SisterSpace Overdose Prevention Site in Vancouver, BC

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SisterSpace is Canada’s first and only women-only overdose prevention site. This harm reduction program opened in May 2017 in response to the opioid crisis. It is located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and is run in partnership by Atira Women’s Resource Society, Vancouver Coastal Health, BC Housing, BC Women’s Hospital, and the Provincial Health Services Authority.

I had the opportunity to be involved with an evaluation of the program’s early beginnings and to learn about what’s working and what might be improved. The program is a great example of a harm reduction program that considers how women’s needs might differ from men’s and the role of a women-only space in creating a more accessible and safe program.

Learn more about the program in the infographic below and check out Atira’s website for links to the evaluation report and media coverage.

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Meet “The Love Doctor” on May 9th

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I’ll be sharing one of my newest little books The Love Doctor at the next EMMA Talks on May 9th, 2017. I’ll also have copies of Love into Water: Stories and Poems for All Ages for sale.

The next EMMA Talks features Jackie Wong and Astra Taylor and will be held at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre – Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards Building, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC).

The evening begins at 7 pm for a pre-talk living room style reception, where there will be free light snacks, a cash bar, books for sale and some interactive art-making facilitated by Tin Can Studio.

Tickets are free. Check out the website for more details.

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Pick up a copy of “Blue Feather,” a new little book at EMMA Talks, February 28, 2017

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Check out the next EMMA Talks on February 28, 2017 at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre – Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards Building, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC).

I’ll be sharing a brand new little book called “Blue Feather” as well as other books.

The evening starts at 6 pm for a pre-talk living room style reception, where there will be free light snacks, a cash bar, and some interactive art-making facilitated by Tin Can Studio.

The talks start at 7pm and feature Kinnie Starr & Andrea Warner.

Tickets are free. Check out the website for more details. Hope to see you there!

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Love into Water: Stories and Poems for All Ages

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Love into Water is a 64-page collection of stories and poems for kids of all ages. This self-publishing project includes stories about a few of my favorite things, including beluga whales, beets, bánh mì, birthdays, and staying in bed all day. (The title Love into Water comes from one of the stories included in the collection).

I’ll update my website with more info about where you can pick up a copy. In the meantime, here’s a look inside.

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