Jen McGregor helpos create an accessible pool experience

Marian Gillard presents one of the hardest working members of the Arts and Rec Centre staff

Jen McGregor is a longtime Rec Centre staffer.

Jennifer McGregor has been working at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre for 26 years. She started at 16 years old.

As a child she lived with her parents who wanted to make sure all of their four daughters knew how to swim from an early age, so they built a backyard pool. The girl became proficient and Jennifer and one of her sisters became quite competitive at swim meets.

I met Jen when my husband was wheelchair bound. She gave him swimming lessons which he loved and they had a special rapport. She used the lift to get him in and out of the water.

She has several clients each week including a stroke victim.

Lynn Dunkley was in an accident some time ago and Jen encouraged her to try swimming as part of her recovery. She learned quickly and had such confidence because of Jen’s encouragement, that she would take her wheelchair to the deep end and plunge right in.

However, most people who use a wheelchair get in and out by the lift which is safe for anyone up to 600 pounds. Jen makes sure that people don’t feel they are on display. The hot tub is also available for those who can access it.

Jen also works with children of all ages and she especially enjoys her class with children from four months to five years of age.

For people facing surgery, doctors will often recommend a session in the pool before and during recovery. A referral is not necessary but Jen will meet with you and discuss your program.

Lynn says the swimming program helped her tremendously. I agree with with her that Jen is an upbeat, open-hearted person. Everyone I talk to is glad to know her.

Marian Gillard is a seniors’ advocate and regular Observer columnist.

Just Posted

’This is our way to give back to somebody’

Quesnel couple’s TeamTanya “The Breast Ride” raising money to help people going through breast cancer

Quesnel business associations collaborate to host dinner on the bridge

The first event on the walking bridge, the Shore to Shore Dinner on the Bridge, sold out quickly

Grads will be celebrated at Quesnel’s National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Event planned for Friday, June 21 includes dancing, children’s activities, food and music

Photos: Students perform The Great Campfire at Red Bluff Elementary

The Great Campfire teaches kids about respecting their environment and fire safety

West Fraser’s annual allowable cut near Quesnel reduced by 36 per cent

West Fraser will also be closing a mill in Chasm and eliminating a shift from its mill in 100 Mile House

VIDEO: B.C. First Nation plans to launch legal challenge after Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, Premier John Horgan says he’ll continue to defend the B.C. coast

Pair of B.C. cities crack Ashley Madison’s “Infidelity Hotlist”

Data from the website reveals Abbotsford and Kelowna hottest spots for cheaters

Life’s work of talented B.C. sculptor leads to leukemia

Former Salmon Arm resident warns of dangers of chemical contact

Billboard posted along B.C.’s Highway of Tears to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women

Billboards featuring Indigenous artwork to be placed in Surrey, Kamloops and near Prince George

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

B.C. municipality prepares to forbid overnight camping by homeless despite court ruling

While courts have ruled against blanket bans, Langley City is employing a site-by-site approach

B.C. auditor says Indigenous grad rate highest ever but education gaps exist

The percentage of Indigenous students graduating from B.C. public high schools has hit its highest level ever

Statistics Canada reports annual pace of inflation rises in May to 2.4%

Transportation prices gained 3.1 per cent as the cost of air transportation added 8.9 per cent

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Most Read