After years of helping others as a home care worker, 68-year-old Mary Atkinson is finding she needs a bit of help herself. Mary, a resident of Moncton, has serious knee and back problems that cannot be fixed through surgery. The pain and weakness have compromised her mobility and she was finding it increasingly difficult to get around and manage the daily chores of life. “I could hear my knees grinding,” she says with a laugh. “I was going to reach for the WD-40 to see if that would … [Read more...] about Mary’s story: ‘Help is there when when you need it’
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Twelve-year-old Thomas LeBlanc has a zest for life, and loves having fun – especially on his bike. His developmental disability he has had since birth may have slowed him down but it has never brought him down, his mother, Janny LeBlanc, says from the family home in Shemogue in southeastern New Brunswick. Thomas is happy, has a great sense of humour and almost always has a bright smile on his face. At school, he gets a helping hand from physiotherapist Josee Daigle, who steadies and … [Read more...] about Thomas’s story: The freedom to roam – and have fun
Mathieu Stever still remembers that March day in 2020 when the pandemic lockdown was declared. He also remembers the common thinking at the time – just a few weeks of lockdown, then everything should be back to normal. Mathieu, Manager of the Para New Brunswick Sport & Recreation program, looked over at Ability New Brunswick Executive Director Haley Flaro that day and told her there was no reason for him to stop working. Sure, organized sport and recreational programs had … [Read more...] about Para NB: Seizing the opportunity to focus on active living