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Health & Fitness Programs

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Building Balance Program

This is a 6-week program designed for individuals who are fearful of falling, who have already fallen or have had ‘near falls.’ Participants are taught strengthening and balance exercises to help keep them on their feet, in a safe and comfortable setting. A variety of equipment is used to support this goal.

Running in partnership with the YMCA, this program is facilitated by the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre (SGBCHC) and is supported by the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network.

To join, a referral, via email, from your family Doctor directly to the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre (SGBCHC) is needed. Your doctor should have the necessary details. Once accepted, participants must join the YMCA, as a member. To further support the participants in this program, the YMCA will waive the standard $84.75 joining fee. Each participant is also entitled to a complimentary 6-week membership for a caregiver or friend. If your friend or caregiver joins the YMCA within those six weeks, the joining fee will also be waived for them. YMCA Financial Assistance is also available for anyone who needs it.

TIME Program

Together in Movement and Exercise (TIME) is a community-based program welcoming people with balance and mobility challenges to exercise. This exercise program was specially created for people with mobility challenges, that may result from a range of conditions such as stroke, MS, brain trauma, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, aging and more.

What to expect

TIME exercises are designed to improve balance and mobility. They strengthen muscles in the legs and core, and improve coordination, agility and overall fitness. The program is a one-hour session held once a week for 12 weeks and is best suited for adults who can walk at least 10 metres with or without an assistive device.

“Thank you. I needed something to get me moving again.” –Anonymous, past participant

“It’s a remarkable program and we have a real need for it in our community,” -Allan, a past TIME participant.

“I have gotten much better since starting the program.” –Anonymous, past participant

Strengthsquest - self assessment

• Identify your top 5 talents
• Learn the power behind your talents and how to intentionally apply them daily
• The benefits and power of a strengths based approach
• The tools to begin your StrengthsQuest journey and establish a strengths based culture

Leadership Communication

• Identify your communication style
• Gain awareness about the impact you have on others based on how you communicate
• Learn techniques and the awareness needed to be a truly great communicator

Transformational Leadership

• Defining leadership throughout the ages
• Learn to differentiate between trending concepts on leadership to those that are proven, relevant and applicable today
• Learn to identify what leadership styles have influenced you and what leadership style and the characteristics you would most like to exemplify. What form of leadership is your team or organization led by? Which style would have the most impact?

Strategic Planning

• Why is it important?
• How does one get started?
• What makes a good strategic plan? – learn the essentials

Team Effectiveness - Stages of Development

• Be provided with the tools needed to assess at what level of performance your team is working at
• Learn to kick start and transition your team to one that is highly performing

Mindfulness - Group Approach

• Strategies, techniques & its importance towards attaining a work/life balance

Strengthsquest - Motivation and Engagement

• Learn to manage your talents and those of your team as an interactive process
• You will be able to assess if you are in the right role and determine if managing people is the right fit for you? Are you developing or damaging your teams?

Managing Performance

• Tried and true tools perfect for staff evaluations
• You will be able to differentiate between critical behaviour needing intervention versus behaviour that can be coached
• You will be provided with the tools on how to address staff behaviour & coach your teams


• Learn the science, physiological & psychological responses that impact decision making and personal interaction
• You will be able to look at the work environment through a different lens noting its impact on potential employee performance and learning the means to intervene and influence for better results

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Resiliency

• Provides additional insights on how you are perceived and how that awareness can lead to greater impact as a leader

Change Management

• Examines the impact change has throughout an organization and provides you with the tools and understanding of how to navigate through change with the least collateral & cultural damage

Conflict Resolution

• Learn the tools needed to be able to find the common ground needed to move beyond an impasse

The Art of Persuasion

• Realize the weight of your words and actions and how to put that knowledge to the best use
• Where do you fit within the political milieu?

Strengthsquest - followership and leadership

• Move beyond what your individual talents contribute to a team and start to learn to intentionally aim & maximize the talents of others
• With this understanding you will be able to address and provide what your team members need from you as their leader

Principled-Centre Leadership

• You will learn to appreciate and consider the weight of responsibility that comes as you evolve as a leader
• You will examine ethical dilemmas and the means to address them, as well as the consequences those decisions may have

Philanthropic Leadership

• Learn a strategic approach to philanthropic visioning for your organization. As the funding landscape changes so too must our approach to philanthropy
• You will examine your readiness to adapt to these changes and how to instill a framework and culture of philanthropy that can be sustained for the long term

Board Governance

• Learn the importance of Governance and the essential role it plays as part of any organization
• Learn to assess at what stage of Governance your board operates at and how to move their level of engagement should your organization be ready for the shift
• You will be given the tools to fully understand & implement best practices of governance into your organization

Collaboration and Strategic Partnerships

• You will be provided with the tools in order to assess the readiness of your organization and your board to collaborate or partner with another organization
• We will discuss and examine what governing practices need to be in place in order for collaboration to not only occur but also succeed

Unconscious Bias

• Everyone is biased. With that understanding and acceptance you will learn how to make decisions that acknowledges the role bias can often play within that process
• You will discuss best practices and be provided with the tools needed to implement them

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