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A Letter from Our CEO – Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A letter from our CEO with an update on COVID-19 to follow. Responding to COVID-19
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Activism, Autism, Climate change, Global climate strike, Greta Thunberg, Neurodiversity, Inspiration

Greta Thunberg is different, and that’s a good thing.

The social pressure to conform to ‘the norm’ is strong enough that we tend to sit up and take notice when people very publicly refuse to do so. In the late 90s, a struggling software company called Apple (maybe you’ve heard of it) created the wildly successful ‘Think Different’ advertising...
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Care, Caregiving, Christmas, Dr Seuss, Empathy, Family, Health, Holiday season, Holidays, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mental Health, The Grinch, Inspiration

It’s OK to be “Grinchy” at Christmas. You probably have a reason.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a Christmas classic and I’ll brook no argument on the subject. I’m referring, of course, to the original 1966 television special (I haven’t seen the new film currently in theatres, and I’ll save my opinions on the Jim Carrey version). When I...
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Business, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Friendship, Leadership, Management style, Professional development, Work, Brad's Blog

Should You Be Friends With Your Co-Workers?

Failure is the best teacher. I’m not against “focusing on the positive.” But I am convinced that having a safe space to talk about “the negative” is actually an important part of being a happy and healthy community. So I’m beginning a series of reflections on how I’ve failed, learned...
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Business, Care, Caregiving, Conversation, Entrepreneur, Failure, Growth, Health, Learning, Mental Health, Brad's Blog

Let’s Talk About Failing, Learning and Growing Up

I’m not going to shock anyone with this statement, but growing up is hard. It’s painful at times. It involves a lot of mistakes and a lot of unexpected twists. I’m a different person than I was six years ago. And though our core mission has stayed the same, Spark...
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Care, Caregiving, Health, Neuroscience, Planning, Stress, TED Talks, TED Time

Planning for Stressful Moments & the 3 Questions You Should Always Ask Your Doctor

You may have noticed that we love technology, education and design. This makes us suckers for Ted Talks. They’re short, accessible, and offer insights and inspiration from innovative thinkers, cutting edge researchers, and passionate practitioners. So, we’re beginning a little series that is seriously called “Ted Time”, where we’ll periodically...
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Caregiving, CHEO, Developmental health, Health, Occupational therapy, Parenting, Speech therapy, Brad's Blog, Inspiration

What My Son Taught Me About Limits, Parenting and Listening to Experts

My son Cooper is five years old. He is a beautiful, amazing, hilarious bundle of joy. Everything changed for me the moment he was born. There’s nothing else like holding your child for the first time. Nothing else like the feeling that he needed me and his mom more than...
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Health, Kapuskasing, Ottawa, Small towns, Brad's Blog

The 6 Reasons Why I’m Glad I Grew Up in a Small Town

I have a confession to make. I grew up in Kapuskasing (that’s not the confession part, hold on), 850 km northwest of Ottawa, population 8000. The confession is that I spent my whole childhood wishing, hoping, praying that I could leave. I did not appreciate growing up in a small...
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Anxiety, Basketball, DeMar DeRozan, Depression, Kevin Love, Mental Health, NBA, Inspiration

On DeMar DeRozan and the Power of Vulnerability

Being swept by Lebron and the Cavs again hurts. But in opening up about his depression this season, the Raptors’ star has done something powerful. In the midst of leading the Toronto Raptors to the greatest regular season in their history, DeMar DeRozan had the best year of his career....
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