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Christmas Blessings

CHRISTMAS, 2004

For the Fetterly family this year has been dominated by Mary-Jo’s skiing accident last January. Her broken neck has left her paralysed from the chest down. Eight months of intensive rehabilitation at Vancouver’s G.F. Strong Rehab Hospital and with total commitment and dedication on her part, she has regained mobility in her shoulders, arms and wrists. She is now living in an apartment in Vancouver with her two daughters, Amanda and Katelyn and getting on with her new life. She has even resumed teaching her beloved Yoga classes from her wheelchair. Her indomitable spirit of courage and acceptance has touched all who come in contact with her. Her website www mary-jo.com is an information pipeline for updated news, with eloquent web logs posted by daughter Amanda and by Mary-Jo. Nothing could have prepared us for the rage of emotions which came barrelling at us –shock, disbelief, profound sadness and grief. And nothing could have prepared us for the deeply powerful blanket of love and support which has carried us through it all from friends, family and acquaintances. Mary-Jo’s sisters, Patty, Anne and Carol have been a tower of strength for all of us as have so many of you, through warm phone calls, letters, thoughts and prayers and in so many practical and concrete ways. You know who you are and we want you to know we feel your support in whatever form it may take. We are deeply grateful to all of you.

The Spirit of Christmas has truly surrounded us throughout this year. Bless you.

Norm and Ruth

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.