Category Archives: Canadian Living

‘I have a sister?!’

That's what my newly discovered 40-year-old brother said to me when I found the courage to contact him. Download article PDF Published in Canadian Living in April 2013 I am nervous when I get off the plane at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. I'm here to greet a man I've never met before. I've seen…
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Raising Nathan

My son has a rare genetic defect called Angelman Syndrome, which affects his intellectual development, his speech, even his ability to walk. Download article PDF Published in Canadian Living in September 2008 By Mary Vasilak (as told to Anne Bokma) When I first meet Nathan Vasilak, 17, he greets me with a wide-open smile. He…
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These Magic Moments

However small or simple they seem, special rituals give any family a profound sense of connectedness, reinforce common values and create a unique sense of family identity. Download article PDF Published in Canadian Living in June 2005 It's a typical Thursday evening at the Harrison home and the kitchen is buzzing with activity as everyone…
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