Well, the last day of 2018 is upon us and it seems like a great opportunity to look back on the past year for Amputee Coalition of Toronto. It’s been a year filled with great moments; meeting new friends, trying new things or, maybe some not so new things, just a new way to do them. From a handful of members at the start of the year to the now over 130 members who have been sharing experiences, helping each other learn, and realizing the fortitude each of you possess.
So many fun events occurred in 2018. From potluck dinners to bowling to axe throwing and with each monthly meet up, new faces emerged.
This spring, a small group joined together to support the Achilles Run on St. Patrick’s day. The City of Toronto lit the Toronto sign at City hall orange on April 5th to show support for limb loss awareness month with several members there to celebrate and show off their mettle! In May, an outing to watch the Blue Jays play ball, with Carmen enjoying her first baseball game. Too bad the Jays didn’t come out on top!
The summer months were also filled with activities and events. From celebrating Ottobock’s milestone anniversary, to participating in various have-a-go events for adaptive sports. July saw the first annual BBQ with so many members coming out to enjoy an afternoon by the lake with new friends, family and caregivers. In August, we celebrated with cake, cookies and bowling, in recognition of the first anniversary of this fabulous group of peers!
With the fall months came another potluck filled with conversation and an axe throwing night with Michael taking the throne as the top thrower of the night in a nail biter of a finish. Fast forward to December where so many joined together for a Christmas spirited night filled with laughter and good cheer.
Sadly this fall, we lost one of our friends and founding members of ACT, Jean Kim. She always had a smile and warm words to give. I miss the chats we had as I know so many others do as well.
As we say good bye to 2018 and the many ups and some downs, we look towards 2019 and all the potential it has to offer. We’ve been busy planning events for 2019 and can’t wait to tell you all, but for today we wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new New Year!
Written by Shelley Armes
Amputee Coalition of Toronto welcomes all amputees in Toronto and the surrounding GTA to join our support group for more information on monthly meetups, upcoming events, and a safe space to share your journey.
We’re in this together!