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.


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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Being Community: Walking Beside Persons With Mental Illness

In this webinar we will look at how to take first steps in walking beside someone with mental illness. Various forms of mental illness will be introduced such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, and suggestions will be given for what people in the pew can do to respond in love.

Disability Concerns
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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
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Preparing for the Next Stage, Your “Senior Days”

If you want to live your older years to the fullest, then you will want to consider changes that may come and prepare for them. Some changes that come with aging are unwelcome, but good preparation for them will 

Disability Concerns
  • 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?

  • Yes, Safe Church Ministry will continue because of people like you, Bonnie, who put stock in the statistics and care so much about those who have been abused by members of the church.  Because you...

  • I appreciate the larger font and cleaner look.  Yes, it takes time to see everything each week (and I do see everything), but it's worth it.  Thankyou for giving us this forum to share/learn with/...

  • For a recent service at Trinity here in Edmonton, we did not have a pianist available, which I don't think has ever happened before. Fortunately, the other instrumentalists booked for that service...