Well it's September. This is the real new years. I liked the beginning of the school year because it came with the promise of new trials and with the hope of new successes. While that was a faint hope for me, a bit of hope is all it takes to get through even the most difficult times.
For those of you within driving distance of Toronto, September brings Sue Gabriel from Michigan to speak at Vita's Master's Series. She is the perfect way to usher in a new month and a sense of a new year. Sue brings hope in her bag.
I met Sue years and years ago when we were both doing a presentation somewhere up in Ontario's far north. We were both much younger then, I hadn't heard of her but was definately interested in her topic about practical supports to people with dual diagnosis. I sat through her presentation and was quite taken aback. She wasn't your usual presenter. She was down to earth, funny, and she had direct contact with those who's stories she told. Behind her stories was a deep and abiding respect for the people who's lives she'd been pulled into.
After it was over I told her she had a book in her. Then for about a year she would send me drafts of a book and I would take a marker to it and send it back. Finally, Psychiatric Tower of Babble was done. The book has been updated and morphed into something else but it's never lost it's ability to talk plain language and give clear examples.
Sue will be presenting for Vita's Masters Series on September 19th in Toronto at the Yorkdale Cinemas. The registration fee is $100 for an individual and $80 per person if registring 5 or more. To get more information about the conference you can call Rose Castronovo at Vita, her number is 416-746-6234 x211. Tell Rose that Dave sent you.
Again, if you got staff, or if you are a staff, who supports indivduals with a dual diagnois. Sue's a go to girl. I guarentee you'll both laugh and learn.
I am so glad I had this to write this morning. I'm awash in fear and anxiety. There are few things that frighten me to the bone. Most of those I can avoid. But today I have to face my fears for a few hours. I couldn't have written a regualar blog because I'm way too distracted, fear has hold of my fingers. So for those of you who believe in prayer, could I have a wave of it slapping around my feet at about 12:30. Thanks.