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    New SCI Recovery Centre in Canada!

    I've helped create a not-for-profit spinal cord injury fitness centre near Vancouver, BC. There's a real lack of long term rehabilitative services in Canada and I'm trying to help by providing one. The centre will be safe, accessible, positive, and provide a tiresome exercise program. Clients will work one-on-one with a certified trainer to work below the level of injury to try regain lost muscle function, reduce spasticity, prevent atrophy, and improve overall quality of life. It opens in December, 2014!

    I credit what recovery I've had to exercise therapy and I'm hoping to provide the same to others like me so if you could share this, that'd be great! Post below (or message me) if you have any questions or through the following:

    Website: [Under Construction]
    FB Page:
    Phone: 1-204-979-4578 or 1-204-795-9851

    Now scheduling appointments for the new centre in Vancouver!

    First Steps Vancouver is pleased to welcome Gavin Richard Tonkin as the lead trainer of our facility. Gavin is a certified exercise physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) and a registered Kinesiologist with the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK).

    Gavin has many years of experience working with people with disabilities. Gavin became an accredited exercise physiologist through Exercise and Sports Medicine Australia (ESSA). He has worked in the sub-acute rehabilitation department at St. Vincent Hospital in Melbourne and fell in love with helping people improve their functional capacity through exercise.

    He has helped prescribe exercise to people with orthopedic and neurological conditions. Gavin loves promoting exercise and is excited to help us fulfill our mission! He will be completing additional training at First Steps Regina specific to helping people with spinal cord injuries prior to joining our team in beautiful British Columbia!

    Check out more at! We are now scheduling!


      Recovery Centre in Vancouver Opens December 15th!

      Hey guys, I posted a couple months ago about the not-for-profit centre I'm opening up for people li ke us and we'll be up and running on December 15th! It's called First Steps Wellness Centre Vancouver and it's one-on-one training below the level of injury. The address is #115-1231 Burdette Street, V6V 2Z1, Richmond, BC. There's been one in Regina, SK for over 5 years and I hope it can work on the west coast as well. I encourage anyone interested to come and have a tour! You can call me at 604-288-2441 or on my cell at 604-992-2353 if you have any questions at all. I've added some links below if you'd like to check them out!

      First Steps Regina Video:

      Newspaper Online Story:

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