An in-depth look at the world of therapeutic riding
Victoria Ross has struggled with Cerebral palsy (CP) her whole life, but she hasn't let this disability get the best of her.While there is no cure for CP, Ross has found a unique way of fighting back: therapeutic horseback riding.
Therapeutic riding uses horses and other equine-based activities to enhance physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and educational skills for people with disabilities. These include a range of disabilities from Down syndrome to Cerebral palsy.
Opening Gaits Therapeutic Riding Society Calgary is a charity comprised of dedicated volunteers who want to help those with physical and mental disabilities. Founded in 1998, Opening Gaits has been catering to those with disabilities with horses that are donated by various owners.
Vancouver based band continue to shine with unique sound and upbeat stage presence
Lovecoast has been captivating audiences since their conception in 2013.
With their debut EP Chasing Tides, produced by Juno-nominated Tom Dobrzanski of The Zolas, the April 8 release of the music video for the current single 'Help You' and a Western Canada tour wrapping up June 5, Lovecoast is bringing passion and energy to the stage.
The four bandmates — Danielle Sweeny on vocals, Andrew Fraser on bass, drummer Jesse McNeill, and guitarist Mike Clement — studied music together at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B.C., but it wasn't until post-graduation that the band decided to make music together.
Anticipation for the future of Alberta with new NDP government
NDP Leader Rachel Notley was sworn in Sunday in an early afternoon ceremony at the legislature, becoming Alberta's 17th premier and marking the first time the NDP has led the province. Here is a collection of information that happened during the swearing-in ceremony, as well as reactions.
24-month regimen of antibiotic looking hopeful
Calgary neuroscientists are paving the way for innovation in slowing down the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, and therefore also has leading researchers in the world for the disease according to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
‘Changemaker in Residence’ works with Mount Royal University business school to challenge new ways of thinking
Jill Andres works toward bridging businesses and social ventures
Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business recently hired Jill Andres to fulfill the role of "changemaker in residence."
Andres, a mother and founder of Creating Value Inc., says a changemaker is someone who identifies a system that isn't working well, comes up with a plan to make it better, and sees themselves as capable of implementing the plan and following through. The most important part, she says, is that anyone can be a changemaker.
"I think when we think that the people who do extraordinary things are somehow extraordinary, it can be limiting," Andres says.
Journalists should look more deeply at those on the front lines of mental health care — before a crisis occurs
In March 2014, my uncle was being held at a hospital in British Columbia after suffering from ringing in his ears, he had trouble sleeping and experienced suicidal thoughts.
He was under the care of medical professionals who should have been working to keep him safe.
My uncle was agitated, and when he insisted he needed fresh air, the nurse on duty eventually allowed him to go outside. However, my grandmother — who was visiting at the time — was told that she was not allowed to go with him. The nurse didn't accompany him either.
Once outside, my uncle jumped in front of a moving semi truck.
Thankfully, he suffered only severe internal and external bruising, — nothing short of a miracle.
He survived, but no thanks to the hospital staff. Those taking care of him should have known better.