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Week 1

Music: Drew Brown

There is a deep story woven into the lyrics and melodies of this award-winning Canadian Singer-Songwriter and Producer. Influenced by styles of pop, soul, indie, folk, electro and hard rock - the self-produced and 2015 Juno nominated album "Analog Love in Digital Times" takes you on an honest and adventurous ride through stories of love and all of its complications. His 2017 EP “Homecoming” (which includes the new single “Where the Heart Is” as well as B-sides and songs recorded live on tour) continues the movement into deeper soundscapes and storytelling. He has crafted an instantly recognizable sound that is familiar and comfortable, yet all his own. 

Speaker: Alison Buchan

Alison is a recognized skilled social worker who, for over 15 years, has had the privilege of providing counselling support to clients. She focuses on a wide range of concerns in the areas of depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviours, grief/loss, survivors of sexual abuse and other childhood trauma, children of alcoholics/addicts, clients with chemical and sexual addictions, and other family-of-origin issues.

Alison has an evolving personal style that is engaged and interactive; she is very collaborative, incorporating new techniques and concepts. Most of all, she understands that clients have the insight and skill to navigate toward personal change and counts it is her privilege to work with clients.

In the field of social work Alison has worked in a variety of settings including 12 years in the addictions & mental health program at the Credit Valley Hospital, Trillium Health Partners; participated in community development in partnership with Northern Ontario First Nations communities; and managed research projects with The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto.

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