The SPUD Nash Membership - Invest In Your Health & Help People In Your Community


Thank you taking the time to check out our SPUD Nash promotion. A few things about Wellness Association then I will offer you some meaningful savings from businesses in your area.

What is Wellness Association?
  • We help folks who living with serious medical concerns
  • Provide funding for private health care services  
  • Promote health conscious lifestyles to the public
We do this through a membership platform that offers two kinds of members:

Support Members  (generally healthy people):
  • Pay a fee to join - usually $50 per year
  • Receive discounts at health conscious retailers throughout western Canada
  • Dues pay for Wellness Members services  
Wellness Members (people living with a serious illness or extreme poverty):
  • Free to join 
  • Membership never expires
  • Receive discounts & funding for medical services
The folks we help have conditions such as:
  • Multiple Sclerosis                 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's
  • Alzheimer's
  • Brain Injury
  • Autism
  • Many more. We will do what we can to help any person. No one is turned away.
We offer services such as:
  • Natural Doctor 
  • Dentist
  • Yoga
  • Health Foods
  • Massage
  • Gym/Personal Trainer
  • You will find most health services in our network 
Our ultimate goal is to create a independent private health care service that any person can use. We can accomplish this if we get massive participation. You, and tens of thousands of others, have an important role to play. You must become a member and promise to save as much money as possible on everyday purchases.

Our goal is lofty. However if you check the links out you will see that we are well on our way!

Grace Malmberg - Mosaic Triplody
Chelsey Slusarenko - Meniere's
Steve Chipman - Spinal Injury
We recently added Steve Nash Fitness and SPUD Organic Food Delivery to our service. As a member you will receive:

  • $30 off minimum $60 order of local and organic foods 
  • 25% cash back or donation to Wellness Association when you purchase a weekly produce box  

  • Free access to any Steve Nash facility for the month of October
  • 50% off annual membership by purchasing a Wellness Association Fit Pass

You will also receive discounts at 179 affiliated business in western Canada.

We are making it easy for people to get involved. Sign up for a trail membership. It will last you until November 1,2017 and will only cost $10. When you are happy with the service you can sign up for a full year or pay by the month.

Invest in your health & help people in your community  Sign up today!

Thank you for your time and attention

Eric Halstom

Questions?? Call me! 1-855-263-7883 or Email

If you are in need of medical services please sign up as a Wellness Member  Memberships are free and never expire. 


Posted By Wellness Association23:28:00
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Assistive Computer Technology - A Vehicle for Inclusion on the Information Highway

Ever stopped to notice how technological our world has become?  Everywhere you go people are using technology to share information and keep connected.  It is a part of everyday life, in everything we do.  It is a trend we all want and need to be a part of to truly be part of the community these days.  Technology is in most homes and businesses - one can easily walk down the street and observe many people using their cell phones and/or using PDAs.  The gentleman or woman next to you on the bus may be typing his or her resume on their laptop; we use the bank machine to do our banking, and we order movies and tickets online; and we might send messages and chat with our friends online. Technology is a booming industry and many jobs today are directly or indirectly related to the use of computers and other technologies.  Everyone is on the, so called “Information Highway”. 

Bow Valley IT Services is a company that started business in March 2016 and aims to ensure that people with disabilities have the same access and opportunity to be included on the “Information Highway” by ensuring people with disabilities have both the access to technology, and the skill set to utilize it. We want individuals with disabilities and their networks to be aware that there are solutions available to access technology, and help them to gain the necessary skills for employment and lifelong learning. 

Through the service that is provided, individuals with disabilities will have the opportunity to access and utilize existing information and communication technologies to better develop their skills and knowledge of computers and the Internet as a means of accessing and/or enhancing employment opportunities. The individuals will be supported to learn to use assistive technology and to build the networks and supports around them to ensure sustainability of their skills and learning. 

We have big hopes for this service and to work along with the Neurological Wellness Association that the impact while using assistive technology can have not only an impact on the individuals and their networks but also on the larger community!

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Grace Malmberg - Overcoming Mosaic Triploidy

I feel like I have said "we will do what we can to help any person" a hundred thousand times. I never thought that statement would carry so much meaning to an 18 month old person who is living with one of the rarer conditions known to the human race.

Chance encounters with people in need is one of the main reasons we spend so much time in public settings. Last week we ran into Cheryl Cherney. She is the mother of our youngest Wellness Member Grace Malmberg. Cheryl and Grace have an incredible story of strength and survival to share:

My daughter, Grace Malmberg was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Mosaic Triploidy. Grace was born into palliative care facility at Kelowna General Hospital as our physicians thought that she would have miscarried or have been still born. During the majority of my pregnancy I did not expect Grace to survive. Instead of building a nursery we made funeral arrangements.

Grace was born full term at 4lbs 11oz and with strength of her will to live and loving support she was considered a thriving baby after only three days in palliative care. She went home a week later never being in the NICU.

Nurses gave my daughter the nickname 'Amazing Grace' because she was born with agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC) a rare birth defect (congenital disorder) in which there is a complete or partial absence of the corpus callosum. The corpus callosum is a broad band of nerves that connect the two hemispheres of the brain. The absence of these nerves can lead to significant health issues in life.

Mosaic has affected Grace's muscle tone by making it severely low causing feeding difficulties as an infant and developmental challenges. At 3 months old we discovered Grace had mild hearing loss. She now wears a hearing aids. In addition to these challenges Grace was diagnosed with precocious puberty at four months old. Precocious puberty refers to the appearance of physical and hormonal signs of pubertal development at an earlier age than is considered normal. Grace has had many hospital trips we never know of what is next.

Grace is currently a year and a half old and at her recent hospital trip she was diagnosed with epilepsy. We will know more with future visits to children’s hospital. There are many unknowns with her rare genetic disorder. I have been told that she is one of only four people in Canada that have defect. 

Grace has had many Doctor appointments, and there are many sleepless nights for her and I.  But no matter the condition for Grace she still can light up a room with her smiles. Grace's favorite activity is being in the water, every time she is at a pool her body can finally relax and she falls asleep. Grace loves to play piano, music is her favorite.

Since Grace was born she has had amazing support in her life with amazing Nurses, Specialists, Doctors, and the community church who continue to be amazing. Grace and I have also ran into many obstacles. Grace requires physiotherapy to encourage muscle growth. She has been on the wait list for her entire life. There seems to be no clear time table for the necessary support to arrive.

I ran into Darrall and Van fundraising for Neurological Wellness at the Save On Foods in West Kelowna on Friday. Van stopped me and asked for a donation. I was kind of interested when I saw the neurological branding on their banner and I was curious. They explained to me that NWA helps people with neurological conditions. I asked them what the minimum age limit was and they said that they work with any person who is ill. I told them about my daughter and Darrall asked if I wanted to become a member and signed me up for free.   

On Wednesday I was contacted by Eric who got me involved in the program and told me that Grace would receive 95% of the total cost of service for her physio therapy. Eric also helped me find an organic infant formula to help grace nutritionally. I am a single mother who does all she can to care for her daughter. The additional burden of medical bills for a child with needs like these are completely overwhelming. I hope that the help of neurological wellness Association and a physiotherapist will help Grace reach her full potential.

Thank you very much support. I am grateful for the assistance Grace will receive

Neurological Wellness is committed to bringing Grace as many advantages as we can. In the short term this means our maximum subsidy for healthy food and physio for Grace with some counseling/support for Mom. 

We are fortunate that Jeanne in the Health & Wellness department at Askew's Foods in Salmon Arm immediately helped us locate a suitable infant formula for Grace to help her grow strong. We are also very grateful to our supporters at Save On Foods West Kelowna for giving us the space to connect with Cheryl. Finally I would like to thank all the members around western Canada who make it possible to pay for Graces services. It is said that it takes a community to raise a child. Grace has the support of many.

We will keep you up to date with Graces story as we move forward. We hope to bring plenty of positive news to our readers over the coming months!   

- Eric Halstrom

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Chelsey Slusarenko - Physio Treatment For Meniere's in Edmonton

We were recently contacted by Prince George resident Jackie Cassidy. She has been looking for assistance for her daughter, Chelsey, who lives in Edmonton. Chelsey lives with a form of vertigo that can drastically alter her life. The physio therapy she uses makes all the difference for her and her family. Unfortunately Chelsey has been unable to work due to her condition and has had troubles paying for services while on disability.

Jackie is a tremendous advocate for her daughter. After hearing Chelseys story we approved a 75% subsidy for her to continue to pursue massage and physio therapy in Edmonton. This is Chelseys story we will report on her recovery in the coming months.

I would like to share my life with you living with Meniere’s disease and how it has affected my day to day life.

The symptoms that I experienced come on very fast with no warning.  When I was 14 I started going to the doctor because I was always dizzy and nauseous, within an hour of feeling like this I felt distinctly dizzy, in fact my whole environment felt like it was turning circles. I cannot walk in a straight line. It was always diagnosed as the flu, or a viral infection, or my tonsils, or sinus colds. After removing my tonsils in Dec 2013, and being on a steady dose of daily antibiotics and still getting sick every 2 to 3 weeks, my family doctor finally referred me to an ENT Specialist.

Now, when my symptoms start within hours I feel beyond dizzy, the room spins and I have to use every once of concentration to try to keep it still. I can’t walk without hanging onto the walls and furniture, and I get so nauseated and unable to keep even water down. I get an unbelievable headache, including a roaring sound in my head, my eyes tear up, my throat feels tight and my sinus drain.

These symptoms persist virtually non-stop for 3 to 5 days. I am unable to do anything other than lie as still as I can or crawl to the bathroom to be sick.  Usually by day 4 or 5 I am able, with assistance to put some clothes on and go to the walk-in clinic or see my family doctor or my specialist.  I am not able to walk without assistance and unable to bear daylight.

Having to go through this is exhausting, and for up to a week afterwards I still feel mild nausea. During this time I am afraid to drive, unable to move about normally, and am barely able to eat. It usually takes a couple weeks for my body to feel back to normal, before another episode happens again.

Before I got diagnosed I had a full time job that I loved. I missed a lot of time because I was always sick, and it would happen suddenly without warning.  I was afraid to go to work, when I was able to go to work. I didn’t know if I would have another attack, or how bad it would be. A couple time I got sick at work, and had to have coworkers drive me back home on work hours.When you’re experiencing extreme vertigo, its impossible to run to the bathroom to be sick because you can’t even stand. The stress you face knowing that your sick and there is nothing you can do and it happens so regularly it adds so much stress wondering if you will have a job after you are better or if you will be fired. The mental stress of having to go to work with another doctor note and wondering how much trouble you are going to be in…and there is nothing you can do.

Meniere’s is a lifetime condition with no cure. I have been on so many different medications trying to control this disease, but nothing worked. Because of the severe nature of the vertigo associated with Meniere’s disease, it can be hazardous for me to be in a work environment and I am unable to perform any physical labor. Even walking becomes a function nearly impossible, and my sense of balance gets thrown off making falling a high risk. The vertigo causes dizziness and confusion, conditions that are not ideal for the need to think and act quickly. I was born Deaf, that is already challenging for me in the work force with one disability, but this disease is overwhelming and over powering physically and mentally.

Eventually this disease leads to a condition called dropsees. During the last year of having this disease, before I started my treatment,  I would fall, without warning, not stumbling or tripping over anything, but I would just drop with no control over it or even knowing it was happening. This was especially scary because twice it happened when I was carrying my new born son. Thankfully he was uninjured and we were ok. But it is the scariest feeling in the world after it happens knowing you had no warning and no control over what happens.

My ENT Specialist told me I was no longer fit to work, and I went on EI Sick leave to try to get control over this disease. When that ran out and I still was not able to return to work I applied disability benefits from AISH (Alberta Income for the Severely Handicapped).

The last resort for treatment was to try Vascular Physio Therapy. And after a few treatments, my symptoms improved, and I wasn’t getting sick as often. I was able to enjoy my life and not be stressed about worrying if I would have another episode so frequently, I got to relax a little, enjoy life. Another part of my treatment recommended by my Physiotherapist is Massage Therapy to try to loosen the muscles in my neck. This has also contributed to my well being.

AISH only covers 8 visits per year for the Vascular Physio Therapy, and they do not cover any of my Massage Therapy. To keep the symptoms of this disease under control I need to have to have Vascular Physio Therapy treatment every two weeks, and Massage Therapy every 2 to3 weeks. With the treatments I can go 5 to 6 weeks with having an episode, and when I do get sick it only last for a couple days and not a week. And I recover quicker and feel better sooner.

My mother met a lady Samantha, who lives close by in her neighborhood, and was speaking to her about how she has raised money for my treatments in the past through social media companies, but funds were mostly donated by close friends and family and are not a residual source of funding for my treatments to continue.  Samantha, who happens to be the representative for the Neurological Wellness Association in Prince George told my mother about the NWA and the great work they do and gave her a card with the contact information. Within 2 days of applying for funding for my treatment we received a call from NWA and the funding was approved for my treatments!!! It all happened so fast!!! What a relief it is to know I can continue my treatments, a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and a lot of stress in my life is relieved to have my subsidy approved immediately. I am now 24 years old and have 2 sons and this will dramatically affect the quality of life for me and my family. Thank you so much!!!! I am so grateful of this amazing association and the help I am about to receive!!


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