The Turning Point

There are moments in my life that I know, looking back, were turning points for me. Either I was at a crossroads, or in some cases feeling like I was at a dead end, and needed to figure out a way to forge ahead. The wake of some of these turning points rippled through a decade or more of knowing people, seeing places and experiencing things that I never would have otherwise.

They can all be traced back to one decision. Continue Reading

Returning Home: A Canadian Leaving the UK

I’ve just returned to springtime in England after a week back in snowy, late winter Ontario. What I was doing was making the final preparations for the big move back this May after 8 1/2 years of living and working in the UK.

While back, many of the people I spoke with seemed surprised that we’d want to leave England and come back to Ontario. One of the most common questions I heard was “Why?” They then pointed out how close I was to Europe, or spoke of castles, or how the cultural centre of London was practically at our door step, or they said, “You’ll miss Harry and Meghan’s wedding!”

Let’s step back to the morning of June 23, 2016 – Continue Reading

Do Not Hold Us Back: Seeking Accessibility in Hamilton

When I was a teenager I started volunteering with the Adapted Aquatics swim program at Dalewood Recreation Centre. I started going with some friends who, like me, wanted to get out of going to early Sunday morning Mass. My swimming experiences were more of a blessing than church in my opinion; I have blogged about that experience previously.

While participating in the swimming program I learned a lot about the general public’s attitude to disability; for some it was normal and others not so much. I was also struck by the attitude of some of the adults that organized the swim program and how they thought some youth with disabilities would not have ‘normal’ lives. Continue Reading

A Fresh Start

Going Back to School to Land Your Dream Career

I was working at a great company, making a great salary with benefits, a pension and an advancement opportunity within my department – all of the things we strive for within our careers…Right? Despite this, I was feeling that something was missing. I’ve always been very career-oriented, but how can one be career-oriented and not even like her career? Something was not right. I decided it’s time to go back to school and pursue a new career path. Continue Reading

Volunteering to Opportunity: Heather Beale ’01

After moving from a small town to attend Mohawk College for Radio Broadcasting in the late 1990’s, graduate Heather Beale (nee McClellan) had no intention of moving back home. She recalls telling her mom when returning to Mohawk for her third year, “I’m hoping not to return home. Nothing against you, but I’m hoping to branch out on my own and be my own person.” Continue Reading