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October 23rd and 24th, 2019

To register, please complete the information below and return this form along with course payment   to Everyone Matters via email pat@everyonematters.ca. 

Please Note: If  you have a bad cough, fever or contagious infection you will be asked to reschedule.

Course Date and Location: 2-day courseWednesday, October 23rd and Thursday, October 24th, 2019.  CHARTWELL Valley Vista retirement residences
600 Valley Vista Drive, Vaughan, ON  L6A 4H2  Time: 8:45 am to 4:30 pm.

Fees: $210.00 plus HST, (includes participant manual, lunch and light refreshments). Payment Must Accompany This Registration Form. Payment Options:   e-transfer (please email answer to security question to pat@everyonematters.ca Cheque payable to Pat Thacker. Please mail cheque and registration form to Everyone Matters, 116 Mill Street South, Brampton ON L6Y 1T3 PayPal – send email contact information to pat@everyonematters.ca to receive PayPal invoice. PayPal accepts VISA and MASTERCARD. NOTE: Registration confirmation will be emailed to participants upon receipt of payment. Everyone Matters reserves the right to reschedule the training due to low enrolment or unforeseen circumstances.

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August 28th and 29th, 2019

To register, please complete the information below and return this form along with course payment   to Everyone Matters via email pat@everyonematters.ca. 

 Please Note: If  you have a bad cough, fever or contagious infection you will be asked to reschedule.

Course Date and Location: 2-day course Wednesday, August 29th and Thursday, August 30th, 2019.  CHARTWELL Valley Vista retirement residences
600 Valley Vista Drive, Vaughan, ON  L6A 4H2  Time: 8:45 am to 4:30 pm.
Fees: $210.00 plus HST, (includes participant manual, lunch and light refreshments). Payment Must Accompany This Registration Form. Payment Options:   e-transfer (please email answer to security question to pat@everyonematters.ca Cheque payable to Pat Thacker. Please mail cheque and registration form to Everyone Matters, 116 Mill Street South, Brampton ON L6Y 1T3 PayPal – send email contact information to pat@everyonematters.ca to receive PayPal invoice. PayPal accepts VISA and MASTERCARD. NOTE: Registration confirmation will be emailed to participants upon receipt of payment. Everyone Matters reserves the right to reschedule the training due to low enrolment or unforeseen circumstances. 

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June 5th and 6th, 2019

To register, please complete the information below and return this form along with course payment   to Everyone Matters via email pat@everyonematters.ca. 

 Please Note: If  you have a bad cough, fever or contagious infection you will be asked to reschedule.

Course Date and Location: 2-day course Wednesday, June 5th and Thursday, June 6th, 2019.  CHARTWELL Valley Vista retirement residences
600 Valley Vista Drive, Vaughan, ON  L6A 4H2  Time: 8:45 am to 4:30 pm.
Fees: $210.00 plus HST, (includes participant manual, lunch and light refreshments). Payment Must Accompany This Registration Form. Payment Options:   e-transfer (please email answer to security question to pat@everyonematters.ca Cheque payable to Pat Thacker. Please mail cheque and registration form to Everyone Matters, 116 Mill Street South, Brampton ON L6Y 1T3 PayPal – send email contact information to pat@everyonematters.ca to receive PayPal invoice. PayPal accepts VISA and MASTERCARD. NOTE: Registration confirmation will be emailed to participants upon receipt of payment. Everyone Matters reserves the right to reschedule the training due to low enrolment or unforeseen circumstances. 

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One Day at a Time

During the last quarter of 2018 I found myself stuck in circumstances beyond my control.  A routine mammogram saved my life and I had surgery in November.  Needless to say, the waiting for results, referrals and appointments was psychologically draining.  The unknown was tormenting for me.  My mind took me to the dark side where I started to think about my mortality and yes, my bucket list.  Once I got my results, I was able to move on.  I am fortunate to have stage 1 breast cancer with a good prognosis.  I begin my radiation next week for 3 weeks.  What I found interesting about having cancer is that it is easier for me to talk about it than mental illness. I was comfortable reaching out for supports to family and friends and posting updates on social media.  I received a great deal of support and made some wonderful connections. 

Even though I am an advocate for mental health education and breaking down barriers , I still feel influenced by the stigma of having a mental illness and have often kept my struggles with generalized anxiety disorder and depression to myself.  It’s time to be transparent.  Just as having cancer is not within my control, neither is having a mental health problem.  This winter has been challenging for my mental health due to concerns over my physical health, a major reduction in sunlight and taking a break from work.  My mind has too much time to wonder.  These are some of the management tools I am using to cope:

  1. A Happy Light (SADS light). These lights which simulate natural sunlight can be purchased online or at your local pharmacy.  Everyone morning I sit by the light with a coffee and read.  These lights are more effective for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I find it is having some benefit for me, even though I do not have this diagnosis.
  2. Nutrition.  After the holidays of overeating and indulging in too much sugar, I am trying to return to healthier eating.  This is not easy for me as I love food and turn to it for comfort.  One day at a time.
  3. Exercise. I have been walking for up to 1 hour 5 times a week.  It really gets the blood moving, gives me more energy and helps to clear my head.
  4. Spirituality.  I heard on the news this week that people with spirituality do better with their cancer treatment than those without spirituality.  For me, this has been a great help for both cancer and depression.  It brings me peace, hope and comfort. 

None of us know what lies ahead in life.  What I have learned from these experiences is to reach out for help and support.  We do not have to suffer alone.  Looking forward to the next chapter in the Book of Pat.  Taking 2019 one day at a time.

February 6th and 7th, 2019

To register, please complete the information below and return this form along with course payment   to Everyone Matters via email pat@everyonematters.ca

 Please Note: If  you have a bad cough, fever or contagious infection you will be asked to reschedule.

Course Date and Location: 2-day course

Wednesday, February 6th and Thursday, February 7th, 2019.  CHARTWELL Valley Vista retirement residences
600 Valley Vista Drive, Vaughan, ON  L6A 4H2  Time: 8:45 am to 4:30 pm.

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Fees: $210.00 plus HST, (includes participant manual, lunch and light refreshments. Lunch is not provided)Payment Must Accompany This Registration Form. Payment Options:
  1. e-transfer (please email answer to security question to pat@everyonematters.ca
  2. Cheque payable to Pat Thacker. Please mail cheque and registration form to Everyone Matters, 116 Mill Street South, Brampton ON L6Y 1T3
  3. PayPal – send email contact information to pat@everyonematters.ca to receive PayPal invoice. PayPal accepts VISA and MASTERCARD.

NOTE: Registration confirmation will be emailed to participants upon receipt of payment. Everyone Matters reserves the right to reschedule the training due to low enrolment or unforeseen circumstances. 

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The Bucket List – Do it Now!

The Bucket List is something that many people make when they are facing a difficult diagnosis.  Things that one may see on a bucket list may include taking a trip, sky diving, learning to swim or skate, taking up a new hobby, seeing a live play or musical, catching up with old friends and spending more time with family. I would like to share the message below from an unknown author.

There are two days in every week
about which we should not worry,
Two days which should be kept free of fear and apprehension.

One of these days is YESTERDAY,
With its mistakes and cares,
Its faults and blunders,
Its aches and pains.
YESTERDAY has passed forever beyond our control.

All the money in the world cannot bring back YESTERDAY.
We cannot undo a single act we performed;
We cannot erase a single word we said.
YESTERDAY is gone.

The other day we should not worry about is TOMORROW
With its possible adversities, its burdens, its larger promise.
TOMORROW is also beyond our immediate control.

TOMORROW, the sun will rise,
Either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds,
But it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in TOMORROW
For it is as yet unborn.

This leaves only one day – TODAY.
Any man can fight the battles of just one day.
It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities
– YESTERDAY and TOMORROW –
That we break down.

It is not the experience of TODAY that drives men mad.
It is remorse or bitterness for something which happened YESTERDAY
And the dread of what TOMORROW may bring.

Let us, therefore, live but ONE day at a time.
…author unknown

So Thankful

As Thanksgiving approaches, I realize how lucky I am to be here to celebrate with family and friends.  Last year I had a cardio workup due to a strong family history of heart disease. Earlier this week I underwent an investigative angiogram  to look at the condition of my heart as prior tests were inconclusive.  To my dismay three serious   blockages (99%, 90% and 70%) were discovered  and repaired with stents.  I had know idea I had been a time-bomb ready to go off at any given moment.

This has been a major AHA  moment in my life.  We are all on borrowed time in this world.  I have taken so much for granted and have often had the mindset that if I don’t feel like to doing something today there will always be tomorrow.  I encourage all of you to appreciate today – the sunrise, the air we breathe, the rain, the wind on your face, the beauty of nature, and of course the people who touch our lives along the journey of life.  Every day is a gift. Cherish it!  Tim McGraw’s  song “Live Like You Were Dying”  pretty much says it all!

 

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Taking Care of Ourselves

Have you felt like you were on hamster wheel running, running, running and never resting?  Well that can be a common scenario for many of us.  Running between work commitments, family commitments, and in general “life” commitments can take its toll on our mental and physical well-being.  Ask yourself “When was the last time I had fun”? or “When was the last time I did something for me”?  As little as 15 to 30 minutes a day of “you” time can really help recharge our batteries and boost our coping skills with whatever life throws at us.    Here are some ideas to help you relax.

Take a nice warm shower or bath.
Listen to some relaxing music.
Explore meditation.
Try some yoga stretches and breathing techniques.
Play some sports.
Go for a walk or run.
Read a good book.
Laugh.  Watch a comedy show or even try Laughing Yoga.
Make a good home cooked meal.
Get a massage.
Spend some time in your garden.
Play with your pets.
Take you breaks when at work.  Breaks can help to clear our minds.  It is better to work smarter than longer.

Remember to put yourself on top of your list.  If you sit at the bottom of the list you are likely to wake up one day with no “gas” in your tank.  Self care can make you a happier and more productive person.

Embrace the Day!

Beating The Winter Blues

The weather in the GTA has been unusually cloudy for January and February.  I have talked to many people who have been feeling tired and low on energy.  The good news is that Family Day, February 20, 2017 is approaching.  Although, it could be tempting to hibernate and snuggle in bed, pay computer games, read, or watch T.V., you may not be doing yourself a favour.  Take advantage of the wonderful winter activities that are available in your community.  Exercise is well-known to boost endorphins, our happy brain chemicals.  Try tobogganing, snow tubing, skiing, skating, or going for a brisk winter walk or hike.  There is beauty in nature, even on those cold, cloudy days.  This morning, as I looked out my living room window, I saw 2 squirrels scurrying up and down a tree.  Due to the mild winter, they are quite chubby this year and could almost be mistaken for small rabbits.   This made be smile.  An evergreen shrub outside the window is a refuge for a variety of birds and it is fun to watch them and listen to them sing.  Do something kind for someone else.  Many people are stricken with illnesses during the winter months.  A warm meal, helping with their children, or a bouquet of flowers, could bring some light into someone else’s life. For those suffering with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), light therapy can help.  These are special lights that simulate sunlight.  There is an array of models that can be purchased/ordered through the medical supplies section of your pharmacy or online.  Light therapy, usually done within the first 2 hours of waking, helps to regulate brain chemicals at the proper time of day to re-set our body clock.  This helps with sleep.  Light therapy has also been known to increase the neurotransmitter serotonin, necessary for a sense of well being.

Wishing you all a wonderful Family Day!

Sat. Feb. 4 & Sat. Feb. 11, 2017

To register, please complete the information below and return this form along with course payment to Everyone Matters via email pat@everyonematters.ca

Course Date and Location: 2-day course
Saturday Feb. 4, 2016 and Saturday Feb. 11, 2017 –  9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Meeting House, 2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville, ON L6H 6E1.  Volunteer Room
Fees: $175.00 plus HST, (includes participant manual and light refreshments. Lunch is not provided)Payment Must Accompany This Registration Form. Payment Options:

  1. e-transfer (please email answer to security question to pat@everyonematters.ca
  2. Cheque payable to Pat Thacker. Please mail cheque and registration form to Everyone Matters, 116 Mill Street South, Brampton ON L6Y 1T3
  3. PayPal – send email contact information to pat@everyonematters.ca to receive PayPal invoice. PayPal accepts VISA and MASTERCARD.

NOTE: Registration confirmation will be emailed to participants upon receipt of payment. Everyone Matters reserves the right to reschedule the training due to low enrolment or unforeseen circumstances. Cancellations from participants received less than one week prior to the course date will result in a $50 cancellation fee.

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