Ten years and counting: Remembering what’s important (part 1)

May 23, 2013 marked the completion of 10 years as Executive Director.  It’s a time for reflection for the past and direction for the future.

What has influenced my most in the past ten years always has something to do with people.  All kinds of people from everywhere – most memorable are those of my street friends, some have passed, some are still around. Each has made a contribution to my own personal life and development as well as the development of OIM.

Spike had an impact on my life.  Diagnosed with full blown AIDS, Spike always asked for a ‘bag of treats’. I usually put aside some fruit for him each week, and he picked it up at the drop in.  He wouldn’t stay for long, but I would often see him at other times on the streets down town.

One week I saw him three times: once driving down town, I stopped and we chatted on Daley Street.  The next day we connected at the drop in.  The next day another outreach worker an