1:30 p.m., Sept. 26)
Symphony residents finish cross-Canada journey at Petrie
va By Fred Sherwin
the past seven months members of the "Fit as a Fiddle"
walking club at the Symphony Senior Living residence in
Orléans have been on a virtual walking tour across
Canada one step at a time.
of the 'Fit As A Fiddle' walking club at Symphony
Senior Living Orléans walk along a
path at Petrie Island as part of the effort
to walk across Canada. Photo supplied
Tuesday, Sept, 20 their journey ended at the water's edge
on Petrie Island.
between, they collectively walked a total of 8,1132 km
or the total distance from Victoria, B.C. to St. John's,
Nfld. with a a couple of detours in between.
the 30 or so participants walked the equivalent distance
from Victoria to Calgary they had their own little version
of the Calgary Stampede. When they reached Regina they
went to see the RCMP Musical Ride. In Ottawa they visited
the Tulip Festival and when they reached Quebec City they
all had poutine for lunch.
member of the club recorded their own mileage by walking
in the corridor, around the Symphony Senior Living parking
lot, or on the occasional excursion.
as a Fiddle" walking club founder and Symphony Senior
Living resident Pierrette Woods came up with the concept
to walk across Canada as a challenge to help motivate
the residents to walk more and become more active.
even went to the trouble of measuring each corridor, the
nearby paths and the distance around the parking lot.
For several of the residents who took part in the challenge,
it gave them the motivation to walk outside the actual
building for the first time in several years.
had some residents who had never been outside before,"
says Woods. "It was so wonderful to see people walking
all over and they were so proud. If they walked down the
hallway they would rush and tell me. If they walked around
outside for a few minutes they would tell me. It was really
nice to see the impact just walking around a few minutes
every day had on their spirit."
worked hand in hand with Symphony Senior Living Orléans
activity director Sylvie Ross, who was thrilled to have
really did a lot of work. She went out and measured all
the hallways and paths, and she helped organize a lot
of the activities at the different locations" said
Ross. "It was really amazing and it gave our residents
something to really look forward to and they had a lot
of fun doing it too."
the residents, three four-legged companions also joined
in the walk -- Pierrette's dog Xena, another resident's
dog and the resident house dog, Brody. Together, they
walked more than 600 kms.
Senior Living Community Relations Coordinator Kezia De
Layen said the walk was the perfect example of residents
getting involved in activities from developing the concept
to help planning the actual event.
what makes our home a home. It's how involved our residents
are in our daily activities. It really warms my heart,"
said De Layen.
what's next for the "Fit as a Fiddle" walking
club. Walk back to Victoria? A walk across Europe or Africa?
Actually the club plans to try and involve the surrounding
community in their excursions.
to Ross, they plan to take a break from organizing walking
"events" until next spring when they will begin
holding "community" walks in neighbourhoods
around Orléans and invite members of the community
to come join them, They also plan to put out a challenge
to other Symphony Senior Living residences.
the meantime they plan to keep walking down the corridors
and around the common areas as much as they can to stay
fit and be ready for when spring returns.
of the 'Fit As A Fiddle' walking club dip
their toes in the Ottawa River at Petrie Island
signifying the end of their virtual cross-Canada
walking tour. Photo supplied
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)