A note from Laurie | October 2019

Dear Facilitators,

Wisconsin is beginning to explode with the colors of autumn, and I hope you are jumping into the fall season full of excitement for the coming holidays, feeling thankful for all of the wonderful people in your lives, and looking forward to the new opportunities coming your way as a Parkinson’s community!

The WPA team is full of gratitude for the success we have had this past year in connecting with so many of you! Whether we have shared conversation through our events, or touched base during educational programs and site visits, you continue to inspire us with your positivity, sense of humor, dedication and perseverance. Support, partnerships and awareness are growing in Parkinson’s communities throughout the state, helping us to build stronger relationships that in turn bring more resources to more people.

As we continue to increase the number of outreach opportunities we offer, whether through additional educational programs or exciting new exercise programs in new areas, we value and appreciate our facilitators, who so willingly help to assure the information about these programs goes out to those in their area.

We had a very successful Facilitator Retreat back in July, with facilitator representation from across the state – it was so nice to visit with so many of you that day! We had terrific speakers all afternoon on the topics of Stress Management, the PD Self program and Art Therapy- and even got our hands a little messy as we completed a creative art project!

Each of these topics spoke to empowerment, quality of life and self-expression, all critical components for those managing PD and their caregivers. Here are links to each of the presenters notes and presentation slides so you can share this valuable information with members of your groups:

Stress Management
PD Self program
Art Therapy

We received very positive feedback on our speakers and the information they shared, as well as topic suggestions for next year, so we can start planning for the Facilitator Retreat in Appleton on June 18th, 2020 – Mark your calendars now!

Hope to see you soon – thank you for all you do!

-Laurie Couillard
Director of Group Engagement |