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A busy month…

I’ve been finishing up a big, distracting project that has required a lot of focus…  for some reason this meant that every time someone asked me to work at an event I just said yes 🙂 Hospitals engaging patients, self advocates strategic planning, MAPs and PATHs and training in California and with teachers in B.C..   It was good to use the other side of my brain, but it was particularly a gift to be around so many interesting people doing so many good things.   And always a gift to spend time with Liz Etmanski, who did some of the most charming of these drawings, and of course Shelley Nessman, my facilitation partner.   Next up – the Family Support Institute training weekend and then strategic planning in Kent, Washington with TLC.   For more information about having us at your events, you can contact me at imagineacircle@gmail.com or Shelley at Shelley@spectrumsociety.org

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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 disabilities, inquire about their annual training program.   Last year I think it was 27 new Resource Parents and Resource Family Members came on board, assisted by more experienced peers who have been there from the beginning.  If you’re a professional or an agency, consider having someone from FSI come and speak to your group or board – they are having amazing conversations about education, supported work, sexuality, housing and government.

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Greeting sign for Registration Desk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A busy schedule for the two days - this worked well!

A busy schedule for the two days – this worked well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the Ipad to record family conversations with six branches of government

Using the Ipad to record family conversations with six branches of government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the best workshops I've ever attended, on including parents with disabilities, who sometimes have children with disabilities.  Wow.  And Cara's first workshop presentation!

One of the best workshops I’ve ever attended, on including parents with disabilities, who sometimes have children with disabilities. Wow. And Cara’s first workshop presentation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While it's hard to pick a "favourite presentation," last year's session on the role of Resource Parents blew me away and this year's did too.  Was back on the Ipad for this one.

While it’s hard to pick a “favourite presentation,” last year’s session on the role of Resource Parents blew me away and this year’s did too. Was back on the Ipad for this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnie facilitated a great dialogue about FSI's strategic planning process, gathering more input for the board.   She has the most amazing smile but every time I took her photo to use in this, she looked this serious!  Ipad.

Bonnie facilitated a great dialogue about FSI’s strategic planning process, gathering more input for the board. She has the most amazing smile but every time I took her photo to use in this, she looked this serious! Ipad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A bunch of families spontaneously came together for a discussion of housing, community building, safeguards and intentional futures-building – I got asked to come in and concretize things so that they can build on the conversation. It was such a gift to be present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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with one of my favourite people, FSI Executive Director Angela Clancy – a brilliant companion for thinking through… everything.

 

 

 

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Ben uses the map we made together to explain to some other parents what they’d been talking about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really like working with groups to do things with graphics that will work for them.  One of their challenges has been getting feedback about what people would like to see in the next training weekends, so they thought it might work better to make a graphic for people to write on.  By the end of the weekend it was 2/3rds full of ideas - so that worked!

I really like working with groups to do things with graphics that will serve their purposes. One of their challenges has been getting feedback about what people would like to see in the next training weekends, so they thought it might work better to make a graphic for people to write on. By the end of the weekend it was 2/3rds full of ideas – so that worked!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daphne and Rachel, facilitating a closing ceremony, wanted to have a graphic way for people to be able to name their children as individuals.  I've been wanting to do a Van Gogh riff on something so made this field of stars, and then got star shaped cutouts which people wrote on in silver and gold ink and stuck to the chart.  This might be the favourite things I've done so far.  See below.

Daphne and Rachel, facilitating a closing ceremony, wanted to have a graphic way for people to be able to name their children as individuals. I’ve been wanting to do a Van Gogh riff on something so made this field of stars, and then got star shaped cutouts which people wrote on in silver and gold ink and stuck to the chart. This might be the favourite things I’ve done so far. See below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the star chart with names was rolled up and used as a  kind of talking stick artifact, first in a "fire" of candles with a heart-beat drum, and then passed from person to person.   I am so grateful to have been part of this.

the star chart with names was rolled up and used as a kind of talking stick artifact, first in a “fire” of candles with a heart-beat drum, and then passed from person to person. I am so grateful to have been part of this.

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Last but not least, they wanted signs for the doors this year, so people would have a better sense of negotiating sessions that were in different buildings.  I used the Ipad to make these!

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Oh, one more thing – Spectrum Society, our agency, was thrilled to get the annual Family Support Institute award for our supports to families in B.C.!

our E.D., Ernie Baatz (left) accepted the award on behalf of our board, our colleagues, the teams we are part of and the famiies we support who have welcomed us with such open hearts.  "You've challenged us, and we've been excited to meet the challenge."  Shelley Nessman (centre), me (right).

our E.D., Ernie Baatz (left) accepted the award on behalf of our board, our colleagues, the teams we are part of and the famiies we support who have welcomed us with such open hearts. “You’ve challenged us, and we’ve been excited to meet the challenge.” Shelley Nessman (centre), me (right).

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Workshop Videos Part 1

These are videos we often refer to or use in our workshops; feel free to use them too!  We believe they are about ideas not often talked about 🙂

Want to talk more about our work – books, facilitation, dialogues, strategic planning, person centred planning, community mapping and engagement, or…?   contact us aaron@spectrumsociety.org or shelley@spectrumsociety.org

What our PATH and MAPs workshops on person centred planning are like; 5 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1ULJfPIDSQ

Our Community Mapping Project – Victoria. 1 1/2 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikn3SrGR4DI

The Power of a Plan – Inclusion B.C.’s transition project; 5 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPyD9LTgbpU

PATH: ; 5 minutes.

Cheryl’s PATH; 9 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKgyFlCpqHI

Aaron – Connections Matter; 10 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBrQCMcvqL8

BC People First – Nothing About Us Without Us; 5 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5AZ3DRsOJs

BCACL (Inclusion BC) Story Telling Workshop – 6 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQR1QA0U7JQ

Beth Gallagher: Custom Lives: Practical, Realistic, and Attainable; 1 hr 26 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oBk78HiTDk

Peter Bourne tells jokes; 3 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej1k4r9goXQ

how systems support new ideas 🙂

how people really make friends…  if we had…  

Sheldon discovers the secret to making friends

reciprocity: an equal exchange


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