Kingston Revved Up celebrated its establishment in the Kingston community with a Grand Opening Ceremony. Revved Up is an exercise program designed to assist persons living with mobility impairment in the Kingston community. The ceremony was held at the 12th annual Spinal Cord Injury Reunion at St Mary’s of the Lake Hospital in Kingston. An estimated 200 SCI patients, past-patients and family members were present and helped celebrate the program’s inauguration.
The ceremony included a ribbon-cutting by the program’s first participant, Sebastien Potvin. Sebastien has been a Kingston resident most of his life and has been living with mobility impairment since he was four months old. Sebastien recently stated “Revved Up has helped me physically, mentally and socially” at a Revved Up presentation.
Following Sebastien, Dr. Amy Latimer, Queen’s University School of Kinesiology and Health Studies Associate Professor, and one of four founders of Kingston Revved Up, recounted the program history. She introduced her colleagues, Dr. Karen Smith, Dr. Mary Ann McColl, and Maureen McGuire, who were instrumental in creating a program proposal to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. In August 2007 Queen’s University and St Mary’s of the Lake Hospital were selected as a recipient for a CDRF Quality of Life Grant. These funds have enabled the creation of Revved Up and its establishment within the mobility impaired community.
The program currently has 23 participants enrolled. Since its opening in January 2008, 45 Queen’s University students and Kingston community members have volunteered with program participants. Many of these volunteers are undergraduate students in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s. The program is held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 8PM at the St Mary’s of the Lake Hospital physiotherapy gym. It is open to all community-dwelling adults living with mobility impairment. With the assistance of the CDRF Quality of Life Grant, the cost of the program is only $15 per month per participant.