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Auston Mardon

Open your mind and doors to the disabled

May 13, 2013
AUSTIN MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

I'm often asked about how we can make our society more inclusive and accessible for the disabled. There are obvious physical barriers for those who have physical disabilities. Those normally take some engineering or construction thought.

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Simon's gift can be given or received

October 8, 2012
AUSTIN MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Oct. 7-13 is Mental Health Week. It reminds me every year of famous helpers in history.

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Medication is way to avoid worst effects of schizophrenia

July 16, 2012
AUSTIN MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Snake oil salesmen have been with us for a long time. Sometimes they merely steal money and hope from the vulnerable. Sometimes they do real harm, or even worse.

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Mental illness throws a wrench into quality medical treatment

January 16, 2012
AUSTIN AND CATHERINE MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Mental illnesses are a barrier to so many things in life.

We lost a good friend at Christmas. She was one of the first people in my parish to make friends with my wife when she came to Canada. We've watched her youngest son grow up, and I have tried to be a positive male role model for him. She was a single mom with nine children.

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God steers a sad mind to the RCIA harbour

April 4, 2011
AUSTIN MARDON
KENNA MARY MCKINNON
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Kenna McKinnon was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1978. She became ill three years earlier than that, unmedicated but counselled by people whom she only recently has grown to appreciate for their patience and care.

"I searched for God and he was the masthead on my battered vessel. He was the compass, but it would be many years before I found my salvation, searching in many various guises for the "perfect" Church.

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