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BrainStorm Poetry contest for consumers!

Eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest

ImageEnter the storm and speak your mind:
NISA’s eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest opens Jan. 4, 2010

The Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) is pleased to announce its eighth annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest, which runs from Jan. 4 to March 19, 2010 and is open to poets worldwide.

The annual contest is an effective way for NISA to showcase the work of its readers and other mental health consumers. This year, NISA hopes to receive more submissions from poets outside North America, in order to raise awareness and to educate the public on the realities of mental health in different geographic regions. Subject matter is entirely open and needn’t focus on one’s struggle with mental health; however, the BrainStorm contest is open exclusively to consumers and survivors of mental health services.

The contest is intended as a fundraiser for NISA’s literary magazine, Open Minds Quarterly, as well as a way of supporting consumers and survivors of mental health services by awarding prizes to the top three winners. Learn more about contest regulations and download entry forms here. Inquiries may be directed to Dinah Laprairie at
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openminds@nisa.on.ca

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or +1-705-675-9193 ext. 8286.

ave The Date in March 2010! CBR Hub Cafe Scientifique Event

The BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network’s Community Based Research Hub
Invites you to a Café Scientifique Event:

“Seeds of Change:
Community Based Research in Practice”

Community Based Research (CBR) is gaining recognition as an important tool to address health problems. This event is aimed at connecting the public with those involved with CBR projects, and to stimulate conversation about the value of CBR in mental health and addictions research, the processes and outcomes of CBR projects, and avenues for community participation in CBR.

Please join us for a series of short presentations and conversations about three diverse research projects that have been undertaken in British Columbia in the field of mental health and addictions.

March 4th, 6:00-8:00pm                                               
The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC (www.therailwayclub.com)

Moderator:
Elana Brief,
Research Scholar, National Core for Neuroethics

Presenters:
Jamie Livingston,
Researcher, BC Mental Health and Addictions Services 
“People with Mental Illness and the Police: Redistributing Power through Research”

Michael Crain,
Knowledge Translation Lead, CREST.BD Team
“Understanding what Recovery Means to People Living with Bipolar Disorder”

Sandra Hale,
Master of Science Rehabilitation (Candidate), University of British Columbia
“Job Accommodations: Perspectives from People with Bipolar Disorder”

Erin Michalak
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia 
“CBR in Mental Health and Addictions: Opportunities and Challenges”

See attached posters for event details and presenter biographies. Please feel free to forward this email onward and print the attached poster.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Sally McBride: smcbride@phsa.ca or visit www.mhanet.ca/cbr.

We hope to see you there!

Regards, CBR Hub

                               

                                              


Dr. Erin E. Michalak
Assistant Professor
CREST.BD team leader: www.crestbd.ca
Postdoctoral Coordinator, FOM, UBC
Mood Disorders Centre

Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia

2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, V6T 2A1
Tel: 604 827 3393


Dr. Erin E. Michalak
Assistant Professor
CREST.BD team leader: www.crestbd.ca
Postdoctoral Coordinator, FOM, UBC
Mood Disorders Centre
Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, V6T 2A1
Tel: 604 827 3393

Book News Vol. 5 No. 10

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Vol. 5 No. 10

In other news

Join Us!

To kickstart our membership drive (our goal is to have 500 new members by May 31) we have invited 50 Vancouver area writers to join the VIWF. Here are the writers who have joined to date.

BC Bestsellers

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is posting a weekly list of BC’s bestselling books.

Freedom To Read Week

An annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. February 21 to 27. Details here.


Join us!

Our membership campaign is now in its fourth week. Every two weeks we will draw the name of a new member for a great prize. Join by noon on February 19 (at noon) for a chance to win a pair of tickets to our April 15th event with Ian McEwan. For the next draw on March 5 we have two prizes: a pair of tickets to Vancouver Opera’s world premiere of Nixon in China and two tickets to Margaret McMillan and Alexandre Trudeau in conversation with Hal Wake.

Special Events

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Ian McEwan – April 15, 2010
The acclaimed author of Atonement and On Chesil Beach will make his eagerly anticipated Vancouver appearance to read from his latest book, Solar. Ian McEwan will be interviewed by Jerry Wasserman. For more details, visit our website. VIWF members: Receive a $2 member discount for Ian McEwan event tickets! Join us!
Peter Carey – May 7, 2010
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner and the author of Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang in conversation with Hal Wake.
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Awards & Lists

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Canada owns the podium for this year’s Commonwealth Writers Prize. All of the shortlisted authors for the Caribbean and Canada region are Canadian, led by Annabel Lyon. A complete list of nominees region by region is here.
The shortlists for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards have been announced. Full story
The Guardian lists literature’s top ten unreliable narrators. Full story

News & Features

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An interview with Shane Koyczan after his appearance in the opening ceremonies. Full story
And Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Brad Cran offers his thoughts on Koyczan’s performance after himself declining to take part in the Olympic celebrations. Full story
A conversation with Lauren Kirshner who, at 27, is fast emerging as one of Toronto’s most talented new authors. Full story
British publishing house Faber & Faber plans to open a creative writing school in Canada. The Faber Academy Toronto is set to open in October. Full story
A series of eight plaques will be installed across Ontario in the exact geographic location where Ontario-based literary scenes take place. Full story
Toronto author of surreal fiction, Helen Weinzweig, dies at 94. Full story
Thriller writer and jockey Dick Francis dies at 89. Full story

Books & Writers

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Helon Habila in the Guardian is moved by Chinua Achebe‘s collection of essays The Education of a British-Protected Child. Full story
According to the Toronto Star in a review of T.C. Boyle‘s new story collection: “the real competition for Boyle’s new stories are his own masterworks.” Full story
Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest, a new book by Israeli writer Amos Oz, is a fable based on fairytales told to him by his mother. Full story
The Globe & Mail calls Louise Erdrich‘s presentation of a crippled relationship in her new novel Shadow Tag “formidable.” Full story
Joshua Ferris has been receiving mixed reviews for his second novel The Unnamed. In this review, Candace Fertile writes that Ferris “tackles important issues imaginatively.” Review And here’s an interview with Ferris in New York Magazine.
In his recently released first novel Union Atlantic, Adam Haslett was writing about the economic disaster in the United States before it had happened. New York Magazine talks with the “accidental prophet.” Full story
The Globe & Mail on The Appointment by Herta Müller, who was last year awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Full story
Another great review of Amy Bloom‘s new collection of stories, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, this one in Slate. Full story
The NY Times recommends Elif Batuman‘s first book, The Possessed, a collection of essays about her favourite Russian authors… and a million other things. Full story

Community Events

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MICHAEL SLADE
Book signing with B.C. thriller author Michael Slade as he launches his latest book. Red Snow, a thriller set during the 2010 Winter Olympics Vancouver where the villain known as Mephisto is plotting his revenge. Saturday, February 20 at 2:00pm. Indigo Park Royal, 900 Park Royal S., West Vancouver. More information at 604.922.3222.
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Youth Slam featuring Fernando Raguero. Monday, February 22 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
MOHAMMED JAWARA
Hear the story of a young Liberian forced to flee the violence of his native country as he reads from his book He had to Flee to Safety. Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00pm, free. Tommy Douglas Branch, Burnaby Public Library, 7311 Kingsway. For information, call Tommy Douglas at 604-522-3971.
CANADA READS SPECIAL EVENT
Join the conversation with CBC Radio’s Sheryl MacKay and Jen Sookfong Lee, and Canada Reads panelist Simi Sara, as they discuss which Canadian books should non-Canadians read to get a better understanding of Canada. To know us, is to read us! Fiction, non-fiction, poetry books, children’s books, cookbooks, travel books, memoirs, and more. What book would you recommend to a visitor? Everyone in the studio audience will be entered into a draw for a trip for two to Toronto to meet this year’s Canada Reads winner and Jian Ghomeshi during a taping of Q! FREE, but you must RSVP, send an email with your name, email address and the number of tickets you’d like to: CanadaReadsInVancouver@cbc.ca. Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00pm.
SINA QUEYRAS
The author of (Expressway) will join Lydia Kwa (The Walking Boy) and Emily Fedoruk (All Still) for readings and conversation moderated by Meredith Quartermain. Thursday, February 25 at 7:00pm. Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway. More information at http://www.chbooks.com/events/sina-queyras-vancouver-2010-02-25.
COLD SLEEP PERMANENT AFTERNOON
Poet Ray Hsu reads from his upcoming second book and discusses and shares work from projects he’s done with prison inmates. Thursday, February 25 at 7:30pm, free. Pelican Rouge Coffee House (15142 North Bluff Rd., White Rock). More information at www.whiterockartscouncil.com.
Upcoming
The Vancouver Opera presents two events in conjunction with the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Complete information here.
A LITERARY LUNCH WITH MARGARET MacMILLAN and ALEXANDRE TRUDEAU
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
12:30-2:30pm
Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia
Tickets: $50 available from the VO Ticket Centre, 604.683.0222
An intimate encounter with acclaimed Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and journalist and filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau as they take us behind the headlines of history. Moderated by Hal Wake and co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST
KCTS 9 is sponsoring a competition encourages British Columbia and Washington children in kindergarten through third grades to create their own original picture books. Deadline is March 24, 2010. For complete details, email kids@KCTS9.org, call 1.800.930.6060 or visit http://kcts9.org/kids/kids/young-writers-contest.

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BC Writers February 2010 E-Vox

The VOX
Fed. of BC Writers monthly E-newsletter
February 18, 2010

•       FED NEWS
•       WORK OPPORTUNITIES
•       CONTESTS/COMPETITIONS
•       CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
•       WORKSHOPS/COURSES/CONFERENCES
•       LAUNCHES
•       EVENTS

FED NEWS

Welcome New Members:
Amber Harvey

May 13, 2010
FED OF BC WRITERS AGM 2010
6:30pm to 10:00pm
Alliance for Arts & Culture boardroom
938 Howe Street, Vancouver
Speaker: Lorraine Murphy, Social Media Maven ~ “Social Media Marketing for Writing”
Board elections, new constitution, state of the union
Door prizes, refreshments, member book sales, connecting with the writing community

WORK OPPORTUNITIES

February 24
Saskatoon
SAGE HILL WRITING EXPERIENCE
The Sage Hill Writing Experience is a renowned summer residential writing program that draws students from across Canada, offering learning opportunities for writers at varying stages of development in a unique environment in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley. Spring and summer programs provide writers with outstanding professional development opportunities at several levels in fiction, poetry and other creative writing disciplines.
Term: One year, with the likelihood of renewal; 20 hours weekly in Saskatoon office plus flexible hours on-site during the programs. Salary negotiable; benefits included.
For details, see our website: www.sagehillwriting.ca

CONTESTS/COMPETITIONS

March 19
THE PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ASSOC. OF CANADA NEW WRITING AWARDS
Open to PWAC members and non-members.
Awards will be given for feature-length stories (over 1,200 words) and shorter pieces.
Entries must have been published in a paying Canadian print or web media outlet in 2009. The first prize in each category has a $500 value, including a free PWAC membership for a year (if eligible).
Entry requirements are available at www.pwac.ca/eventsandresources/pwacawards <http://www.pwac.ca/eventsandresources/pwacawards> .
April 15
EMERGING FROM THE SHADOWS POETRY CONTEST
Open to Canadian poets who have never won first prize in a poetry contest
Poems may be on any theme in any style, maximum 36 lines (counting stanza spaces).  Poems may be previously published but may not have won any previous contest prizes.  Blind judging: no author id anywhere on same page of poem; include a cover page with name, address, phone number, and email, along with poem title(s).  Prizes: 1st – $25 and 1-year membership to Ontario Poetry Society; 2nd – 1 year membership; 3rd – $10; 12 honorable mentions.  All prize winners will also recieve a Fancy Certificate.  Cost: $5 for up to 3 poems, additional poems $2 each.  Mail entries and payment to: The Ontario Poetry Society, 31 Marisa Court, Thornhill ON, L4J 6H9.  Include SASE for winners list.
April 30
SHORT STORY CONTEST AND POETRY CONTEST
The contest is open to everyone, but eligible San Luis NightWriters will be entered in a drawing for a scholarship to the 2010 Central Coast Writers’ Conference.  Entries must be based on the theme: Trust/Betrayal.  Prizes: 1st – $75, 2nd – $50 (for both short story and poetry).  Entry fee: $10 for first story/poem, $5 for each additional entry.  Email SLOnightwritersevents@yahoo.com for more information.
May1
THE VICTORIA WRITERS SOCIETY 9TH ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION
Submit your best poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction. The contest is open to all residents of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. entry fee is $15 per entry.
first prize of $100, second prize of $50 and two Honourable Mention prizes of a $30 Munro’s gift certificate in each category.
For more information go to victoriawriterssociety@gmailcom.
May 15
SUBTERRAIN LUSH TRIUMPHANT LITERARY AWARDS
Website:  http://www.subterrain.ca
Submit fiction of up to 3000 words, creative non-fiction of up to 4000 words, or suites of up to 5 poems.  Cost: $25 (includes subscription).  Prize: $750 in each category, plus paid publication.

May 31
THE BURNABY WRITERS’ SOCIETY
Open to all BC residents, explores the many meanings of “Water”.  Prizes of $200, $100 and $50, as well as honourable mentions, will be awarded for the best one-page submissions of either prose or poetry, interpreting the theme of water in any way you wish. Work can be in any form or genre, as long as it is complete on one page.  The entry fee is $5.00 per entry, or 3 entries for $10.00.  Winners will be invited to participate in a public reading, in fall 2010. For complete guidelines go to the website, www.bws.bc.ca  or e-mail info@bws.bc.ca .

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

March 15
CARTE BLANCHE
looking for submissions for Spring 2010
The Montreal-based online literary magazine, www.carte-blanche.org is looking for fiction, non-fiction and graphic fiction writers, poets, translators, and photographers from across the country and around the world.We publish high-quality, cutting edge and good old fashioned great writing from both emerging and established writers. New for this year, carte blanche has been invited to participate in the 2010 Journey Prize.
Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Translations, Graphic Fiction, Photography
www.carte-blanche.org/submissions.html for complete submission guidelines

April 15
OTHER TONGUES: MIXED-RACE WOMEN SPEAK OUT
Co-editors Adebe D.A. and Andrea Thompson are seeking submissions for an anthology of writing by and about mixed-race women of Black/white heritage, publication in Fall 2010.
More info and Guidelines at:  www.adebe.wordpress.com    www.andreathompson.ca

WORKSHOPS/COURSES/CONFERENCES
 February 18 – April 8
THURSDAYS 6:30 – 9:30 pm
POETRY: WORKING IN A SERIES
Website:  http://oxygenartcentre.org/writing.html
For those who want to explore the long poem, poetic series, or sequence.  Whether achieved by digression, accretion, or constellation, the series is a way toward a book of poetry that is an organic whole.  Price: $240.  Location:  Kootenay School of the Arts, Nelson Campus, 606 Victoria St., Nelson.
February 26, 9 am – 4 pm
AN ALL-DAY WORKSHOP WITH PAUL NELSON
The process of training your ear to capture the chaotic energy of the moment is sometimes called Organic Poetry, where composition is an occasion of experience or experiment in consciousness.  Cost: $60.  Payment & Reservations:  Wordstorm Society of the Arts, 1560 Arbutus Drive, Nanoose Bay, V9P 9C8.  Location: TBA in Nanaimo or Parksville.
Vancouver – Langara College
March 2 (on campus) Remainder of course onlineWebsite
NOVEL OPENINGS: CRAFTING A BETTER BEGINNING
http://www.langara.bc.ca/continuing-studies/new-courses.html#CREA1006
This online mentorship course aims to provide emerging writers with the guidance they seek to get those all-important first chapters into shape for submission to agents and publishers. Over eight weeks students will work independently with instructor, author June Hutton (Underground), and with each other, providing valuable feedback on the key elements of their work. contact Kathryn Ellis 604-323-5979 or kellis@langara.bc.ca
March 6 – April 10
SATURDAYS 10 am – 1 pm
CRITIQUING YOUR WORK: FICTION AND CREATIVE NON-FICTION WITH RITA MOIR
Website:  http://oxygenartcentre.org/writing.html
Fed member Rita Moir will hold six consecutive critiquing sessions.  Writers will do assignments, as well as critiquing their creative non-fiction and fiction manuscripts in progress.  Scene setting, character, and dialogue.  Bring a lunch!  Price: $180.  Location: Kootenay School of the Arts, Nelson Campus, 606 Victoria Street, Nelson.
March/April
Fraser Valley
THE SURREY WRITERS SCHOOL
presents the following half-day spring workshops – $45 each.
Sat. Mar 27 – Guildford Library, 15105 – 105 Avenue
10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Writing a Memoir: How to Get Going
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. p.m. Blogging for Writers
Sat. May 15 – Semiahmoo  Library, 1815 – 152nd Street
10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Hero’s Journey
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Story: Art & Craft
Saturday, April 17 – Semiahmoo  Library, 1815 – 152nd Street
10:15 – 11:30 p.m. free presentation: Databases for Writers
For further information and registation details
check the website www.surreywritersschool.com or call 604.535-1601
May 28 & 29
WRITE ON, VANCOUVER
A mini-conference for fiction writers, sponsored by the Romance Writers of America, Greater Vancouver Chapter
Website:  http://www.rwagvc.com
Special guest keynote speaker: Laura Resnick.  Workshops, industry panel, editor appointments.  For registration information & bookings, contact Sally Collins, SallyCollins@shaw.ca.
May 28 – June 1
SUMMER FICTION WRITING SEMINAR IN SOZOPOL (BULGARIA)
Website:  http://ekf.bg/sozopol/apply
Intensive daily workshops, roundtable discussions, readings, and lectures by faculty and fellows.  Fiction writers from English-speaking countries are invited to apply; ten applicants will be selected for participation and funding.

LAUNCHES

Surrey
April 10, 1 p.m.
THE BALLAD OF KNUCKLES McGRAW
Readings, entertainment, door prizes and refreshments – all with a cowboy theme –
mark the launch of Surrey author, storyteller and creative writing instructor
Lois Peterson’s second novel for children (Orca Book Publishers).
Newton Library, 13795-70 Avenue, Surrey.
The launch will be followed by a free writing/storytelling workshop for children ages 6-11
(2:30-4 p.m.). For more information check www.loispeterson.net.

EVENTS

Victoria
Sunday, February 21, 8 pm
THE BIG ROCK SHOWDOWN
Website:  http://www.davemorrisisa.com/showdown
Hosted and co-produced by storyteller and improviser Dave Morris, the Big Rock SHOWDOWN will feature performers from all artistic pursuits: stand-up comedians, musicians, actors, poets, storytellers, dancers, M.C.s, and improvisers, in a cabaret-style performer competition.  The audience decides the winner of the $100 cash prize.  Tickets: $10 ($7 for students).  Location: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street, Victoria.

From the desk of Sylvia Taylor, Executive Director, Federation of BC Writers
604-683-2057
fedbcwriters@gmail.com
www.bcwriters.com

Health Lecture Series

             Health Lecture Series 2010
North and West Vancouver Branch
MARCH 3

JOURNEY FROM OUR HEAD BACK TO OUR HEART

In 2009 Brock did a 12,000 km bicycle journey called kindness…Cycle it forward across the US and Canada.  He did this to raise awareness about the importance of kindness and inspire people everywhere to take positive action in their lives, in their homes, communities and workplaces.
Brock Tulley is an author of 8 books, survivor of two epic journeys aver 10,000 miles each, producer of World Kindness Concerts events, songwriter, musician and album producer, counselor and psychologist at crisis and drug rehabilitation centres. 
MARCH 10 THE USEFULNESS OF REST: YOGA AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

This will be a learn-by-experiencing introduction to Restorative Process Therapy (RPT). RPT is a form of psychotherapy that integrates gentle yoga postures, breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, and creative journeying to illicit mind-body wholeness and wellbeing. During this time, you will inwardly experience a little of what happens in an RPT session, with time to discuss the exercises and ask questions about the process.
Marlise Meilan, MA, RCC, Buddhist Psychotherapist, and Certified Yoga Teacher. She originated the Restorative Process Therapy work to help people reduce suffering around issues of anxiety, depression, stress, and personal growth as a result of her own healing experiences in yoga, meditation, and counselling. You can visit her website at www.ContemplatePsychotherapy.com.
MARCH 17

OPTIMUM NUTRITION FOR HEALTH AND WELL BEING

Nutritional Therapy can help anyone who wants to enjoy better health and vitality.  Do you want to have a healthy immune system, optimal digestive and cardiovascular flow and live a life that is nutritious and delicious? We will discuss these areas and the overall aim of a healthy diet.  www.balance-nutrition.com
Maya Rowson is a highly qualified  Nutritional Therapist and Consultant.  She is the Director of Balance Nutrition Consultancy with is based in Vancouver.  After graduating from Nutriheal College with a Practitioner Diploma in Nutritional Therapy she now has a clinic in North Vancouver. 
MARCH 24

MARCH 31
STRESS, ANXIETY AND MEMORY RECALL

Do you want to have a better understanding of how stress contributes to anxiety and memory difficulties? We will discuss tools to help you manage stress and improve your memory functioning.  These tools are evidence based in that they have been proven to be effective in scientific research.
Dr. Andrew Miki is a registered Clinical Psychologist with expertise in Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and memory rehabilitation. He practices at the North Shore Stress and
Anxiety Clinic and holds a Post Doctoral Fellowship with Baycrest Hospital in Toronto. www.mentalfitness.ca
JIN SHIN DO/BODYMIND 5 ELEMENT ACCUPRESSURE
Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure uses the power of touch to release emotional and physical pain and tension in acu-points that present on the surface of the body.  This ancient healing art is combined with western principles of body focusing techniques, breath work and psychotherapy.  The 5 elements correspond with our yearly seasons providing a framework upon which to better understand the changes that occur in an around us at different times of year.  You will have a hands on experience of neck and shoulder release.
Registered Jin Shin Do Accupressurists from our local community.  See the website jinshindofoundation.org
EVERYONE WELCOME! EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 7:00pm – ADMISSION BY DONATION
LOCATION: 2nd Floor of John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver
For information, call 604-987-6959 or visit www.northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca

MDA Education Evening – Mar 18, 2010

   Education Evening

Thurs, MARCH 18, 7:00 pm
STIGMA & MENTAL ILLNESS

An exploration of the role society and media play
in perpetuating fear and mistaken beliefs and
how people experiencing physical vs. mental illness are treated.
Speakers: Chasidy Karpiuk, MA, CCC, RCC
Clinical Counsellor
   Meagan Maddocks, MA

Sunrise Hall, 1950 Windermere St @ 4th Ave  Map
For more information view the attached poster, or contact:

Mood Disorders Association of BC – MDA
604-873-0103    www.mdabc.net    info@mdabc.net
An MDA Education Evening Event
Please forward this email and/or the attached poster to anyone you feel would be interested in attending the event.
 Print and post the attached poster in an appropriate place to inform others.

Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
202-2250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 5P9  Tel. 604-873-0103  Fax 604-873-3095
mdabc@telus.net  www.mdabc.net

Recovery Workshop March 18

Hi all,
We have about 75 seats left for this event so there is plenty of space. If you are a consumer and would like to register, please do!

Reaching Recovery
If you are a person with lived experience with mental illness, you are invited to join
Chris Summerville
CEO, Schizophrenia Society of Canada
Board Member, Mental Health Commission of Canada
in an interactive session discussing:
RECOVERY • RESILIENCY • WELLNESS • HOPE
• EMPOWERMENT  •  PERSONAL GOALS
• AND YOUR ROLE  
 

When: March 18, 1:00-3:30
Where: Croation Cultural Centre, Auditorium 2, 3250 Commercial Drive 
To register, please call: 604-708-5274 
and leave your name  &  phone number.
“Mental illness is not just a health issue, but a social justice issue as well. When as a society we know what helps people living with mental illness to recover a quality of life and we do not provide those supports and services, it then becomes a social justice issue!” –Chris Summerville 

Call for Submissions about Employment & Disability

Dear OMQ Contributors,
Please find below a call for submissions for first-person accounts about disability and employment. Open Minds and NISA aren’t affiliated with reachAbility, but it sounds to me like a good opportunity for our writers, so I’m passing along the news.
Wishing you all the best,
Dinah Laprairie
Editor, Open Minds Quarterly
Be inspired. Be moved. Be part of the change.
A publication of
NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action
680 Kirkwood Dr., Bldg. 1
Sudbury ON P3E 1X3
Canada
(705) 675-9193, ext. 8286
OMQ is now a part of the Facebook community
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reachAbility, a Canadian nonprofit association that fights for equality of rights for all Canadians with disabilities, is asking for submissions for a book to be published this year. The goal of the book is to raise awareness of the need for equality, break down barriers, and offer strategies and solutions for inclusion.
The submissions are first-hand accounts of employment experiences, and can be submitted in a variety of formats. Topics can include (but are not limited to) how your disability affected your getting a job, feelings of acceptance or exclusion from staff and management, and barriers encountered at work. Submission deadline is March 15, 2010.
See “The First Person Project,” February 5, 2010, at www.blogs.usask.ca/dss.

March 12: Jan Derbyshire performs Funny in the head!

Fado and Comedy

SHE LAUGHED, SHE CRIED

Fado with Sara Marreiros & Comedy with Jan Derbyshire
Friday, March 12, 2010. 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Telus Studio Theatre – Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. UBC

Opening the performance stream of the Kickstart Festival 2010. Fado singer
Sara Marreiros and her band bring music steeped in the passion of Portuguese
saudade (yearning). Jan Derbyshire performs Funny in the Head, the rollicking
story of a bipolar comedian’s fight to stay funny.

Tickets: $22 ($16 students, seniors & fixed income)
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/section. 604.280.3311

Kickstart Festival 2010 presented in partnership with
the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
http://www.chancentre.com/whats-on/she-laughed-she-cried

Directions, Parking, Transit, Ticket Sales, and Accessibility at the Chan Centre:
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Chan-Centre-For-The-Performing-Arts-tickets-Vancouver/venue/139280

Kickstart Festival 2010 March 8 – 27 Art exhibitions, dance, music, theatre,
workshops
http://www.kickstart-arts.ca/kickstartfestival.html

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KICKSTART FESTIVAL 2010 MARCH 8 – 27

Kickstart: join us on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kickstart-Disability-Arts-and-Culture/318968627521?v=wall

Register by MARCH 4th for Breath, Voice and Movement Workshop on March 14 and 19
http://www.kickstart-arts.ca/comingevents.html#workshops

BRIAN – BC Regional Integrated Arts Network Meeting March 13
http://www.kickstart-arts.ca/BRIAN.html

EarSighted Audio Description of Performances SPINE March 16
http://www.kickstart-arts.ca/audio-description.html

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More about: She Laughed, She Cried:

FUNNY IN THE HEAD, is a one-woman show by comedian, storyteller, writer and
mental health activist JAN DERBYSHIRE. The show is the rollicking story of a
bipolar comedian’s fight to stay funny. She ultimately finds an answer to the
pressing question, “Is appearing normal a mental health act?”

“Jan is an artist who is wildly talented, imaginative, and energetic… Jan’s
plays are rooted in a deep fascination with a good story… Her style is very
confident, funny and energizing.”
– Playwrights’ Workshop, Montreal

Jan’s previous shows include: Under the Big Top; Audition of the Embarrassed
Woman; The Opposite of Everything is True; Turkey in the Woods; The
Brotherhood of Mothers, A Modern Woman’s Guide to Female Impersonation;
Ingenious Speculations. Jan recently directed Kickstart’s Human Writes Story
Creation lab; Meg Torwl in That’s so gay!; the Massey Theatre’s Winter
Spectacular; and Herd of Women in Small Acts of Saying So.

Jan Derbyshire online: http://colossalsquid.blogspot.com/2008/12/inklings.html

FADO singer SARA MARREIROS and her band open the evening. Dark and brooding or
gloriously ethereal, Sara’s sultry, sexy vocals are steeped in the passion of
saudade – the feeling of yearning that is part of the Portuguese soul. A
professional musician and bandleader for 15 years, her recordings include the
albums Minhu Luz, Uma da Terr,  and Saltwater.

“Sara’s voice transports us to Portugal…to smokey bars and riversides…she
takes us from delight to despair and back again with the music and the
emotional scope she brings to her singing” – Sheryl McKay, CBC Radio

Sara Marreiros online: http://www.members.shaw.ca/lmarreiros/#

Telus Studio Theatre
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
6265 Crescent Road, UBC
$22 ($16 students, seniors & fixed income)
Tickets:  www.ticketmaster.ca
or 604.280.3311

Directions, Parking, Transit, Ticket Sales, and Accessibility at the Chan Centre:
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Chan-Centre-For-The-Performing-Arts-tickets-Vancouver/venue/139280

Meg Torwl

Community Outreach Coordinator
Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture

http://www.kickstart-arts.ca/

Susan J. Katz wins fourth place in the Seventh Annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest

Susan J. Katz won fourth prize and $250 for “The Bowpicker”, a narrative in which two visits to a seabird-watching festival, three decades apart, reveal the differences between youthful romance and long-married love. The judges said, “The poet majors on what she actually saw at the Annual Seabird Festival and what she expected to see. The joy of reading these verses does not just rely on that contrast, however, but on the unusual yet amazing subject matter which is so deftly and unobtrusively introduced into the natural flow of the poem.”