New Book From Gary Garrison (Web Exclusive)

p(dropcap) Raising Grandkids: Inside Skipped-generation Families
by Gary Garrison
University of Regina Press.

Everyone who has grandparents, knows somebody else’s grandparents, or may become a grandparent someday should read this powerful, engaging nonfiction book. It immerses the reader in the bittersweet lives of grandparents who commit to raising grandkids when the parents can’t or won’t.

These grandparents give up dreams of retirement and take in neglected, abandoned, grieving grandkids with a wide range of physical, emotional, and neurological challenges. Their full-time work of loving these children into healthy adulthood requires them to re-educate themselves about parenting, to learn to be therapists, to navigate dysfunctional children’s services systems, and to fight legal battles, even as they grieve for a middle generation suffering from mental illness and addictions and as they themselves face the financial and physical challenges of aging.

“Stories of love battered and bruised across a generation gap . . . Searingly honest.”
Myrna Kostash, author of All of Baba’s Children, Long Way from Home, and many others.

“This book shares heartfelt stories of grandparent caregivers providing care despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Grandparent caregivers will find the comfort of a support group in these pages.” Esme Fuller-Thomson, Ph.D., Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work, Factor-Iwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

“I highly recommend this book for pediatricians, child psychiatrists, psychologists and other therapists who do this work and see these families. I also recommend this book for the child welfare professionals who are legally responsible for the safety and structure these children require. And I especially recommend it for other grandparents who are also on this remarkable journey, for they are the true champions of these remarkable children.”
Andrew Bremness, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta

Publication date: August 4, 2018
Available for pre-order through Amazon, Indigo/Chapters, and McNally Robinson’s websites.

Information provided by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Editor Receives Award from ESPC – Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman received the Edmonton Social Planning Council’s Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice on May 24. She is pictured between ESPC Research Coordinator John Kolkman and his wife Kate Quinn, both McCauley residents and founders of the paper. Melissa Scott

  • Portrait of a Caterpillar – Gord Currie is an Ambrose Place resident who has taken up photography to cope with the challenges in his life. Here is an example of his work. He says that he has gone from “poverty to photography” and gives credit for this photo “to the caterpillar for being a good subject.” Gord Currie

  • Graffiti Artists at Work – Graffiti artists made original creations during Hip Hop in the Park on May 26 at Boyle Street Plaza. Paula E. Kirman

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. One of the recipients was Sinder Sparks, founder of The Musical Mamas Society, a group of women musicians from in and around the area. Paula E. Kirman

  • Harbin Gate Memories – Memories written about the Harbin Gate hang on the fence where it was removed for Valley Line LRT construction. Paula E. Kirman

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman was the first recipient for her involvement in a number of volunteer, non-profit groups. Marissa Loewen

  • New Community Space at Bissell Centre – Ryan Arcand presents Gary St. Amand, CEO of Bissell Centre, an eagle staff at the grand opening of Bissell Centre’s new community space in its west building, on June 11. The drop-in has improved access to basic needs and support services. Paula E. Kirman  

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