Cottage Program celebrates 20th anniversary

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Toronto Rehab’s Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program (SCRP) Cottage Program continues to boost recreation and sport for current or recently discharged patients of Lyndhurst Centre.

"The focus of the program is on what our patients can do rather than what they cannot do," says Charlene Alton, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at Lyndhurst Centre and one of the key organizers of the annual SCRP Cottage Program. "The goal is to impact the participants' lives and help them make the most of the potential and opportunities they have."

The SCRP Cottage Program, which marked its 20th anniversary this summer, invites up to twenty patients annually to the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre: a fully accessible recreational facility in Mactier, Ontario. For four days, the participants engage in a variety of recreational activities including handcycling, kayaking, swimming, archery, mountain biking, bocce ball and many others.

"The cottage program really allows people to think outside the box. Experiencing the outdoors as a paraplegic or quadriplegic is a really good experience," explains Julian Bailey, who is a person with paraplegia. Julian fell off a ladder while working, hit his head and dislocated his spinal cord, causing paralysis of his lower body.

"The cottage program really opened my eyes. I can see that I can do so many things now," says Julian. "It showed me that even people who are less physically capable can still do the same things – it just might be in a different way." 

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For information about supporting next summer’s Cottage Program, please contact Arlene Manankil-Boyce at 416-597-3422 ext. 3545 or

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In Photo (courtesy Charlene Alton): participant Julian Bailey enjoys handcycling at this summer’s SCRP Cottage Program.