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June 2017 Lived Experience News

Hello SE Ontario Lived Experience Advisors,


Did I mention how proud I am of the work of the SE Ontario Lived Experience Network?  I am very proud! Check out these two additions to - “Lived Experience Network Report April 2017” on the Resource Exchange page and “All Chat Topic Summaries Mar 2014- Present” on the chat page. These documents display a great deal of amazing work has happened both this year and since the Lived Experience Network began in 2013. Please have a look and thank you for your involvement exchanging your knowledge and partnering for change.


Live Chat Reminder: I also want to remind you of next week’s Live Chat June 6, 2017 – Lived Experience Café Live (Typed) Chat on from 6:30-8:00PM. (See the attached poster for the topic and details…including our special guest Maia (bluebird). This is going to be a really special chat so I hope you join in. Many of you will be familiar with Maia (Bluebird) from In My Shoes workshops and our online chats. She was our first lived experience advisor to join in 2013 and will be co-facilitating and sharing some of the things that helped her to cope as a wife and care partner of someone living with dementia. Come prepared to learn and to share some of your coping tips and “What Keeps You Going?”


And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain: When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” Haruki Murakami


Remember, if online “chats” are not for you, you can still participate in answering the attached questions by emailing your  input or by giving me a call at 613-475-9943.

Please sign up for Meet Me in the Middle Lunch – Tuesday, June 27th: We have had some positive responses from people and will be planning to hold a “Meet Me in the Middle” lunch on Tuesday, June 27th at Minos Village Restaurant on 2762 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario at 12 noon. The goal of this event is to simply meet others (some who you may have met online but not in person) for some conversation and fun. Each person will be responsible to pay for their own lunch. If you would like to come, please email or phone me by: Monday, June 12th.

Also, be sure to check the Ontario page on for information about how you can participate in Provincial conversations too. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions for change.

Kind Regards,


Sharon Osvald
Lived Experience Facilitator (South East & Behavioural Supports Ontario)

Providence Care Seniors Mental Health and Behavioural Support Services
in partnership with the Alzheimer Societies of S.E. Ontario &

BSO Provincial Coordinating Office in partnership with brainXchange


Exchanging Knowledge, Partnering for Change



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