It all started at the beginning of May 2009 when Darlene Mackay of Cranbrook, BC put on an Urban Pole Walking Workshop. She had six ladies attend and try it.
"These 6 ladies were interested in continuing so we decided on a date and began our journey. Since then we have not missed a Wednesday except for one day of bad weather," says Darlene.
In 2009, Mission Friendship Centre Society partnered with Fraser Health Aboriginal Health Program to host a pilot program comprised of a physical activity component called “Many Walks of Life Club”. This program was funded by the BC Recreation and Parks Association’s Everybody Active Initiative.
The Downtown East Side Carnegie Centre’s Walk/Run Clinic, in preparation for the Vancouver Sun Run, began on January 31, 2010.
The Carnegie Centre was awarded a $5,000 Walk BC Grant to implement the walking program. Since then, coordinators have run weekly sessions (every Sunday), with an average of 43 participants.
Contribute to the Walk BC Interactive Map! Register as a member on the Walk BC website and start adding your favorite local walks; simply click on the link below. Members who submit a community walk by November 20 are eligible to win a free pair of walking or running shoes and a pair of Nordic walking poles. The more walks you enter, the better your chances of winning!
In January 2009 School District #72 (Campbell River) initiated a 3-phase workplace physical activity program. The program ran throughout February and March and 177 employees "Stepped Up" to 10,000 steps a day.
On April 1, 2009 Fraser Health organized a "Walk at Lunch Day" as part of a 2-month long Healthy Living Challenge.
Fraser Health is holding their 3rd annual Walk at Lunch Day on April 1, 2009.
This event has proven to be a success in past years: 77 teams participated in 2008. This organized walk is part of a 2-month healthy living challenge in which all Fraser Health staff are encouraged to eat well... be active... and live tobacco free.
For the first time with support from the Canadian Cancer Society, women of the North Shore's Iranian community have a walking club just for them called: HOPE.
The walking club provides a safe, culturally appropriate social setting for Persian women to become more active and learn healthy living practices by trained female walk leaders.