2013 Spring Retreat - March 16 - 17
Park Town Hotel, Saskatoon SK
The SBIA family set sail from the Parktown Hotel in Saskatoon on a Cruise ship March 16 and returned to home port on the afternoon of March 17.
Ports of call were in Greece, where we had a delicious dinner Saturday evening, followed by a stop in the Middle East where we were entertained by dancers. Even more entertaining was the audience participation.
We also had a stop in India where Samya Vellani and friends decorated hands with Mendhii artwork. During the evening social passengers were able to have photos taken on the ship’s deck or play deck games like Plinko, Ring Toss, Jelly Bean Guess, Steeple Chase to win prizes.
On Sunday morning, after breakfast we hit Latin America and took in a modified Zumba class. Likely more calories were burned laughing at ourselves and each other than from the actual fitness class.
Captain Glenda James welcomed everyone to the ship after registration and a salad and sandwich buffet lunch on Saturday. She also introduced the Cruise Ship Recreation and Event Planner, Tracey Monette.
Tracey introduced the first speaker to the survivors; Maureen Paydli Hall, a Speech Language Pathologist at Saskatoon City Hospital. Maureen presented on Social Interactions following Brain Injury. The survivor group was very engaged in what Maureen had to share and was happy to take part in the social interactions practice. There were lots of questions and dialogue.
Meanwhile, the families and caregivers were in another meeting room with Launel J. Scott, Area Director for Bayshore Home Health discussing the topic Taking Care of Each Other. Maureen Paydli Hall then joined the caregivers session.
Craft time involved decorating paper wrist watches. They were beyond fabulous! During free time, people played cards, worked on the watches, napped, and visited. For many folks, the social interaction is the best part of the retreat.
The day ended on a high note with supper, entertaining dancing and wrapped up with Cruise Ship games.
After a wonderful breakfast, we were inspired by the story shared by to Heather and Emilia Becker. Emilia and her brothers were injured in an accident in October 2006 when the school bus they were in ran a yield sign. Emilia and Heather spoke together in an integrated presentation from both an injured daughter and her caregiver mother’s point of view. It was truly inspiring and humbling.
The retreat ended with lunch following a Latin dance-inspired workout – Zumba!
After lots of pats on the back, handshakes and hugs, all the passengers departed for home.
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