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Update on the Personal Support Networks Project

February 24, 2009

It’s been a wild few weeks!   Susan and I have met with more than 150 folks in four different cities, and spoke briefly about our new book, 101 Ways To Make Friends: Ideas and Conversation Starters for People With Disabilities and Their Supporter, at the recent John Lord workshop in Richmond, which led to meeting many more people at the breaks (see below for some tips on facilitating breaks).   Family members, friends of people with disabilities, self-advocates,  students, CLBC staff, representatives from more than a dozen different agencies, community leaders and assorted others came to be engaged in places ranging from church basements to hotel ballrooms, all of them wanting to talk about building community in large and small ways.  

For some, it was a brand new conversation, and they were so excited.   For others, this is something they’ve talked about for a long, long time and they’re excited to be re-engaged but wondering where the energy has gone, repeatedly – why does this topic come up and then get lost again.   It seems like there is some work to be done in creating a provincial forum for folks who facilitate networks, in looking at what we are doing that’s similar and shareable, instead of the ways in which we differ.  

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Michelle Sandiford permalink
    March 1, 2009 7:53 pm

    Hi Aaron,

    I attended the Friendship Project Workshop in Courtenay and I’m sharing with people of some of the 101 Ways to Make Friends. A busker told us a joke which started a conversation, and I gave someone else a planner/address book. I enjoyed the information and meeting you.


    • Aaron Johannes permalink
      March 1, 2009 8:29 pm

      how great! it was so good talking to you too. aaron (hmmm… if you write up that story it’d be great for next month’s newsletter – send it to

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