Welcome to CFUW Haliburton Highlands
NANCY is a life coach, counsellor ,organizational coach, registered social service worker ,group facilitator and corporate trainer and an eternal optimist!
She shared that she is a recovering front line worker .Nancy is a local resident of Haliburton on Eagle Lake .
She encourages all of us to live our lives to the fullest . Her business has tripled with clients in the past year trying to best manage the challenging effects of Covid .
She referred to all of us being in the same storm, yet each of us in our separate boats.
Nancy encouraged us all to approach life with compassion and empathy and stressed how imperative it is that we take care of ourselves, so that we may care of others!
Seven tips were shared to encourage wellness
1.Get physical and move
2. Connectivity with positive social interactions in a safe Covid way
3. Breathing exercises
5. Hugs a solid 3 sec hug, heart to heart ,safely with a person in your bubble
6. Crying is a great release
7. Get creative : colour, paint, knit, dance, podcasts, bake , cook
Nancy Brownsberger is the Owner of Grow Optimism.
For a daily dose of inspiration Nancy can be followed on Instagram & Facebook at OPTIMISM.CA
Places for People
Jody & Natlyn were our guest speakers and they were excited to share the history, current & exciting future plans for Places for People.
They gave us a deeper understanding of the extreme crises and homelessness and all the critical support they have provided within our community, not only housing needs but all individual needs.
With Fay Martin's vision determination, hardworking & community support Places for People was formed as a non-profit charitable organization in 2007. Places for People is built on the conviction that society thrives when everyone has a place where they belong.
They have transformed 5 properties and 7 units in Haliburton, Minden & Carnarvon. Realizing the need ion our community for more affordable one and two bedroom units they have partnered with the municipality to create a new multi-unit complex on Wallings Rd. Stay tuned for all the excitement as Community Bonds will be offered to help raise funds. Stay in the know by subscribing to P4P newsletter or contact them at info@places for people.ca. Places for People relies on volunteers. Please see website for all the volunteer opportunities and upcoming fund raising events. The Highland Yard & Sleeping in Cars are the biggest fund raising events.
Lets make our community a better place to live by supporting this wonderful organization True Haliburton style where the impossible is always impossible in Haliburton county.
Kim McBrien Evans
Owner of Indigodragonfly, co-author of her new book Custom Shawls For the Curious Knitter gave an excellent presentation. Kim shared her story with humour on her weird and wonderful life as a yarn dyer, inclusive designer, educator, advocate and Master Evil Genius of all things Indigodragonfly.
Her determination and a business plan that simply said World Domination led to making her 1st love at age 4, her life work . She shares her success with her amazing team, Ron her husband, Victoria, Oz & Willow and of course Louie the chipmunk.
Kim who never follows a pattern prefers to break the rules and push the boundaries she says contributed to her success and of course her beautiful hand dyed yarns with their quirky names have created demand across the world. Her knitwear designs are known for their ability to turn and abstract idea into a textile reality while simultaneously fitting and flattering every body shape.
Kim shared her experience as a co-author with Kate Athersley and the tight deadline they had before the book launch in last September and says she will never write another book. This book will inspire want to be knitters, beginners, experienced and advanced knitters and includes 13 unique and interesting shawl patterns. This book also has a great Stitch dictionary from the classic knit & purl stitch , lace patterns, classic shetland patterns, and all different edging.
Kim believes creativity is play and you never know where your inspiration will come from. She encouraged us to look at our world and create our own unique one of a kind garments, by experimenting with stitch patterns & colour. Please see Kim’s website indigodragonfly.ca for all of her upcoming Virtual Knitting classes , Workshops, or book a Virtual one on one shopping experience, or visit her studio at 1946 Kennisis Lake Rd. Haliburton, Ontario. Kim's speaker honorarium will go to the Minden Food Bank.