Grand Opening for Right at Home’s New Beginnings

The New Beginnings net-zero townhouse development for newcomers in Westmount had its grand opening on February 2, 2018. Part of SSUC’s donation to Right at Home housing Society helped fund it. Pictured above are Anne Stevenson (Board Chair, Right at Home Housing Society), Peggy Dodson and Carol Allen from SSUC, and Cam McDonald (Executive Director, Right at Home Housing Society) at the opening.  Here’s a note we received:

To the Congregation of Southminster-Steinhauer,
What a remarkable story of generosity and service to community we celebrate today.  Your commitment to providing homes for those in need has led to a remarkable development that will continue to improve the lives of so many for decades to come.
Thank you so much for your outstanding contribution to Right at Home Housing.
All the best,
Anne Stevenson, Board Chair
(Right at Home Housing Society)

See more details about New Beginnings townhouse development here.

Ish

Peter H. Reynolds
Candlewick, 2004

Ramon likes to draw but after his brother criticizes his art, Ramon gets frustrated and loses interest in his art. Then his sister shows that art does not have to be perfect and introduces him to the concept of “ish”. This is a beautiful and funny story about learning that self expression is personal, unique and subjective. Our thoughts, ideas, writing, drawing, and by extension our whole living, doesn’t need to be perfect to be valuable. In fact, it’s the uniqueness and creativity of each person’s interpretations and expressions that make art and life so beautiful.

This book leads so well into a conversation about the willingness to try, the boldness of expressing one’s self, and the courage it requires to draw/play/speak/express what one sees and how one sees it. The conversation can also go in the direction of valuing ourselves. We may not be perfect at something, but it matters more that we enjoy it, that we be true to who we are than what others might think of it.

I like to follow up a conversation of this story with a video from Sesame Street that has singer Wil.I.Am singing with the Sesame Street gang a song called “What I Am”. Not only is the song catchy, but its message reinforces that we are all unique and important people….all valuable and affirmed.

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