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From compassion to action

April 9th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on From compassion to action)

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picture 079In the second of a three-week series, From Compassion to Action, we talk with some of the volunteers who are making a difference in our community about their experiences, thoughts, and observations. We’re joined by Canadian Red Cross volunteers Linda Sampson and Jennifer Jenkins and by Habitat for Humanity volunteer Jim Eagles.

National Volunteer Week is an annual volunteer recognition and awareness-raising event in Canada and the U.S. (more…)

The Mankind Project

April 9th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on The Mankind Project)

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A look at men’s health and wellness

picture 075The men’s movement, and its North American rise in the 1990s, is closely linked with poet Robert Bly’s book Iron John. Bly said in 1991 that he’d at first thought, “My male side was developed, and my feminine side was not developed…. [But] what I developed is the shallow form of the masculine, and what I need now is to develop the deeper form of the masculine….”  What is currently happening among men in our society? What are the challenges? What is being learned?

Today, an international organization, The Mankind Project, and its New Warrior Training, provides an “intense, transformative men’s initiation which invites men to forge a deep conscious connection between head and heart.” Local participants have just completed a weekend training.  (more…)

A passion for nature

April 2nd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on A passion for nature)

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picture 079In the first of a three-week series, From Compassion to Action, we talk with some of the volunteers who are making a difference in our community about their experiences, thoughts, and observations. We’re joined by long-time Morrell Nature Sanctuary volunteers Bob Dadds, Flo Dadds and Norm Swanson. (more…)

Do you know where your voluntary sector is?

April 2nd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Do you know where your voluntary sector is?)

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picture 072As national volunteer week approaches, we focus on volunteerism…and speak with organizers and some of the volunteers in our community. What is the reality? What are the hopes? What are the trends? (more…)

A frontline services roundtable

March 26th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on A frontline services roundtable)

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Looking at food, shelter, and supports in Nanaimo

picture 069Local frontline services are under increasing demand or are experiencing specific challenges. We’ve convened a frontline services roundtable to explore and update recent events ranging from the reported closing of a Salvation Army lunch program to reports that VIHA will be unable to fund support programs at the Balmoral Hotel building redevelopment. (more…)

The Vagina Monologues

March 19th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on The Vagina Monologues)

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Witty, irreverent, compassionate, wise

picture 068Celebrated as a bible for a new generation of women, The Vagina Monologues has been performed in cities across North America and at hundreds of college and university campuses. It has also inspired a dynamic grassroots movement—V-Day—to stop violence against women.

Based on interviews with over 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality, the play gives voice to women’s deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads or hears it will ever look at a woman’s body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. It is witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise. (more…)