The first CarFit training session and pilot event in Saskatchewan was held in Saskatoon on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016. Thank you to Raj Kavia of Kavia Auto Body, for use of his new facility and parking lot.
The 14 participants from Saskatoon, Regina, Estevan, Weyburn and Swift Current were trained as both CarFit Coordinators and Technicians. The participants included occupational therapists and CAA Saskatchewan staff. Thank you to Tamalea Stone, Occupational Therapist and Older Driver Initiative Coordinator at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, and CarFit Instructor, who delivered the training and helped coordinate the pilot event along with members of the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists and CAA Saskatchewan. Thank you to Pizza Hut for sponsoring the delicious pizza lunch on Sunday for the trainees.
There were 14 mature drivers that attended the Sunday pilot event. Their feedback
indicated they were all satisfied with the experience. Some of the drivers commented that they learned how to position their mirrors appropriately and that they discovered they were sitting too close to the steering wheel.
There are plans to hold an event in Regina on October 1, 2016. For more information contact Lona Gervais, CAA Communications Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or Louise Burridge, Director of Professional Practice with the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists at email@example.com.