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Louise Taylor Pemberton

Thanks from WASP

Whistler Adaptive Sport Program (WASP) volunteers and staff engaged in a very intense training program designed to update and improve their expertise when teaching the Cognitively Disabled. This group of learners now constitutes 65 per cent of our clients!

The four days of workshops included presentations by medical experts, speech pathologists, special education teachers, representatives from Special Olympics, the RCMP and even a guest PMTS ski instructor from the U.S. This training program is thought to be the first of its kind in Canada and our instructors came away feeling much more informed and confident to work with the 15 disabilities that were presented.

All the presentations were professionally videoed so that this information can be available to train new people who volunteer in our program in the future.

All of the 12 resource experts and the six videographers volunteered their time and talents to make this project a reality. WASP would very much like to thank them for their support and their belief in the benefit our program has to this group of disabled individuals.

We would like to acknowledge the following people: Doctors Vera Frinton and Michael Jones, Lindsay Willms, Colin Worth, Harald Harb, Patty Wheeldon, Susan Fawcett and Jill Petersen. These people all did two-hour presentations and in some cases did more that one lecture. The calibre of their presentations was outstanding. On the hill assistance was given by Wylie Buchanan and Sietse Breedijk and off-hill assistance was given by Hazel Boyd and Bridget Daley.

Our videography team consisted of Rebecca Wood Barrett who so kindly coordinated the video team and her assistant Mike Bruno both of R/Town Communication; Stephen McVeigh, Peter Bailey and Matt West. A special thank you also goes to Ian Dunsmore of Shaw TV who loaned us a camera that enabled us to record consistent high quality sound and image. Jaime Kerrigan of Watermark was also very helpful publicizing our need for videographers.

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