Posted on September 27, 2016 by Tia Lalani

Wednesday September 28th, 2016 6:00pm Firefighter/Ballerina (Social constructs of masculinity): I have been a firefighter since I was 19. Recently I came to the realization that I was not myself. I found that I was unsociable and typically disengaged in conversation. In order to understand/engage with others, I realized that I had to start reengaging …

Wednesday September 28th, 2016

6:00pm

Firefighter/Ballerina (Social constructs of masculinity):

I have been a firefighter since I was 19. Recently I came to the realization that I was not myself. I found that I was unsociable and typically disengaged in conversation. In order to understand/engage with others, I realized that I had to start reengaging with myself. Counselors told me I was displaying signs of both depression and PTSD. In an effort to reengage with others and be better to myself, I rediscovered a passion I had left behind seven years ago: dancing.

Jesus freak: Eunuch for the Kingdom (Following Christ towards accepting myself):  

This is the story of how I learned to see my gender ambiguity as a gift from God and a part of my calling into Christian ministry. I will talk about how I struggled to accept myself as I am and then learned to see my own story in the greater Christian story. I serve as an ordained minister in the church into which I was baptized as a baby, the United Church of Canada, though my faith journey has taken me through evangelical, Mennonite, and other churches on my way back home.

 

6:15 pm

I see (Visually impaired):

This book describes the joys and challenges of living life with a visual impairment.

The ups and downs of being bipolar (Bipolar disorder):

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have an illness that some people think isn’t real? How about an illness that some people think is dangerous? Being bipolar isn’t as simple as feeling good one day and bad the next.

 

6:30 pm

Same, same but different (Supporting our transgender daughter):

Being a parent to adult children is a joy and a balancing act, especially when your child comes out as a transgender person. This story is about our family’s loving journey with our daughter.

 

6:45 pm

Kicking down the striped door (Female basketball ref):

In a male dominated vocation, learn the story of a female basketball official who decided enough is enough; it’s time to kick down the door of the “Boys Club”. From Jr. High School basketball official to becoming the next potential selection for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, hear one woman’s journey of “getting to the top.”

Healing from childhood sexual abuse (Childhood sexual abuse):

I am willing to share my story of childhood sexual abuse and healing. I am also willing to hear and honour your story or the story of someone you know. I can also talk about types of healing therapies, family dynamics as well as suing my abuser for my therapy costs. I am willing to go where your interests take us.

 

7:00 pm

From silence to sound (Being deaf):

I grew up deaf in Camrose and worked and coped in the hearing world using a hearing aid. And then I got a cochlear implant… My wife will help me to share the trials and triumphs of being deaf for many years before experiencing a world of sound.

 

7:15 pm

Arsenic and old coffee (Parent with mental illness):

Growing up, many feel like their parents aren’t quite normal and that they act in ways which are often inexplicable. Over the course of my adolescence, this feeling never went away. As a teen, I watched a parent’s behaviour become increasingly erratic—and disturbing. This is a book without an ending, as I continue to this day to cope with a parent who refuses to seek treatment for mental illness.

 

7:30 pm

Jesus freak: Eunuch for the Kingdom (Following Christ towards accepting myself):  

This is the story of how I learned to see my gender ambiguity as a gift from God and a part of my calling into Christian ministry. I will talk about how I struggled to accept myself as I am and then learned to see my own story in the greater Christian story. I serve as an ordained minister in the church into which I was baptized as a baby, the United Church of Canada, though my faith journey has taken me through evangelical, Mennonite, and other churches on my way back home.

 

8:00 pm

Healing from childhood sexual abuse (Childhood sexual abuse):

I am willing to share my story of childhood sexual abuse and healing. I am also willing to hear and honour your story or the story of someone you know. I can also talk about types of healing therapies, family dynamics as well as suing my abuser for my therapy costs. I am willing to go where your interests take us.

Alpha female in a man’s world (Sexism in the workforce):

“There’s no way she can run a golf course, she’s a girl.” “Well you are a women, and you’re not a professional golfer, so we won’t pay you the same as a man.” “Why are you giving her the job? She’s not one of us.” “She’s such a bitch.” These are actual words spoken by my peers, bosses, and co workers. I decided to confront sexism in the workplace head-on, and I’ve found success despite the challenges.

 

8:15 pm

Dancing with demons (Depression and anxiety):

Everyone has their demons, but how do you manage them? For me, having depression and anxiety can mean constantly putting effort into a losing battle, a battle that can only be won when I release the need for control and allow myself to stop fighting.

 

8:30 pm

Kicking down the striped door (Female basketball ref):

In a male dominated vocation, learn the story of a female basketball official who decided enough is enough; it’s time to kick down the door of the “Boys Club”. From Jr. High School basketball official to becoming the next potential selection for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, hear one woman’s journey of “getting to the top.”


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