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Yes, there were some laughs at last week’s meetup. Even some serious cursing, all of which would have made for eye-catching headlines. However, the conversation all boiled down to one big topic—connection.

Our conversation started on the topic of bias. How does bias play out in your life? What we learned, is that there are constant opportunities to educate people and engage in a conversation about why they feel a certain way or say something.

This quickly moulded into the topic of first-responders and we all identified a strong need to fix an ailing system. First-responders need to be trauma-informed, but they themselves need better support in dealing with their own traumas. One big theme is that therapy doesn’t fit into a box. What works for one person might not work well for others, and as professionals in the mental health field, many identified that this needs to change.

One key message that always comes back: helping is healing. One of our veterans has turned to help other veterans at the Veterans Food Bank and with peer-to-peer counselling of sorts. He’s become a mentor and a support person for others. A couple of other members of our group are now also helping him — the cycle continues!

And SO many great quotes from our community members on connection, so I won’t rewrite them:

” Connection is key to healing.”

“Bias breaks connection but connecting can break bias.”

“We need to stand strong in our boundaries.”

The weight of the world is heavy when we think about how far we still have to go. Instead, we suggested that we can focus on the little things we can do to make a big difference in the overall picture. Planting the seed for the future.

“You may not see the change, but you are making a change.”

“Things don’t change, we change.” – Theo Fleury

UPCOMING EVENTS

Meetup | Rafter U7 Ranch

March 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Our monthly meet-ups in Calgary, Alberta are one of our most successful programs and one that we are very proud of. Members of the BFF team lead a group conversation about trauma and healing. Participate actively or simply as a listener, as these are safe spaces to connect with BFF and the greater trauma and healing community. Hosted by Heard Wellness and Equine Enrichment at Rafter U7 Ranch near Carstairs. Email shandra@breakingfreefoundation.ca for directions.

Art Fundraiser for Breaking Free Foundation (hosted by Amber Craig)

April 4th at 7pm

On April 4th, join us as The Hemingway Room at The Commons Calgary is transformed into a chic art gallery. Some of Calgary’s most talented artists have stepped up to help us put on a night that will drive incredible conversations and much-needed funds. 

At the event, you’ll be able to bid on BEAUTIFUL art — all inspired by trauma or PTSD. The stories behind these incredible works of art will flood you with emotion. Not to mention, these are breathtaking pieces that anyone would want to have in their homes! In addition to the silent art auction, the room will feature poetry written by members of our community. 

To get people in the door, this is a pay what you can event.

INTERESTED IN DONATING ART? Email: amber@breakingfreefoundation.ca