The Kelowna & District Society for People In Motion (People In Motion) is unique in its scope of practice and programs. We work to develop and enhance the lives and informal supports for persons with disAbilities – recognizing that the social isolation and obstacles inherent to the disability or adaptive needs can prevent or hinder opportunities to engage in healthy active living activities and relationship development. Bringing people together – for a common purpose and helping to break down barriers by providing inclusive, adaptive support and services is the heart of what we do at People In Motion.
My husband and I are parents of 28-year-old triplets, one of whom has cerebral palsy. People in Motion first changed our lives through the Powderhounds
Adaptive Ski Club at Big White. We started this program when our son was 4 with another paraplegic and his friend. My husband and I had always skied together, so it was awesome to be able to continue enjoying the slopes together as a family. We had a blast! This new program came with support for
independence (awesome for our teenage son whose parents now embarrassed him!) and at a low cost, the key to us (and other individuals) as our disability expenses were mushrooming.
Clay currently participates in many trailrider hikes with friends, and as a family, we are able to sign out People in Motion’s beach chair for family camping trips to the West Coast. Every summer we sit together on the beach for hours soaking up sand and sea. We are a family of avid surfers. The People in Motion’s beach chair allows our now-adult son to also experience the rush of crashing surf or the thrill of an exhilarating ocean swim but on his terms. At the end of the day, we all sit in soft sand for a dinner picnic and watch the sunset over the Pacific. Together. Just us. Our family time. We can also go for long walks over miles of sand on Vancouver Island’s East Coast. Here, crabs nibble at his toes as they do ours, we can cover him up with a hairful of kelp as we all laugh and he can experience the awesome theatre of nature as the tide slips back in around us. Beach chair wheels float so it’s always a hoot ‘walking’ back to shore! Again, the help we receive from People in Motion is changing our lives.