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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

Be part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month by:

Registering for one or more Living Well Conferences …

Spreading awareness of the Parkinson’s Pandemic

Liking our Facebook page

Booking an appointment at Hair Affair for Parkinson’s

Sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter

Registering for Dr. Jim Frank’s webinar Getting the Most of Your Exercise Routine for Parkinson’s (April 17)

Honouring our local healthcare professionals at the Parkinson’s Medical Reception (April 11)


Organizing your own event

Registering for WALK-IT for Parkinson’s and start collecting pledges

The Parkinson’s Update – Issue 69 (Winter/Spring) has just been mailed

The Parkinson’s Update – Issue 69 (Winter/Spring) has just been mailed

The Parkinson’s Update (Issue 69)

Read about the latest in local research, inspiring stories and educational articles dealing with Parkinson’s. If you wish to begin receiving The Parkinson’s Update, visit sign up for The Parkinson’s Update.

Living Well Conferences: What’s in Your PD Toolkit?

A Conference will help connect you with community resources to help you live well with Parkinson’s.  Register for a Living Well Conference closest to you:


Living Well Conference Flyer 

Become a Volunteer Mentor for the PEP for Community Caregivers

Monthly Giving/Membership Form


The Living Well Conference will connect you with community resources to help you live well with Parkinson’s.

Cambridge – April 2
Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre (Cambridge)

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Camila Aquino

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Walkerton – April 9
Best Western Plus Walkerton Hotel and Conference Centre

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Charles Dafe

More …

Stratford – April 16
Best Western Plus: The Arden Park Hotel

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Mary Jenkins

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Windsor – April 23
Holiday Inn and Suites (Ambassador Bridge)

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Michael Winger

More …

A Special Thanks to our Sponsors:





2018 WALK-IT for Parkinson’s Results

Thanks to all the WALK-IT for Parkinson’s walkers, volunteers, donors and sponsors
for all your support in helping to raise $437,153!  

Top Teams
Team Parker Family $18,963
Rock Steady Windsor-Essex $11,855
Team Stammler $7,213
Kitchener YMCA Rock Steady Boxers $6,600
Rock Steady Boxing London $5,245
Jay Walkers $5,145
R U Ready! $4,911
We Will Walk YOU $4,563
Scott’s Movers & Shakers $4,525
BK Schafer $4,470

Top Walkers
Clare Poechman $12,125
Barry Parker $8,440
Mary Vernon $8,030
Stuart Selby $6,234
Tom Pistore $6,018
Meredith Harren $5,075 
John Kaufman $5,000
Kathy Schafer $4,395 
Joe Stammler $3,908 
Scott Dunbar $3,660

Your Opinion Matters!

Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario is in the beginning stages of a new Strategic Plan. These are exciting times for us as an organization.

What does the future of our organization look like? By answering these five questions and providing your best advice, you can help to shape our future for the next three to five years.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in this survey.  Deadline is October 31, 2018


The Parkinson’s Update – Issue 68 (Summer/Fall) has just been mailed

The Parkinson’s Update (Issue 68)

Read about the latest in local research, inspiring stories and educational articles dealing with Parkinson’s. If you wish to begin receiving The Parkinson’s Update, visit sign up for The Parkinson’s Update.


WALK-IT for Parkinson’s Poster

WALK-IT for Parkinson’s is taking place in 16 different locations in Southwestern Ontario in September (8, 9 & 16). Help us spread the word about the walk and create more awareness of Parkinson’s by posting this poster in your community.


2018 Regional Parkinson’s Conference Brochure 

Join us at the 2018 Regional Parkinson’s Conference on October 20 at The Inn of Waterloo.  More …


Volunteer Insert

We need you! If you and anyone else you know is interested in volunteering, please contact Vickie Thomas at [email protected] or 1-888-851-7376.

CarePartner Workshops

There are two CarePartner Workshops for 2018:

CarePartner Workshop Grey-Bruce (Chesley, ON)

June 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Topics Include:

  • Advance Care Planning for Caregivers: What you Need to Know
  • Yoga Session for CarePartners
  • Capacity Building for CarePartners: Resilience and Self Care
  • Get Your Money!  Understanding Ontario’s Tax Credits and Benefits for Individuals and Families (presented by the Ontario Ministry of Finance)


Free admission – Lunch is provided

For more information or to register

CarePartner Workshop Brant-Norfolk (Simcoe, ON)

September 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Topics Include:

  • CarePartner Yoga Session
  • Parkinson’s Disease and the Family; Coping with Caregiver Stress and Burnout
  • Advance Care Planning for Caregivers: What Caregivers Need to Know
  • Handling Challenging Behaviour in Advance Parkinson’s Dementia


Free admission – Lunch is provided

For more information or to register

Contact Kaitlin Garbutt at 1-888-851-7376 or [email protected] for more information.

Volunteers are Amazing – Thank You!

At Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario, we are grateful for having so many wonderful and dedicated volunteers. Although we appreciate our volunteers and their contributions all year, we are taking this opportunity to thank all of you during National Volunteer Week (April 15-21) – THANK YOU!



There are so many reasons to thank our volunteers including:

  • Volunteers bring a unique and wonderful set of experience and talents
  • Volunteers allow us to run many special events to fund our Parkinson’s programs including research. This includes 16 different WALK-IT for Parkinson’s, 13 of which are all on the same weekend in September.
  • Volunteers help us run 49 support and exercise groups throughout Southwestern Ontario servicing hundreds of people with Parkinson’s and their families.
  • Volunteers help us deliver a first-rate semi-annual newsmagazine – The Parkinson’s Update. From writers and editors, to putting together mailings.
  • Volunteers allow us to offer many workshops, webinars and conferences. From those in the trenches helping to coordinate the educational events to the healthcare professionals speaking and answering questions.

Volunteers are vital to all the work that is done through
Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario

One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time. (#volunteer)

Great things are brought about and burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands anxiously engaged in a good cause. (Elder M. Russel Ballard)

Never doubt your ability to change someone’s life. (Jackie Kennedy)

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not. (Dr. Seuss)

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. (Mahatma Gandhi)

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. (Nelson Mandela)

PSSO awards $96,000 for the establishment of Brain Bank for Parkinson’s disease

Dr. Mandar Jog, London Movement Disorders Center and Lawson Research Institute were awarded $96,000 from Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario for the establishment of the London Movement Disorders Centre Southwestern Ontario Brain Bank for Parkinson’s disease. The announcement took place on April 11th at the Parkinson’s Medical Reception.

“Having a Brain Bank is an essential part of the investigation for furthering the understanding of Parkinson’s disease (PD).  We hope that this brain bank will be a legacy repository for the current and future generation of researchers all across Canada,” says Dr. Jog.

Shelley Rivard, CEO of Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario, is excited about the investment in research on this long-lasting legacy project.  Establishing a brain bank specifically for PD represents a first of its kind in Southwestern Ontario. Brain banks are key resources that promote translational research by providing an interface between personal donation and laboratories. They function to collect, catalogue and preserve neurological tissue, with the intent to distribute and study, while adhering to guidelines.  Ultimately, this may have implications for future personalized treatment strategies for PD. 

Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario receives no government funding.  Funds for research initiatives such as the Brain Bank are received through generous donations of individual donors, foundations, corporations and fundraising events. If you would like further information about this initiative, the services of Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario or how to make a donation, please call 1-888-851-7376 or email [email protected].

About London Movement Disorders Centre

Under the direction of Dr. Jog the Centre has been operating since 1998 and continues to grow its geographic reach, patient volume and research capacity.  The Centre focuses on treatment of patients with neurological movement disorders, including Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia, Tremor and many related diseases. Our neurological team of physicians, nurses, researchers, and clinical trial coordinators strive to bring our patients the highest possible level of care.  Our vision to become the global leader in diagnostic and therapeutic development for movement disorders and our mission follows these four strategies:  Patient Care, Clinical Research, Education and Training and Technology Commercialization.

APRIL is … Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Check out the ways you can be involved to educate and create awareness of Parkinson’s:

World Parkinson’s Day – Wednesday, April 11, 2018

#UniteForParkinsons Awareness Campaign
This World Parkinson’s Day join the global Parkinson’s community and unite for Parkinson’s.  The main way you can show your support and be part of the international unity on World Parkinson’s Day is to use the hashtag – #UniteForParkinsons through social media.

You can use your own story or one of the following:

Let’s shine a spotlight on Parkinson’s together #UniteForParkinsons
This World Parkinson’s Day, we will #UniteForParkinsons – will you?

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