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A heartfelt THANK YOU from the Fetterly Family

As most of you already know, it has now been approximately one month since Mary-Jo’s skiing accident, the result of which has left her paralysed.

Nothing could have prepared us for the range of emotions which came barrelling at us – shock, disbelief, profound sadness and grief. Nothing could have prepared us for that first week in Vancouver – doctors, nurses, operations, medical equipment, questions, arrangements, crying, hoping, and praying. And nothing could have prepared us for the deeply powerful blanket of love and support which has carried us through it all – friends, family, acquaintances and community. There are simply too many of you to mention by name, but you know who you are, as do we. Some of you we have met via your generous pilgrimages to Vancouver. Some of you we know through remarkable web sites and fundraising efforts. Some through warm phone calls, beautiful letters and flowers and pictures. Some of you we know through your tireless contributions in arranging Mary-Jo’s affairs. Some of you we know through your thoughts and prayers. Some we know through Amanda, Mary-Jo, and Kate’s images. And some of you we know personally. But most importantly we want all of you to know that we feel your support in whatever form it may take and we are profoundly and deeply grateful to each and every one of you.

No one knows exactly what the future holds for Mary-Jo, but we are all embarking on it together, with her. It is heartening to know that as Mary-Jo faces her new future, with all that it will bring, she will be surrounded and supported by people such as you who are our daily reminder of just what the human spirit is all about.

With Love & deepest gratitude,
Norm, Ruth, Patty, Joe, Anne, Mary-Jo, Carol, Amanda & Kate.

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.