Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators reviews DON'T LOSE SIGHT


Reviewed by Voy Stelmaszynski, past President of SOAR

“Grace, luck, accident, serendipity, mystery, or the random workings of the universe.” 

I have plucked this sentence from the middle of Genevieve Chornenki’s delightful little memoir, Don’t Lose Sight, because it captures the content, essence and mood of her very personal journey through Ontario’s healthcare system, including a look into the workings of the regulatory sector of health professionals.  It’s a sharply written intrigue, a story of birth, love, pain, perseverance and (maybe) justice. 

Grace, because the volume is written with precision, humour and elegance. Chornenki is an acute observer of the visible and invisible.  She’s funny, profound and good with a turn of phrase. 

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A poem for Toronto, construction capital of Canada

If I were God 

I would exceed Artemis of Ephesus with her necklace of knackers 

and the handmaid of the Lord, Great Mother though she be. 

I would be pitiless, 

Punishing to those who desecrate the primal void and shatter my sacred silence. 

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"Crafting Solutions To Conflict" Jane Beddall, M.A., J.D. interviews Genevieve about DON'T LOSE SIGHT

Jane Beddall, a mediator and conflict coach for over 30 years, hosts a podcast that explores ways to preserve and restore harmony by preventing or limiting conflicts that may damage valued relationships and ways to effectively resolve those that may occur.  In an interview published on August 4, 2021, Jane interviewed me about how I squared my professional experience in dispute resolution with my personal experience as a complainant in a discipline proceeding. 

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Genevieve reviews"Unravelling Canada: A Knitting Odyssey" by Sylvia Olsen (Douglas & McIntryre, 2021)

The following review was posted by the Toronto Knitters Guild in Member News on July 11, 2021.

In 2015, Sylvia Olsen took a road trip that started out as a book tour but evolved into a series of knitting workshops at various locations across Canada. Unravelling Canada: A Knitting Odyssey is her reflections completed seven years after the trip. One reader described the book to me as a “travelogue,” but I think of it as an acutely contemporary meditation on the origins and nature of Canada. Central to the book is the process by which Olsen comes to appreciate the country’s present-day diversity, built up over the centuries. She begins her tour on the West Coast as “an ambivalent Canadian” but ends on the East Coast a “hopeful” one, and the progressively gentler tone of the book parallels this evolution. 

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