Women Walking to GROW is a joint initiative with Miriam Turnbull (ProResp) and Elaine Shantz (peopleCare), two female leaders in their organizations who are embracing ways to show leadership beyond themselves and their daily business involvements. These ladies will trek the 900 km Bruce Trail, accomplishing 380 km as part of the training by June 2017 and completing the remaining 520 km in the month of July 2017. (check out the trail at www.brucetrail.org )
Long Term Care Involvement – Restorative Care
In the spirit of walking to GROW, ProResp will work with the care givers at the peopleCare homes to encourage residents to walk “alongside” Elaine and Miriam. Motivated by support of the cause and the benefits of the exercise, the residents have been challenged to individually, or in collective teams, walk 100 km (through marked out measures in the hallways of the residences). These peopleCare residents will chart progress towards their goals as Elaine and Miriam track their journey’s progress across the Bruce Trail.
All GROW participants, whether on the trail itself, in spirit through a community organized walk, or at the peopleCare residents’ challenges, will share in the benefits of the walk exercise and will take pride in their accomplishment! The question we seek to answer: Does activity motivated by a stretch “beyond themselves” perspective motivate and inspire seniors to greater activity?
Why? Miriam and Elaine will walk many steps each day just as the women in Ghana do. These Women Walking to GROW demonstrate women in leadership stretching beyond themselves in their day to day roles with the broader objective of raising awareness and funds for women entrepreneurs in Ghana. Funds raised will directly assist these women in Ghana in supporting their families, developing a career, and supporting one another as they seek to realize their own dreams beyond poverty.
To learn more about Women Walking to Grow, or to make a personal donation, check out the website at www.womenwalkingtogrow.com