Stories

Building, growing, changing

It was a cool wet day in Nova Scotia as we made our way to a small place outside of Truro Nova Scotia. Every since I heard about it I wanted to see it, the building of the Schooner Lena Blanche. My wife Linda and I had returned

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Community, responsiveness, opportunity

We believe in growth and nurture it as much as possible. Recently a participant reached out to me. They had moved from a very intensive form of support to living with someone in community. It took a long time for them to get there, and a lot of

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Connections, healing, hope

Spring is an essential time for growth, prosperity, and transition. The change of seasons brings about nicer weather, gardens, and friendly faces; a reminder of the importance of connections with the earth and the people whose time we appreciate and value. We have settled into the new season

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Hibernation, belonging, blossoming

It’s spring, it’s about to be summer, change is in the air, as always. It’s wet, there are new spring smells and breezes and there’s the long light, and the pandemic is not over, and we have not recovered from it, but some of the rules are changing,

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Excitement, adjustments, flexibility

Greeting and happy spring from the CoSA team! We are excited to finally see the changing of seasons, and with it, reflect on our own growth. Coming out of a very hard period for programs due to Covid-19, CoSA has been reflecting on new ways our program can

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Statement of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples of Canada

The discoveries of unmarked graves at former Residential School sites continues to challenge us to confront a nation’s past in which innocent lives were stolen from their families and communities.  We grieve with all Indigenous Peoples who endure the irreplaceable losses of lives taken from them and offer

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Home Share Providers Needed

Are you: An empty nester? Single, a couple or a family? Retired from the work force? Part-time employed? Self-employed? Seeking to make a positive impact? Want to know more? El’dad Home Share Program provides support services to people with intellectual disabilities, within the Winnipeg and surrounding areas. The

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Gail Schellenberg Training Centre

In gratitude for Gail Schellenberg’s lifelong commitment to education, Initiatives for Just Communities (IJC) is naming the renovated training space at the El’dad offices the Gail Schellenberg Training Centre. Gail served as the executive director for Initiatives for Just Communities from 2014 to 2020, when health issues intervened.

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Roger Jackson – An Alternate Obituary

Dear readers: This obituary is written by Ken Penner, with input from Tai Jackson, in response to a story/obituary written for the Winnipeg Free Press by Danton Unger on Sept 4 about Roger Jackson.  Roger was my friend.  I’m sorry that’s he’s gone.  He had requested that I

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CoSA continues

Following the guidelines set out during Covid-19 has given Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) staff the challenge of connecting with core members and circle volunteers in new ways. Natalia Ilyniak, program director for CoSA in Manitoba, tells of a couple of ways they have found to maintain

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Jessica’s guide to staying well during Covid-19

Jessica is a presenter for Visions and Voices, a part of the Touchstone FASD program. Visions and Voices seeks to increase awareness in communities in order to reduce the stigma of FASD and to encourage healthy living. Presenters are role models who are willing to share their stories

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Life with FASD

Lisa is a presenter for Visions and Voices, a part of the Touchstone FASD program. Visions and Voices seeks to increase awareness in communities in order to reduce the stigma of FASD and to encourage healthy living. Thank you Lisa for sharing your story. Good day everyone! My

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Appreciating each other during Covid-19

Covid-19 has created challenges for all of us. In some ways, our world seems a bit unfamiliar. We live with more worry, anxiety and uncertainty around us. Our routines have been altered – we can’t spend time with some of the people whose company we enjoy, and basic

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Connecting

Connecting The call came in at 8:00 in the morning. His first words, after I said hello, “Hank, is it ever good to hear your voice.” Phil (name changed) was calling from the minimum at Stony Mountain. It was the first time we had spoken since the Institution

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