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Author: deethorson

I learned to work my first computer in 1977, it was a Radio Shack TRS-80, the hot CoCo as it was known. Instead of a hard drive, it had a cassette drive and I would copy code from the Hot CoCo magazine to create fascinating projects like the game of Stock Ticker, which I would sit up all night and play. I should have put in more effort, I should have tried…, I should have learned…, I should have?

I have spent the bulk of my life using computers, I did work in a sawmill, flipped burgers, sorted magazines, cut glass, and worked security among other things. I spent the bulk of my time working in a government-style setting, Bankruptcy, Fisheries, RCMP to mention a few. My final Government job was with Health Canada working with a team of 15 or more people (I never did meet everyone), delivering a number of different healthcare-related services. My last duty with Health Canada was working for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission taking statements and manning the Mental Health Services booth.

On the following Monday, I would go to my final job at the newly created First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). I wanted to be able to finally make a difference, to be meaningful. Leonard George, a former chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, adopted the few of us from Health Canada who came to work at FNHA into the Wolf Clan.

During my time with FNHA I worked almost exclusively within the Indian Residential School survivors’ mental health programs. It is impossible to calculate the damage caused by the Residential Schools in Canada and I am sure I will return to this topic many times. Now that I have passed my torch to my coworkers, it is time for me to move on and let the good work of the FNHA evolve and continue the healing tradition.

Unveiling the Mystery of Creativity: Where Does It Truly Come From?

As artists, we often find ourselves at the intersection of inspiration and creation, constantly seeking that elusive spark that ignites our imaginations and drives our artistic endeavors. Yet, amidst this quest, we are left pondering: where does creativity truly originate? Recently, I completed a series of watercolor painting classes, where…