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Aug 08.29

The Movement Centre of Manitoba

Posted In: Charity Pot

Inspiration can come from many places.

Parents are the first catalyst for a child’s imagination. Teachers, sports stars and celebrities can spark the fire inside to ignite dreams and hopes for the future. My inspiration is my daughter Megan, who shows me how to love and be happy when sad things happen. Her determination proves that each day is a miracle, and she teaches me how to recognize it.

LUSH Charity Pot: Movement Centre of Manitoba

My girls, Megan and Erin, were born on May 14th, 2000. They were healthy at birth despite being born eight weeks early. My husband Joe, son Brent (born in 1995) and I were busy with new twins, but with the help of family and friends, we were happy. About two weeks after Megan was born, she got sick and started having seizures. We had a wonderful doctor who got us into several specialists but there were no answers until Megan turned seven months old. Finally, a CT scan of Megan’s brain showed that, due to a virus at two weeks old, she had suffered severe brain damage and calcification of the brain. The official diagnosis was global development delay and cerebral palsy. At the age of four, she was also diagnosed with epilepsy. Our lives would never be the same, as Megan was stuck in a body with muscles that just wouldn’t work.

The first two years were very difficult, but then we started to see Megan’s personality shine through. She showed a great sense of humour and we came to realize that only Megan’s muscles were affected, not her intellect. She was involved in all the traditional therapies, but she couldn’t sit on her own or hold her head up and her hands were mostly stuck in the fist position. We hoped to find a way to help Megan move better and become more independent.

One day, when Megan was four, my Mom called and told me about a place called the Movement Centre of Manitoba. She was determined to take Megan there! The Movement Centre helps improve the lives of people with physical disabilities through Conductive Education. Wow, does it ever work! Megan can now hold her head up, and she has great use of both her hands and arms. Megan still requires constant care, but she can sit unassisted for several minutes, can walk for short periods of time with a walker and has learned to use the bathroom (a true miracle).

LUSH Charity Pot: Movement Centre of Manitoba

Last summer, I went into my local LUSH to stock up on my favourite products and the sales associate told me about a Charity Pot campaign that was running. Every store in North America was going to give away $1000 to a local charity, and there was also a draw to be one in ten people to join LUSH in Las Vegas to volunteer with Friends of Nevada Wilderness. Needless to say, I nominated the Movement Centre of Manitoba as I truly believe they’re a great charity that fits well with the LUSH philosophy. By sharing my passion and inspiration for them, the Movement Centre of Manitoba was awarded the $1000 gift from LUSH. One little entry into a ballot box has grown into an incredible opportunity, as the Movement Centre of Manitoba was recently signed on as a full Charity Pot partner.

LUSH not only supports national and international non-profit organizations through their charitable givings program, but they honestly do care about what’s happening at the local level. Next time you’re in a LUSH shop, make sure you check out their Charity Pot hand and body lotion. Don’t hesitate to nominate a charity in your community that inspires you, as I know that one small voice can make a big difference. You just have to speak up. Don’t be shy, share your inspiration with others and watch it grow.

Meet Paula

Paula Dawn Scharf Ryan is a mother of three and LUSH customer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Paula grew up with a passion for helping others and has made volunteering with local charities a significant part of her life. She loves travelling, fishing, being an Irish Dance mom and soaking in the tub with a Butterball Bath Bomb.


The Movement Centre of Manitoba is a non-profit charitable organization established in 1998; a dream-come-true for Executive Director, Margy Nelson. The goal is to help individuals, of all ages, with motor challenges gain invaluable independence through Conductive Education Rehabilitation programs. The trained specialists teach clients to gain physical mobility, thus increasing their confidence and functional independence. Conductive Education Rehabilitation assumes that the process of learning belongs to the disabled individual, and that lives can be transformed! Find out more at: