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Laurinda Lee-Retter

Reflections from our women artisans

Today, we celebrate women all over the world and their amazing contributions to family, community and society as a whole. But what does it mean to be a woman? We asked our female youth artisans to reflect on their experiences as a woman and were pleased to know that one of our artisans found being a woman to be extremely empowering: "To be a woman is to be beautiful, to feel beautiful and to be able to spread the beauty. It is also the ability to celebrate all stages of life and living with utmost grace. As a woman, I...

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Laurinda Lee-Retter

The (super)Power of Dissociative Identity Disorder

A guest blog from one of our youth artisans and her experience with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID or previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder) is fragmented pieces of your identity that break off when you're a child that has gone through trauma.  So having DID means that as a child your identity was unable to fully develop into one singular personality. Everybody as a child starts off with an unintegrated personality. Around the age of early development, if a child experiences severe or repeated trauma, the brain, understanding that this is not something it's equipped to deal with, puts up a...

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Laurinda Lee-Retter

About Adoption

A guest blog post by author Wendy Hayes.   November is Adoption Awareness Month, which carries with it so much complexity, especially for adoptees. Generally, society views adoption as an event that has a positive impact on a young person’s life, perhaps even going as far to believe that adoptees should feel gratitude for their adoption. As we listen to adoptees (or what I like to call First Voice Advocates), we are learning that adoption journeys are so much more complex than the simple happy ending many are led to understand it as. In Canada and the US, the majority of...

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Laurinda Lee-Retter

An unedited testament of change

We are so honoured to be able to support vulnerable youth in our community with meaningful employment and in case you were wondering exactly how much your support means, here is an unedited testimonial from one of our youth artisans outlining the true meaning of Kind Karma.   "I've been working at Kind Karma for a few months and I can honestly say that I've changed tremendously in a short amount of time. Kind Karma has given me a sense of structure and productivity without getting in the way of my healing process. With all of the ups and downs...

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