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My personal journey to belonging at Pride

Posted Thursday, June 10, 2021

By Tristan Coolman, President of Pflag York Region

The first Pride celebration I attended was when I was 19-years-old back in June of 2007. As a young man living in Markham, I went down to Toronto by myself on a Sunday morning and stayed to watch a bit of the march. For someone riddled with anxieties, common descriptions and vernaculars for these feelings weren’t widely expressed at the time. I had just started my coming out journey a few years back and had supportive...

Pride Parade

Indigenous outreach program launches in York Region

Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Na-Me-Res has launched a new program in York Region that proudly facilitates Indigenous supports to clients by providing a safe space to access and navigate community resources, grow, and thrive.

Na-Me-Res York Region program accommodates the growing needs of the community and facilitates greater understanding of the underlying reasons for Indigenous homelessness by implementing understanding and supportive programming to address those causes with culturally safe and wholistic...

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People are showing a level of empathy I've never seen before

Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2020

In the best of times, we can feel isolated from our friends, neighbours and community, even from the world.

The current crisis spread fast, even to the most remote parts of the world. It makes us realize we are all the same. We are all human. We may have our own ways of coping, but we all share the same emotions: love-hate, joy-sadness, confidence-fear. I see a great equanimity evolving and compassion and empathy that I have not seen before.

I've observed humanity in recent days...

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Staying busy with the kids gets me through the day

Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2020

I have two small children so I think what has helped me most during this time is a routine. It's really helpful for me while I manage my busy days with my three and a half year old and my one year old.

It's really hard for me to get any time to myself so I use tools that I can do with the kids.

We listen to music every morning. It gets us in a good mood to start the day. I work on small goals with the kids like cleaning, gardening, school work, etc. I make sure to shower, brush...

Mom with babies

Make Nature Your Happy Place

Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2020

This is a time when a lot of individuals have been afforded the time to try new things they may never have before. It is a time to experience things intensely at a high level, on a new scale. It is a time to get to know yourself better and to notice all that is around you and be thankful and grateful for that opportunity. Gratefulness is the precursor to joy and in that sense gratitude will allow you to feel simple joyfulness. 

I am not rich and I don’t have anything...