Upcoming parent and clinician workshop (free) at Holland Bloorview!

Holland Bloorview’s Bloom has launched an exciting new speaker series… and I’m honoured to be kicking off the series with a talk on Redefining Success. Details and poster below. Hope to see you there!

Redefine success:
Decide for yourself what really matters

DATE: Wed. Feb. 15, 2012
TIME: 7 to 9 p.m.
LOCATION: Family Resource Centre at Holland Bloorview, 150 Kilgour Rd., Toronto.
RSVP: Nancy at 416-425-6220, ext. 6303 or e-mail ndyke@hollandbloorview.ca.
Limited playroom spots for families who register their child at ext. 3438.

No Ordinary Boy author Jennifer Johannesen talks about society’s expectations for constant improvement, how this plays into therapy for children with disabilities, and how families can be left shouldering more burden than they want or can handle. Jennifer explores how institutions, clinicians and parents alike contribute to the increasing pressures placed on families and shares her experiences as she leads a discussion on ways to redefine ‘success.’

Jennifer will also read passages from No Ordinary Boy and sign copies of her book (available at a special price).

Join us for a thought-provoking evening in the Family Resource Centre!

Jennifer’s son Owen passed away in October 2010 at the age of 12 after a lifetime of severe disabilities. No Ordinary Boy is a chronicle of his family’s encounters with medical, therapeutic and education institutions at key points in Owen’s life. With an amazing recall for detail, Jennifer documents the triumphs and disappointments of these encounters, as well as her dawning recognition of what she calls Fake Work – endless requirements for assessments, paperwork and goal-setting to achieve what can seem like impossible outcomes.  Visit noordinaryboy.com

The BLOOM speaker series brings you leading thinkers on childhood disability and parenting.



  1. Hi Jen,

    Although I am most likely going to sit this one out, I am emailing to say, “congratulations!!!” I would also love to buy you a cup of coffee and catch up, as we both have more to give.


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