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Too Many Indigenous Communities Still Lack Access to Clean Water. Will You Be A Water Protector?

Too Many Indigenous Communities Still Lack Access to Clean Water. Will You Be A Water Protector?

Kwey–Hello, Water is sacred. We are made of water. It is our connection, our medicine. Water is life.  It must be guarded. It must be respected. But most of all, it must be protected.  Water is “Nibi” in the Anishinaabemowin language. Nibi is a gift. It is one that most...
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Accepting Autism: How to Move Beyond “Awareness”

Accepting Autism: How to Move Beyond “Awareness”

“Autism” is a word that everyone has heard, but how many people understand what it means? Because it isn’t just one thing, and it looks different from one person to the next, many people find it difficult to describe.  In the past, April has been celebrated as Autism Awareness Month....
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How To Use Leisure as a Therapeutic Tool

How To Use Leisure as a Therapeutic Tool

We think of leisure as free time that’s purely for enjoyment. There are no goals involved. But for an Occupational Therapist (OT) like myself, leisure activities have tremendous therapeutic potential. Let me tell you why. Leisure Is An Occupation First, let’s orient ourselves. When you hear the word “occupation” –...
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What I Wish People Knew About Brain Injury

What I Wish People Knew About Brain Injury

As an occupational therapist, I have worked with acquired brain injury (ABI) survivors for almost 10 years now. I have worked with ABIs of varying types and severity and have learned much about gaps in ABI knowledge and support from the public’s perspective. For ABI survivors and their families, learning...
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Black History Month Reminds Me of the Work That Remains

Black History Month Reminds Me of the Work That Remains

For me, Black History Month is a time to wonder what previous generations of Black activists like Martin Luther King Jr., Viola Desmond, Nelson Mandela, and many others would say if they could see the world today. Black people across the globe continue to endure the struggles and challenges caused...
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Caregiving, COVID-19, Frontline, Healthcare, Pandemic, Brad's Blog, Spark Updates

The Last 21 Months: A Letter to the Team

I sent this letter to the Spark team, to take stock of, and say thank you for what they’ve done over the last 21 months. Dear team, With the year coming to an end, and with our 10-year anniversary approaching, I’ve been reflecting on the last 21 months. If there’s...
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Caregiver’s Guide to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Caregiver’s Guide to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Has someone you love recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? Are you looking for guidance on how to support them in the day-to-day? Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of dementia, and it can be extremely overwhelming and demanding for both patients and families who are juggling the many details...
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Mental Health in Times of COVID Craziness

Mental Health in Times of COVID Craziness

Are you a parent in a pandemic still trying to balance work and family life simultaneously? Are you a caregiver or medical professional who’s been burning the candle at both ends since the  Covid outbreak? Are you a human being who is tired of hearing about Covid-19 and the relentless...
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What Pride Means to Us

What Pride Means to Us

Reading the history of Pride in Canada is an exercise in both horror and inspiration. The marginalization and oppression of Canadians—just for being themselves is horrible. The creativity and resilience of those human beings in response to oppression is inspiring. Pride holds many meanings for many people. For us, it’s...
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Spark’s Journey to Ottawa’s Forty Under 40

Spark’s Journey to Ottawa’s Forty Under 40

If you ask any one of his colleagues, they’d likely describe him as “the salt of the earth”. Case in point: Bradley Bezan, CEO of Spark Lifecare, does not accept awards, even one as prestigious as Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 Award, without recognition of his entire team. “This is not...
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