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welcome to the October 101 ways to make friends newsletter!

October 1, 2009

Adrian and Aaron: Adrian was a great host in Prince George and also the winner of our "101 Ways to Make Friends" book at the Vela Microboards Association Conference of the North. Notice that I am proudly wearing my button


Susan and I have been on the road again, and having a great time.   In September we travelled to the Vela Assocation Microboard Conference of the North in Prince George and talked with families, friends and self-advocates about provincial strategies, and also gathered stories in a “story room” later in the day.   We took our E.D., Ernie Baatz, with us for the first time and it was a lot of fun to have him there.   Later in the month we went and spent a day with folks in Kelowna that was a great learning experience for us – they were two wonderful groups!   We’re amazed and humbled by all that’s happening across our province.   In October we’re off to Grand Forks and Richmond, and we’re currently organizing a trip up north to Smithers (maybe in the spring?).   It’s really exciting and such a great opportunity to meet people from all over the province and hear what’s going on in different places.   

Our story room idea came out of work we did with David Pitonyak and has been a powerful thing for us.   Really, we had no idea how seldom folks with disabilities (and their parents and friends) get to tell their stories to someone who will listen.   I was furiously taking notes and came away with 18 great ideas to share!   One of them is in this newsletter…

Hope that October is a great month for you all!

“The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different – to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.”  John Fischer

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