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Celebrating Women’s Leadership at Spark, Diversity, Inclusivity, Women, Inspiration

Celebrating Women’s Leadership at Spark

International Women’s Day is a time to commemorate the achievements of women all around the world, while also acknowledging the continued importance of gender equality and inclusivity across different races, identities, and backgrounds. This Women’s Day, Spark recognizes and celebrates the many contributions of our women leaders, who make up...
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Shining a light on the Indigenous clean water crisis in Canada, Awareness, Clean Water, Diversity, Inclusivity, Indigenous Canada, Indigenous Communities, National Indigenous History Month, National Indigenous Peoples Day, Guest Spotlight, Inspiration

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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Black male activist at a protest, Activism, Awareness, Black Community, Black History Month, Guest Spotlight, Inspiration

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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Pride Activism Holding Flag, Activism, Awareness, Capital Pride Week, Diversity, Inclusivity, LGBTQIA+, Pride, Pride Month, Pride Season, Inspiration

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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Nursing-Care-Heart-1, COVID-19, Nurses, Nursing, Pandemic, Personal Support Workers, PSWs, Inspiration, Spark Stories

Nursing Week: Celebrating Spark Nurses and PSWs

Nursing Week couldn’t come at a more poignant time given the current pandemic crisis. At a local level, our healthcare providers are working around the clock: full time, overtime, and then some to help save lives and comfort those in need. At Spark, we believe Nursing Week should be celebrated...
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Greta Thunberg, 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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Grinch, 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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Bradley with son, 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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DeMar DeRozan, 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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Man at Horizon, ICONIC, Joni Mitchell, Tony Robbins, Brad's Blog, Inspiration

What Tony Robbins, Joni Mitchell and I All Have in Common

I didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur. I initially became a respite worker because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids who were dealt a tough hand. My education and experience come from the frontline – one-on-one care in the community. That’s my comfort zone....
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