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Warren Gordon - Rad Sad Plaid

May 06, 2016

When will my life begin? - It’s really discouraging to have to wait any time for care at any medical facility, for any reason whatsoever. It’s a drag.It sucks. Look around the waiting room of any of these facilities, NOBODY wants to be there. I was one of those waiting room patients, three different spots in St. John’s within 24 hours this week. Oh, did I mention I’m supposed to be in the “Happiest Place on Earth,” in 10 days? Yeah. Not fun. I wish I could say that my journey from getting accepted to the Disney College Program to actually hopping on the plane to Orlando was sunshine and rainbows. Truth is, it hasn’t been. This past week, I was switched on anti-depressant meds to another similar brand, hoping that everything would just be A-OK. Unfortunately, not how that works. Shoutout to my body. Monday, I made the switch, and by Tuesday I was feeling worse than I’ve ever felt during any of this depression madness. I felt groggy. Zero motivation. Nauseated to all hell, and best of all? I was twitching like nobody’s business. Again, shoutout to my body. I had not been told by my family doctor about any of these possible symptoms, so I had just assumed it was something I could ride out. However, Thursday evening things took a turn for the worse.That night, I lid in bed around 7:30pm. #lit, am I right? If you know me, you know that isn’t normal. I felt like hell. The twitching was way worse than before, I was shivering like mad even though I was fully…

Julie Brocklehurst - Tiptoeing Through

The Mayor's Challenge - In 2010, Mayor Mike Bradley of Sarnia, Ontario issued a challenge to all Ontario mayors to Do the Right Thing and hire people with disabilities. Sarnia has a long history of providing diverse employment opportunities and creating an inclusive workforce, and Mayor Bradley has been a phenomenal advocate in that area. Sarnia’s vision is to tap into the full potential of the hiring marketplace by including people who have a disability. Bradly says, “Both the city and the employees win from this. You're giving people a chance to fulfill their potential, and it's a great benefit to the workforce. Currently, people who have a disability make up 16% of the Canadian population, making them one of Canada’s largest “minority” groups with nearly 5.3 million people, equivalent to the combined populations of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Mayor Bradley is now following up his “Do the Right Thing” challenge to hire people with a disability, with a “Do the Smart Thing” initiative. Bradley says that there are many well researched studies indicating that individuals who have a disability are hardworking, dedicated employees who are more loyal to the job, have reduced absenteeism rates, better safety records, and better productivity than those on the job who don’t identify as having a disability. At the Inclusive Communities Summit here in St. John's last week, Mayor Bradley issued the challenge to Mayor Dennis O'Keefe of St. John's, Mayor Randy Simms of Mount Pearl, and Mayor Karen Oldford of Labrador City, and they eagerly accepted. Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh is the minister of…

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Photo : Julie Brocklehurst April 17, 2016

Kelly Leach - Mentoring Matters

Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart, Live Smart this year! - We hear a lot about the pressures that face young girls. Distorted body images, eating disorders, unhealthy relationships, social media pressure, peer pressure...the list goes on. We hear less about the pressures and issues that face boys, but, the fact is, boys face all these same struggles.  Sure there are differences, between how boys experience some of these things, but ultimately, boys still worry about their appearance, they develop disordered eating and lead sedentary lifestyles, they experience unhealthy relationships, and they definitely feel pressure! Even the most privileged, well-adjusted boys will face societal pressures throughout adolescence, and learning how to cope with these pressures, how to take care of themselves and lead an active, healthy lifestyle is important for all boys. Game On! Group Mentoring provides an opportunity for boys to benefit from the leadership and encouragement of positive male role models who have committed to making healthier choices in their own lives. Game On! mentors are youthful, energetic and love being active – so they have a lot in common with Game On! group members. Game On! is a place where boys can have fun, be themselves, and feel included. The program incorporates many fun games and activities that encourage learning and support healthy choices. Game On! also explores what it means to be a boy and provides a space for boys to be themselves. During Game On! sessions boys can engage openly and honestly about the expectations that are placed on them. As part of a group, boys can explore these and other…

Photo : Kelly Leach January 05, 2016