What started as a way to have the convenience of working out close to home and keep her young son, Judd, busy, Variety quickly became an important part of Karen’s life. Over the 30 years Karen was a member, Variety, was always more than a gym to her.
Karen loved the community feeling and was actively involved in adapted physical activity program design committees, aquatics for everyone curriculum development, membership advisory council, fitness classes, spin classes, family fun day events, team award nights, weight room, cardio room, fieldhouse programs and aquatics.
At home everywhere, Karen’s favourite spot was definitely the pool – it was here that she returned to her active lifestyle following each of her cancer diagnoses. To honour Karen’s memory we have started the Karen Ford Memorial Fund. This fund will be used to provide scholarships each year to two members of the Variety Flames swim team. It is our hope to grow the fund to support a cause so close to Karen’s heart.