2013 has been a rough year personally with broken bones ruling my life! As of April 12, 2013 we finally got the news that Megan’s toe was healing and she would not require surgery
Over the last couple of weeks my rib has healed enough that I rarely feel the pain unless i am stretching that specific area.
I have seen Megan walking down the stairs without crutches, climbing up the stairs without having to crawl.
She is still reliant somewhat on the chair in the shower but is standing to wash most of her body and her need for me is reducing dramatically.
We have gone out without her wheelchair! We have replaced the air cast with very high quality doc marten’s to provide the added support for her foot. But at least she feels more human!
Alex returned from Halifax completing his first year of university it has matured him so much and he is flourishing in that setting. I got to meet his beautful girlfriend Beth. They are perfect together and were together for most of this school year. Sadly Beth is from England and had a year in Canada which ends at the end of May when she will return home and the relationship will end. This relationship will likely be the one they both look back on and compare every other relationship too as they start meeting other people. I am so happy for them for experiencing this together and I know Alex will not settle for less than what he had with Beth and I hope the same for Beth. You both deserve happiness and don’t settle for less.
Alex has struggled with finding a job in the last year. This is not unusual for students, the economy is very very hard on young adults who are looking for work. The jobs they apply for are also being applied for by adults who are underemployed and need more money. Alex started watching job ads and saw one for a Caulking company looking for a student for the summer. He contacted them and met with them and he has now officially started working for the summer at 14 dollars per hour which is awesome for a summer job and will make returning to university in the fall so much easier!
For Megan I am always watching for opportunities to enrich her life experience. As she is not in school very much due to health over the last 5 years i try to make sure there is always something to look forward to, always something to fight for. In February I was looking at the WE DAY website and I found http://www.metowe.com/ On this site their were summer camps with leadership streams that would be so perfect for Megan. But they are 900 for a week and there would be no way I could pay for her to attend. I noticed that there was a bursary option with investors group and I looked into that. Megan would need to write about why she wanted to attend the camp and what she hoped to get out of it. She needed 2 other letters of recomendations. I wrote one easily talking about why Megan deserves this and her school guidance counsellor also wrote a nice letter for her.
We forgot about it for the month of April , had no idea how many kids would apply for a bursary , whether there was any shot for Megan to attend. We focussed on getting Megan walking and her toe! On April 30, 2013 Megan got a voice mail from MetoWe for her to call them. Megan and I looked at each other and i know i caught my breath thinking would they call if She DID NOT get a bursary…talked myself into that they would want to thank every student for their efforts.
Megan called them on May 1. Not only had she qualified for a bursary she qualified for the highest amount they have ever given a student from Investors group! She was given 400 dollars towards the 900.00 cost of this camp. This is going to be so incredible for Megan, It will be in August just before she returns to school and I know she will be so inspired! They are not allowed to bring electronics and have to focus on the program. This is the program she will attend
Offered weeks one (July 7-13) and four (August 4-10)
This program is designed for youth who are interested in tackling problems in a new creative way that can help foster positive social change. Social Innovation focuses on providing youth with the skill set of a successful “innovator” Youth will develop not only leadership skills and a better understanding of the issues the world is facing, but creative thinking, idea generation, and collaboration skills–all important for producing ideas that change the world.
This stream will:
- Develop campers’ leadership and life skills, including communication, collaboration, planning and decision making
- Provide a deeper understanding of the role that social innovation is playing in reshaping the way we look at social justice issues
- Develop the skill set of a social innovator, including: creating social capital , networking, generating creative solutions to problems, coming to terms with and dealing with failure and fostering the self-motivation to carry out and implement an idea
- Creating a blueprint of a business plan that uses these skills to have a positive impact on the local and global community
Ideal for participants who:
- Have an interest in business
- Are creative, forward-thinking and solution orientated
- Are passionate about a range of social justice issues
Stay tuned tomorrow as I share the ideas for how we will fundraise 500.00 for the rest of the cost of this camp in the month of May.
Brimming with Happiness here today!!