Dwayne & Shelley Low
When Dwayne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease over eight years ago we both had a real passion to work towards finding a cure and making a difference. Even though we were apprehensive when Travis suggested we try an event like this, we still supported him. We are very proud of his drive and determination to make an event like this happen. The past five years have brought such great success – not only in the funds that we’ve donated to Parkinson Society Saskatchewan but also in putting on an event that brings so many people together to have a great time and unit for a cause that has meant so much to us. The response has truly been overwhelming. We are very excited about the event once again this year and are very thankful to have the support of an amazing committee that is working so hard to make this happen.
Dwayne and I have been married for almost 32 years and are blessed with three children – Trina, Chelsea, and Travis – along with our son-in-law Cameron and our two adorable grandsons, James and Owen. Dwayne is currently still working and has been employed at SaskPower for 33 years.
We realized with Dwayne’s diagnoses that life is precious and no one knows what tomorrow might bring. Our newest motto is to live each day to the fullest.
Travis’ grandfather fought with Parkinson’s for over 15 years and his father, Dwayne, was diagnosed in 2005. After a few years of pledging for the Parkinson SuperWalk, Travis thought he could not only raise funds, but also bring a large group of young people together to create awareness for Parkinson’s disease. This is how Lows in Motion was born.
Lows in Motion has been Travis’ passion for the past 6 years as the committee Chair. In 2011, Travis has also made contributions to the Parkinson’s community by serving as the Executive Director for Parkinson Society Saskatchewan and extending the organization’s reach throughout Saskatchewan. Great progress has been made thus far, but a great deal of work remains and Travis is ready and willing to tackle this challenge.
In his spare time, Travis enjoys spending time with friends and family. He is also very active playing hockey, golf, and exercising at the gym.
Evan has been involved with Lows in Motion from its beginning. Travis Low approached him one day suggesting the idea that has since grown to be an exciting annual event. Sharing the same community focus as Travis and having a desire to help the Low family, Evan has been involved ever since.
He and his wife have two boys and feel it is important to show them that getting involved and making a difference in people’s lives is important! When he’s not working as the Sales and Business Development Manager at Nu-Fab Building Products, or at his church, he’s relaxing with his family.
Keith Moen joined the Lows in Motion Committee in 2009, shortly after the first event was held. He’s had a personal connection with Parkinson’s as his Dad, Russ Moen, lived with Parkinson’s for 10 years until his passing in 2009. Keith is extremely happy that his sister, Faye Marcoux, has joined the LIM Committee to help lead the charge against Parkinson’s.
Keith is very active in Saskatoon, primarily its business community, due to his position as the Executive Director of the NSBA (North Saskatoon Business Association). Keith is married to Lenore, and they have three grown children, Kassy, Colton and Connor.
Faye Marcoux joined the Lows in Motion committee in 2012, brought on board by her brother, Keith Moen. Volunteering continues to be a big part of Faye’s life. Faye has adjusted to city life, moving to Saskatoon in the fall of 2011 when she retired from farming. She loves spending time with her three grown children who all live in Saskatoon. A part-time position at the Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan has been a perfect fit for her semi-retirement.
Faye’s dad, Russ Moen, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in his 70s and passed away in 2009 when he was 82. His battle with Parkinson’s increased Faye’s awareness of the disease and its debilitating symptoms, motivating her to contribute to this very worthwhile fundraising ‘Shaker’.
Daniel Evans is a graduate of the Edwards School of Business and is currently employed at RBC Dominion Securities.
Daniel and Travis met at university and soon became good friends. Through this friendship Daniel witnessed firsthand the hard work and dedication that Travis and the Low family put into the Lows in Motion event and the true passion they have to make it a continued success. This motivated Daniel to become involved with the committee and help support such a great cause.
Outside of the committee Daniel enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing hockey, golf and tennis, and spending time at the lake.
After becoming close friends with Travis during university, Taisa had the pleasure of getting to know the Low family. She is inspired by the family’s spirit and determination to find a cure for Parkinson’s and has supported the event since it began in 2009. She is honoured to be a member of the organizing committee and thoroughly enjoys planning the décor for the event each year.
Taisa works as a pharmacist in Saskatoon. Being involved in the health care community, she understands the importance of improving awareness of diseases such as Parkinson’s. Events like Lows in Motion not only raise funds to make advancements in research and improve treatment management but also provide valuable education and understanding about Parkinson’s disease.
Taisa enjoys volunteering at SWITCH, a westside community clinic, as a pharmacy mentor to student volunteers. She also keeps busy dancing with the Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet Ensemble. She travels often, always looking for new adventures and experiences. Her other hobbies include long-distance running, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, soccer, and her book/wine club.
Jessica graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. She is now the owner and operator of Paper Plane Communications, a Saskatoon-based writing, editing, and communications business. She believes in using the written word to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
A regular attendee at past Lows in Motion events, Jessica was thrilled and honoured when Travis – a longtime friend – approached her about joining the event’s organizing committee in 2013. She enjoys putting her communications and writing skills to work to promote awareness about such a commendable cause and a premier event.
When she is not working, Jessica is usually found among friends and family. In her spare time, she also enjoys reading, blogging, and traveling the world to experience new countries and cultures.
Niki is a graduate of both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. Currently, Niki works in Corporate Affairs at BHP Billiton Potash.
Niki has been a loyal Lows in Motion attendee since the event’s inception and joined the organizing committee in 2012 upon her return to Saskatoon. Growing up, Niki watched as her uncle worked to overcome the many challenges of Parkinson’s before his passing. She immediately took an interest in the great work being done through this event and the dedication of Travis and the Low Family in generating both funds and awareness for those living with Parkinson’s disease.
In addition to her work with Lows in Motion, Niki also sits on the Board of Directors for Parkinson Society Saskatchewan and is the Chair of Young Business and Professional Women of Saskatoon. When she’s not busy with work or volunteering, she loves to spend as much time as possible with her niece and nephew or out at the cabin fishing!
She is excited to once again be part of such an energetic group of people; bringing awareness and understanding to Parkinson’s disease and raising funds to make a difference in the lives of those affected by it.
Shelby grew up in small town Saskatchewan and is passionate about developing communities and about making a difference in people’s lives. Shelby has been a part of Low’s in Motion since 2015. She joined the committee after volunteering for the event, and now assists in the operations and logistics of the event, as well as the coordination of volunteers. Shelby graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce, and has a career in Human Resources, and previous experience in events and rental management. Shelby enjoys working with the talented group of individuals which makes up the organizing committee to raise money for Parkinson’s disease.
After meeting Travis and attending previous years’ Lows In Motion Fundraisers, Toran was inspired to apply his online marketing abilities to help this great cause. Toran works full time at Cameco Corporation as a Analyst in the Marketing Strategy Department. He also utilizes his passion for the internet and online marketing though a small boutique marketing agency called Hunch Marketing where he manages all web clients. He hopes to increase the awareness of Lows In Motion through an effective web and social media presence.
Aside from his small business, Toran is the founder and Executive Director of Share The Wake, a non profit organization that helps youth experience the lake life . In his free time (yes there is some), wakesurfing, yoga, playing volleyball, relaxing with his friends and family, and thinking of new and interesting ideas that he can make a reality.