On Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 12 new Ontario CarFit Technicians were trained in a fun and interactive setting in Peterborough. Trainees consisted of members of the Ontario Chapter of ADED, the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, primarily Occupational Therapists and Driving Instructors, from locations across Central and Southern Ontario including Ottawa, Kingston, Niagara, Toronto, Barrie, and Orillia.
Tamalea Stone, OT and CarFit Coordinator, trained the participants in the morning at the Best Western Otonabee Inn, with the group travelling off site in the afternoon to the CAA Parking lot where the CarFit event was held.
The group welcomed some “seasoned” CarFit Coordinators, Tracy Nickleford, CAA South Central (Toronto), Philip Wendt, OT (Kingston) and Phil Leadbeater, OT (Campbellford) at the event to help deliver a dynamic educational opportunity to scheduled as well as “walk-in” drivers!
Although the day started out sunny, the event kicked off…with a downpour! With umbrellas in hand, the rain could not keep us from “fitting” 15 drivers over the course of two hours in three separate lanes. Of course, the sun came out as we were closing.
Overall, the event was a shared success with the help of the following partners:
- ADED – Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists – Ontario Chapter – for covering costs related to the venue, refreshments, manuals, and pamphlets for goodie bags
- CAA South Central Ontario for partnership in hosting event at the Peterborough CAA Parking Lot location and support in organizing the event – providing safety vests, the “take-away” goodie bags and advertising to their membership
- Homestead Oxygen & Home Equipment, Lindsay, local medical equipment dealer – refreshments for drivers at Event site, items for goodie bags
Feedback from Technicians and the drivers was extremely positive with inquiries made when
the next event would be held. Perhaps the new Technicians would like to be part of events held in their communities…next event in Peterborough…Spring 2015!