12 O’Clock Walk

Local woman captures “Community Champion” award

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local woman has been recognized for her efforts in trying to keep the town healthy and active.

Kristen Saunders, recreation planning co-ordinator at the Libro Centre, was honoured recently as a Southwestern Ontario Communities in Motion “Community Champion” at a reception at the Libro Centre. Cristy McNorton, another recreation staff member, was honoured as an “All-Star” from the organization.

“Actually, I was kind of shocked,” said Saunders. “I didn’t have any idea I was getting the award.”

The “Community Champion” award goes to members of the community that promote and educate people on healthy eating and staying active.

“My position with the town allows me to do that,” she explained.

Kristen Saunders, the recreation planning co-ordinator at the Libro Centre, was honoured recently as a Southwestern Ontario Communities in Motion “Community Champion.”

Among the programs Saunders has brought in include “Turf Tots,” a program where toddlers and infants and enjoy sport balls, tunnels and more inside the Libro Centre’s turf field. Other things Saunders was recognized for were art classes, mentoring psychology and social work students, tai chi programs, and enhancing other programs such as the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

“Some of the programs we’re already offering and we’re trying to boost them or change them around,” she said.

There are also walking challenges and summer camps among the list of programs Saunders is involved with. The latter is open to other municipalities as well.

It was “Communities in Motion” Week recently12 and that also included the 12 O’Clock Walk where people could take the “Couch Potato Pledge” to try and stay active.

McNorton was also credited for her efforts in trying to get people to stay active and for her efforts to promote healthy lifestyles. Saunders said McNorton is “a go-getter” who is always active and upbeat.

 

Town officials, students take part in the “12 O’Clock Walk”

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Local students and town officials were part of a group that got in shape as part of the “12 O’Clock Walk.”

The annual event was presented by Windsor-Essex Communities in Motion and featured all municipalities around the region.

“There are 22 walks that happen throughout the area,” said manager of recreation services Rick Daly.

The local walk included classes from Amherstburg Public School attend and participate. Several town staff members also walked over from town hall and took part in the event during their lunch break as well.

Town officials and Amherstburg Public School students participate in the “12 O’Clock Walk” last Wednesday afternoon at Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada. Among the town officials pictured are police chief Tim Berthiaume, director of planning, development and legislative services Mark Galvin and director of finances/treasurer Justin Rousseau.

Town officials and Amherstburg Public School students participate in the “12 O’Clock Walk” last Wednesday afternoon at Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada. Among the town officials pictured are police chief Tim Berthiaume, director of planning, development and legislative services Mark Galvin and director of finances/treasurer Justin Rousseau.

The local walk saw participants gather at the pavilion of Toddy Jones Park before heading through Fort Malden National Historic Site. After leaving the Fort grounds, they walked south down Laird Ave. and went back to Toddy Jones Park. Prizes and T-shirts were awarded to the students upon completion of the walk.

“It’s to bring awareness to being active,” said Daly.

This year’s “12 O’Clock Walk” was brought outside after last year’s event was held on the indoor walking track at the Libro Centre.

Windsor-Essex Communities in Motion describes itself as “a comprehensive, community-wide health promotion strategy. It was launched to create ‘a culture of physical activity’ in Windsor-Essex County.” For more information, visit www.swarginmotion.com.