By Mike Douglas

Catching up with Susan Ksiezopolski [susan.k@bell.net] is always a pleasure. Her enthusiasm and interest in creative writing with a purpose have progressed so rapidly. The latest news is she’s now committed to customizing a writing for resilience guide to help make great things happen for at-risk youth in Team Unbreakable, which runs programs based out of Hamilton.

Susan’s Writewell efforts have also brought her into contact with Wellsprings, a cancer recovery centre in Oakville that uses writing for health as a means for people to process emotions and find inner strength. She’ll run a program there.

Susan Ksiezopolski with MAC’s Executive Director Mike Douglas.

The Toronto Writers Collective is dedicated to providing a voice to marginalized people and that attracted Susan. She has joined forces with them to develop community programming for Mississauga’s new Open Window Hub at the Central Library, where they help the homeless, newcomers, and vulnerable adults and youth make connections to services and find themselves again through an 8-week autobiographical writing course.

Her work at the remarkable Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is just getting started and she hopes to enjoy opportunities there to help people use words to reduce anxiety working with the Halton Peel chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Susan does all this and more, as a volunteer! If you’re interested, she suggests you check out the organizations mentioned above, and maybe you will find one that aligns with your values and contributions.

Thanks for the inspiration, Susan Ksiezopolski!

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