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January 18, 2013

The Activator Program For Rehab Professionals – The Balance & Stability Solution

Designed by a Canadian therapist for therapists.

The Activator Program for Rehabilitation & Wellness Professionals provides in-depth training for therapists.

You’ll learn how to integrate the Activator program & equipment with your patients rehabilitation in the clinic AND explore a wide variety of therapeutic options for your patients at home, advancing their progress. The Activator was co-developed by a therapist specifically for adults with chronic conditions, post-surgery and older adults who require more stability and balance when walking.

This 3.5 hour course covers assessment tools and how to modify the techniques based on the physical and cognitive limitations of patients. The practical portion includes an overview of assessments, techniques and exercises.

This program will also introduce the basic technique for urban poling also called Nordic walking for active adults, older adults needing more stability or athletes seeking core strengthening. A must for therapists or rehab professionals who want to safely and effectively adapt this innovative new tool into their practice.

“I first used my Activator poles following a total knee reconstruction. My rehabilitation period prior to my return to work was not only shortened, it was much more fun!” ~Jill Blair, Occupational therapist, North Vancouver, BC

Who is Invited: Therapists & Wellness Professionals

Learn what the latest research is indicating and how therapists are delivering this new innovative solution to their patents.

Nordic walking for geriatric rehabilitation – McGill University, Canada

Nordic poles immediately improve walking distance in patients with intermittent claudication. – Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Effects of Nordic walking on cardiovascular risk factors in overweight individuals with type 2 diabetes, impaired or normal glucose tolerance. – Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden.

**Over 60 published studies on the benefits of walking with poles

Join us on Saturday January 26, 2013.

Presented by Leah Munday BScOT, B.HKIN, CSEP CPT

Sponsered by: Shoppers Home Health Care and Urban Poling Canada




Start: January 18, 2013 9:00 am
End: January 18, 2013 12:30 pm
Venue: Shoppers Home Health Care
202-370 Broadway E. (free parking), Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada
Cost: Register online at

January 8, 2013

Women’s Only Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy Classes

When: 10 Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:45, January 8th to March 12th, 2012.  Please arrive 10 minutes early.

No experience necessary. Classes accessible to everyone, regardless of physical ability, and are designed for students to have control over what they are doing with their bodies at all times. Nicole is experienced in and trained to provide safe, professional guidance.

Traumatic events often result in isolation and feelings of helplessness. Traumatic stressors can cause symptoms, including anxiety and depression, which in turn may lead individuals to develop a variety of dysfunctional coping strategies. Yoga Therapy can help trauma survivors by introducing better coping skills, and helping them to use their breath and body sensations to connect to the present moment.

We Will Explore:

  • Feeling comfortable in our bodies
  • Self-regulation skills
  • Improving our ability to direct attention away from ruminative thought processes
  • Breathing
  • Moving
  • Strengthening
  • Stretching
  • Resting

What to Bring: Your own mat and a blanket.

Start: January 8, 2013 6:30 pm
End: March 12, 2013 7:45 pm
Venue: The Mountain Rain Zendo
Phone: 604 725 7287
2016 Wall St, Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada
Cost: $250.00

December 12, 2012

Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Families & Friends

Is this for you?

Everyone is welcome. 

This workshop is for survivors, families and friends who want to learn more about life after a stroke.

Is there a cost?

No, this workshop is free to attend for families and friends.

Cost for staff and student session.

Do I have to register?

Registration is needed, we would like to know how many of your family members and friends will be joining us. Please let us know by calling 604-737-6221 or emailing:

Workshop Description…

This is a chance for survivors, families and friends to learn about how the brain works, stroke and recovery. We also talk about life after a stroke, including strategies to help and available resources.

Workshop Format…

• This 3 hour education session is facilitated by a doctor and educator from the Acquired Brain Injury Program at GF Strong Rehab Centre

• It is open, informal and a chance to learn from others whose lives are changed by a stroke

• Your concerns, questions and experiences guide the session

What will I learn?

You will learn about:

• the brain and how it works

• the many changes that happen after a stroke

• practical rehabilitation strategies to help

• life after stroke and resources to help you through your journey

More questions?

For more information please call the GF Strong Educator at 604-737-6221.

Start: December 12, 2012 6:00 pm
End: December 12, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: GF Strong Rehab Centre, Room 189 (SSSR)
4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cost: Free

November 24, 2012

Advanced Exercise Prescription: Consistency and Effectiveness in Rehab and General Exercise Technique


This course is designed to help Kinesiologists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, or anyone involved in active rehabilitation, improve their understanding of how to achieve clients’ rehabilitation (or general exercise) goals, to improve their observation skills to enhance the effectiveness of the exercise program, and to present an alternative exercise model of optimum muscular control and improved biomechanics. Our goal is to help the students recognize common pitfalls of exercises, including body compensation strategies, as they review common exercises used to rehabilitate common conditions.


Tim Hunt, B.S.R.(PT), Registered Physiotherapist

Lanny Taschuk, B.Sc. (Kin), Practicing Kinesiologist

Tim Hunt is a registered Physiotherapist with over 25 years of experience, 13 years in private practice, and 12 years in active exercise rehab working with mainly WCB-injured clients. His exercise approach follows a biomechanical model, assessing and analyzing movement dysfunctions and using specific exercises to restore normal mechanics. He believes correct exercise technique is vital, and is keen on identifying and correcting compensatory movement patterns.

Lanny Taschuk is a Practicing Kinesiologist with over 12 years of experience in active exercise rehabilitation for clients ranging from private to WorkSafeBC, ICBC, and 3rd Party Insurers. Furthermore, he has been training and worked with athletes from amateur to professional skill levels. He has also owned a private rehabilitation business on Vancouver Island. His passion is to assist those with injuries gain control and function of their lives through evidence-based biomechanical treatment and exercise prescription.

Start: November 24, 2012 9:00 am
End: November 25, 2012 5:00 pm
Venue: Lifemark Health Centre
Phone: 604.787.7422
230 - 181 Keefer Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cost: $250 per day; $450 for both days : Student rate $200 per day; $350 for both days

November 17, 2012

Functional Assessment of the Spine and Extremities (FASE) Course

Earn your CE Credits for the Entire Year!
Attend the 2012 FASE Course to learn practical clinical skills in the functional assessment of the spine and extremities and gain excellent knowledge and training that will be beneficial in a clinical or gym setting.
Areas covered include: musculoskeletal system, phases of healing, selective tissue tension testing, muscle strength grading, grading of ligament injuries, postural assessment and nonorganic testing.
Attend Part One (Spine) only or register for both weekends (Spine and Extremities) and receive 28 CE Credits! One CE Credit is earned per hour.
Dates:   Part One: Spine – Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, 2012

Part Two: Extremities – Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cost:      Early Bird Rates (valid until 5 pm on Thursday, November 1, 2012) HST not included in prices.

BCAK member: Full Course – $450.00
Partial Course* – $250.00
Full Course – $500.00
Partial Course* – $275.00
Non-member: Full Course – $550.00
Partial Course* – $300.00
Full Course – $600.00
Partial Course* – $325.00
4th year student
BCAK member:
Full Course – $350.00
Partial Course* – $200.00
Full Course – $400.00
Partial Course* – $225.00


Part 1: Spine Saturday, November 17, 2012 (Day 1)
08:00 am to 08:30 am – Sign In
08:30 am to 12:00 pm – Background Theory
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm – Lunch (Not Provided)
01:00 pm to 03:00 pm – How to Take History
03:00 pm to 04:00 pm – Assessment of Posture

Sunday, November 18, 2012 (Day 2)
08:30 am to 12:00 pm – Dynamic Orthopaedic Assessment
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm – Lunch (Not Provided)
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm – Completion of Dynamic Assessment
02:00 pm to 04:30 pm – Neurological Assessment

Part 2: Extremities Saturday, November 24, 2012 (Day 1)
08:00 am to 08:30 am – Sign In
08:30 am to 12:00 pm – Assessment of Shoulder
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm – Lunch (Not Provided)
01:00 pm to 04:30 pm – Assessment of Knee

Sunday, November 25, 2012 (Day 2)
08:30 am to 10:00 am – Assessment of Elbow
10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Assessment of Ankle
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm – Lunch (Not Provided)
01:00 pm to 03:00 pm – Assessment of Wrist
03:00 pm to 04:30 pm – Assessment of Hip

Course Instructors:

Stacy Benmore, B.Sc., M.Sc. (PT), Registered Physiotherapist
Stacy graduated from McMaster University in 2004 and has been working as a physiotherapist in the Lower Mainland since then. She currently works in a private orthopaedic practice located in the Kerrisdale neighbourhood of Vancouver. In 2009 Stacy completed her Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy. She enjoys teaching clinicians; Stacy presented at the 2006 BCAK conference, and has worked as a teaching assistant with the physiotherapy program at UBC. She is also currently instructing in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Vancouver Community College. Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, Stacy worked as a practicing kinesiologist and sat on the BCAK Board of Directors as Treasurer from 2000-2002. Stacy’s clinical areas of interest are the shoulder and foot/ankle.

Erin Macri, B.Sc. (Kin), MPT
Erin completed her Kinesiology degree at Simon Fraser University in 1997 and her Physical Therapy degree at UBC in 2006. She has worked in fitness and rehabilitation for over 15 years, including spinal cord research at the University of Manitoba, and several years with CBI Health working in third party funded rehabilitation programs as well as private practice physiotherapy. After working in New Zealand last year, she has now returned to Canada and is working towards her research Masters / PhD in Experimental Medicine under Dr. Karim Khan at UBC. As a former executive member of the BCAK, she remains committed to the Kinesiology profession and is exceptionally passionate about the FASE course.


Start: November 17, 2012 8:00 am
End: November 18, 2012 4:30 pm
Venue: CBI Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Center – Burnaby
5172 Kingsway Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
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