Classes, Events & Workshops

IMPACT Parkinson’s was created to make an IMPACT on the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s and their families and friends – MIND, BODY + SOUL.
We offer a variety of Parkinson related programs.
ACTIVATOR POLE WORKSHOP – Saturday, December 7,  2019 , 11:00am – Noon

Evidence based studies on Parkinson’s clearly identify poling, with the proper training, as a healthy mode of physical activity suited for improving quality of life. Walking poles offer proven beneficial effects on general key health parameters such as balance and increased walking tolerance.


Learn about all the amazing benefits of using ACTIVATOR Poles for Parkinson’s and how to effectively use the poles! If you have poles of any kind please bring them.


INSTRUCTOR: Robyn Murrell, Certified ACTIVATOR Pole Instructor, Rock Steady Boxing Coach, Parkinson Wellness Recovery Certified Instructor, Personal Trainer, Founder, IMPACT Parkinson’s


REGISTER: Email Call 604-525-2631.


COST: $25.00/person or $40.00/couple

PARKINSON’S FALLS PREVENTION MOBILE CLINIC – Friday, November 29, 2019, 11:15am – 6:30pm

This Fraser Health one-on-one mobile clinic for people with Parkinson’s offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries.


In this FREE 90 min assessment session, participants have the opportunity to sit with health professionals (pharmacist, kinesiologist and physiotherapist).


DETAILS: Aspects of fall risk status will be assessed and interventions discussed. A detailed report of all the recommendations is provided to the participant and sent to the primary physician(s) and other members of your healthcare team upon your approval.


DATE: Friday, November 30 from 11:15am – 6:30pm
LOCATION: IMPACT PARKINSON’S, #103-450 E Columbia St, New Westminster


NOTE: Only 7 spots available.


REGISTER: Email Call 604-525-2631.


Due to the nature of symptoms of Parkinson’s, people with the disease are more at risk of falls. Parkinson’s disease affects the parts of the brain controlling balance and coordination.


Additionally, some drugs used to treat Parkinson’s can lower blood pressure, causing a feeling of faintness when getting up from a sitting or lying position (called Orthostatic Hypotension).


DETAILS: In this very important Parkinson’s specific workshop you will learn:


1. The 4 Pillars of Falls Prevention
2. Tips and Tricks for Falls Prevention
3. About Medial and Medication Alert Services available through Lifeline, Fraser Health
4. Improvement in Balance Study – Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation and its beneficial behavioral effects in Parkinson’s disease


DATE: Thursday, November 14 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
LOCATION: IMPACT Parkinson’s, #103-450 E Columbia St, New West




Ronda Field, Physiotherapist, Injury Prevention & Assessment, Fraser Health  Shianne Bains, Coordinator, Injury Prevention & Assessment, Fraser Health  Deana Burtnick, Lifeline Coordinator, Fraser Health
Michelle Doo, Clinical Research Coordinator & Linlin Gao, PhD Student, UBC Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre


This workshop is intended for people living with Parkinson’s,
including family & friends.


COST: Registration is by donation to IMPACT Parkinson’s payable at the workshop. Suggested minimum $20.00/person. Thank you!


REGISTER: Email  Call 604-525-2631.


Join IMPACT Parkinson’s for a new arts and crafts program for people with Parkinson’s and their family and friends. Enhancing life through creativity and expression, art making can also be used therapeutically to address specific symptoms of Parkinson’s.


DETAILS: Sign up for one or all three;


CLASS 1. Exploring Creativity using Collage/Mixed Media
ARTIST: Tatiana A. Bobko
DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 21, 10:00am – Noon.
COST: $30.00


CLASS 2. Poppy Felting with “The Poppy Project
ARTIST: Anne Whitmore
DATE/TIME: Friday, October 18, 12:30pm – 2:00pm.


CLASS 3. Introduction into Neurographica
ARTIST: Alina Smolyansky
DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 16, 10:00am – noon.
COST: $30.00


REGISTER: Email  Call 604-525-2631.

LET’S TALK LOUD Group Voice Therapy

Let’s Talk Loud is group voice therapy sessions. Learn
about communication and swallowing concerns common in
Parkinson’s disease. Participate in voice training to help strengthen
voice and communication. These sessions are for those already
experiencing communication and swallowing challenges as well as
those who wish to be proactive in their treatment. One support
person is recommended and included for free.


INSTRUCTOR:  Mia Mosters, Speech Language Pathologist, LSVT LOUD Certified


DETAILS: 6 Mondays, 12:30pm – 2:00pm, 5 minimum required


DATES: October 7November 25 (No class October 14 + November 11)


COST: $270.00 and free for one support person


NOTE: Monday, September 30, a 30 Minute Assessment is required for new clients – $40.00 on from 12:30pm onward. Must preregister.  


REGISTER: Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 25. Email Call 604-525-2631.


IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have made some changes to this series to allow people to attend Part 1 if they can’t do all three. This includes costs.


Join IMPACT Parkinson’s with Founder, Robyn Murrell, Dr. Caroline Coombs, ND, and Wendy Wells, Dietician, RHN, BSc, MSc, for a 3-part practical series on healthy eating for people with Parkinson’s. This is intended for people with Parkinson’s and one support person OR the person in your home who does the majority of food shopping and cooking.


DETAILS: 3-part practical series includes;


PART 1 – LEARN about the diet/microbiome connection, testing available for people with Parkinson’s, eating a plant-focused diet, and how diet affects Parkinson’s symptoms and medication.

DATE: Saturday, September 28, 10:00am – Noon.
LOCATION: IMPACT Parkinson’s Society, 103-450 E Columbia St, New West


PART 2 – SHOP with a Nutrition Consultant at Choices Markets during a 90 minute Parkinson-specific group nutrition tour.

DATE: October dates to be announced.
LOCATION: Choices Markets, Burnaby Crest, 8683 10th Avenue, Burnaby


PART 3 – CREATE simple healthy dishes with the team from Amaranthus, a plant-focused restaurant. You will also share a full meal together (soup, salad and veggie burger) plus take home healthy recipes! ONLY 5 SPOTS LEFT!

DATE: Thursday, November 21, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
LOCATION: Amaranthus, 112-810 Quayside Drive, New West


COST: Fee: $115.00/person for all three sessions for maximum benefit OR $40.00/person or $70.00 for couple/pair for Part 1 and $75.00 for Part 3 (priority for those wanting all three sessions and only 20 spots available)


REGISTER: Email Call 604-525-2631.


T’ai Chi integrates balance and coordination with body awareness
and mental attention training. Studies have shown that individuals
with Parkinson’s who participate in these exercises experience
improvements in Parkinson’s related motor symptoms, balance and
mobility, as well as a reduced number of falls. Specifically, Yang
Style Short Form T’ai Chi will be offered during our seasons. This
involves two-person skills where students learn to preserve their
balance and mobility even when challenged by another person.


INSTRUCTORS: Diane Kehoe & John Eastman


DETAILS: 8 Fridays, 11:30am – 12:30pm, 8 minimum required


DATES: October 4 – November 29 (No class October 18)


COST: $120.00/person, family and friends welcome


DROP-IN: $18.00 space permitting & please preregister


REGISTER: Email Call 604-525-2631.

YOGA for Parkinson’s

Yoga for Parkinson’s offers various movements focusing on
flexibility and balance, plus relaxation and meditation, as ways of
managing symptoms. Classes will include grounding and befriending
the body, breath work with the intention of reducing stress in the
body and mind, yoga movement in standing, seated on the earth, or
seated in a chair. Coming from a trauma-sensitive perspective,
classes will be about choice, paying attention to what each body,
mind, and spirit most need and that this practice will be unique to
each individual.


INSTRUCTOR: Kelly Ranford, RYT-200, MCP, M.Ed


DETAILS: 8 Tuesdays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, 5 minimum required


DATES: October 1 – November 26 (No Class November 12)


COST: $120.00/person. Family and friends welcome


DROP-IN: $18.00 space permitting & please preregister


REGISTER: Email Call 604-525-2631.

2ND ANNUAL LAWN BOWLING + LUNCH – Friday, July 5, 2019 – 11:00am to 1:00pm

Everybody can play the game of Lawn Bowls! It is a low impact game that is extremely accessible and great for any age. One of the best parts about the sport is that anyone can play no matter their skill level. You don’t have to be able to jump high or run fast to enjoy the sport. It is hand eye coordination and allows everyone to start at the same level. Friends and family are welcome!


Our session includes a lesson and demo from club members and lunch!


LUNCH INCLUDES: Burger or Veggie Burger, Salads, Dessert, Tea/Coffee, Cold Drink



Bowl + Lunch: $40.00

Bowl Only: $20.00

Lunch Only: $20.00


LOCATION: New Westminster Lawn Bowling Club, 710 8th St, New Westminster




For info and questions email Call 604-525-2631.


Thank you to New West Lawn Bowling Club + New West Firefighters Charitable Society for supporting this event! Follow along on the Facebook Event Page here.

PIZZA + BEER/WINE FUNDRAISER – Thursday, July 18, 2019 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Huge thanks to Me-n-Ed’s Burnaby for partnering with IMPACT!


Thank you to everyone for supporting and ensuring IMPACT Parkinson’s has the resources in place to support existing programs in addition to develop and deliver new programming for individuals and families living with Parkinson’s!


Everyone welcome!



  • Variety of Pizza, Caesar Salad plus one sleeve of Beer or glass of Wine
  • Silent Auction, Toonie Toss
  • Bring a bottle of wine priced between $15-$20 for the wine basket + get one free entry to win half! Other half gets auctioned off.


COST: $25.00 (includes tax + tip)


LOCATION:  Me-n-Ed’s Burnaby, 7110 Hall Avenue, Burnaby




For more info email Call 604-525-2631.


Huge thanks to Me-n-Ed’s Burnaby + Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society for supporting this event. Plus all the individuals + local businesses for donations for the Silent Auction and Toonie Toss! Follow along on the Facebook Event Page here.


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