Family & Relationships

325 articles

The Nanaimo Telephone Visiting Society

By Anna Bunce on Aug 3, 2010

Nothing brightens a mediocre day like an upbeat phone call from a friend. Everyone has had those moments when a simple "how are you?" and some kind words turn a lacklustre day into a special one. For the Nanaimo Telephone Visiting Society (NTVS), this simple principle has provided the basis for a unique form of community support. Read more...

Caregiving and Residence Placement

By Barbara Small on Aug 3, 2010

One of the most challenging caregiving transitions is moving a family member into residential care. This decision is often made during a time of crisis, either because the care recipient is no longer able to safely stay in his or her own home or because family members can no longer provide the required level or type of care. Read more...

Pet Therapy

By Nadine Jones on Aug 3, 2010

As long ago as 1790, Quakers in England discovered the value of the age-old bond between humans and animals when they took friendly dogs to mental asylums and found they helped to quiet the chaos. Read more...

To Hell and Back

By Dee Walmsley on Jul 5, 2010

If you haven't been Hell's Gate, it is well worth the two-and-a-half-hour drive from Vancouver. Pack up the picnic basket, grandchildren and, yes, even the dog for a good day's outing full of fun for the kids and breathtaking scenery for the young at heart. Read more...

Eye to Eye

By Christie Brugger on Jul 5, 2010

In 2001, Sharon Mackenzie, veteran teacher, educational consultant and founder of i2i Intergenerational Society created what is now the highly successful and acclaimed Meadows School Project. Read more...

Three Seafaring Ladies and a Boat

By Judee Fong on Jul 5, 2010

Cathy Harris had often thought about circumnavigating Vancouver Island by boat. Last summer, over a glass of wine with fellow sailors Alison Kershaw and Margaret Thomson, she casually announced, "I'm thinking of sailing around Vancouver Island. Do either of you fancy joining me?" Read more...

Great Gal-loping Getaway

By Jane Cassie on Jul 5, 2010

It's been a few years since I've straddled a saddle. And though my plump rump will likely survive the trot, I'm not so sure about the rest of my boomer-aged body. Do I still have enough core power to ride the range? Read more...

Not Bad. You?

By William Thomas on May 3, 2010

So I said, "Harry, how you doin'?" Harry Muir of Delaware, Ontario, was a promising pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization when he was featured in a film I wrote more than a dozen years ago called Chasing The Dream. Read more...

Remembering to Play

By Family Caregivers' Network Society on May 3, 2010

Caregiving is both emotionally and physically demanding. Caregivers typically ignore their own needs and focus their attention and energy on the care recipient. They let go of activities, hobbies and interests that are joyful and energizing for them. Even spending time with friends can be forgotten. Read more...

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