Un vendredi à quelque part …

On a perdu un des nôtres hier, dans notre grande famille d’école.   C’est à ce moment que j’ai réalisé, encore une fois, combien la vie est précieuse et si fragile.  Combien un geste de bonté et de cœur peut compter dans un moment qui devient si difficile à naviguer.  Il était jeune, le nôtre, et rempli de rêves et de tout ce qui est beau.  Il aspirait faire ceci, aller là-bas.  Il souriait et surtout, il apportait cette énergie que l’innocence sait bien dégager :  espoir, entraide , communauté et amour.  Dans cet énorme pénombre , nous retrouverons un jour la lueur de ce qu’il a su … Continue reading Un vendredi à quelque part …

About Allowing Myself to Be …

I spent the night floating around in ideas. Truth of the matter is, I am currently embarked on another profound journey which explores minimal space ( distance between events that have passed and the space in between them – on the road to the next step ) It’s come to my attention, once again, that I haven’t been paying ‘attention’ to myself as much as I have been to others. I’ve managed to get myself caught between that rock and that hard place, and I can’t seem to pry myself away from either one of those areas. I know, you’ll … Continue reading About Allowing Myself to Be …

On receiving the degree of Honorary Doctorate of Education (honoris causa)

“Mr. Chancellor, Mr. President, Honored Platform Guests, Members of the Board of Governors, Members of the Academic Senate, staff, students, graduates and all family friends and special guests, Ladies and Gentlemen…” So … I have become ‘that’ person.  In 1992, while graduating from the University of Ottawa, I was sitting amongst my friends and peers and wondering exactly why someone would even be standing there, addressing us without knowing who we were and what path we had chosen to pursue.   I was young, eager to begin my life and had no idea that more than 25 years later, this honor to address … Continue reading On receiving the degree of Honorary Doctorate of Education (honoris causa)

About Being Bullied

“People say sticks and stones may break your bones, but names can never hurt you, but that’s not true. Words can hurt. They hurt me. Things were said to me that I still haven’t forgotten.” –Demi Lovato It’s Pride month in my community. Let me begin by telling you that being bullied is not acceptable – living in constant fear and hiding from your true self is difficult and sucks. Taking a stand is important – essential – AND THE RIGHT THING TO DO – and we can’t do it alone. I am not a member of, but an incredible … Continue reading About Being Bullied

On Losing Toni

The news came as a tidal wave to my heart. I was reading routine emails and there it was, in black and white. Words which announced that a precious Life had been lost too early, too soon. I read them. Maybe it was a mistake ? But when I read again, it was still there; the news that you were gone from this Earth . I took a breath and told my friends who were sitting with me. We tried to process the news … I couldn’t – and still can’t : I am numb. I met you a few … Continue reading On Losing Toni