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Heartfelt Thanks.

The lack of web-logs has been due to the fact that I was back in Nelson to attend the benefit for Mary-Jo. My apologies.

The response in Nelson was truly so overwhelming in such a positive way. Words simply could not convey the amount of gratitude and appreciation that I have. Not only for those of you who came to the benefit, but also the people that I don’t directly know, that take a few minutes to read a web-log or say a prayer. With intention you give, and all of your love is received, in every form.

The realities that we are facing are so difficult to accept sometimes. There are moments where a sense of comfort and trust races over us. And there are also moments where we fight to accept, we push against the universe instead of embracing our challenges as opportunities. Upon arriving back to Vancouver a huge mix of emotions cascaded over my being. I felt so positive leaving nelson and experiencing what an incredible success the auction was. I know that we are such a blessed family to have become part of an amazing community that in itself changes the world. The sun shone down on the day of the auction, a parallel of the, warmth, love and genuine kindness that I witnessed. But Vancouver holds a different reality. Wet concrete, and a mix of confusing signs, that head you in directions you never thought existed. A warm smile greeted me at the end of a long journey. Mary-Jo had had a busy couple of days. She is now able to eat on her own due to a fork that is strapped to her hand. She is progressing so much in physio, her strength is building day by day. Our family has a team meeting with her, and her occupational therapist, primary nurse, doctors, recreational therapist and physiotherapist tomorrow. They will be able to go over some prognosis on progress, plans, goals, and time lines.

I would like to extend a special thanks to all of the volunteers that dedicated their hard work and effort to making the benefit such a huge success. Your work is changing our lives; know that it is not unrecognized. To all of the beautiful faces that graced us with their support, precious time, and ability to make the event so successful. It was such an honor to be there and experience first hand all of the bountiful love that is pouring our way. Looking out over the room while I was making my speech I realized that it is these dark trials that bring out the light in people. Your light in that room was blinding, blinding in the fact that never again will my eyes experience an attitude of lack. Our cup isn’t half full. It’s over flowing. Thank you.

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.