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Surviving Grief 101: Notes from the Trenches

Surviving Grief 101: Notes from the Trenches

As you may know from my most recent post, my family and I have been grieving our mother and preparing for the death of my father, who’s in palliative care [as of this writing; he has since passed away]. I’ve been paying a lot of attention to how my days are going, and...

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Nice parking a$%hole: Leading with compassion

Nice parking a$%hole: Leading with compassion

I began to think about this a few weeks ago as I left a building where I’d spent the day with my mother in palliative care—the day before she died. I’d arrived in a hurry early that morning after one of my sisters called me in. My mother had had a hard night and we needed to make some decisions about dosage for morphine and other drugs, so my other sister and I had rushed to be with our family. I’d parked hastily in the dark, snow-covered visitors’ lot, and hadn’t given another thought to my car all day. Why would I? My mother was dying. 

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Gratitude, Peace, and Courage for the Holiday Season

Gratitude, Peace, and Courage for the Holiday Season

It’s that time again, when we send and receive holiday messages full of good cheer and best wishes for the new year. I love the sentiment and the season, but those neutral notes feel a bit off in 2018. I wonder if sending an ordinary greeting might overlook what so many of us are feeling right now as we take stock of the past twelve months on this planet.

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Leadership, Plane and Simple

Leadership, Plane and Simple

On my flight home from Edmonton a few weeks ago, I watched natural leadership combine with people’s instincts to care for each other, and it was amazing to witness.  Shortly after takeoff, a woman in her late 80s fainted a few rows behind me. The person in the...

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100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada 2018 Gala Recap

100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada 2018 Gala Recap

When I got the call that I had been selected as one of the 100ABCWomen (100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada 2018), I was thrilled, to say the least! The time finally came on the weekend of September 15th for me to travel to Toronto and attend the awards gala as well as the book launch. You can order your copy of the book here.

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It’s summer and time for wandering!

It’s summer and time for wandering!

I took this saying to heart this summer and traveled across Canada from coast to coast for a series of federal consultations, taking extra days here and there to enjoy some relaxing moments. I am sharing pictures with you of my forays into the St-John’s Newfoundland area and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, two locations I have rarely visited and took the time to explore.

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Coaching a Group in Crisis

Coaching a Group in Crisis

Coaching can be an incredibly fruitful endeavour. One recent experience has left me with renewed enthusiasm for art of coaching a group to their full potential, even through critical times. Overworked and understaffed I was brought into a beleaguered department with...

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