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Remembering My Father Today

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, Veteran's Day in the United States. Today I remember my father, James Edward Thomson, who fought in Europe with the Royal Montreal Regiment and won an award for bravery …

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Meditations for Mindful Impact

What worked in the past won’t necessarily work in the present. What works in the present won’t necessarily work in the future. What will work in the future depends on the past. EH! An obsession …

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Setting The Table for the Unusual Suspects

By Al Etmanski We need a bigger table to advance to the next stage of the disability agenda. We should be making room for strangers and adversaries not just friends and allies. If you …

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National Caregivers Month: The Third Pillar is Patience

Patience. We learn it the hard way in caregiving. In this break-neck-speed society, caregivers are like student drivers, always trying to put our foot on the gas, but with 'fate', the driving instructor, firmly …

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IMPACT-Ability Webinar with Lynda Kahn & Jack Pearpoint: Recap

By Bronwyn Kent “Change is going to come from the margins, from people who have been labeled and who have been discriminated against” – Jack Pearpoint On November 1st, we hosted the second part …

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I See Your Margaret Mead and Raise you Ten.

That’s a quote from a recent Margaret Atwood interview. She then went on to propose a qualifier to that famous Margaret Mead quote. You know the one “Never doubt that a small group of …

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Wisdom Comes From Living


Last week, I spoke about the resilience of caregivers.  This week, I'd like to say a few words about wisdom.

What exactly is the wisdom of caregivers?  The Oxford Dictionary defines wisdom as …

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National Caregivers Month Part 1: Bullet-proof

November is National Family Caregivers month and I've decided to write a series about resilience. When I think about my own resilience, I am only half-joking when I tell friends that I'm bullet-proof.  What …

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Have Patience Policy Analysts, Souls are Stirring

Momentum is building to reduce poverty. Multiple strands and strategies are evident: fair wage, minimum wage, welfare reform, financial literacy, Cities Reducing Poverty When Mayors Lead, affordable housing, economic development, enshrining social and economic …

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The Importance of Creating a Container for Your Content

By Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski  Imagine a cloud of concepts, requests, emotions, ideas, values, outrage, research, vision, impulses and ideology swirling around you on your change-making journey. The listener or recipient of your message …

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