File photo Susan Armstrong (centre) and Maureen Bilodeau write down animal words during a brain-exercise session at the Stroke Recovery Branch White Rock/South Surrey.

White Rock stroke club gaining momentum

Funds, volunteers on rise; next event set for Nov. 15

“Great things” are happening at the Peninsula’s stroke-recovery club.

The White Rock/South Surrey branch meets in the Centre for Active Living, and was last featured in the Peace Arch News in July.

READ MORE: Stroke survivors finding ‘magic, family’ with White Rock group

Since then, awareness of its ongoing struggles to raise funds for programs has boosted donations and its volunteer contingent alike, said co-ordinator Laurie McFarlane.

“We now have 2 retired Speech Language Pathologists volunteering for us and recently added an ‘intense speech’ class to our Asphasia Program!!” McFarlane told PAN by email last week.

Tuesday (Oct. 29), Peace Arch Hospital Foundation officials presented a cheque for $5,000, for equipment such as iPads for the ‘intense speech’ class, she added.

Coming up this month, on Nov. 15, the club is to host a craft and bake sale. At one table, two speech participants will be offering their art/jewelry for sale. One of the two, Susan Armstrong, also had her jewelry showcased last month in Vancouver, at the Art After Stroke event, McFarlane noted, “so people would be excited to find out where they can purchase her art.”

The club – operating locally for about 40 years – meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the CAL, located adjacent to Centennial Arena. The Nov. 15 sale is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Peace Arch Curling Club, also located in the CAL, at 2-1475 Anderson St.

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