About Abilities In Motion
We Promote & Encourage Inclusive Paddling
All have a right to access activity on their terms. Inclusion is a practice that allows individuals to participate to their ability. This is a self-exploration of fundamental skill development that contributes to overall health and a life-time of leisure activities and learning physical pursuits. Our mission is to break barriers of accessibility to on-water recreational activities to individuals with disabilities.
Our charity aims to incorporate adaptive equipment, training, and programming into any organizations that offer on-water recreational activities in London and Alliston.
At Abilities In Motion, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy paddling.
In 2000, our founder, Pauline Halstead had an idea to take people with various needs kayaking. Pauline was teaching at Humber College and met a wonderful individual named Tracy Schmitt, also known as Unstoppable Tracy. Over the years, adaptive kayaking was in various locations, working with organizations such as Community Living Association South Simcoe and March of Dimes.
In 2000 adaptive kayaking started in a small way, and then became known as Paddles and Boots Inc. Pauline trailered the boats to various locations but Earl Rowe Provincial Park became our home. Each year the interest increased and we were starting to gain momentum.
In 2009, Abilities In Motion was incorporated as a non-profit organization. With two established locations in Ontario, Alliston and London, AIM offers adaptive kayaking, plus canoeing at the Alliston location. Each location is fully equipped to offer safe adaptive paddling sessions for those with various needs.