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CarFit Technician training and event in Ottawa

Become a CarFit technician, it’s free!

Car Fit

When: Friday September 14 at 9:00am-11:30am

Ray Friel Complex – 1585 Tenth Line Rd – Queenswood Room

After the Technician Training a CarFit event will be held from 1:00-3:00pm

Ray Friel Complex – 1585 Tenth Line Rd – Parking Lot

Register online through: The Council on Aging of Ottawa:

OR call Annie Goodchild, Safer Roads Ottawa at 613-580-2424 ext 26310


September CarFit Clinics in Saskatchewan

Saskatoon – September 9

There aren’t too many perfect weather days when it comes to a CarFit clinic, but on Saturday, September 9 we had a warm day, mixed with sun and cloud, and a gentle breeze, for our CarFit clinic in Saskatoon. Thank you to Affinity Credit Union for donating the use of their parking lot for the event. After the morning training session, where three occupational therapists were trained as CarFit technicians, 17 mature drivers attended the clinic from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. There were two CAA staff from Regina and eight occupational therapists from Saskatoon who spent the afternoon educating mature drivers. There was positive feedback from the event. One of the mature drivers wrote that it was “a very good experience.” She learned how to adjust/set her side mirrors, as well as the position of her steering wheel and seat. She also thought it would be great to offer the clinic “twice per year.” Thank you to Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) who partnered with us and promoted the event via their eNews and on social media. Thank you to our special guests who attended the CarFit clinic: Virginia Dakiniewich, Fund Development and Communications Coordinator from SCOA; Barb Ames from the Probus Club of Saskatoon; and, Andrew Hiltz, the 2017 Saskatchewanderer.

Saskatoon CarFit
Left to right: Occupational therapists, Christine Fleming and Ruth Amaefule, performed a checkup for Andrew Hiltz, 2017 Saskatchewanderer.

Regina – September 30

Last but not least! The final CarFit clinic for 2017 was held on Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the CAA Regina North Store parking lot. It was a very busy day as CarFit technicians (five CAA staff and one occupational therapist) performed 22 mature driver checkups. Thank you to the CAA Car Care Centre at Regina Battery Depot for providing free oil change coupons to each participant which was an unexpected bonus and very much appreciated. There was great media coverage of the clinic. Thank you to Gloria Evans and Jamie Lewis from CKRM, and Christa Dao and Sarah Komadina from Global TV for helping to promote the event. On the day of the clinic, Sarah interviewed two mature drivers, occupational therapist Nancy Piluk, and Lona Gervais from CAA. This is what one of the mature drivers had to say about his experience, “We went over everything – the seatbelts, wipers, headlights, mirrors, steering wheel and the airbag – all sorts of things you don’t normally think about. It was a great review!”

Regina CarFitLeft to right: Mature driver with CAA staff, Tracy Misko and Margareta Wiebe reviewing the 12-point checklist.

Thank you!

Thank you to the occupational therapists and CAA staff who have put their heart and soul, and time and effort, into the CarFit program here in Saskatchewan. Since the program’s inception in April 2016, we have optimized the view, comfort and fit for 130 mature drivers. CAA Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists look forward to presenting future CarFit Clinics in 2018. For more information visit

24 événements Auto Ajuste à venir en octobre

Dans la cadre du mois des aînés en octobre, le CAA organise 24 événements AutoAjuste à travers différentes villes de la province. Pour répondre à la demande, Julie Lahaie, de  l’association canadienne des ergothérapeutes s’est rendue au siège social de Québec pour former 12 techniciens AutoAjuste parmis les employés du CAA.

Si vous êtes certifiés par le programme AutoAjuste et êtes intéressés à participer à un de ses événements près de chez vous à titre d’ergothérapeute pour la station finale, contacter Julie Lahaie au

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CarFit in Charlottetown

The first CarFit event in PEI was held in Charlottetown on June 21, 2017 at the Red Shores Racetrack parking lot. There were 5 mature drivers who attended the Event and 3 CarFit Technicians were trained. We were pleased to have a bright and sunny morning! Karla Crawford was the Event Coordinator and we appreciated the support of CAOT and CarFit Instructors Julie Lapointe and Carol Morrison.

CarFit Events are planned for Amherst, Nova Scotia on September 22, 2017 and Fredericton, New Brunswick on September 30, 2017.


CAA Saskatchewan CarFit Events

CAA Saskatchewan hosted CarFit clinics in Yorkton and Swift Current in June and July 2017.

“It’s about optimizing view, comfort and fit for mature drivers,” said Lona Gervais, CAA Communications Specialist and CarFit Coordinator/Technician. “CarFit checkups are very educational. Each participant takes something away with them.”

Yorkton CarFit Clinic

Mature drivers from Yorkton and area attended the inaugural CarFit clinic on Saturday, June 3, 2017. It was a windy but warm day as checkups were provided for a total of 13 mature drivers. The event, which was sponsored by Haas Nissan, was held in the parking lot at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish Cultural Centre from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Special guests included Brent Murdock, President of the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce, and his wife Loretta, as well as video journalist, Jessica Smith from CTV Yorkton. A CarFit technician training session was held in the morning facilitated by Louise Burridge, from Regina who is the Director of Professional Practice with the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists, and Saskatoon-based occupational therapist Christine Fleming. Ferdinand Molo, Jacqueline Gotengco and Kara Staples, three occupational therapists from Yorkton were trained as CarFit technicians.

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Left to right: back row – Occupational Therapists – Jacqueline Gotengco and Kara Staples; CAA Communications Specialist, Lona Gervais; CAA Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Christine Niemczyk; CAA Rewards Loyalty Specialist, Sarah Vogel; and, Occupational Therapists – Christine Fleming and Louise Burridge. Front row – Occupational Therapist, Ferdinand Molo, and CAA Roadside Assistance Call Counsellor, Ray Dunnison.

Swift Current CarFit Clinic

It was an extremely hot, beautiful, sunny day for the first Swift Current CarFit clinic which was held on Monday, July 10 in the parking lot at the CAA Swift Current Store from 10:20 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There were 9 mature drivers that attended the event, including several special guests: Mayor Denis Perrault, City Councillor Ron Toles, the MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, David Anderson, and John Wall, Premier Brad Wall’s father.

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Left to right: Occupational Therapist, Cynthia Philip; CAA Communications Specialist, Lona Gervais; MP Cypress Hills-Grasslands, David Anderson; and Occupational Therapist, Sonia Brooks.

Both events were well-received by participants. One of the drivers commented on what she’d learned: “It was very interesting and informative. I learned that my rear-view mirror is more adjustable than I thought and, also about some devices I can use for assistance getting in and out of my vehicle.”

The next CarFit clinic is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2017, in Saskatoon. For more information, contact Lona Gervais at or visit


CarFit events in New Brunswick

CarFit was involved in two events in New Brunswick in April and May 2017.

The ‘Spring Into Wellness’ event for seniors in Fredericton, N.B. on April 29, 2017 was well attended and the CarFit Event that was being held the following week was promoted. The CarFit banners were purchased by the New Brunswick Association of Occupational Therapists (NBAOT).

CarFit NB Booth April 2017

The second CarFit Event was held in Fredericton, New Brunswick on May 9, 2017.  Despite the rain and cold, 11 drivers participated in the two hour event.  Four new CarFit Technicians completed their training and nine volunteers assisted with the CarFit Event including CAA representatives and three student occupational therapists.

AutoAjuste Trois-Rivières

Le 13 novembre dernier, se tenait le Salon des aidants naturels et ainés à l’hôtel Delta de
Trois-Rivières. Pour l’occasion, une équipe d’AutoAjuste était sur place pour faire la promotion du programme et offrir quelques séances d’informations individuelles aux ainés intéressés. Plusieurs participants ont manifesté leur intérêt face à ce programme. Assurément, nous y serons l’an prochain! autoajuste-trois-rivieres