Fresh Outlook Foundation

Countering Substance-Use Stigma with Compassion

Chances are you know people affected by substance-use issues. And, odds are even greater that they have experienced the “stigma” caused by society’s uninformed beliefs about them, and negative attitudes directed toward them and their families. Take Andrea (not a real person, but based on real experiences)… she’s a 35-year-old Vancouverite who has lived with […]

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LONELINESS: ‘Planting’ the Seed of Social Inclusion

Imagine this… an RX from your GP recommends you take two spider plants and call her in the morning! You visited your doctor complaining of loneliness… of feeling isolated from your grown children and friends who are increasingly frail and less mobile. You’ve lost your appetite and you’re not sleeping well. You expect a prescription […]

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From Open Heads to Open Minds

Steeped in a serious mental health crisis about 15 years back, I asked my doctor what would have become of me if I’d lived a few centuries ago. He said that I’d likely have been diagnosed as an “hysterical” woman and institutionalized and/or treated with “Who knows what!” As I healed from that anxiety and […]

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CUZ? The Buzz!

I established the Fresh Outlook Foundation in 2006 to expand on the public outreach and engagement work I was doing for local governments throughout BC. My overarching goal was to create events that engaged whole communities in vigorous conversations about important sustainability issues. It’s now 2019, and I’m thrilled with what I’ve learned from the […]

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