THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Unique Canadian Story of Care, Innovation and Refugees

Melissa Campbell, founder of The Refugee Response Group, is a young Edmonton mother with a compassionate heart.  When she heard about the plight of Syrian refugees, she wanted to help ensure that any family seeking refuge in her community could enjoy the same comfort and safety that we sometimes take for granted here at home.  ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Innovating for Caregivers at The SIX Vancouver Summer School

I’m on a plane now, reading over the notes I’ve made from the last four days.  I’ve just come from a week of listening, sharing and thinking about how society can be shaped and shifted to support family caregivers.  I was thinking too, about how care is at the heart of social change. The SIX ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: When A Family’s Love is Not Enough

There are some people who, in the prime of their lives, cannot conceive of getting old.  They imagine that only other people have babies with disabling conditions.  They champion independence and despise infirmity.  Those people might believe that if anything catastrophic ever DID happen to them, then surely the government or some agency or other ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Fairness in Policymaking for Family Caregivers: Part 3

This is Part 3 of my mini-series on fairness in policymaking for our families.  It’s taken from my book, The Four Walls of My Freedom.  I am a Canadian who has lived in my own country, in the UK and in the United States.  With the US Presidential debate this evening, I encourage in a ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Austerity and Innovation – Reinventing Society

Over the last week, I have been busy – let me bring you up to date.  Last Wednesday, May 2, I tuned in to a podcast of the MARS lecture on “Austerity and Innovation” given by Geoff Mulgan who is the Chief Exec of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) in ...