Meet the WPC 2019 Buddies Coordinators
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Deanna Krywy (Canada): Deanna’s goal in life is to enjoy every day no matter what it may bring while never having boring hair! Deanna was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 50 years of age, just a short 6 years ago. It turned life upside down for this mom and fitness nut but in doing so also created great unexpected opportunities. Ice hockey, field lacrosse and rowing were her passions and were hard to give up, but Deanna now spends her time gardening, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding and learning how to salsa. Since being diagnosed, Deanna has zip lined in Costa Rica, bungy jumped on Vancouver Island, tried scuba diving in Curacao and taken surfing lessons in Barbados.

Deanna has two adult sons and a core group of special friends that keep her busy enjoying life.  She spends summers in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and winters on the island of Barbados.

Her past professional life includes a variety of interesting positions including stints as a dog catcher, private investigator, travel agent and mystery shopper, ending with 20 years in various administrative roles within the Provincial Government of British Columbia in Canada.

Deanna was a buddy participant for the WPC 2013 and describes her buddy as “a sister from another mother”!  Deanna is excited to bring her “joie de vivre” to the Buddy Program and looks forward to meeting all the buddies at the WPC 2016 in Portland Oregon.

  Robert Davis (Canada): Robert was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in January 2008. He has been the City of Toronto’s Supervisor of Public Consultation since 1992 and has been on long term disability since December 2010. As Supervisor he managed 14 full time staff who ran almost 300 public events per year for a range of City divisions including solid waste, water, planning the Toronto Transit Commission and transportation services. Robert also spent two secondments doing special work in 2004-05 running the Metropolis Immigration Settlement Conference and in 2009 developing and implementing Social Media protocols for City Clerks.
   June Ritar (Australia): Parkinson's has had a profound impact on my life since my diagnosis in 2007. It has made me aware of my mortality and the need to leave happy memories to my children, grand-children and my great grandson. I am determined to be there in the important times in their lives, participating, celebrating and enjoying.
To achieve this I stay active and exercise to maintain my mobility, peddling 10 kilometres daily on the exercise bike and walking where possible. I eat a balanced diet and exercise my brain with reading, crosswords, Scrabble, Mahjong and cards.
I have been involved with Mid-Western Parkinson's Support Group since its inception in 2010 holding several leadership positions and organizing fundraising events..
My motto is to do what I can, while I can. My husband, Karl supports and encourages me 100%. We attend seminars in Australia and overseas including the WPC in Montreal in 2013.
Having PD has reinforced my decision to think positively.
 Tamara & Conder Seaholtz (United States): Tamara & Conder live in Washington state and participated in the Buddies program for the first time at WPC 2016. Conder was diagnosed with Parkinson's not long before WPC 2016. Tamara speaks English, Spanish, German and Sign Language. Conder speaks English and German.




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