When Megan* was only twelve months old her parents were told she suffered from a muscle weakness and that she would have to try twice as hard as other kids to keep up with physical activities. She didn’t take her first steps until she was two.
A year later, Megan began riding horses at Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association (KTRA). After four years of riding she can steer her horse through obstacle courses, over jumps and has a sport that is all her own.
“We will always be indebted to KTRA and all that it has meant to our family for the past four years and look forward to many more years of growth with this wonderful organization,” says Megan’s mom. “Most importantly, she feels confident when she’s on her horse.”
KTRA offers equine assisted therapy for children, youth, adults and seniors with disabilities. They have over 40 riders attending their seven programs each week. Over the past nine years, United Way has provided KTRA with operational funding for their various programs as well as capacity building through Days of Caring, Board Development and free professional development workshops.
“They were instrumental in keeping us going and offering community supports to allow the association to continue,” says Tiffany Burns, Executive Director of KTRA. “United Way allows us to help over 40 people every week and be able to improve the quality of their lives.”
After attending a workshop on social enterprise through United Way in 2012, KTRA began offer summer horse camps. The summer camps raised over $10,000 for their programs in 2013.
The programs offered at KTRA are helping our communities and the people in them grown healthy and strong.
*Name changed for privacy