GoodLife Kids Foundation HENRY BERG IMPACT AWARD

Finalists for the GoodLife Kids Foundation Henry Berg IMPACT Award are chosen for their efforts to promote and support the Foundation’s mission in their Club environments and their initiative to represent the Foundation through outreach in their communities.

Congratulations to our finalists for their dedication to helping more Canadian kids live a fit and healthy good life!

2016 Award Winner 

And the Winner is…

2016 Award Finalists

  • Cindy Chan, AGM,
    London King & Wellington
  • Jean Reis, Group Fitness Instructor, Toronto North York
  • Alyssa Tucker, GM,
    Belleville Quinte
  • Kim Harvey, Group Fitness Manager, British Columbia
  • Sherri Swayne, Group Fitness Instructor, Calgary

kim harveyKim Harvey, Group Fitness Manager, British Columbia

Kim’s commitment to GoodLife Kids Foundation has grown significantly over a number of years. Kim is the definition of a GoodLife Associate volunteer who is passionate about GoodLife Kids as she is involved well beyond Spin4Kids. Kim makes herself available to represent GLKF in a number of communities in BC, finds organizations to receive funding through our Grant Program, and assists with recruiting Coaches for our GoodLife4Kids School Program as well as introducing the program to schools.

In the words of Kim’s nominees regarding her involvement with Spin4Kids:

"Kim’s passion for Spin4Kids and GLKF is contagious to the point where we never thought of it as work but more something we wanted to do.  She helped connect us to why we are so fortunate to work for GoodLife, a company that gives back to the community and to supporting kids in their growth in a healthy lifestyle. Every club in our region was involved in Spin4Kids in some special way thanks to Kim."

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The Confidence to Try #FEELGOODFRIDAY Lukas is a 10-year-old Raptors fan who plays basketball with his local chapter of Special Olympics, but it wasn’t that long ago that he was afraid to join a team. Lukas is an outgoing kid who likes to make friends and has always been very active. But his early experiences in organized physical activity were not positive. One of his biggest challenges with autism is struggling to follow directions in large groups. He was often told he was doing things wrong and even that he would embarrass the team. “These negative comments deflated his confidence, and he became afraid to try new things,” explained his mom Lisa. When he was eight, Lukas took part in the Sports of All Sorts program at the Geneva Centre for Autism. The supportive environment in the Sports of All Sorts program, funded by a GoodLife Kids grant, was a real game-changer for him. Constant encouragement and positive reinforcement gave Lukas a safe space to explore new activities without a fear of being judged. With one-on-one support he played basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf. “We’re so glad to make physical activity a regular part of Lukas’ life and we’ve found ways for him to continue practicing at home,” said Lisa. “We bought a tennis net for the backyard, and now that he’s not afraid, he loves to go to glow-in-the-dark mini-putt with his dad!” As Lukas turned around on the basketball court to wave to his mom, he gave her two big thumbs up and her eyes welled up with tears of joy. “Watching him enjoy himself, I’m overwhelmed with happiness and pride,” she shared. “He has talents! But most of all, he has regained a belief in himself – that he CAN do it – and that is so powerful.”

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