July 1, 2016

The Walk

The Wawanesa Insurance Walk to Fight Arthritis took place on Sunday, June 5 at Assiniboine Park. A total of 500 participants raised nearly $65,000 – a great increase over 2015!

The Tucker-Sisters

Our Walk Ambassadors, Natalie and Allison Tucker appeared on CTV and Shaw to share their arthritis story and promote the Walk. The sisters were also featured in The Herald. Natalie is 12 years old and Allison is 10. Together they have lived with arthritis for 18 years. 

Event day dawned clear and sunny – our best Walk weather ever. Ace Burpee, host of 103.1 Virgin Radio’s The Ace Burpee show, was our energetic and entertaining emcee.

The Anavets Assiniboia Unit #283 led walkers and then stepped to the side and piped every single participant through the first leg of the route. Many walkers commented it was an emotional and inspiring moment.

Heartfelt thanks go to all our sponsors, volunteers, participants, Arthritis Avenue merchants, and gift-in-kind donors that provided prizes, refreshments, and entertainment for the day. 

Check out the Walk photo album! Pictured here are Walk Ambassadors Natalie and Allison heading to the massage tent after completing the 5km route.

The Tucker Team

“On behalf of the Prairie Division – Manitoba/Nunavut, thank you for making the Wawanesa Insurance Walk to Fight Arthritis a success,” says Donna Wills, Regional Manager. “It was a special day with great energy. Our Walk Coordinator, Laurie Kozak managed an outstanding volunteer committee. Everyone involved did a wonderful job, it all came together.”

We are grateful for your support, and wish everyone a healthy and happy summer!

Family Day is coming: Sunday, October 2

Is your family impacted by childhood arthritis? You are not alone. You can connect with other families living with this disease.

Join us for Family Day on Sunday, October 2 at the Dakota Community Centre/Jonathan Toews Sportsplex in St. Vital at 1188 Dakota St.

Featured speakers will include specialists from the Section of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Children’s Hospital. Other healthcare professionals may also be part of the program: physiotherapist, pharmacist, dietician.

Allison Kirkland, our new Education and Services Coordinator and certified fitness professional will present. She has been living with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus since childhood. “I know first-hand what many of our kids are going through,” says Allison. “I can understand their challenges and frustrations. I was on my way to becoming a professional dancer when my arthritis struck. I had to switch tracks but still remain active and learn to live well with my disease.”

Part of the day will be spent as a group, with breakout sessions and activities for parents, kids, and teens. “Kids need to hear about why their meds are important from other kids,” says one parent. We will also cover exercise and physical activity, dealing with emotions, plus how to get a good night’s sleep and fatigue. Parents and kids will have time for sharing their experiences and best tips.

FREE online registration is coming soon. Support may be available for families living outside of Winnipeg. For more details, please call Allison at 204.942.4892, toll-free 1.800.321.1433, or email