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January 2018

Paramedic Nat’s Evening For Mental Health – A Huge Success!

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I’m not sure how to describe the level of gratitude I feel for the success of this evening – but this photo represents that level very well. Raising money for the RVH Foundation for youth mental health and Ivegotyourback911 was a tiny dream I had a few months ago. With that dream a team of friends immediately stepped up to help in any way they could to make it come true.

Sean McCann and Michael Landsberg agreed to be a part of the night and ticket sales soared. Zach Hofer and his family agreed to be guests of honour and sponsors from all over the community donated money and gift for the silent auction almost on a daily basis. I could barely keep up with the abundance of love that was headed my way – but if there is something you need to keep up with, it’s love.

Dignitaries, CEO’s and service Chiefs attended. People travelled not only from out of province, but also from out of country to attend. Extended and close family that I haven’t seen in years attended as well. (Pictured- Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, RVH CEO Janice Skot, MP John Brassard, Chief of Staff at House of Commons Shawn T Bubel, Barrie City Councillors Arif Khan, and Andrew Prince and radio celebrity Ozz).

Zach was awarded a Community Hero Award.

And I had a room filled with 300 people sing happy birthday to me – twice! Tears were difficult to hold back. It was literally one of the most amazing nights of my life.

I couldn’t have done this without the time and dedication of so many volunteers. Heather Down, Katherine Pomerleau, Maud Revel, Andrea Logan, Nicole Pavlovic, Kim Forster, Charlene Haines, Caroline Harris, John Fraser, and Mindy and Chris Piva to name a few.

Heather and I have already started to chat about ideas for next year’s event. That’s how we roll. Lol.

I will be announcing the funds raised soon! I can’t wait to share that! But the rough estimate is $13,000!

Once again from the bottom of my heart – to a community filled with love – thank you!

D’Aundra, Paramedic Student (Part 1)

On this episode of BrainStorm I talk with a new Paramedic student D’Aundra. This is the first episode in a series where we will follow up with D’Aundra and be part of her journey becoming a Paramedic. 

 

Books Written by Natalie Harris

Daily Lessons from Save My Life School: Here

Save My Life School: Here

 

This episode of BrainStorm is brought to you by The Homewood Health Clinic Mississauga 

 

 

BrainStorm by Natalie Harris is proudly produced by PodcastWagon.com

 

Tools For Anxiety

On this episode of BrainStorm I share some tools for dealing with Anxiety. 

 

Books Written by Natalie Harris

Daily Lessons from Save My Life School: Here

Save My Life School: Here

 

This episode of BrainStorm is brought to you by The Homewood Health Clinic Mississauga 

 

 

BrainStorm by Natalie Harris is proudly produced by PodcastWagon.com

Addiction Does Not Discriminate

On this episode of BrainStorm you get to say hello to Walter (my dog) and I share how addiction does not discriminate. 

 

Books Written by Natalie Harris

Daily Lessons from Save My Life School: Here

Save My Life School: Here

 

This episode of BrainStorm is brought to you by The Homewood Health Clinic Mississauga 

 

 

BrainStorm by Natalie Harris is proudly produced by PodcastWagon.com

 

Stigma – Facebook Live Chat

All About My Dog Walter

On this episode of BrainStorm I share about my dog Walter and all the funny things he does to make me laugh and stay happy. 

 

Books Written by Natalie Harris

Daily Lessons from Save My Life School: Here

Save My Life School: Here

 

This episode of BrainStorm is brought to you by The Homewood Health Clinic Mississauga 

 

 

BrainStorm by Natalie Harris is proudly produced by PodcastWagon.com

Guess What?

So happy to announce the my event is SOLD OUT! 280 tickets! Thank you to everyone. It’s going to be a great night for a great cause.

Against All Odds

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Sometimes it seems like I battle the odds after odds after odds. Pushing against an immovable wall trying to see light but somehow I can’t push past the darkness. Frozen in a time that contains only a glimmer of hope that I hold so tightly I start to suffocate it. It gets deprived of oxygen and then I wonder where the hope went. Sometimes it feels like I’m always against the odds – sigh.

Good things can still happen but when you are struggling to feel your heart beat happiness wavers no matter which way you look at it. No words can fix it. And time just hurts. Some good luck would be nice. I believe in sending my wishes out to the universe and letting it do what it needs to do, but what it ‘needs’ to do isn’t always what I want, and that can be hard.

I can still be a survivor against all odds – hell I already am. Tomorrow I will try to push the wall again. I’m determined to make it crumble in my bare hands. It will cease to exist. It will vanish into the oxygen it at one point caused me to suffocate. It will listen to my screaming. I will take my oxygen back. Against all odds.

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