In early May 2016, the Fort McMurray (Fort Mac) fire put Albertans in the midst of a major crisis. Over 80,000 evacuees needed to leave their homes. I have some sense of it all since I was a keynote speaker at the first anniversary of the 2013 Slave Lake fire. These significant events leave us feeling profound grief […]
Between June 20 and 30, 2013 over seventy-five thousand Calgarians were evacuated from their homes in over 20 neighbourhoods. Many in southern Alberta communities such as Siksika First Nation, High River, and Canmore were also affected. We still talk about the Alberta flooding. Words from leaders, rescue team members, those suffering stress, strain and loss, and […]
Children are affected by natural disasters, but their level of understanding varies with their age and language ability. As parents and caregivers, we want to support them and encourage them to express their feelings and thoughts about the event. Here is an ages and stages guide to help you channel their anxiety into positive actions. […]
My hubby, Les and I have lived in Calgary, Alberta for over 25 years and this is the first time we have seen this kind of flooding or crisis in our city. Over 75,000 of our 1.3 million residents have been evacuated from their homes. I feel moved to share with you and any of those […]
When bullying is happening, our culture wants to move into an anti-bullying mode of defence. But maybe there is a more effective strategy. When our son, Benjamin was 15 years old we moved to Calgary. We had no idea he was bullied until one day he came home with a whack of hair cut out of […]
T-shirt slogan: I LOVE Slave Lake, One Year Stronger
May 14 2012 was the anniversary of the Slave Lake, Alberta fire which destroyed approximately one-third of the buildings and left 732 people homeless.