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Posted: February 11, 2016

At times, I have likened children’s aid societies (CAS) to a system that resembles an old house, sitting alone with its windows closed and shutters drawn for a very long time. Children and youth have used that metaphor with me often to describe how once they enter that house through the front door, they are not thought about again by the public.

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Posted: January 27, 2016

I received an email yesterday about a Rotary Club initiative to support Chief Rosemary McKay of Bearskin Lake. Her community has suffered 12 deaths in the last year, and they are currently reeling from the suicide death of a 10-year-old girl in December and don't have the funds to give her a proper burial. The Rotary is raising funds to help provide emergency mental health support and programming dollars to the community overcome by grief, while there is a “Go Fund Me” site raising money for the cost of the burial.

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