Covid 19 is imposing many restrictions on our communities and in particular schools. My seven-year-old, grandson Jack, who is in Grade 3 is doing his schooling with me, his sister is being supported by their mother, who is also working from home. One could be forgiven for thinking that supervising Grade 3 work would be a breeze! Well let me say it is not! Maths has changed dramatically! The challenge that I set myself is to be curious instead of telling and to use my connecting behaviours instead of the disconnecting behaviours. Teachers do a magnificent job and I say THANK YOU!
As the weeks pass in these days of uncertainty and social distancing, I have taken the opportunity to reflect upon the things that matter to me and the things that I think are important for a progressive inclusive society. There will always be vulnerable people in our midst, but the question for us to respond to is “what effort do we make to create an inclusive society”? The poem that I have included in this blog does not require and commentary. But I urge you to take the time to contemplate the challenging message! We all have the right to want something purposeful and meaningful to do, to love and be loved and to have hope for our future!
Having watched vascular dementia take over my father’s life, I often asked myself the question “Where is the balance between supporting the person living with dementia and his/her family versus research and treatment options”? Dementia is a cruel and debilitating disease and its impact on people, families and friends is both challenging and shocking. The greatest challenge that I witnessed was constantly remembering that my father was not just a diagnosis or a statistic, he was a human being with feelings and human rights just like me. He deserved and had the human right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times.
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