Community Builder

Michele Gyselinck

About Me: 

I am a 58-year-old woman.  I was born in Montreal and grew up in a western suburb of the city.  I became a confessing member of the local CRC, First Christian Reformed Church of Monreal on May 15, 1977, so this year will be the 40th anniversary of that event.  I have two B.A.s, one in LInguistics and the other in English Studies with a Major in Professional Writing in English.  I developed schizophrenia around the age of 28.

Interests: 

I like to paint with knives and I enjoy cooking.

  • I am not a missionary, but I wouldn't last long without my church family which acts as my anchor to sanity.  In fact, while I was completing a Bachelor's degree in Sherbrooke, QC, my work term...

  •  Speaking of assumptions, a former member of my congregation, who moved west after he retired, used to say that "assume makes an ass of you and me."  He may still be saying it in his current...

  • As I read this post I often felt like saying,"Tell me about it!"  Although I don't have Tourette's myself but schizophrenia, my experience was similar. Mocked by peers and bullied by both them and...

  • In our congregation we do a bit of both ; i.e. there is a time during the service, just before the congregational prayer where prayers are requested for specific needs, or in the Welcome and...

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    "What was Thabo doing out at a club on a back-to-back??"  Replace Thabo with a woman's name,in a report that she was raped, and all too often the question is the same.  What was...

  •   As someone who became a Christian in the CRC at the age of 17,and who later made profession of faith in this denomination I find that those who advocate we throw out terms like Classis because...

  •  No, I'm not involved in tha ministry although I do read  stories once in awhile and If I run across something that's relevant elsewhere I'll bring it to the attention of the administrators.  I'm...

  • I have no opinion, but I don't see what is the urgency in changing that sort of name just for the sake of changing.  There are more important issues to address than that, and it strikes me as a...

  •  In Québec psychiatric patients are referred to their local hospitals for health care.  They can also visit their CLSC (Centre local de services communautaires/Local community services centers).  ...

  •  As someone who has sat on the board of directors of a local day center for people with mental illnesses for several years, even though I am not a professional in the field I was able to provide...