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Centenarian an Advocate for Physical Activity
Born 100 years and 7 months ago in Beaver, Manitoba, a village that hardly exists on any current map, retired teacher Olga Code has spent her adult life in the Neepawa area. Her memories of her early years are still vivid, from playing with her brothers in the railyards where her father worked to moving around the province to ensure she and her siblings had access to an education beyond the country school.
At a time when many women stopped teaching after they married and had children, Olga carried on with the help of family until the birth of her second child. Even after that, she was persuaded to return to teaching when her son was still young, taking him to the country school with her even before he was officially old enough to start classes.
A big part of Olga’s legacy in the Neepawa area is the generations of children that she taught, first in the country school and then at the elementary school in McCreary until her retirement, but retirement did not slow her down. Her other legacy, which thrives to this day, is an exercise program at the drop-in centre that she and her husband began in the late 1980s and that Olga herself continued to teach until she moved into Neepawa at the age of 88.
Physical activity has been a lifelong passion for Olga. She was an avid cross-country skier and skater, and has a particular leaning towards walking and hiking. She says she and her husband hiked nearly all the trails in the area and she has participated in local and national walkathons, receiving awards for the longest distances and, later, recognition as the oldest participant. To this day, she walks eight to ten blocks a day, weather permitting, and has a stationary bike for when she remains at home.
Olga’s doesn’t credit her longevity entirely to keeping herself physically and mentally active. Her mother also reached the age of 100, her older brother 99, and she has two younger sisters who have just reached the ages of 90 and 94 respectively. Her advice for continued health is straightforward: stay active and be good to one another. It’s as simple as that.
As Neepawa and area’s local access television station, NACTV has been serving the community since 1977. The station is a community-owned not-for-profit organisation that broadcasts 24 hours a day and reaches homes throughout Manitoba and Canada on Bell ExpressVu 592, MTS Channel 30/1030, and WCG 117 as well as streaming online at nactv.tv.
NACTV’s content is primarily filmed and produced by local volunteers and focuses on issues, activities, achievements, sports, and news by, about, and of interest to our community.
Neepawa is located in western Manitoba, about two hours west of Winnipeg and 45 minutes southeast of Riding Mountain National Park.