People can sweat alongside veterans and first responders in the 5th annual Sweat for a Vet boot camp at the SLS Centre this Wednesday, Nov. 8 starting at 9 a.m.

Registrations for this event for the Wayfinders Retreat Society are now being accepted through the SLS Centre website. They'll also be accepted that morning at a registration table outside the centre's artificial turf.

large crowdLast year, over 70 people participated, including this group of 46 in the morning session. (file photo)

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Individuals, families -- all are welcome to participate, says Wayfinders executive director Paul Wagman. He says more and more local businesses are also showing their support of veterans.

"If businesses want to do something special for Remembrance Day, this is definitely a good way to honour our veterans," he says.

Proceeds from this event as well as the Walk a Mile in their Boots challenge will help support programming for veterans and first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Veteran John Senior will be leading a brief opening ceremony at 9 a.m. that includes a video from local MP Blake Richards, who is also the Conservatives' shadow minister for Veteran Affairs.

Wayfinders executive director Paul Wagman says Richards has been a strong supporter of the society and recently visited the ranch house, where most of their programming takes place.

Walk a mileStephanie Marrello, SLS Centre fitness and wellness coordinator, at last year's challenge station for Walk a Mile in their Boots. Centre patrons can take the challenge until Nov. 13. (file photo)

Walk a Mile in their Boots

Those who may be unable to attend the boot camp but want to show their support have a chance to "Walk a Mile in their Boots" in the atrium of the SLS Centre until Nov. 13.

The SLS Centre is welcoming anyone in the community to try and “walk a mile” on one of two cardio units in their atrium. If you're looking for a greater challenge, there will be weighted vests and first responder/military helmets available to wear. 

There will also be a challenge available for the centre's younger patrons to complete. 

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