Presidential fitness in BC

September 20th, 2015

In my Walk With Me challenge appearing the fall edition of Renaissance, I write about my personal wellness commitment of walking 10,000 steps each day. In my recent visits to RTO/ERO Districts I encountered members who have been living this same commitment for years. My pledge to virtually walk across Ontario between September and May is real and I am on track, so far.
But my daily workout is rather meagre in comparison to some of our members.
During my recent visit to the AGM of District 42, Mainland British Columbia, I travelled to the spectacular semi-desert area of Penticton. There I encountered President Walt Duncan and his wife, Linda Coppin who regularly bike 80 km or go hiking or skiing or snowshoeing in the mountains and on the trails in and around beautiful Okanagan Lake.
Among the great benefits of doing these wonderful fitness activities as part of daily life in this part of BC is the proximity to over 90 wineries, as you can see in the photograph I took of Walt in one of the vineyards on our hike.

The other significant benefit that thrills the over 800 retired Ontario educators living in BC is that as RTO/ERO members they still enjoy the same group benefits plan. This is yet another unique and delightful service to RTO/ERO members who are able to enjoy our member managed benefits plans but they can decide to live anywhere they wish in Canada.

I have come away from Penticton and the inspiration of Walt and several of the great District 42 members (pictures above), with even greater resolve to stick to my wellness walks. I do hope that you will walk with me and feel free to send me your own stories of personal wellness.
Remember, if you want to go fast, walk alone, but if you want to walk far, walk with friends.
Best wishes,
Jim