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October 23, 2012Posted in: Programs & Resources Tagged:

‘Affiliate Highlights’ Highlight: The Calgary Resource Unit

Our newly released Annual Report 2011-2012 features highlights from our affiliates across the country. In the coming days we will be featuring each of them on our blog. Today we showcase the stellar Calgary Resource Unit. The Calgary Resource Unit hoped to join the many other affiliates and friends of the TSFC in trekking for Tourette in March this year. Unfortunately, after an email blast calling for help with the Trek did not receive a good response, they decided not to hold a Calgary Trek in 2012. They did, however, hold several successful Family Support Group evenings at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. On these occasions, long-time volunteer Bill Locke (pictured left with spouse Laura Locke) facilitated a support meeting with parents, family members and adults with TS. In a nearby room, volunteers Dick Averns and Laura Locke ran a session for children and youth with TS and their siblings, which included discussion, games and an art project. In November 2011, the Resource Unit hosted a presentation of “Leaky Brakes: TS and Associated Disorders,” a DVD that features psychologist and TS expert, Dr. Duncan McKinlay. It was extremely well attended and had such lively follow-up discussion that people did not want to go home! In March 2012, the Resource Unit got together for a bowling party, but sadly, in June, they had to cancel their family BBQ event due to poor weather. In addition to fielding phone calls from newly diagnosed families and new volunteers, the Resource Unit gave several in-service presentations to a number of schools and organizations, including the University of Calgary, a social services agency and the Sea Cadets. The year ended on positive note as a newcomer to Calgary came forward and offered to provide leadership for a local Trek for Tourette. Resource Unit members now look forward to trekking in 2013 and, with the help of another new volunteer, they also hope to start up a support group for adults with TS.

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