Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador (PSNL) is the provincial voice of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians living with Parkinson’s. PSNL has 5 chapters and provides educational workshops, seminars, a toll-free provincial line, printed resources, and supportive services.
PSNL supports Canadian-based research through Parkinson Society Canada’s National Research Program. Our National Research Program has invested more than $18 million to fund over 350 Canadian research initiatives since 1981.
Our Provincial services include:
- Parkinson Community Education Program (P-CEP)—P-CEP takes place in the rural centres of our province and utilizes local medical personnel who directly impact the care and treatment of people living with Parkinson’s as presenters. P-CEP is currently funded by a grant from the Department of Health and Community Services and relies on corporate and community sponsors to assist with travel, promotion, and available space.
- Meta Sellars Memorial Lecture—The lecture is held annually at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s and is presented via video-conference to several major sites in the Province.
- Speech Education Program—PSNL has held this program in Carbonear, St. John’s, and Corner Brook.
- Quarterly newsletter—PSNL provides a newsletter to its members. The newsletter is coordinated and developed through staff and volunteer efforts.
- Toll Free Line for the Province—PSNL’s toll free line gives the person with Parkinson’s and family members an outlet for support and comfort.
- Free Information Packages—PSNL provides free information packages are sent upon request to individuals, health professionals or clinics.
- Bertha Hillyard Memorial Library—The library provides free access to current books and videos to the Province.
- Exercise Class—PSNL was instrumental in organizing and maintaining a special exercise class for people with Parkinson’s in the St. John’s area. The exercise class is currently supported by Eastern Health. Research has proven that people who exercise remain mobile much longer than those who don’t exercise. To encourage all its members to exercise, the Society financially supported the production of an exercise video. Copies of this video are freely distributed throughout the Province.