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Surrey Residents in Action

Bill and Sheila

This father and daughter pair are avid "spinners" at the Guildford Recreation Centre, who attend spin classes 4 or 5 days per week. Spinning is "a great stress release. It is a wonderful way to meet and socialize with people with similar fitness goals. It also helps me to stay mentally alert, physically strong and emotionally healthy," says Sheila. Bill says that he feels "exhilarated" after a class. He loves the "feeling of doing something important for my own health."

Reanna and Trisha

Sisters Reanna and Trisha are very active! During the school year, they run relays, skip rope, and visit the local driving range with their father often. The family stays active together through family camping trips and downhill skiing adventures, jumping on the trampoline and walking their Maltese-Shiatsu cross puppy, Junior, in the evenings after supper. They've also attended the Whalley Summer Fun Camp, where sports, games, and arts filled their summer days.


Leona Turkington is a preschool teacher at Fleetwood Community Centre and runner who raised $4000 for the Arthritis Society of British Columbia while training for a marathon. Before she got involved with the Arthritis Society her fitness routine consisted of "brief stints here and there." She laughs, "prior to that I have basically been sedentary." After seven months of training, Leona's flight and running career took off to Ireland where she visited family and went sightseeing before doing the Dublin Marathon clad in her Arthritis Society singlet and smothered in Canadian Flag tattoos.


Jerry cycle everyday. Everyday he bikes from from his home near City Central Mall in Surrey to Nordel Way. At the age of 69, Jerry competed in the B.C. Seniors’ Games in Surrey, entering in the time trials, road race and hill climb events. His Trek 8000 mountain bike also enables him to enjoy some additional quieter, but more rigorous challenges such as the service road up Grouse Mountain.


The arthritis fitness program "Waterworks" at the South Surrey Indoor Pool, has been a life saver for Ruth. By exercising in the water, there is no stress or strain on her joints. She can build up the strength in her muscles and most importantly increase the mobility in her joints. She says: "With the exercises, it has improved significantly, you come out of the pool and you just feel great!"