2013 Fall Retreat October 26 - 27
Executive Royal Hotel, Regina SK
They came, they listened, they danced, they laughed, they ate, they shared, and the more than 65 participants who attended the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association's Fall Retreat sailed off to paradise!
Our weekend started with a very informed session led by John Mitchell, a clinical nurse specialist in mental health with Health Canada. At times emotional, at times humorous, the participants very much enjoyed this session and the conversations continued throughout the weekend. The best learning and teaching happens when thoughts and feelings, that the participants didn't even know they had, are awakened and shared.
The groups then divided for the next session, the caregivers given the opportunity to continue discussions on Grief Recovery with John and the survivors left to express themselves "busting some moves" with a Zumba session led by Roselle Bancescu. In casual conversations overhead prior to this session several participants expressed concern about not knowing what Zumba was all about. These concerns were soon laid to rest as the session and the fun began!
Just when we thought it couldn't get any better participants had the opportunity to be creative yet again in a tie/dye silk scarf activity led by Becky Canham that produced some amazing looking products!
This was followed by a superb meal that included Baked Alaska and a chance to work off that meal and end the evening with some Belly Dancing.
Sunday although shorter, was no less fulfilling than the day before. Owen Lima (and therapy dog), along with his friend Richard Swallow shared his survival story. They used a presentation style that totally involved the audience these two left us feeling positive and hopeful.
Crystal Toth from the YMCA led a session on Adapted Fitness Activities that was both educational and fun.
This was followed by more great food and fellowship before it was time to say goodbye.
A huge thank you should go to Glenda James, Shantelle Seibel Samya Vellani, and Tracy Monette for the huge task of organizing this great weekend event.
Also kudos to the amazing group of student volunteers from the University of Regina.
You made us all proud of the way you unselfishly gave of your time and showed patience, caring and compassion to our conference attendees.
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