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The ‘Crown’ of Lobbying

January 18th, 2017

By Al Etmanski People who are members of disability royalty, and that include staff, funders, policy makers as well as individuals, families, and friends, are by definition in it for the long haul. Their lobbying, petitioning and advocacy will continue for a lifetime. Chances are they will be engaged with the same people and the same departments more than once…
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Who we Are is as Important as How: IMPACT-Ability with Ted Kuntz

January 12th, 2017

On Tuesday, January 10th, Ted Kuntz, moderator of the Impact-Ability webinar series, joined us this time as a guest. The discussion focused on how improving one’s self can transform our actions and behaviours which in turn can affect how we interact with the world. Ted is the author of the book Peace Begins With Me, parent to a son…
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The Splendour and Isolation of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 12th, 2017

I remember the shock of seeing Martin Luther King Jr’s tomb for the first time. I had just emerged from the King Center on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta not too far from where he once lived and preached. Inside oozed with honey and warmth. A silhouetted history of Dr. King rippled from the rafters. The collection included his Nobel Peace…
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Flight of the “Ordinaries”

January 5th, 2017

My regular walk takes me along a dyke beside a fen that should not be there. It exists because one neighbour called another. She happened to be a Mom with a new baby and rushed with her babe in arms to stand in front of the tree cutters and earthmovers. From there they rallied the neighbourhood, called the local media…
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Peace You Can Count On

December 29th, 2016

In early October 2016, thousands of Jewish and Arab women began a two week March of Hope walking from the banks of the Jordan River near Jericho, to Jerusalem. Their purpose – a viable peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. The culmination of the march was a rally on Oct. 19th in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official
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Angels

December 22nd, 2016

This post isn’t about the alarming number of British Columbians who are dying of drug overdoses. It is about those who didn’t die because of the angels who saved their lives. These angels, there’s no other word for them, rapidly responded months before the formal system did. And they continue to do so even as the system slowly kicks into…
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Art, Science and Community Connections

December 19th, 2016

By Vickie Cammack Our connectedness to one and other is often what is best about being human. PLAN began over 25 years ago with what was then a radical view – the limitations of services to provide a good life. We understood that loneliness was the most difficult poverty experienced by people with disabilities. We were committed to find ways…
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The New Underground Railroad

December 15th, 2016

I’ve written previously about a world class innovation by Canadian citizens that inspired a new approach to refugee sponsorship. This social innovation emerged in the 1970’s because the Canadian government couldn’t keep pace with the groundswell of Canadians who wanted to help Vietnamese boat people settle in Canada. The government responded by creating a new category of private refugee sponsorship…
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Unwrapping the Gift of Hospitality

December 14th, 2016

By Vickie Cammack A winding path leads to Lynette’s brightly painted front door.   The bell is barely rung and there she is, eyes twinkling, smile beaming, extending her hand in welcome.  ‘How lovely to see you,’ she says in her low, genteel voice. She takes my coat while asking how I am.  She looks right into my eyes waiting for
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Tips for Younger Families

December 12th, 2016

The future may seem an elusive concept when you are young. It is hard to think about the future when the present is so demanding. Planning your Will and establishing a trust for your child with a disability may seem unnecessary or impractical given other priorities. You are likely preoccupied with starting a family, perhaps even a career as well,…
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