Happy Canada Day 2019

13 of our Oceanside Stroke Recovery members took part in the Canada Day Parksville parade and won third place in the Community category! The weather was perfect and thousands of people lined the parade route for this year’s celebration. Happy Birthday, Canada!

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Elaine & John

This bride and groom celebrated 50 years of marriage surrounded by their children, grandchildren and friends. Their grand daughter Raquenna shared a few photos of the celebration. Congratulations, Elaine and John!


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Belly Dancing

Did you know that belly dance improves self-esteem, body awareness, flexibility, co-ordination, posture, stress reduction, confidence, balance, rhythm and creativity? Elaine De Rooy started Belly Laughs Navel Academy, a professional contemporary belly dance teaching and performance business in 2012. She brings laughter and a bit of silliness, to an otherwise serious dance genre, thru her musical selections. Three of the belly dance troupe “The Jingle Belles” from the Belly Laughs Navel Academy gave a sassy presentation and shared some of the Belly Dance history. Elaine invited our members to learn some of the dance moves. Several brave caregivers learned basic moves and simple combos. Even Annie Quad at 96 tied on a coin belt and did a few combos!

If you are looking for some unique exercise, the Belly Laughs Navel Academy is for you! Elaine’s email is



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Hand and Finger Exercises

Our Occupational Therapist Shelagh Lamperson spent time showing our members some hand/finger exercises to help reduce tone and allow the stroke affected side to recover. Shelagh suggests doing these exercises three times a day. They can be practiced passively (by using your non-affected hand to assist your affected hand) until you can practice them actively (by performing them on your own).

Some of the exercises OT Shelagh shared are included in this FlintRehab link.



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Giving Back

Wearing his Fish and Game Association hat, Bob Davenport presented Oceanside Stroke Recovery’s co-ordinator, Kathleen Falvai with a generous cheque to thank the 12 volunteers who prepared meals, served and cleaned up at VISC Championships held at the Fish and Game Dorman clubhouse. The Fish and Game Association is an active supporter to our society and it is especially appropriate to give back to those who help us.

Thank you to those who signed up for the KP duties! You did an amazing job!

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Micky J's

Beautiful sunny day at Arrowsmith Golf Club and Oceanside Stroke Recovery members enjoyed time and lunch together at Micky J’s Bar and Grill for their monthly outing. Lots of laughter and story telling. Some may not be quite accurate! Lois Lane was there with her camera. Have a look!

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Fishing Forever 2019


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Knights of Columbus

Kathleen, Rum Hykaway and Marie

Grand Knight Rum Hykaway of Knights of Columbus Ascension Council 7991 presented Kathleen and Marie a generous cheque to Oceanside Stroke Recovery. Several other local charities were also presented with cheques from the Knights of Columbus. OSRS is very thankful for this continued support and will use this gift to provide exercise, speech, art and music therapies for our members.

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Qualicum Beach Mayor Visits

Lunch with Bill Whitehead and Scott Tanner

Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society members welcomed Brian Wiese, Mayor of Qualicum Beach. Kathleen Falvai gave Brian a full tour of what we do! Brian witnessed the exercise, speech, art therapy, visited with the caregivers and enjoyed lunch with our members. Thanks to Kathleen for initiating the visit and making the Qualicum Beach mayor aware of our programs.

Kathleen and Mayor Wiese

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Mardi Gras Oceanside

Mardi Gras celebrations were held at Kathleen’s community room and 23 of our people attended.  Traditionally, in the days leading up to Lent, merrymakers would binge on all the rich, fatty foods—meat, eggs, milk, lard, cheese—that remained in their homes, in anticipation of several weeks of eating only fish and different types of fasting. The Davenports cooked a turkey to share and others brought the vegetables and trimmings.

A few interesting facts:

  • Mardi Gras always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of lent.
  • These feasts, which first were only meant for Christians, were expanded so that Christians would celebrate with their neighbors and friends (Shrove Tuesday).
  • Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”.
  • The first North American Mardi Gras took place March 3, 1699, when French explorers landed near present-day New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The traditional colors of Mardi Gras were chosen in 1872 by King Rex. The three colors are purple (representing justice), gold (signifying power), green (symbolizing faith).
  • Mardi Gras is celebrated in other parts of the world including Belgium, Canada, Italy, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Australia.

Thanks to Lori and Rollie Koop for lending and setting up Mardi Gras decorations! The room looked awesome! Thanks to Kathleen for providing and organizing the community room again. And thanks to all who brought food to celebrate Mardi Gras Oceanside!

  • Karen and Annette
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