Andrea (Andie) Palmer-Nash

Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides 2023/2024

My Activity Tracking


My target 10000 Steps

This May, help me “walk across Canada” to give more Canadians a new leash on life!

As some of you know, I suffered from a stroke that has left me with long term neurological deficits. Because of these deficits, I am working towards obtaining a Dog Guide that is trained in mobility assistance and medical alert tasks. It takes upwards of $30,000 and a minimum of 2 years to train a Dog Guide to provide this level of support. 

While I am working through the application and training process for my own Dog Guide, I want to do my part in helping to raise funds and awareness for others who would also benefit from the support of a Dog Guide. 

From guiding their handlers through their daily lives to getting help when it's needed most, Dog Guides play a crucial role in the lives of Canadians with disabilities. By supporting me with a donation to the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, you are enabling Lions Foundation to fulfill their mission to empower Canadians with disabilities to navigate their world with confidence and independence by providing Dog Guides at no cost to them and supporting each pair in their journey together.

Please donate now and support me in my challenge!


My Updates

The 'steps' still aren't adding up!

Sunday 7th Apr
I haven't figured out a way to calculate my steps accurately but at least I'm making progress on the social media and spreading awareness front. #KeepOnRolling

The 'steps' aren't adding up!

Saturday 9th Mar
There is a new feature where members can sync their smartwatches to automatically count their "steps" and calculate the distance travelled toward the team goal of crossing Canada. 
There is one slight problem, the accuracy of the "steps" in my case doesn't quite add up. Since I am primarily using a powerchair, my smartwatch seems to be counting my tremors and the bumps in the sidewalks as "steps". There doesn't seem to be a wheelchair mode, I am trying to figure out how to provide an accurate measure of distance travelled.

How I plan to 'walk' across Canada.

Friday 1st Mar
First of all, I can't physically walk more than 20 feet without experiencing tremors, severe pain and ending up in bed for the next 2 days. Instead, I plan to take short trips in my powerchair each day, weather permitting, in the hopes of accumulating even a small fraction of the equivalent distance. The combined distance that all of us on the team travel will count toward the goal of crossing Canada. 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Margi & Rod Mckay