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Be the Change: Reconciliation

When I first heard about the Be the Change conference hosted by Stenberg College, my excitement rapidly grew. I did not know what to expect or that it would affect me in the ways that it did. So, I attended with an open heart. An open heart When my classmates and I arrived at The Anvil Centre, we were greeted by…
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Pink Shirt Day, a stand against bullying

Why? It is heartbreaking when we read about how bullying can sometimes lead to people taking their own lives. My heart sinks and I ask myself a one-word question, “Why?” Why does such cruelty exist? Why did it lead to this? I don’t know the victims personally, but I do feel some sort of defeat and it makes me wonder…
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Random Acts of Kindness

Things that brighten my day I appreciate witnessing random acts of kindness unfolding in public places. I could be jogging and catch a glimpse of a person chasing a bus and making it onboard because the driver caught sight of them in the rearview mirror and decided to wait. It’s a heartwarming little moment that paints a slight smile across…
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Transformation Through Travel

My first love When I am not studying or reading about Human Development, my mind wanders to the days I was living out of a 50L backpack, trying to walk a 1000 kilometre pilgrimage in beautiful, sunny Spain. Before becoming a CMHAW student, I was in a serious relationship with travelling. One of my most treasured travel adventures was walking…
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Students FOR Modular Housing

Ideas and inspiration Do you ever have an idea that makes perfect sense in your head but when you talk about it, the idea gets tainted with doubt and belittlement? Or maybe you have an idea but you’re waiting for some sort of sign, a “light-bulb” moment to turn your idea into a reality. I spent most of my holidays…
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5 tips for a balanced life

I am not a fitness coach nor am I a health professional but these are five things that help me get through a strenuous week that involves lots of reading, listening and yelling out drink orders like, “I have a medium half-calf, nonfat, extra hot, easy foam, 2.5 pump of vanilla doubled cupped latte.” I wish I could tell you…
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Hi, I’m Francisco

Greetings my fellow sleep deprived, caffeine induced procrastinators. My name is Francisco. Like San Francisco minus the “San”. I hope that helps. If not then I hope we can understand each other in other ways as I introduce myself to you. I was born in Mexico and moved to Vancouver when I was 2. I have 9 crazy beautiful siblings…
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Meeting People Where They’re At

As a Community Mental Health and Addictions Worker, one of my biggest challenges is to meet people where they’re at and not where I want them to be. This means I have to accept people for who they are, and not who I know they can be. I am on the front line as a harm reduction worker and my…
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Getting to Know Your Community: Semiahmoo House Society

It’s always exciting to discover a hidden gem in your community. Sometimes the most beautiful places are right in front of us, and we just don’t know it yet. South Surrey is home to a wonderful society based on inclusion, acceptance and diversity. This place is called Semiahmoo House Society. At Semiahmoo House Society individuals with developmental disabilities are able…
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The Practice of Self-Care

The past two months have been both exciting and busy. We are now starting our fifth class of the CMHAW program and the days seem to be flying by.
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