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Hope For a Brighter Future
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At age 23, Travis learned he had mental health issues, making it difficult for him to function, be around others and hold a job. After a decade spent learning to accept his condition and gaining stability through medication, he was ready to be more independent. Thanks to the generous support of d...
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Do you know how to really listen?
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If you’re like most people, you probably consider yourself a pretty good listener. But you might not be as good as you think you are. It’s true—in their 2013 book, The Plateau Effect, authors Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson point to several studies that show most of us actually “stink at listening...
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Putting Empathy to Work
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Jerilyn never intended to be a social worker. As a psychology undergraduate student looking to build practical skills, she started volunteering at Distress Centre Calgary, a United Way–supported agency, nearly two decades ago. The experience changed the direction of her life.  An opport...
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How to help your teen save money
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 The importance of Financial Literacy For TeensBy the time Kim Deep’s three children were teenagers, they were all financially literate. She started them early, at ages three, six and 10. Each kid would separate their allowance into jars representing what they could spend on things like movi...
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Safety, Community and Belonging
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A place to feel safe—and to belong. After fleeing an abusive relationship, Dawn worried she might never be able to get the fresh start she so desperately needed. She felt overwhelmed, alone and hopeless and couldn’t imagine a better future for herself. “I didn’t think my life was going to imp...
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A Life Changing Meal
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Alasdair has worked in the food and hospitality industry for much of his life. So when he lost his job as a server due to an alcohol addiction, worries about where his next meal would come weren’t far from his mind. In fact, they became a daily and stressful reality. “For a while, money was reall...
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Can We End Poverty?
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Ask the ExpertDaniyal Zuberi is the RBC Chair and Associate Professor of Social Policy at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. In 2015, he was elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Ro...
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Unique Stories Displayed Through Art
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City employee, Elizabeth Halpin, is turning a night of terror into triumph by sharing her story. In 2012, she was sexually assaulted in a violent attack, but today, she is determined to reach out to others in need of help.As one of seven local stories of triumph featured on the United Way’s “It L...
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The Benefits of Eating Together
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It's Good For Your HealthImagine there was one simple thing you could do to ensure your kids ate less junk food and got better grades, your parents stayed more socially connected and you felt less stressed. Sounds like magic, right? Actually, it’s something a bit more commonplace than that: dinne...
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3 Ways to Spend More Time With Seniors
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As we age, one of the biggest threats to our independence is social isolation. And the need to keep seniors mentally engaged in their communities has never been greater. ...
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