|The first Easter Camp held by the Stroke Recovery Association
|of BC in 1978 or 1979 was developed by then Provincial Coordinator Phyllis Delaney. I volunteered at this camp and was hooked by seeing the incredible changes a weekend can make in the life of a "stroker”. Many people gain back significant amounts of self-confidence and re-learn neglected skills. They once again try aquatics, swimming and dancing. They expand their horizons and go for walks on the dyke, get excited over the fake money casino games, share music and laughter and make new acquaintances from all over BC. At the same time, real-life is suspended: no meals to prepare or dishes to wash, no vacuuming or dusting. We’re at camp! Let the good times roll!
In 2011 a trio of stroke surviv
ors set about to bring back the Easter Camp which had stopped in 2005. These three keen ladies: Deb Chow, Karel Ley and Martha Hutchinson brought us Building Life After Stroke Together (BLAST). I was happy to return as the camp facilitator and BLAST took off like a rocket! I think the camp is even better than it was in the past since the organizers are stroke survivors. In particular, Deb has amazing connections with massage therapists, the Squamish Railway Museum and many professionals who bring their knowledge and skills to BLAST to enhance the weekend. The camp is a BLAST. Come and join us!