Markham Wellness Circle

About last night.

Thankful to be included in the Markham Wellness Circle Launch Event. I met many awesome wellness professionals as well others like me who are passionate about all things wellness.

The Markham Wellness Circle in partnership with the Markham Public Library will be hosting free monthly wellness events at the brand new Aaniin Community Centre and Library. If you are interested in exploring things related to the mind, body and spirit and live and/or work in Markham, you will want to join us at a future event.

Please follow along on Instagram @markhamwellnesscircle and/or sign up for their newsletter direct to your inbox to learn more about future events.

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Remembering June 21, 1983

“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny.” – Princess Diana

It is hard to believe 35 years ago today, I was so very lucky to see Princess Diana and Prince Charles on a school trip to Ottawa that just happened to coincide with their first visit to Canada. While a few decades have passed, I still remember that day. It was very hot and humid and I remember being dressed in pink top and skirt. Forever a girly girl. I remember the waiting and the moment when a few school friends and I finally saw Princess Diana in her limousine en route to Rideau Hall. Sadly the photograph wasn’t the best quality but my memory of that day remains alive and well.

Princess Diana – you are forever missed.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Consider this: One in two Canadian women have experienced sexual harassment at work, according to a 2018 Angus Reid survey, and 89% say they use strategies to avoid unwanted sexual advances in the workplace. Yet, in a survey late last year of 153 Canadian executives—95% of whom were male—the Gandalf Group reported that 94% said sexual harassment was not a problem at their companies.

Please take time to read these stories shared by eight brave women. One of my former colleagues is one of the eight women to share her story. Share it. Speak up if you see it happening to a colleague who may not have the confidence to speak up for themselves. Intervene. Lead by example and end sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Pat Mackey: Living with a terminal cancer diagnosis

“Somehow or other you need to get yourself in a headspace of living in the moment cause it is the only place to be when you have a terminal illness. Living in the moment is the only place to be as that is where all the good things reside. Your friends, your family, your love, your humour, things you like to do and that is the key.” ~ Pat Mackey

Very wise words from a beautiful woman who shared her beautiful spirit with so many including me.

Today marks the beginning of The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association 2018 Hospice Palliative Care Week. It seemed like a fitting time to share Pat’s story.

I was very blessed to have met Pat when through my volunteer work. Despite the return of her cancer, she continued to give back to the North York General’s patient- and family-centred care initiatives. Pat also decided to share her own story about the return of her cancer, the important role of palliative care all while volunteering for the hospital and committing to enjoying every day. Sadly we lost Pat in 2014 but her legacy lives on through an award created by her family as well as the video she created during the final year of her life: Pat Mackey: Living with a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Pat’s wish was that by sharing her experience, patients and families will know that “palliative care is about finding energy and joy in your day, not focusing on the illness.” Please take the time to watch Pat’s video and share it with others.

Pat was an amazing and inspirational lady. She makes one think about what they want their legacy in this world to be. I am so lucky to have met her and will remember her forever. She was truly making a world of difference.