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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.

Article Series: Self-Care for the Immigrant and Refugee Serving Sector (July 2016)

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

How are you handling stress at work?
If your answer is "o.k." to "not good at all", you may want to cry at yourself or the situation that is causing you stress?

Laughter is one of the oldest healing arts and has been reported to reduce the levels of stress hormones as well as activate the release of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins (the body's natural painkillers). A technique as simple as laughter will:

Article Series: Self-Care for the Immigrant and Refugee Serving Sector (June 2016)

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

According to the dictionary, stress is defined as a specific response by the body to a stimulus, such as pain or fear, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism.

Community Response to Ontario Carding Regulations

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Community groups are deeply concerned by Ontario's new regulations on carding and street checks by Police. The African Canadian Legal Clinic points out that the Regulation will not adequately protect African Canadians, and will not prohibit anti-Black racism and racial profiling. The Urban Alliance on Race Relations says that the regulations fall short addressing key issues of transparency and accountability by Police, and does not address the racial profiling of Black youth. The regulations were released on March 22, 2016 by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Opening our Doors

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There is a campaign underway that is not about electing our next federal parliament. Though intrinsically linked because political leadership and political will determine the success or failure of this campaign, Canadians have awoken to something bigger than themselves. We have been reminded of who we are as a people, privileged, generous and eager to do our part in stemming the tide of human misery as visited on our fellow human beings from the Middle-east and Africa.

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