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101 Friends: Welcome to the April Newsletter!

March 31, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-03-31 at 11.28.28 AM“The next step is the first step,” says Judith Snow, one of our great teachers.

Sheenagh interviews Judith, who brings some great new ideas about how we might think about things, in one of the last interviews of this series.   We’re so glad, as always, to have Judith be part of anything we do.

Watch for a new series of interviews beginning in July!   With a special new co-host interviewer.  Research on Researchers will be a new book that will come out in October 2013 through Spectrum Press.  You can also see Sheenagh featured on the news at the new “Ready, Willing and Able” employment campaign from our friends at Inclusion B.C.   Great job(s) Sheenagh!

You can read about the Community Mapping Session in Vernon – we had so much fun.   You should definitely tweet the folks at Kindale @KindaleOkanagan to say hello!  They were amazing hosts for our first session.  Plans are firming up for our Victoria Community Mapping in June, and Vancouver in September.

Also read about the progress with the Cheryl’s Star Raft Salon group and what we’ve been working on there.

April 5th we are so excited and honored to have been chosen for this year’s Big Picture award by our colleagues.   We join a really esteemed group in receiving this (Tim and Si Stainton and Linda Perry, among others) and it looks like a great evening with a premiere of The Story of Luke, a comedy about Luke, a young man with autism who is on a quest for a job and a girlfriend. Starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer.  There will also be a host of other local entertainers.  Get tickets at the link above.

Many things are coming to a close in the next couple of months, and new things are starting up.   Please drop by to one of our sessions at the Inclusion B.C. 2013 Conference in Vancouver May 23 – 25th with what looks to be an excellent pre-conference day on May 22nd.   Spectrum is one of the co-hosts of the conference this year, and Inclusive Learning and Research partners (Cheryl Fryfield, Barb Goode, Shelley Nessman and I) are doing a session on story-telling, another on agency transformation, one on our Better Networks project with a panel of self advocates (Susan Stanfield, Ray Hunter, Barb Westfield and Kelley) and I am co-hosting a session on research into practice with Emma Van der Klift and Norman Kunc.   We’ll also have a book table so come and say hi and get your books signed!

May 16th I’ll be one of six story-tellers at the next InCommonTV event – telling the story of the “Girl Who Might Have Been My Friend Lets Call Her Rachel.”

On May 30th Shelley, Barb and I will be presenting a TASH webinar: “An Overview of Person Centred Planning: the State of the Art.”   I think the one right after us will be David Wetherow.  These will be a new live format I think, so hopefully we’ll get some good discussions going!   You can register for TASH’s webinars here – they’re great value and it was good to hear from people from all over North America last year after our series on support networks and community connections.

We are confirming dates with David Pitonyak for a week in October and will be hosting a Vancouver workshop with him.  Stay tuned for more details.  If you would like to take advantage of his presence here and host him for a day with your organization, let me know (   We are also working on booking another workshop and as soon as it gets confirmed we’ll let you know – it’s pretty exciting!

Team Spectrum will be receiving the Big Picture Award this year –

Aaron Johannes-Rosenberg, Ernie Baatz & Susan Stanfield

Aaron is soulful, ethical and deeply committed to principles of person-centeredness and inclusion.

Ernie is creative, thoughtful and deeply committed to social justice.

Susan is bright, articulate and deeply committed to collaborating for change.

Together, they continue to be the moral compass of our sector, thinking outside the limitations of service provision to address our social mission.

presented by:
The Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, posAbilities & Kickstart

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    April 1, 2013 8:18 pm

    Sorry but I’m not sure how the interview with Judith Snow mentioned below can actually be accessed. Can you clarify? Thank you, V. Rynne

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