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Welcome to the 2nd issue of the Personal Support Networks newsletter

March 29, 2009
Rabbit by Shirlane Colban - make a wish, click on the bunny and see her website

Rabbit by Shirlane Colban - make a wish, click on the bunny and see her website

Happy Easter from all of us!   Welcome to the second issue of the Personal Support Networks newsletter.    Feel free to click on the links to forward to a friend, or to someone you’d like to be friends with, or subscribe or unsubscribe.   Click on any article and then, at the top of the article, click on “101 friends” to go straight to the blog and see all the articles. 

It’s finally feeling like Spring is around the corner…  hope is in the air.   Susan and I have been amazed by the number of people we’ve met, and the places that we’ve traveled to around the province.   So many folks want to talk about relationships – and there are important things to consider.   In a recent study the authors suggested that our much-burdened medical system costs could be reduced by about 20% – people with personal support networks stay healthier, are more resilient and recover faster   Those who look at disaster planning are saying the best way to be safe in disasters large and small is to have friends who know you well and will look out for you.   Yet, mostly, what people want to share are their great stories of relationships they’ve seen develop and challenges they’ve worked through and resolved. 

It’s been a bit strange – I went with my family to Disneyland for several days  and the temperture hit 80 degrees and we went swimming under palm trees, and then flew home where the weather was cool and the daffodils are blooming, and then the next day Susan and I flew up to Prince George where it had just snowed some more.    Now we’re all home again and glad to be here for a bit.   We’re figuring out a schedule for a few more workshops in June and then will start up again in the autumn.   What a gift to meet so many people around the province.   

In this issue we share some stories of successes that we’ve been thrilled to witness and be part of, in various ways.   One of the best ones is by Shirlane, who always has inspiring stories to tell in pictures and photographs.   Do visit her new website.   If you have stories you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them.  

On another note, while our book while not quite on amazon yet (check there next month), it is available in the final soft-cover edition at our office or during our workshops, and we can now ship bulk copies to you.   email us at


“With research showing the power of networks and relationships, this little book is very timely.  Not only does it capture the essence and importance of friendship, but it provides concrete strategies for people with disabilities, their families, and people who provide support.”

John Lord, Researcher and Author, Pathways to Inclusion: Building a New Story with People and Communities

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