Seven Fallen Feathers

“If we want to talk about reconciliation, we need to first talk about basic human rights for every child in this country” Tanya Talaga – author of Seven Fallen Feathers.

Thank you Tanya for sharing the story of the seven fallen feathers who went missing in Thunder Bay between 2000 to 2011 at the Health Quality Transformation Conference today. Thank you for sharing the words of Pearl on her last conversation with her brother Chanie Wenjack before he boarded the plane to Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in 1966 and went missing after running away a month later. Thank you for sharing the stories of inequality and inequity to the indigenous communities in Northern Ontario. I am thankful I was able to experience this incredibly powerful and moving speech. It moved me to tears. Every Canadian should add Seven Fallen Feathers to their reading list.

“Keep learning and keep reaching out your hands because that is the only way we are going to make this country work.” @tanyatalaga

Caregivers in the Workplace

Anyone who has been a caregiver to a loved one knows it can be a 24/7 role. Trying to be a caregiver while working full time without supports is exceptionally challenging. Over three million people in Ontario identify as a Caregiver. This number is likely to increase as our populations ages. Employers need to recognize what the caregiver demands are and have conversations with their employees about it. Let’s start having healthy conversations about education and support for our caregivers.

Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Love how food evokes so many memories from growing up. Sweet and sour spare ribs were one of my childhood favourites. There never seemed to be enough sauce to put over rice so definitely need to increase the ingredients. Thankful to find the cookbook that contained the recipe and the page reflects how often we made this. Definitely a family fave for mine.

William Ashley Co.

Life doesn’t always give you the fairytale but it doesn’t mean you can’t aspire to own beautiful table-settings just for you. Beautiful selections at the stunning new William Ashley Flagship Store in Bloor Yorkville.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Wig Salon and Accessories Boutique

Today I paid a visit to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Wig Salon and Accessories Boutique. It is the only place in Toronto that I found that accepts gently used wigs to be reconditioned for patients that may need one. I also discovered they will take head coverings and scarves too. They have a Look Good Feel Better program out of the space as well as sell hats and accessories with proceeds going back to the hospital. I was lucky to meet the lovely team including Wig Specialist Laurie as well as a fourteen year volunteer giving back. Such a special place to help patients. Unfortunately not everyone is lucky to have work and/or private insurance or can afford to cover the cost of a wig. For those patients PMH runs a service outside of the PMH Lodge on Jarvis on Wednesday mornings to help those who cannot afford a wig and do not have insurance. All wigs have been donated like the one I dropped off today. Appointments must be made in advance by phoning Laurie at 416-413-7412. Losing your hair can be traumatizing so if you have gently used wigs, head coverings or scarves, definitely consider donating them to PMH and help patients in need.