Don’t Eat Family & On Ne Manage Pas La Famille Book Launch

On Sunday, Don’t Eat Family and On Ne Mange Pas La Famille was launched at Audreys Books. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate.

Special thanks to Audreys Books Ltd., Cookie Love (for some delicious gluten-free cookies), Roxanne Ulanicki (our wonderful MC), Aneta Staniszewski (super talented face painter), Katherine Restoueix (for baking sugar, shortbread and oatmeal coconut chocolate chip cookies), and Linda from Dream Write Publishing for her support and the wonderful pictures.

Don’t Eat Family and On Ne Manage Pas La Famille can be purchased on Amazon, Dream Write Publications and in Edmonton, at Audreys Books Ltd.

Alison and Katherine - book signing

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Don't Eat Family Book Launch One Ne Mange Pas Lancement du Livre
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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who donated to and participated in our book sale and auction!

 We raised $627 from the auction and $81 from the door sales!

Thank you to our authors:

Thank you to

  • Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
  • Fantasyland Hotel
  • Edmonton International Speedway
  • City of Edmonton
  • Giovanni (manager of the 104th St./82nd ave.Second Cup)
  • Holly Pshyk
  • Karen Prelusky
  • BD Wilson
  • The Rainbow Society of Alberta
  • The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories
  • Nicole Badorek
  • Lauren Kinny
  • Global News
  • CTV News
  • Sarah Caitlyn Stuart
  • Arlene Huhn
  • Fringe Theatre Adventures Society
  • ATB Financial Arts Barns
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Where Impossible … Isn’t

Guest posy by  Diane Tolley

Childhood shouldn’t hurt.

But it does.

And in many cases, the hurt goes on and on and on . . .

And that is the beauty of organizations like the Rainbow Society.

We have a young friend who was suffering with an undiagnosed, but very severe condition.


As her condition worsened, she grew more and more disheartened. Finally, she began to list off things she had never done.

And in all likelihood, would never get to do.

First on that list was the chance to walk the red carpet in Hollywood.

What she didn’t realize was that others were listening to her.

People with the ability to make that particular wish come true.

When told that she would get her chance, that walking the red carpet was not only possible, but impending, the excitement and anticipation provided a very real incentive. She had to get strong enough to allow it to happen!

And she did.

She walked that red carpet. In a fancy dress, with hair and makeup provided by notable Hollywood magic-makers.

But even more importantly, after that, she continued to heal.

When we met her, it was shortly after her adventures and the description of them brought very real tears.

We were organizing a dance review and we hoped that she could be our principal.

The day her mother brought out her dancing shoes (put away in a special box years earlier, supposedly never to be worn again), was one of the greatest thrills of my life.

The Rainbow Society and other organizations like it do very real, very wonderful work.

Important work.

For the most important people among us.

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Guest post by Alison Clarke

My godmother died of Alzheimer’s disease, so the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories is dear to my heart. My godmother, Mummio, was a vibrant woman, and the disease took that away, bit by bit, till she became someone who didn’t recognize her own dear family and friends. One Christmas, she was at her son’s, and became paralyzed with fear. She didn’t remember some of the people at the dinner, but they were not strangers–but people close to her.

This disease is hard to deal with, because of the loss of memory. For the first time, my godmother was not able to stay for her son’s Christmas dinner. It’s tough, living with the disease. I was in another country, far away, but I would call her nursing home, and talk to the nurses, to see how she was doing. The staff were always friendly and accessible, and let me know what was happening. I couldn’t afford to go over, but thanks to a good phone plan, I was able to communicate with her. What makes me closest to her is her love of story. She always supported my writing, and I gave her a copy of my second children’s story, that I illustrated. When I was younger, and I was able to visit, I gave her some of my poems and short stories. She would show them to everyone. She was proud of me. Whenever I write, I feel closer to my godmother. Her love of story, learning, a zest for life–this is what I’ll always remember.

Being a part of this book fair makes me happy. It is a good way to give back, and I know my godmother would be happy too. Life is too short. We have to enjoy life, and do the things we want to do now. I am a two time cancer survivor, and so I know the importance of this as well. Embrace life, and do. It’s something everyone should remember.

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Rainbows and Wishes…

Guest post by Kat Flannery

I have three boys, fifteen, thirteen and ten, and so this post is very personal to me. I support many charities—those I feel are making a difference—and the Rainbow Society is one of them. Because I have children, and sadly I’ve watched, my son’s friend, relatives, and friend’s children become sick; this charity holds a special place in my heart.

It is never fair when a child becomes sick. To have to witness your baby go through multiple tests while being ill is something I hope to never do. But it has hit close to home, and even though it wasn’t my child it still affected me because it was a child.

The Rainbow Society offers a reprieve from those long days at the hospital in the form of a wish. It brings families together outside of the hospital walls while granting the sick child their wish. The Rainbow Society has given trips to Disneyland, shopping sprees, and concert tickets, just to name a few. These gifts help families share in a wonderful experience together while offering them time away from the unfair realities they’ve had to face.

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A Helping Hand for a Helping Hand

Guest post by Shannon Raelynn

I am really looking forward to being a part of the Authors for Altruism Charity Book Sale. The selected charities, Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories and The Rainbow Society of Alberta are such wonderful causes.

Alzheimer’s has impacted my family closely, taking my husband’s grandmother a few years ago, and more recently, my father-in-law, just weeks ago. As our population ages, the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is on the rise. We need to create awareness and educate our community about this disease. It is also vital that we ensure that both patients and families have adequate supports in place until we find a cure or a way to halt its progression.

It is profoundly difficult to experience the person you love vanishing and then reappearing with decreasing frequency until who they were is completely gone and all that is left is the body that housed them. Then the body starts to fail.

Losing someone to Alzheimer’s is a long difficult goodbye. Personality changes can make being with your loved ones excruciating, and at times almost impossible. Watching your loved one’s frightened awareness of what is happening is just as difficult. The only worse scenario would be to have no road map or supports in place to aid and guide us.

As a participating author for the Authors for Altruism Charity Book Sale I am so honored to help in with both of the selected charitable organizations, but after my recent loss, I am especially sensitized to the needs and necessity of an organization like the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories.

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Rainbow Society Of Alberta

Guest post by Christine Falk

I have been blessed in my life to have healthy children, now adults, and to have never needed to think of my child’s life in terms of limited time or to think of their health in terms of home care or hospital stays. I know my blessings well as I have personally known families that have had those challenges and have faced them bravely everyday. For families who face the daily challenges that disability or incurable childhood illnesses present the stress of emotional and financial obligations can be overwhelming for the entire family. Rainbow Society of Alberta is dedicated to granting wishes to children who will otherwise only know those daily worries. These gifts are priceless to the recipient children and to their families. They put great consideration into granting the utmost desire within a child’s heart and to allow them a chance at the kind of joy every childhood deserves to have. Every childhood should be a happy childhood and Rainbow Society of Alberta is ardently working to make that modest wish a reality. I am happy to champion Rainbow Society of Alberta in the joy and love they bring to the lives of deserving children here in Alberta.

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A Ray of Hope

Guest post by Linda J. Pedley

The room is quiet as you enter. The glow of late afternoon sunshine streams through the open curtains, warming the otherwise neutral room. Several gold framed photographs line the top of a high dresser, the smiling faces welcoming, inviting. You are unsure, anxious, full of hidden painful emotions yet hopeful that today is as bright as the room. You approach, reaching out to touch a hand resting in the warmth of the sun’s beam, calling out a name to turn a familiar face, trying all the while to emit positivity and encouragement. You smile. The face is unmoved, expressionless – almost questioning your intrusion upon the silence, a hand pulled away in haste, fear. There is no recognition and you realize – today is not a good day.

Whether the family member or friend you visit is one of the 17% diagnosed under the age of 65, or one of the 33,200 over that age in Alberta – it’s a disease that has no known cause or cure. It is a disease that puts its victim in a place of unknown among friends, a place of strangeness in a crowded room of family members. Although there can be good days and bad, one thing is for sure – Alzheimer’s is progressive and degenerative in destroying brain cells despite the general health of the patient. The great thing about charities like The Alzheimer Society of AB and NWT – they exist to heighten awareness about the disease and other related dementia through support and services; their existence and research continues until a cure is found.

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