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Community Exercise Classes

Free virtual (online) community exercise classes for stroke survivors within the Champlain region. All fitness levels welcome! The program includes aerobic exercise, balance, strengthening and stretching components. Exercises can be modified for sitting or standing. This is a collaborative effort by Family Physiotherapy, Heart Wise Exercise at the Ottawa Heart Institute and the Champlain Regional Stroke Network, funded through Home and Community Care Support Services Champlain. (Offered in English only at this time). See the flyer for more information on how to join.

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Seniors' Centre Without Walls

Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW) is a free interactive telephone-based program that connects seniors 55+, as well as adults 18+ with disabilities. Using group telephone calls, SCWW provides a rich line-up of health-related information from professionals in the community, later-life learning opportunities, participation in brain-stimulating activities, and most of all, the space to create meaningful friendships and community for those who may feel isolated. It is a seniors’ centre from the comfort of home!  See the schedule of activities from May to August 2021 for more information

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Champlain Community Support Network 

 The Champlain Community Support Network offers a convenient way to search for services using an online platform called Caredove. Search for community services and directly book appointments in your area. Many of the community and therapeutic services in the Champlain region are appropriate for stroke survivors and their loved ones. You may self-refer, or work with your healthcare provider to link to the services that you need in the community. Find out more at the Caredove website. 

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City of Ottawa - Acquired Brain Injury/Post-Stroke Program

The City of Ottawa Acquired Brain Injury/Post-Stroke Program has developed a therapeutic recreation and life skills day program. Using a virtual platform, participants have an opportunity to work on meaningful goals through social, physical, and cognitive activities. The program has been paused for the summer months.  Information about programs for Fall 2021 will be available in September.  

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March of Dimes - After Stroke Program

After Stroke is a personalized stroke recovery program that helps survivors and their families navigate the path forward after a stroke. If you’re impacted by stroke, we’re here to help. Call the After Stroke Warmline at 1-888-540-6666 and your call will be returned within 3 business days.  Find out more

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Peer Support Groups

Peer support groups provide the opportunity to share ideas, information, and coping methods with others dealing with the experience of stroke. Both stroke survivors and their care partners can benefit from these groups.

The Renfrew County Group meets monthly in Pembroke. Contact Alice Grenon at 613 732 3949 ext. 1118

Stroke Survivors Support Ottawa is not actively meeting at this time but offers a Stroke Support Line at 613-604-2409. Leave a message to receive a callback.  You can also see their active Facebook page. 

The Eastern Ontario Stroke Survivor Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 am to 12 noon, at the R.C.A.F.A. Wing 424, 240 Water St. West, Cornwall, Ontario. Contact Deena Dufresne at 613-936-8784 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Alexandria Area Life After Stroke Support Group meets the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital (Alexandria). The cost of parking is covered. For more information telephone 613-935-4382, see the Alexandria Area Life After Stroke Support Group flyer, or visit the Facebook page.

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The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has set up two Facebook groups: one for those who are living with the effects of heart disease or stroke and the other for their care supporters.  These are members-only groups that provide people with a safe and respectful place to share experiences and to support one another. Find out more at the Power of Community webpage

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The Aphasia Centre of Ottawa is dedicated to long-term support for people affected by aphasia. They take a family-focused approach where the relationship between the person with aphasia and their closest contacts is the priority. They support people with aphasia in all aspects of community and family life. Visit the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa website for more information.  

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Created by the Stroke Foundation, a national charity in Australia, the EnableMe website is dedicated to stroke recovery and support. There are tips, tricks, and tools that have been shared by other stroke survivors, as well as a Community Forum for discussion. Their website is: Visit the Stroke Foundation website to learn more. 

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