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Join Paul Thompson and Glenda Jansen as they candidly share their lived experience; that of an individual who navigated homelessness from the age of 16 for thirty years with an undiagnosed disability (FASD), and that of the person who came into his life with unexpected advocacy and support. Resiliency, the power of relationship and connection are woven throughout Paul and Glenda’s back-and-forth style presentation as they combine facts with story, humour and love through tumultuous times. Listeners will leave with a sense of hope, and the understanding that it is never too late for diagnosis or a new beginning! This promises to be an evening of laughter and learning for all.
Paul Thompson lived for more than 40 years with the undiagnosed effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, of which 30 were spent on the streets or incarcerated. He also experienced severe childhood trauma which affected many areas of his life. In 2009 Paul’s life turned around with unexpected advocacy and support; he willingly walked through the open doors and hasn’t looked back. Paul exemplifies why it’s never too late for a life to change.
Glenda Jansen worked with individuals who have special needs before she retired; as a care aide for three years, and then as a special education assistant at an independent school for fifteen. Glenda is passionate about FASD and believes relationship is key to success. In 2009 Glenda and her husband, Pete, met Paul at a Sunday dinner outreach to the homeless, and a couple months later he moved into their home and they were instrumental to Paul’s life turning around. People often ask Glenda “Why Paul?” As they share their life experiences you’ll understand why!
Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not-for-profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability.
FSI is unique in Canada and the only grass roots family to family organization that has a broad volunteer base.
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