Care for the Caregiver: an anthology of empowerment stories, by Lisa Browning


It was on December 6, 2013, in commemoration of Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, that the first edition of Sharing: our stories, our selves, our success was launched. The anthology featured 24 writers, a group of women with different yet very similar stories to tell … stories of pain, struggle and courage; healing, hope and vision … whatever guided each woman on her journey to healing and wholeness, on all levels.

I was overwhelmed by the response to the project. It was incredibly healing for the writers who courageously shared their stories, but equally healing for all those who read those stories. In response to requests and suggestions from writers and readers alike, I decided to publish an ongoing series of Sharing anthologies, including volumes for men as well as women. To date, 5 volumes have been published: three women’s and 2 men’s. Volume 6, which will be the first anthology to include both men’s and women’s stories, is scheduled to be released later this Spring. In addition to those “regular” anthologies, I was thrilled to take on the first of what I hope to be an ongoing series of Special Edition anthologies, this one entitled Care for the Caregiver. It features 20 stories of empowerment, written for and/or by caregivers, and all net proceeds from sales ($15 per book) will go to support various charities, as selected by the individual authors. Although not everyone has selected their charity yet, following are the charities that have been selected so far:

• Alzheimer Society - Music Project • CMHA Waterloo Wellington • Cystic Fibrosis • Elmira District Community Living • FEDS Special Needs Soccer • Guelph Giants Hockey Team • KidSport • The Mark Preece House • Mood Disorders Society of Canada • North Renfrew Family Services • Parents for Community Living • Recovery Speaking • Ronald McDonald House • The Stephen Lewis Foundation • Sunnyside Home • Youth Haven

The anthology is now available to order at www.ottbookstore.com, and purchasers can indicate which charity they would like the net profit to go towards. I, and all of the authors involved in this special project, would be most grateful for your support.

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