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September 26th and 27th, 2018

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
Wednesday, September 26th  and Thursday, September 27th, 2018.  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 ($237.30) – (includes lunch and light refreshments). 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.  If you have a bad cough or fever, you will be asked to reschedule.

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August 29th and 30th, 2018

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
Wednesday, August 29th  and Thursday, August 30th, 2018.  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 ($237.30) – (includes lunch and light refreshments). 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
unforeseen circumstances.  If you have a fever, bad cough or flu, you will be asked to reschedule.

 

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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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Merry Christmas to a Stranger!

It is the day after Halloween and the big promotion of holiday glitter and bling has already begun.  Flyers with the latest “must-haves” appear at your door.  Some stores already displayed their Christmas trees in early October.  The Holiday Season can be very exciting for those who thrive on the stimulation of lights, celebrations, socializing, and of course shopping /gift exchanging.   But this is not the case for all.

Many people with depression/anxiety/social anxiety find this time of year to be very challenging.  Instead of bringing to light the good things in life, the Holiday Season often amplifies the things that aren’t so right in their life.  Perhaps loneliness and isolation come more to the surface, especially for those who don’t have a strong network of family and friends.  A person with an anxiety disorder may become overwhelmed by all of the expectations of the season. This is also a challenging time of year for people who have recently suffered a loss, for example a death of a loved one, a breakup of a significant relationship, or a serious health problem.

How can you make this Holiday Season more meaningful?  Here are a few tips.

Instead of breaking the bank on gifts and facing the dreaded credit card bill in January, why not pick names and set a price limit for the gift exchange.  If you are person who enjoys cooking, try getting a few friends together to make home made jams, pickles, preserves, or baking to give out as gifts. Fun can be enjoyed by all and nobody has to incur financial hardship. Simplify the Holiday gathering by doing pot-luck.

One of the more rewarding Holiday activities is to reach out to someone who is lonely or going through a difficult time.  Many Seniors in retirement homes and nursing homes don’t receive many visitors.  A cheerful visit and a simple gift like a box of chocolates or some nice teas could make their day!  Volunteering with your family and friends at a food bank or soup kitchen can add some light into the life of someone who is struggling.  Visit someone who is sick in hospital and add a little spark to their day.

A couple of years ago, I was skating at Gage Park before Christmas.  The park was beautiful with lots of lights and decorations.  As I turned a corner of the rink, I noticed a family giving out small gifts to people who skated by.  Their family tradition was “Merry Christmas to a Stranger”.  This little package of tea was one of the most “meaningful” gifts I have ever received.  It represented the goodness of humanity.

Wishing you Love, Peace and Joy!  Pass it on.  These are the best gifts anyone can give or receive!

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Registration Form – November 9 & 10, 2016

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 -2nd Annniversary Promotional Rate Buy 1 seat receive 1 seat free – Space Limited
Wednesday November 9, and Thursday November 10, 2016 –  9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Grace Place Community Resource Centre, 156 Main Street North Brampton, ON L6V 1N9, Reception Room, 2nd floor.
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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Registration Form – Sat. Nov. 19 and Sat. Nov. 26, 2016

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 Nov. 19 and Saturday Nov. 26 2016 –  9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Meeting Place, 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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You Are Richer Than You Think

 

Traditional definitions of wealth associate it with money and assets.  But does wealth equate to happiness?  During life’s journey I have met a number of affluent people, who despite their wealth, felt they were missing something.   When I was a teen, I travelled with my school band to another city.  There I was billeted with a wealthy family. While having a lovely dinner in their elegant dining room the homeowner said to me, I am a poor man, I have nothing.  I was confused by his comment as I could see so many riches around me.  He clarified, I do not have my health.  During the night the gentleman was rushed to hospital and I was moved to a different host family in the morning.  This was my first lesson in what money can’t buy.  The Beatles have had a major influence on people with their song lyrics.  One in particular, “Can’t Buy Me Love” speaks to me.  So now I see that money does not buy health or love.

There are many treasures in life that money can’t buy.  I can think of few such as a new baby, a significant other, a sibling, a parent, a child, a good friend, or a loyal pet.  Additionally, we have nature’s beauty all around us, wildlife, rivers and streams, mountains, fresh air, green grass, gardens and the splendour of the 4 seasons.  Next time you are feeling “poor”, think of those who enrich your life with their love, laughter, and support.  Take a quiet walk in the woods and breathe in the wonders of nature.  You may find that you are richer than you think.

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