Monthly Archives: August 2009

Welcome to Spectrum’s September e-Newsletter

Greetings from Spectrum! To see the whole newsletter, click here, or click on any of the titles below to see a particular article. What a summer! Lots of folks on holidays and enjoying things with families and friends, lots of learning and growth. The blogathon – between 6 a.m. July 25th and 6 a.m. July 26th we wrote and posted 49 positive stories of folks with challenges having recipricol relationships. “Stay up late. Make a difference.” We raised double our goal for the time and had 555 hits. And the picnic was fun, as always. In the last month our focus has been hosting speaker David Pitonyak who came up from Virginia and spent three days. It was our first time taking on this role, organizing a place and meals, selling tickets, advertising and it was a great success. Over the three days David met and talked with some 200 people, mostly different people every day, about different things. Feedback was awesome, although more people would have liked to have come, and we’re negotiating with him to come back next year, as well as looking at some other training opportunities.

In this issue of our e-newsletter Judy has gathered some great stories of what people have been doing over the summer, there’s a lovely introduction to caregiver Carol Clemens, some thoughts on communication and an article about David Pitonyak. Continue reading

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News From Folks We Care About!

What did you do over the summer? Lots of news from Ellie, Satinder, Diana, Gary B, Kathy and lots of other folks! If you’ve got news or a photo to share, email newsletter@spectrumsociety.org. Click the title for all the stories.

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Budgeting thoughts, Ivy Tse, CMA, Spectrum

I came across the 50/30/20 budget by Liz Pulliam Weston which can be applied to the organization as a whole, or it can also be helpful in determining one’s household budget. I thought this would be very applicable to our organization since we have so many “households”… Continue reading

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Three Days with David Pitonyak – Chad Clippendale

I recently had the good fortune of being able to attend three days of workshops with David Pitonyak, a consultant fron Blacksburg Virginia who travels around the world speaking about working with folks with developmental disabilities. On August 19th David presented his workshop “Toolbox for Change: Reclaiming Purpose, Joy and Commitment in the Helping Profession” to Spectrum Society’s leadership team and on August 20th he presented his workshop “The Importance of Belonging” to parents, self-advocates, and support workers. On August 21st he facilitated an initial meeting of a provincial group of “Network Facilitators: Agents for Change” workshop. Continue reading

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Jules’ site of the month – telling stories…

Here is a nice clip I ran into about telling stories.

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Spectrum’s Person of the Month: Carol Clemens

One of the things that we have a general agreement about in Spectrum is that we’ve lucked out with our supported family caregivers – they’re great! Carol and her sister Sandy have particularly taught us a lot about this growing area of our services and how great things can be… they’ve been unending sources of inspiration and have always been willing to jump in and help out, in some pretty challenging situations. These are “can-do” families that we can all learn a lot from, and we’re so lucky to have them be part of our agency.

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2nd International Piano Festival

2nd International Piano Festival By People with Disabilities in Vancouver, BC. September 30th, to October 3rd 2009…
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