Garry’s Story

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Garry’s Story

Garry used to turn to alcohol to cope with stress.

And I have to keep my blood sugars
down to stay healthy and try to move forward.

Everybody is fit to be included at the volunteer-run gym on Siloam’s 4th floor, which is open five days a week.

The project took shape when two University of Manitoba occupational therapy students interned at Siloam’s onsite health centre in the summer.

Craig Bennett and Nadine Blankvoort devoted their internship to developing a fitness program that would help participants build confidence, boost self-esteem, get in shape and stay healthy.

The state-of-the-art gym equipment was donated by The Floor Show, Shapes Fitness Centres, Curves Steinbach, Diamond Athletic and Grace Hospital. As well, the Manitoba Fitness Council is providing volunteer instructors and trainers.

Garry is already benefiting from the workout he’s getting.

When I feel better about myself I also make better decisions, Garry says.

For him, one of those decisions was applying to be a part of Siloam’s employment-training program.

Garry is now a member of the MOST (Mission: Off The Streets Team) crew, heading out each day to clean up the streets of downtown Winnipeg and chip ice in front of storefronts.

That’s a good workout in itself, he muses.


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