January 8, 2019

Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Tips for Travelling with a Spinal Cord Injury

Tips for Travelling with a Spinal Cord Injury

With the holiday season behind us, and several months to go with the winter weather many people take this time to get outta dodge and find some sunshine! Here are some of my personal observations and suggestions for travelling with a disability. 1 – Prescription medication — Don’t pack it…

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November 2, 2018

Kyle Gieni, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Cannabis: Can it Help Those With Spinal Cord Injuries?

Cannabis: Can it Help Those With Spinal Cord Injuries?

O Canaba, our home we grow 4 plants, True patriot buds, in one household one grand, grams. With growing large, we see them rise, Skunk, dank, green, grass, weed. From far and wide O Canaba, we stand on guard for trees. Gods keep our land, free of mold and mites.…

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October 10, 2018

Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Thrive for Mental Health – A Vancouver Resident Bursary for Leisure Activity

Thrive for Mental Health – A Vancouver Resident Bursary for Leisure Activity

One wonderful train of thought threading its way through our community is the understanding and awareness of mental health; how essential it is to destigmatize and to take care of ourselves when it comes to mental health issues. In homage to this social shift, and in recognition of World Mental Health…

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September 25, 2018

Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

[email protected]: Beating the Disability Barriers in Our Jobs

Technology@Work: Beating the Disability Barriers in Our Jobs

One thing I’ve noticed in my ten years of having a spinal cord injury is that there are a surprising number of resources that come and go that I have no idea about. Even as a Resource Coordinator, a mid-point where knowledge passes through, I don’t hear about everything. A…

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September 20, 2018

Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

How I Got My Identity Back

Picture a little girl in a frilly blue dress, singing dramatically alongside a TV flickering with images of Disney’s 1987 classic, The Little Mermaid. Right now she’s belting out, “Look at stuff, isn’t it neat, wouldn’t you think my collections complete?” and her father is straining not to tell her…

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August 30, 2018

Kyle Gieni, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

The Western Canadian Wheely Open: A Resounding Success!

This past month of August was one for the record books. From the sauna like conditions of the extreme heat and dryness, to the numerous wildfires as a result, August 2018 will be one we will not forget. This can also be said for the first ever wheelchair floorball-hockey tournament…

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July 25, 2018

Kyle Gieni, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Western Canadian Wheely Open 2018

August 18th and 19th 2018 will mark the first ever wheelchair floorball-hockey tournament played on Canadian soil, or on Canadian floor to be more precise. The gymnasium at Trinity Western University in Langley will host these games and will be home to visitors from as far as Austria who will…

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June 21, 2018

Kyle Gieni, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Scotiabank Half-Marathon Charity Challenge in Support of Spinal Cord Injury BC

It is hard to believe this weekend on June 24th marks the 20th anniversary of the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon, it also hard to believe 1998 was 20 years ago. This year marks the 4th time that I will be participating in this particular race. But for me, it is much more than a…

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Kyle Gieni, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

National Sledge Hockey Championship 2018

The BC Provincial Sledge Hockey team played in the 3rd annual National Sledge Hockey Championship held at the Richmond Olympic Oval this year. The tournament took place May 11-13 and played host to incredible action from four of the top teams from across the country, including two-time defending champs Alberta,…

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September 16, 2016

Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Rio 2016 Paralympic Opening Ceremonies at the PIRC – The Recap

September 7th marked the start of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio and to celebrate we screened the opening ceremony at our Resource Centre. Even the drizzly rain didn’t keep people from joining in to celebrate the athletic prowess of people with different abilities. You would never know that the…

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