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Self-Care in Challenging Times

Posted on Fri, Aug 7, 2020 By:
Posted in: blogMental Health & Mindfulness

Bright Shiny Greetings to everyone! I hope you have been enjoying some sunny warm weather, getting a little more vitamin D, planting a few seeds, taking a nap under a tree, or whatever is your summertime fancy! Thought we could settle in for just a moment and talk about self-care today. What does self-care mean…

Start with a Smile (even a half-smile will do!)

Posted on Tue, Aug 4, 2020 By:
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Hey everyone, how did you start your day today? I’ve come to believe (the believing has come faster than the practicing!) that the way in which we start our day will influence the kind of day we have. You probably know this already.  It takes me a little longer to get on board with these…

Loneliness during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on Mon, Jul 27, 2020 By:
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Happy sun-shiney day CASS community! Hope you have been refreshed by the rain and energized by the sun these wondrous July days! One of the biggest complaints I heard from folks about the mandated self-isolation protocol is how lonely they feel. Is this you? Or someone you know? Many folks struggled with loneliness far before…

Introducing our New Theme: Resilience and Community

Posted on Thu, Jul 23, 2020 By:
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Over the past several months everyone has been tested to their limits with the global Covid-19 pandemic and many have experienced adversity and even trauma as a result of this unprecedented time in our history. When we, as individuals, experience difficulties & hardship, the capacity to recover quickly, change course, emotionally heal, and move forward,…

Mindfulness

Posted on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 By:
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Good good Morning! You know what I love about CASS? YOU! You are people supporting people. You are people continuing to support people even when there’s a worldwide pandemic, when you could get sick, when the folks we support are struggling with staying in and being bored. THANK YOU for putting yourself out there for…

Be the Reason Someone Feels Valued

Posted on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 By:
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“Be the reason someone feels valued, seen, heard, and important”. This is a quote that has been floating around recently, which feels particularly relevant to the work we do at CASS. When the agency was created in 1988, the vision was to address the inequities that people with disabilities often face such as Isolation, segregation,…

Fight or Flight in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 By:
Posted in: blogMental Health & Mindfulness

Good morning and Happy Monday! When you woke up this morning, did you feel a little stiffer than usual? Light-headed? Sluggish? Or maybe jumpy? Well, turns out there might be a very logical reason. I read a fact sheet last week put out by the Psycho-Social Emergency Response Team (PSERT) of Health Canada. I want…

Focusing On What You Can Control

Posted on Mon, Jun 29, 2020 By:
Posted in: blogMental Health & Mindfulness

Welcome to another week of mental health and mindfulness! These past three months have been a ride, haven’t they? How have you made it through? How have you kept your head above water despite the constantly changing information, the disconnect from your social network, the overwhelming amount of loss that you and/or your loved ones…

Human Services gets an Upgrade

Posted on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 By:
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At CASS, we truly believe that the world and our industry are made better by People Supporting People. That phrase reflects our values both in the way that we deliver frontline support, and the way that our agency operates internally. In order for the people of CASS’s frontline staff to support people, it is important…

Gratitude – a Game Changer

Posted on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 By:
Posted in: blogMental Health & Mindfulness

Our lives have become smaller in the past three months than ever. I don’t know about you, but staring at the same four walls day in and day out tests my patience, my optimism, and my strength. I fluctuate between moments of numbing and denial with moments of ready-to-burst panic and confusion. It doesn’t feel…

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