Dream Big – Fort St. John to Tokyo and Beyond

Come out for an evening of family-friendly fun and inspiring storytelling. We are hosting a free test screening event for the community for the locally produced film Dream Big Fort St John and Beyond.

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Come to the event on December 28, 2023, and experience:

– A film screening
– Try-it-yourself experiences hoop shooting and prizes
– An opportunity to meet Bo Hedges, Paralympic Athlete and captain of Canada’s Paralympic Basketball team
– a book signing of Wheeling In Good Hands by Christine Sutherland, featuring Bo Hedges, the Dream Big documentary film subject
– Engage with community
– Opportunity to provide feedback on the film

“I believe that anything is possible,” says Bo Hedges, from Dead Horse Creek Ranch, just north of his hometown of Fort St John. Bo has always believed he was capable of great achievements. This documentary film will be a story about Bo, his family, and how the community came together to support their star Paralympic Athlete.

It will show many of the ways that Bo’s commitment to his sport has been supported by his hometown, resulting in Bo becoming a nationally competitive wheelchair basketball player and in return, his commitment to Fort St John.

This documentary will show Bo as an extraordinary, influential person in the international Paralympic community. It will show this top-tier Paralympic Athlete in his role as Captain of Canada’s Paralympic Basketball team as he leads the team through the challenges and chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic to the Tokyo Olympics. Bo’s story has medical significance, as well as the more obvious themes of community leadership and the enduring culture of inclusive sport.

On a personal level, the film will show how Bo’s leadership kept the team trained, focused and optimistic. It will follow their training for the postponed 2021 Tokyo Olympics, and their journey to the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Dubai in June 2023.

Bo Hedges sits with a Basketball overlooking Toronto

Christine and her team will bring you Bo’s world of wheelchair basketball, showing the power and generosity of his community, his family and his friends in the north.

Wheeling in Good Hands

Master the art of wheelchair massage both in and out of the chair

The book Wheeling in Good Hands that also features Bo Hedges will be adapted for audio production with a local recording company in Fort St John. Christine will be reading the stories and her audio producer will be reading the chapters.

Brush Education is a Global Certified Accessible publisher who creates born-accessible EPUBs. Their digital books are screen-reader friendly and meet the needs of folks with all variety of print disabilities.

Wheelchair massage is challenging because the broad spectrum of wheelchair users means there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. They might be young or old, they might be using a wheelchair because of a medical condition, an injury, or even a pregnancy, and their wheelchair might be a permanent or temporary solution. But no matter the unique reality of each wheelchair user, their massage needs are governed by the same condition: immobility. Therapeutic massage can alleviate the many digestive, respiratory and circulatory problems that result from prolonged sitting.

Christine Sutherland, a pioneering massage therapy educator and one of the founders of the Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy, teaches wheelchair basics and a range of techniques for wheelchair massage. You’ll learn about common problems stemming from wheelchair use, basic massage strokes, steps for massaging someone sitting in a wheelchair, and massage routines for specific scenarios and issues.

Christine also includes inspirational stories of wheelchair users and how their lives have been transformed through the healing power of touch.

Christine has professional experience as a documentary filmmaker, creating a YouTube channel with 8 million views, and as a global health educator. She is the Director of In Good Hands Worldwide Services Foundation, a multimedia not-for-profit educational company, the President of Sutherland Productions, and a published author of two textbooks with the third textbook, Wheeling in Good Hands which is closely linked to the Dream Big project, launching fall 2023.

Christine is the co-founder of the Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy and Teaching Clinic in Toronto, which opened in 1978. She is a Registered Massage Therapist of 50+ years and an instructor of massage therapy. Christine has utilized her unique skill set and has worked with several other TV and film professionals to create Dream Big.

Dream Big has been a collaborative project that has contributions from across the globe. The inspiration for Dream Big began in 2017 when Christine began work with Bo Hedges, and Ben Haab of Eagle Vision Video in Fort St. John BC. Christine then went on to work with Jesse McCallum of Wood Owl Studios, Sussi Dorrell of Alter Image, and began wrapping the film with DreamBox, a video production company in Dubai, at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships. The final edit and post production has been undertaken by Checkered Owl Media with Rew Jones, in Alberta.

The film is now scheduled to finish post production and start touring the documentary festival circuit. The local screening will be December 28th at the Lido Theatre in Fort St. John.