Donors help remove barriers to exercise

News Archive
Developed in 2007 by physiotherapists at Toronto Rehab through an innovative community-based model, Together In Movement and Exercise (TIME™) offers a much-needed, safe exercise program to promote well-being and ongoing recovery after discharge from rehabilitation.

On November 29th, TIME™ participants and program staff joined TIME™ co-founder, Jo-Anne ‘Jo’ Howe, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of this incredible program and celebrate its success in having been adopted in more than 50 locations across Canada.

By collaborating with the recreation community about disability-centred programming, TIME™ supports the unique needs of populations with balance and mobility challenges resulting from stroke, injury, the effects of aging or a chronic condition such as multiple sclerosis. Health care providers and community fitness instructors work together to offer specialized group exercise classes at community centres. For participants, peer support in the community centres helps in reducing isolation and provides important motivation to keep moving.

Unfortunately, financial barriers prevent full access to TIME™ for some of those who could benefit from the program. Therapists and community centre staff have heard over and over again that many people cannot afford the registration fee and associated costs to attend. Jo’s TIME™ Fund was created as a tribute to the program’s co-founder and to address these financial needs by subsidizing:

  • TIME™ program registration fees
  • transportation costs to attend TIME™ programs
This past fall, the first round of Jo’s TIME™ Fund subsidies was organized, granting a total of $3,799 that enabled 34 people in Ontario and British Columbia to participate in TIME™; people who would otherwise not have been able to attend and benefit from this incredible program.

To help grow the Fund and continue to meet application demand, the Sir Joseph Flavelle Foundation recently made an important investment toward this year’s $25,000 goal. We thank them for their generosity and hope that others will consider contributing at www.jostimefund.com.

Read more at UHN.ca 

In Photo: TIME™ program co-founder Jo-Anne Howe (front centre) with TIME™ 10th Anniversary Planning Group and Toronto Rehab physiotherapists (left-right) Jean Liu, Jennifer Neirinckx, Karen Brunton, Karen Fong, and Angie Andreoli.