Equanimity & Vulnerabilities – big words to use in Person Centred Planning

Barb Goode, our local plain language expert, says that the point of plain language is not to always use small easy words, but also to expect to learn bigger words by having them explained.  Equanimity is a big word.  Here is what the dictionary says about it: e·qua·nim·i·ty: mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. Equanimity is a hallmark of our supports to folks with disabilities and people who are marginalised.  Sometimes people in our field say, “Everyone assumes I am patient, but I’m not.”  I know the feeling – I was once in a … Continue reading Equanimity & Vulnerabilities – big words to use in Person Centred Planning

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?

person centred planning part one – video

A lot of the work we do has to do with person centred planning – people get us to come in and help them figure out where they are in their lives, and where they’d like to go.   We love anything that works for the person, but one of our favourite methods is PATH because it incorporates everything that’s really good about planning, and also is an opportunity for people to share their dreams with friends and families.  Here’s part of a video from the Inclusion B.C. “On My Way” site, done by Karla Verschoor. Continue reading person centred planning part one – video

Setting goals…

“People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like ‘be realistic.’”  Dylan Moran I love thinking about how people set goals.   I love how some people walk into a room and know exactly what they want, and how some of their supporters knew that would happen, and others are shocked and delighted…  And I love how some people, and some groups of people, walk in so tentatively, not quite sure what they might want, not sure how to say what they want, not sure if it’s “realistic.”   A while ago, … Continue reading Setting goals…