The Importance of Social Connections

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We are not only human beings – we are SOCIAL BEINGS. We thrive on being connected.  Need proof? Take a look at social media! By December 2016, Facebook boasted the claim of having 1.86 billion monthly active users.  Take that number and add in Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest… and whatever else you may have and […]


The #1 Thing that Will Hold You Back

#1 thing that holds us back

IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT IS BEFORE YOU No matter where you are at in life, not doing this will hold you back. No matter if things are going well or if you are struggling, if you don’t do this you remain where you are. No matter what opportunities come your way, if you neglect […]


Say Yes to Living ~ Everyday!


In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ~Robert Frost On one hand, Robert Frost’s quote feels arrogant and uncaring to me. Certainly, there was a time in my early days of grief that I would have been deeply offended had someone said to me, “Life goes on.” On the other hand, I know […]


Facing the Holidays After Loss


Christmas is generally a time rich with tradition and jam-packed with joyful festivities. We look forward to spending the holidays with family and friends, exchanging gifts, indulging in delectable treats and reminiscing about the good old days. On the other hand, for bereaved families, the tinsel, decorated trees, and angelic singing of Silent Night, are […]


3 Tips to Release the Grip of Grief


How do I know for certain that grief pays no heed to time? Because recently it gripped me by the throat and it’s been over two decades since my husband died. An announcement came forth about major government funding to create guidelines for concussion and sports. I am always advocating for brain injury awareness and […]


Water Magically Soothes the Soul


I have no idea how or really why, but I do know that going to the water’s edge and allowing yourself time to sit in silence is magical. Close your eyes, breathe in the air and allow its gentleness to kiss your face. The sound of water not only soothes the soul, but it absolutely […]


Prince William Asked A Question That Changed My Life!


For almost two months, I was under a ‘gag order’ as were my colleagues. We knew the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were making a visit to The Cridge Centre for the Family on October 1st as part of the 2016 Royal Tour. We could not even share the excitement with our families until the government […]


The Power Within to Overcome

Minister Stilwell

#Superhuman #Superheroine – that’s how I feel about the Hon. Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. Minister Stilwell holds the portfolio for Social Development and Social Innovation, but she is so much more than her political career. Minister Stilwell broke her neck at the age of 17 when she was being piggy-backed by a friend going […]


When Time is Limited for Your Loved One

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When you learn that your loved one is going to die it takes your breath away. It’s heartbreaking, terrifying, and shocking. Initially, it is hard to believe that what you think you heard is, in fact, exactly what you heard. It feels like life is moving in slow motion and yet, the news swirls inside […]