Elvis, Vision and Youth

Wooden tile work  by Wes Geisbrecht. www.wesgeisbrecht.com

This coming week is youth week in BC. http://www.bcyouthweek.com/  Perfect time to stumble upon a book that promoted a hiding Mission Diamond. Morris Bates. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7qY8VrzRgg "The Mission resident was hailed by Nevada critics as the best Elvis tribute act on the Vegas circuit since Presley’s death in 1977. Working with the Vancouver Police and Native Liason Society as a specialized victim assistance worker, Bates developed an aversion program called Reality Check for Indigenous People (R.I.P), sometimes known as Scared Straight.
Looking back on what he has accomplished in his lifetime, it’s the chances he’s taken that stand out.
He hopes young people recognize that in an era without computers he was still able to live by his wits and accomplish something – and hopefully, that inspires them to do the same.
Bates’ book, Take a Chance on Life, which chronicles his experiences, was released on Thursday.
Bates will hold a book signing on Saturday, April 17 at the Power House at Stave Falls, 31338 Dewdney Trunk Road, in Mission between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The book, which is being released internationally, will be available at Chapters, Coles, Indigo and at Murdoch’s Bookshoppe in Mission.For more information contact Bates at morrisbates@shaw.ca." www.bclocalnews.com

I ran into his promotions agent, Eileen, at the Blooming Marvelous show at the Arts Council that I was exhibiting the Kraggleys (spirit dolls) www.cdgoodart.com.  At first I was not interested in an Elvis impersonator book, but then when I found out that he has helped 8000 kids across BC work through drug and street issues, I wanted to hear more. I bought a copy of the book and will read it this weekend.  It seemed like he may be a great person to affiliate with youth inspiration here in Mission.

Another piece this week was a Circle Meeting at  the MRR new house/office. We call it the RIM Spinning circle. Restorative Intergeneration Mentoring--- We came up with some plans to gather together groups in town that are working with youth and make a google map highlighting activities. My kids cringe at the word "youth".  It seems to segregate people into a label that they are not comfortable with. Many youth I know are wiser than the adults I know. In indigenous cultures there was no such thing as a teenager. I like thinking of each person as a soul, a living being and not worrying about the age. Each person is valuable and precious. Together we make a grand design of joy and sorrow.

Care Club started this week too. http://www.cdgoodart.com/oktobus/TheCareClub.html My sons seemed to enjoy this, a opportunity to do something for others. We are painting flat rocks to stack and count with to give to the new Kindergarten Classes.

Had an appointment with Coffee News. We forget this valuable free resource to post non profit events in town. Ads are cheap too. I made a batch of Beads from it that will soon be a necklace for his website.  http://www.coffeenewsnet.com/what.html It is a world wide franchise! I had no idea. A positive news magazine trying to make people smile for a while.

Speaking of Positive News, here is Tracey Elias and I talking about her new magazine The Valley Connector coming out June 1.


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