other side of the easel…

I just found these photos from a workshop that Susan and I did for a self advocate conference in Victoria.   It’s the first and only time (so far) that, as a facilitator/presenter, I’ve worked with a graphic recorder.  In this case Lisa Arora from Get The Picture – she was great!  I think that many of these pictures were taken by our friend Sheenagh Morrison.   The ones that are more poster sized were by self advocates as we got them drawing and thinking about the ways in which they make friends and contribute to their communities.   As much as a … Continue reading other side of the easel…

the paths we’re on…

“If you let people break your spirit and detour you from your path, then you have not been true to yourself or those you’re here to touch, those who believe in you.”   Allison DuBois “The path is the goal.” ― Mahatma Gandhi. Just back from a camping trip where I spent a lot of time walking and thinking about the idea of a path and how significant this is as a metaphor for all of us, as we move from one state to another, from one focus to another…   and then Gary put up this lovely quote, so I felt … Continue reading the paths we’re on…

We are leaning into the future; we are testing the waters… and this is the surprise…

There are a few things I like about this graphic, but mostly I like the idea…  Shelley and I were doing a PATH and the mom, who was so brilliantly present and responsive to the process, suddenly said this, “We are leaning into the future; we are testing the waters… and this is the surprise…”   The surprise is that in that leaning, through the PATH process which engages us in conversations about our dreams and goals and networks (who we will be traveling with), we are already testing the waters, we are already leaning into that future… To learn more … Continue reading We are leaning into the future; we are testing the waters… and this is the surprise…

the vulnerabilities booklet… sssshhhh…

So I’m not quite sure if I should be sharing any of these drawings yet but here’s a taster of a drawing I like, which might make it into the booklet, which Susan Stanfield, Shelley Nessman, Jim Reynolds and I are facilitating the groups of self advocates to give input into. This is for the third in a series of booklets for C.L.B.C., which has this great idea of incorporating ideas and feedback from self advocates to create materials they can use.   (We had nothing to do with the first one, which was just turned into a lovely little film … Continue reading the vulnerabilities booklet… sssshhhh…

Step by step action planning: what step are you on?

I really liked a recent afternoon of teaching about action planning in which we looked at this drawing and talked about how every goal we aspire to, are working on or have accomplished can be put on these steps.   It was a very fun conversation and people really seemed to like the idea that we’re never nowhere, we’re always somewhere.   Gosh I hope that doesn’t turn out to be my quote for posterity, Yogi Berra style.   But it can be really easy to get very down on ourselves about what feels like a lack of progress, when really it’s just … Continue reading Step by step action planning: what step are you on?

Support Networks: A Plain Language Guide for Self-Advocates

My colleague Susan Stanfield and I collaborated on this project for Community Living B.C. with three groups of self advocates from all around the province.    Susan and I have been working together (with Ernie) for more than 25 years!  Whenever I am thinking of things to be grateful for, this long and quite amazing partnership is at the top of my list.   We had so much fun with the three groups, and with Jule Hopkins, who is such a visionary.   We’re pretty excited about the materials that C.L.B.C. has been producing in print and video and glad to be … Continue reading Support Networks: A Plain Language Guide for Self-Advocates