Episode 2 of 24. A reading of the book Policies of Exclusion, Poverty & Health: Stories from the front. Compiled, with Introduction and Reports by Chrystal Ocean. Copyright 2005.
With the story of Chris, the formation of WISE began, followed by the project whose name is shared by the book. It was this story which drew the attention of Agnes Lui and Colleen Cameron, both formerly of the now-defunct BC-Yukon regional office of Status of Women Canada. The book was just one of the many surprises and unexpected outcomes which resulted from the project and from WISE.
WISE endured for another four years. Its achievements and the reason behind its demise merits another book.
Of related interest, see the article Growing Up in a Labeled World, which I posted to my blog on May 31, 2008. It speaks directly to a dominant theme in my story. Also related is Meanings: Belonging, home, community, posted on May 21, 2008.
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