Author Archives: jofacilitator

Ordinary People Making a Difference: Abdel Hai Patel’s Stories

1 – In 1985, I submitted a one page report on some safety issues in apartments in Thorncliffe Park to the Mayor’s Committee of former Municipality of East York. The report was supported by 53 Division of Toronto Police. The … Continue reading

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Ordinary People Making a Difference: Ann Gloger’s Story

Ann is the director of a community organization called Storefront in the East End of Toronto. She told me this story on a subway train just before Christmas – this is how I remember it. One group of people in … Continue reading

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Ordinary People Making a Difference: Inez Killam’s Story

Inez Killam’s Story The Child Advocacy Council in Camden County, Missouri, sponsors a program each year called “Christmas Is Sharing.”  The sign up for help averages over 350 families and over 900 children each year.  One of my favorite stories … Continue reading

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Ordinary People Making a Difference: Kaze Gadway’s Story

Sitting with the Homeless  (by Kaze Gadway) Gabriela left the homeless population two years ago. After her one daughter died in a car accident, she become addicted to heroin and lost her job. After being evicted, she started living on the … Continue reading

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Ordinary People Making a Positive Difference: Heidi Zahrt’s Story

About a week ago, a fire started on the hills at the outskirts of my city.  Most of the city was not in danger, but emergency responders decided that large sections of the city adjacent to the hills should be evacuated. … Continue reading

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Ordinary People Making a Positive Difference

This is one of many stories from a wide variety of sources and a multitude of forms contributed by people upon request for my 70th birthday.   They will be posted without editing, with the attribution that was with them.   … Continue reading

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Invitation to a Storytelling Party: Ordinary People Making a Positive Difference

This post is the context for the stories that will follow in this blog and on social media. Context: My 70th birthday is coming up in November.  Last year my sons said they would support anything I wanted to do … Continue reading

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