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We see my mom

We woke up early. Rik and I went to Proctor and, with the help of Susan Clancy, we gathered up Mary-Jo’s stuff. We returned to Nelson, picked up Katie, and, by 11am, we left.

During the drive we were getting updates on her condition every time we could get cell phone service. We got there at 10:00 pm and went straight to the Hospital. Seeing my mom that night was the scariest, most painful experience I have been through yet. She had received 5 hours of surgery from the front of her neck, they had cleaned up all the shattered bones and put wires, and plates in her neck and she was on a respirator. The nurses told us that if we were going to be emotional we had to leave her side because they didn’t want us to upset her. So to say the least that visit was very short. She wasn’t in a very conscious condition and the real point was that she knew we were there right by her side and that we loved her so much and told her about all the support and prayers that were already flowing pcittt forward.

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.