ME Too: Women of Influence

I decided to dedicate my open edition one of a kind art copies to Welland and to my late friend Rose Ferretti (1971-1993) who used to live in Welland, ON, before her passing. The Rotary Club called Welland the Rose City, a flower which was unanimously chosen by the school children of the education board of the 1920s. Rose was a vibrant and vivacious person who knew how to enjoy life. Although discovering hardships in her last residing years in this place, she and like many others learn to survive hard economic times. Upon visiting her in this interesting and wonderful city, I believed in her saying: “When there is a Rose, there is a Way!” and that is for sure. Like many hard knox Canadians, we do find a way to survive in these outcomes. Through all the dirt and toil, we like many others who have suffered in hardship, whatever that may be, learn to blossom. Thank you my friend for giving me the biggest lesson in life, that is, to always remain strong and whatever and however hard the road gets, there is always a light that will shine its way through.


Uniqueness like autism is a special type of characteristic that all educators can learn from.  Personally, Mila, my niece, and other children help me  understand how certain personalities can fall onto the autism spectrum, at any point of time.  I believe this remarkable understanding can help you become a better  educator, as well as being receptive  to understanding a wide range of behaviours.  As an affective educator, we must bring out the gifts that each potential student can exhibit.
And let us not forget the mothers such as my brave sister, who has always inspired me.

Meeting Sookyin Lee and hearing her speak, was one of my biggest influences when growing up. Seeing her on MuchMusic in the 80s, and seeing her take form as a film producer, actor, musician, etc. is an example of an artist that I understand.


I would like to thank all those who have been involved in helping and taking action for the future of our children and their families. Your research not only provides those in our community and the professionals in the field, but also towards a healthy future for all Canadians.
Shout outs to Shanthiya, from the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, (Health Advocacy Symposium at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre) and Dr. E. Hassan, representing McMaster University Sick Kids.