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Elly VanAlten

About Me: 

Member of Trinity CRC.  Regional Advocate for Classis Alberta North for Disability Concerns; member of Safe Church Team at Trinity; retired R.N.

Interests: 

Reading, most music genres, playing card games, spending time with family/friends, educating people on aging, dementia and mental illness, advocacy

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What Disability Concerns is All About

On September 23 Alberta television stations featured a news item about a young lady who 'climbed' to the top of an 8000-foot mountain in Camrose, Alberta.  What made Kuen Yang newsworthy is that she is a quadriplegic.  Although she has enough movement in her hands to operate a joystick (to control e.g. a computer) and self-propel her wheelchair, she is totally dependent on others for personal care. 

Disability Concerns
  • Thankyou for your contributing your wonderful gifts to Safe Church Ministry, Bonnie.  You will be truly missed.  I wish you the Lord's blessings as you discern what God has in mind for you next....

  • I have so appreciated the efforts my church (Trinity CRC, Edmonton) have made to keep us connected, not only via worship (via Zoom with musicians leading the singing and congregational...

  • Greetings from Edmonton, AB.

  • Hey, Bro, good article. Allow me to add a few additional thoughts. With everything that is going on in this world that is based on hatred for one another, the theme of love (so appropriate on this...

  • Thanks for your words, Michele.  It was just over 6 years ago that I had to stop working at a job that I loved because of my disabilities.  I was advised to apply for CPP Disability, which I did...

  • Thanks for your thoughtful words, Syd.  You/ve given a name to what I have been thinking and feeling about this topic - holy uncertainty.  I was actually hoping that the tragedy that occurred in...

  • Rationalization of abuse is one of the most difficult situations to deal with.  "He/she has their own problems that led to it", "He/she didn't know any better", "The victim sort of asked for it/...

  • Thanks for being a mover and shaker in getting The Network going and for enabling webinairs.  A special thanks for your help in doing mine!  You will be missed!  All the best in your next...

  • Thankyou so much for sharing your story, Robin.  I wonder if you have identified why CRC churches are so reluctant to talk about abuse and promote Safe Church Ministry.  Maybe there are too many...

  • Pastors of the future for 3 churches?