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FSI Learning Explorations ~ Making Friends, Keeping Friends
January 26, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST
Join us on January 26th for Making Friends, Keeping Friends with Shelley Nessman.
Connections and friendships are imperative for many different reasons. Statistics say that loneliness is as great a health determinant as smoking! To have and be a friend is critical to our well-being and the experience of friendship brings meaning to all our lives. This workshop will highlight practical ways to support and enhance opportunities for people who are more vulnerable and isolated as a result of their experience with disability. Emphasis will be on supporting natural connections between home, school and community, as well as strategies for developing more intentional connections and friendship possibilities. The concept known as the “Circle of Friends” will be discussed, provided information and ideas on how to develop a circle/network.
• Be introduced to the importance of connections and friendships in the context of isolated and vulnerable people
• Explore key methods used in supporting people to make connections
• Develop an understanding of the Circle of Friends concept
• Share stories of the importance of their own friendships and friendships of their loved ones
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Shelley Nessman has spent 40+ years focussing on the ways that person-centred work and planning can support the creation of good lives for all people. She maintains that her work has been influenced heavily by many mentors including those people with disabilities that she has shared her life and home, and by families who have lovingly supported her learning. Shelley has been working internationally training facilitators to work in a person-centred way using exemplary tools like PATH. She is passionate about good facilitation and believes that when we practice working in a facilitative way, everyone wins! Shelley’s favourite quote at the moment is “Whatever the problem – Community is the answer” (Margaret Wheately)