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Looking Ahead

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January 2017

The year has begun with a sense of optimism on the policy front. In the dying days of 2016, there was a flurry of activities coming out of Ottawa as the Federal government announced one policy directive after the other.

Article Series: Self-Care for the Immigrant and Refugee Serving Sector by Aina-Nia Ayo'dele (November 2016)

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You are responsible for creating your day.

Creating your day is about owning the power to your wellness, regardless of the bus driver who drove off as you reached the bus stop yesterday, the person who cut you off on the highway this morning, or your staff/manager/colleague who spoke with you abruptly a few minutes ago. You are responsible for creating a positive day that powers your wellness.

7 Ways to Power Your Day

In Memoriam

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In the last few weeks, we lost two stalwarts of the sector – Kay Blair and Fred Franklin. Both were extraordinary leaders in the social justice work of the sector, Kay with a focus on immigrant settlement, and women economic and social empowerment; and Fred on refugee protection and detention issues for all those imprisoned, refugees or not.

Article Series: Self-Care for the Immigrant and Refugee Serving Sector by Aina-Nia Ayo'dele (September 2016)

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Self-Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of self whilst caring for others, simply because you are worth it!

In this fast paced, high tech and low touch environment stress is becoming the new norm for many individuals and organizations. However, you have a choice.  You can choose Self-Stewardship for your own wellness.

Here are 7 Self-Stewardship tips to consider as you go through your day:

Changing the national narrative

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Executive Director’s Message - September 2016

This is the front page of Canada’s largest newspaper that greeted me last weekend. I had to read twice to ensure that I did not misread: “67. The percentage of Canadians who agree that immigrants should be screened for anti-Canadian values.” And this: “29. The percentage of Canadians who believe the state has a role in telling women what they can wear”. Excuse me?

Remembering

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Getting started on the writing of my piece this month was difficult. I couldn’t land on themes I wanted to explore, information or opinions I wanted to share or even random thoughts. It took me a while to realize that I couldn’t focus on one or two things because there is so much going on - so much noise, so much news, so much discord, too many deaths. It all feels heavy and urgent and complex.

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