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Leah Bowman at 2:45 PM
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Grace Amidst Change

By Cristina Stanger, Self-Advocacy Liaison, WRFN
*This article was originally published in the Family Pulse Newsletter August 2022*


I’m finding myself in the midst of a lot of changes lately. We, at WRFN, are transitioning back to in-office work. We are doing so with the absence of my well-respected and loved colleague, Steph, who passed away this spring. My family is moving houses. My children are reaching new milestones. So to be completely honest, I am writing this article for myself as much as I am writing for you, the reader. I think we can all use a reminder to be gentle with ourselves, especially in the midst of changes.
Heraclitus is known to have said, “Change is the only constant.” (Personally, I always thought dirty laundry was the one constant in life, but since worn clothes change from clean to dirty, I suppose Heraclitus accounted for that too). If anything, living during a pandemic makes the reality of change even more apparent. Benjamin Franklin took Heraclitus’ statement one step further saying, “Change is the only constant in life. One’s ability to adapt to those changes will determine your success in life.” Well that sounds daunting, doesn’t it? This may be true, but it’s certainly not easy. Guess what? Sometimes I just don’t feel like adapting, it’s hard work for me. I was once told by a professional that, “change is hard for everyone, but it seems especially hard for you,” – so I don’t think my aversion to change is imagined.
And because making constant adjustments is very draining, I find myself working through frequent negative thoughts, frustrations and self-criticisms; this is what brings me to the concept of grace, both for myself and for others. The word ‘grace’ can have many different meanings, but I am thinking of it in terms of being considerate, kind, or merciful. In order to counteract those ominous quotes about change, I thought I would look up a few about grace to help see me through.

  • “Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.” - Max Lucado
  • “Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.” - Philip Yancey
  • “For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them” - St. Augustine of Hippo
  • “Grace means that all of your mistakes now serve a purpose instead of serving shame.” - Brene Brown (I will augment this last quote with my own spin – Grace means that all of my mistakes now serve to facilitate my adaptation to change, rather than serving guilt or shame).

Grace to get me through these challenging times:

  • I am struggling with the loss of flexibility that I had with remote work. Grace.
  • My colleagues and I are learning to work without Steph’s physical presence. Grace.
  • My children need more mom time, more reassurance, and more cuddles as we move. Grace.
  • I can’t remember where I packed an important item. Grace.
  • My approach to pandemic public health measures is different from those of other citizens. Grace.
  • I am too tired or sad to do anymore than the bare minimum. Grace.

So if you find yourself coping with a lot of change these days, as I am, maybe you’ll benefit from reading these quotes about grace too. Let’s all be a little gentler with ourselves.

Rachel Cave at 3:03 PM
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Family Pulse - August 2022

August is here! 


Inside the July issue of Family Pulse, you will find information on:


Evening of Elegance Recap

Grace Amidst Change
What's Happening at WRFN
Community Information, Resources and Opportunities


You can read the online version of Family Pulse here

Rachel Cave at 2:56 PM
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CADDAC's 14th Annual ADHD Conference

October 22 | DAY 1 starts 8am PT | 11am ET | 12pm AT  

October 23 | DAY 2 starts 8am PT | 11pm ET | 12pm AT  

The entire conference will be virtual via Zoom.

Cost is $40+tax

Sessions will be recorded and made available after the conference closes.


CADDAC's ADHD Conference provides information for adults with ADHD, parents/caregivers of children with ADHD, and their families. CADDAC also welcomes public registration to listen and learn from health professionals and panelists.


Conference Topics

  • CSI ADHD: Why CSI – Co-occurring Symptom Investigation – Is Key to Cracking Diagnostic Mysteries and Building a Case for Integrated Treatments
  • Panel Discussion: People with Lived Experience – Life with ADHD and co-occurring mental health conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Substance Use Disorder, Sleep Disorder, ASD, and many more
  • Treating ADHD and Co-occurring Conditions: Guidelines for Concurrent Treatment
  • ADHD and Self-Care: From Paradox to Possibility
  • You or a Family Member Have Just Been Diagnosed with ADHD…Now What?
  • How to be a Successful Entrepreneur When You Have ADHD
  • ADHD and Friendships: Secrets of Social Coaching for Children and Teens
  • Get Proactive About Procrastination
  • Staying Afloat – How to Manage Intense Emotions
  • Show Me the Money! How to Manage your Cash Flow

To register, click here.

Leah Bowman at 9:39 AM
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Research Study Health for Adults with Developmental Disabilities during COVID-19: A Virtual Course

Looking for ways to help you and your family stay healthy in this phase of the pandemic? You are invited to take part in a research study, Addressing unmet and emerging health needs of Canadian adults with a developmental disabilities and their families during COVID-19.



  • Watch weekly video recordings of the course for 6 weeks, at your leisure
  • Fill out questionnaires before the course, at the end of the course, and 8 weeks after the course is over
  • Gift card provided for participating in the study


  • Family member of an adult with a developmental disability
  • Living in Canada
  • Have internet access and a computer or phone


  • If you are interested, please complete this online Expression of Interest Form
  • If you would like assistance, please contact us; information provided below

Contact is for more information about this research study:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 437-328-6761

Leah Bowman at 9:34 AM
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