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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...
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Caring for someone with Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's, Caregiving, Client Care, Dementia, Family, Senior Care, Community Resources

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...
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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,...
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Banner of Spark caregivers with young child, Care, Caregiving, Client Care, Personal Support Workers, PSWs, Community Resources

Do You Need a PSW Certification to Be a Good Caregiver?

10 years ago, if someone had offered me a job as a caregiver, my response would have been, “Sorry, I’m not a certified Personal Support Worker.” Back then, I thought...
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Elderly Woman with Hands Closed, Client Care, Palliative, Senior Care, Inspiration, Spark Stories

Edie Found Sunshine in the Little Things

A story of the wonderful, spunky woman who still inspires us. “You’d Never See Her Without A Smile” Before I joined Spark, I worked as an activities director at a...
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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...
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Elderly woman partaking in sewing crafts as part of occupational leisure activity, Leisure, Occupational Therapy, Occupations, Therapy, Community Resources, Guest Spotlight

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....
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City Landscape, Spark Updates

Invest Ottawa Names Spark Lifecare A 2013 Rising Star

Last year, Invest Ottawa celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week by recognizing entrepreneurs who “hit major milestones during the year and contributed to the city’s startup ecosystem” with the Rising Star award....
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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...
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Man Reflecting Outdoors, 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....
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