Family Support Institute Training Weekend graphics

I was again invited to the Family Support Institute Training Weekend in Naramata – last year this was a really transformational weekend for me as a parent, professional and I got to test my chops as a graphic recorder and facilitator.   This year we upped the ante 🙂  This is an amazing group of folks.  If you are a parent or have a family member with a disability and need support, contact them to find out about Resource Parents in your area.  If you are feeling like you’d like to offer something to other families which include people with … Continue reading Family Support Institute Training Weekend graphics

What is the work?

  Dan Pontefract, author of Flat Earth: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization, was having a contest.   It is over, so I won’t win a book, but I’m going to go buy his book anyway as I really like the way he is thinking about work and connections…  and it gave me a chance to process some of what I was thinking about over the last weeks and last week in particular.  The question he’s asking is “How do you define the word ‘work.’” I was in Toronto taking a refresher course in a planning method we use a … Continue reading What is the work?

BC Ideas Award: Community Mapping

I’m so excited to be part of a small group that’s received an award to do three sessions of community mapping in Vernon, Vancouver and Victoria (we thought we’d start with “V” for victory) from the B.C. Ideas, Community Living Venture.  To read more about the project, click here!    To read the original proposal, click here for the Ashoka Changemakers site (and please leave a comment!)  Essentially, we’ll meet with groups of about 50 people with disabilities in their communities and talk about where they are welcomed and feel their contributions are valued, using a world cafe model.   Shelley Nessman … Continue reading BC Ideas Award: Community Mapping

Standing-Beautiful-Like-The-Sun at Wanuskewin

I’ve been spending a great deal of time questioning the idea of teaching and traditional education lately (though this is really the theme of most of my working life), and part of what’s been interesting for me in this is approaching a couple of events in which I’ll prepare curricula with teaching partners and then spend a few days presenting, teaching, learning.   I’m also at the end of completing a graduate degree in adult education and equity studies and, as they should be, a number of things are falling into place – perhaps as questions and ideas about processes rather … Continue reading Standing-Beautiful-Like-The-Sun at Wanuskewin

The Medicine Buddha and Community Living

It’s interesting when the schedule of what’s going on brings two events together and there’s a serendipitous connection of ideas that happens only because one doesn’t want to miss something that someone that one doesn’t know has scheduled for a certain day, without any sense of one’s own life.   Last week I went to a Michael Kendrick lecture about the ideas of “Quality” and “Innovation” in our field of supporting people with disabilities to be part of their communities: what are we really talking about when we bandy these terms around?  That evening there was a lecture on “Modern Buddhism” … Continue reading The Medicine Buddha and Community Living

preparing for Christmas

so, when i lived on Gabriola island i used to spend endless time decorating the house and yard, baking gingerbread cookies and making ornaments and getting the perfect gifts for people and creating cards for them…   and now there doesn’t seem like time for any of that in our new family life.   funny.   when we were preparing to adopt, gary and i had to make a photo album of typical things that we do together that we might do with our prospective child.   and one of the photos was of us baking cookies – hundreds of … Continue reading preparing for Christmas