Tag Archives: advocacy

Advocacy 101 – A Basic Introduction

“Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.  Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight” – Bob Marley I wrote a brief “rant” a couple of weeks ago regarding social justice.  I had a lot of feedback and a common theme was the request for steps on “how” to be a social […]
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As Time Slips By

“Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by economic structures that creates huge inequalities” – Pope Francis I can’t believe how quickly fall is coming upon us.  My body is certainly making me aware.  I’m not sure what this says about the excitement in my life but when I […]
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Unto Thyself Be True

“Truth is nothing but a formulated perception of experienced reality” – L. J. Vanier Something every advocate/activist has to be very aware of is perception.  When it comes to disabilities perception is very much attached to the impairment.  Access to someone with a visual impairment would be very different to a person in a wheelchair. […]
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The White Noise of Activism

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” – Martin Luther King Jr That quote has been a mantra of mine for over forty years.  It was eight years after his death before I discovered it.  The essence of that sentence became a way of life for me much to […]
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A Mentorship Moment…

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener” – Robert Frost I have had some excellent mentors throughout my lifetime.  One of the most influential was a gentleman I met at age 13 Keith Werry.  He was 20 years my senior and became my first and most influential mentor.  Keith introduced me and so many of […]
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Moving Forward with Focus

My last writing proved very cathartic for me.  The numbness of the American election is beginning to wear off and the reality is settling in.  As a life long activist I spent almost three weeks questioning my purpose while letting doubt seep into the crevices of my mind.  Some of that doubt comes amidst a sudden […]
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The Halloween Advocate Costume

I have dressed up as a lot of things over the years for Halloween but nothing is as frightening as my face as an advocate/activist.  My Halloween costumes come off at the end of the day and are just reflective of my mood at that particular moment in time where as my activism isn’t a […]
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Building Social Isolation

When does passion become obsession?  I am passionate in regards to access.  I am passionate about defending the right to access that so many others have fought so hard to achieve.  I am passionate about ensuring complacency or lack of historical perspective does not allow the new world of #socialmedia to create new challenges to access. […]
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Starting 2016 Back at the Beginning

How times change, fifty years ago I was celebrating my last Christmas as a patient in the Children’s Hospital and a year later I was attempting to catch a mud-eating goose from a pond in Stanley Park to have as my first Vancouver Christmas supper.  There has been a lot of magic deer poop dust […]
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Frame of Reference

I dozed off in my recliner last night, it’s a very comfortable chair, easy to doze off in but in bad need of some maintenance.  I woke up around 4:30 this morning and gave some thought to moving into the bedroom.  After glancing at my watch I just pulled the blanket up and went back […]
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