Next Steps - BC stroke recovery walking program

Next Steps

Recovering from a stroke is a challenging experience. 

Two of the seven crucial steps to stroke recovery are ‘Exercise & Mobility’ and ‘Social Interaction & Recreation’. Next Steps is a fun, friendly walking group for stroke survivors throughout British Columbia that helps you set goals and stay motivated during recovery. Groups meet once a week to keep active, maintain mobility and socialize with other stroke survivors in the community.

Members walk at their own pace and distance in a safe indoor mall, with easy access to washrooms, seating areas and other amenities. Next Steps can also link you with valuable resources to support your recovery and help manage life after a stroke.

Next Steps participants
“I really like the great support. I have made new friends."

"My walking has really improved and I feel so much stronger!"

Join Us:
Capilano Mall, 935 Marine Dr., North Vancouver
Fridays  9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (*No program in August)
Central City Shopping Centre, 10153 King George Blvd, Surrey
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m
Cottonwood Mall, 45585 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack
Mondays 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Kingsgate Mall, 370 Broadway E, Vancouver
Mondays  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Oakridge Centre, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
Thursdays  8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Tsawwassen Mills, 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Delta
Wednesdays  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.​
Woodgrove Centre, 6631 N Island Hwy, Nanaimo
Wednesdays 9.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.

Please download and fill out the Walker Information Release Forms prior to joining a Next Steps group:

Contact us for more information:

March of Dimes Canada
301-1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V1
Tel: 604-688-3603


 7 Steps to Stroke Recovery - Step 1: Exercise & Mobility


​The 7 Steps to Stroke Recovery

1Exercise and Mobility
Physical activity plays an important role in helping a survivor regain function after stroke and in maintaining general health. Set specific and achievable goals that are tailored to the current situation.
2Communication and Language
Some stroke survivors develop aphasia, a speech and language impairment that can affect understanding, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Over time, most stroke survivors will improve their ability to communicate. Be patient and say one thing at a time.
3Social Interaction and Recreation
Many stroke survivors have difficulties reclaiming their social lives, but it is possible and should become an intentional goal. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Consider attending a support group or walking program to stay active and social.
4Thinking, Memory and Perception
Most stroke survivors experience some cognitive effects, either temporarily or permanently. They may find it hard to remember things or pay attention. Change habits and routines as needed to adapt to your new situation.
No stroke survivor or caregiver should feel they need to handle the entire situation by themselves. Joining a support group can help you solve problems and find answers to your questions, boost your morale, and provide a supportive environment to express your emotions.
6Healthy Lifestyle
Encouraging healthy eating habits helps to promote the best recovery possible. The healthier a stroke survivor is, the better equipped they will be t o cope with their symptoms and recovery.
7System and Resource Navigation
Finding the right services and support is a critical step that will immensely enhance a stroke survivor’s recovery and well-being. Speak with your healthcare provider about how best to access services in your area.

Next Steps community-based walking program was first developed by GF Strong Rehabiliation Centre. It is supported by Stroke Recovery Canada®​, a program of March of Dimes Canada, Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia, Delta Stroke Recovery Society and North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre.

Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia     

Delta Stroke Recovery Society           North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre


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