Today marks the one year anniversary of the Champions for Community Mental Wellness blog. I can’t believe that a year has gone by already and here I am, writing the 100th post!
I didn’t quite know what to expect when I sat down at my computer last year and began writing. I did not anticipate how much I would enjoy sharing my words with others, or how those words would resonate with so many people. It has been an honour to share my own learning journey with you over the past year, challenging the way we think about children, youth and families in our communities.
I wish every educator, administrator and student support worker could read Karen’s blog and learn from her powerful words about what it can be like to be sitting across the table from those of us at school. Karen’s courage and vulnerability shine through when she writes about advocating for her son. She is generous with appreciation when sharing success stories, and is open and reflective when sharing stories of times when meetings could have gone better. Karen has taught me so much about what it means to truly work “as a team” with families and caregivers – to be curious, to cease judgement, to welcome families as equal partners in their child’s learning and development. How I wish every kiddo could have her on their team! TM, Educator
While this started out as a mental health blog, it has become so much more than that. I have discovered that the information I share is relevant to a much broader audience and this is very exciting to me. I see so many possibilities, and have so many ideas that I can hardly wait for to share them all!
Do not read this to mean I will not continue pushing forward on the topic of mental health, quite the contrary. There is a need to speak openly about the challenges families are facing and I will continue to do this.
I am so thankful to the guest bloggers who have shared their wisdom on these pages: Tyrone Brown, Brent Seal, Kelly Maguire, Tracey White, Barbara Laird, Brad McKay, Ameera Ladak, Brody Butts, Luann Fabietti, and an Anonymous Parent. I am grateful to all the writers who participated in the #Blog4MH challenge in May and June, sharing their experiences and generating much needed conversation.
I am appreciative of the people who have inspired, guided and collaborated with me as I pursue this passion bringing families, systems and communities together in creative and meaningful ways. Laurie Schulz, Chris Wejr, Sue Robins, Dr. Matthew Etherington, and Ian Landy – each of you have brought out the best in me, encouraging me to discover my own strengths, reflect on my own biases and continue pushing these conversations forward in ways that resonate.
It’s no surprise that Karen has put together a blog such as Champions for Community Mental Wellness. She is forever selfless in her willingness and ability to reach out those in need of guidance and encouragement. The information she posts is reliable and relevant. I feel supported as a parent just knowing the community created is traveling along a road similar to ours. Happy 1st Anniversary to Champions for Community Mental Wellness, and thank you for your personal commitment to making our world a better place! CG, Parent
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and much gratitude to everyone who has joined me on this journey over the past year. I am so excited to discover what this coming year will bring. Thank you for being and continuing to be #Champions alongside of me.