Sharing The Burden in Jails and Detention Centres
April 29, 2014
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
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Scott and Julia Duncan founded the Fellowship, ‘Sharing The Burden’, http://www.sharingtheburden.ca/, which operates a 12-step program for all members of troubled families. Brent Haldane decided to volunteer in the prison system, inspired by his Aunt Aunt Lois, a Christian missionary in Ethiopia. Scott and Brent talk about their lives and work. They explain the main problems for which Sharing the Burden brings help, how the help and hope are provided, and the main problems for which help is available to prisoners and detainees, and how the help and hope are provided. They say how they would like to see Sharing The Burden bring increased help and hope for prisoners and detainees. They explain what they would like to do and see done to bring increased help and hope for prisoners and detainees for the problems that brought them into the justice system, for their reintegration into society, and for troubled young people so they stay out of custody.
Family Caregivers Unite!
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.