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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 lona.gervais@caask.ca or visit caask.ca/carfit.

 

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

 

CarFit event in Pictou, NS

carfit-nsOn Sept 16 2016, a CarFit event was hosted by the Seniors’ Clinic at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The event was very well received by the community with 18 Seniors  fitted.  The Wellness Centre provided an excellent location that was easily accessible and with ample space. We were well supported with three technicians from Truro assisting, as well as a Driving Rehab Specialist from Halifax, who assisted with the “check out” portion of the event. This event also saw five new local technicians being trained, two of whom are located in the Antigonish area; it is our hope we can support them to move the CarFit Program further across the province.

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Successful CarFit training and event in Ottawa

The CAOT National Office proudly held a CarFit Coordinator Training and Event on September 24, 2016. A team of seven newly-trained, extremely efficient CarFit Coordinators saw 11 drivers within a two hour time frame!

Drivers all said they found the advice very helpful and were eager to relay what they learned to their loved ones.

The number of drivers that can be seen at an event depends on the number of technicians available on site. This event attracted many drivers who are currently on a wait list for a future CarFit events in Ottawa. If you are interested in being a CarFit Technician and Coordinator for a future event in Ottawa please contact Julie Lapointe at 1-800-434-2268 ext. 260 or at carfit@caot.ca.