Mary Anne Pare is a child and family therapist and educator, working in private practice. Having now arrived at age 64, she is easing out of direct care and settling into the role of supervisor and consultant, with the goal of passing on the gifts she has received from 35 years of working with children and families. This also allows her to access more energy to follow her passions, which involve any kind of creativity: gardening, writing, singing, story-telling, painting, and any other expressive arts she can get her hands into.
Mary Anne’s most pleasurable creative pursuit is running workshops with her friend and colleague, Jenny Nash. Having painted, danced and sung together for many years, Jenny and Mary Anne developed a week-end story telling retreat for women, which is now entering its tenth year. As an eldest in a family of nine, Mary Anne missed out on alot of play in her childhood, but with Jenny and this circle of fwomen, she is having the funnest second childhood.
Jenny Nash works on contract for the non-profit Society of St. Leonard’s Youth & Family Services in Burnaby. She is the coordinator of a small team of family therapists. Jenny enjoys using art and play therapy both with children and families. She has been working in a creative way as a counsellor for over 30 years and is now semi-retired. For 10 years, she and her friend, Mary Anne Pare have been leading annual storytelling retreats for women. Both Jenny and Mary Anne co-lead professional workshops for play therapists.
Jenny recently moved to a condo on the Fraser River in New Westminster where she enjoys the luxury of living alone with her cat. Here, she writes and paints in her journal, invites many friends for visits, walks and sleep overs, enjoys sharing rituals such as Solstice, Christmas etc. and another hobby is Middle Eastern Dance.
Deanne is a lover of home, hearth and community.
She is a mother of two, a mystic, teacher and student of life.
“In my work as a Tarot and Rune Stone reader I harness intuition, inspiration and synchronicity to bring a deepening of understanding to your life’s process. It’s an opportunity to have a guided journey into your awareness I see the Tarot and the Runes as “Tools of Awareness”.
I love the spirit and sound of the African djembe drum, lifting the voices and grounded by the percussive instruments. They are the call of our
ancestors, resonant with a deep connection with nature.
A lover of words, and of the flow of language, I work in both English and French, encouraging, writing, crafting stories of joy and loss, of self awareness and letting go.”
After serving for over 20 years as a special educator for children with learning and psychological difficulties (with a brief detour into the world of a realtor), Carol moved to the Sunshine Coast. Here in this open and nourishing environment, she was able to explore other work options: teaching in adult employment programs, as the first coordinator of the Sunshine Coast Women’s Centre, coordinating a Learning Centre at Capilano College, designing and facilitating employment and personal growth programs, employment counseling.
The Sunshine Coast offers endless opportunities for volunteering; Carol’s organizing skills are exercised at the Gibsons Jazz Festival, the New Moon Festival, the Writers Festival, the Howe Sound Area Planning Commission and on a variety of committees and boards.
In 2000, Carol achieved her Master of Arts in Whole Systems Design at Antioch University. This body of study forms a background for her community development activities and informs her passion for Joanna Macy’s “Work That Connects”. This work demonstrates our interconnectedness in the web of life and our authority to take action on its behalf, moving the participants from a feeling of impotence and despair to finding the powers that are essential to the healing of our world. . Carol will be developing workshops to introduce Cascadia House to this way of participating in The Great Turning, the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.
Carol is providing administrative support for Cascadia Retreats and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Baljit Siekham
Baljit Siekham is the founder of Alchemy Organizing, Vancouver’s premier corporate, and home office organizing service.
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